One thing to remember when setting up to haul that much weight in your trailer is weight distribution over the trailer wheels. Too much front or back can cause poor handling. Does the trailer have electric brakes? If so, does your tow vehicle have a good trailer brake controller? Setting proper brake application with the controller is also important.
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Thanks for the advice! We are definitely going to keep an eye on that!
Trailer's got electric brakes on all 4 wheels. And we splurged on the Torsion axle upgrade for a smoother ride for the Ducs.
The Explorer has the tow package which aside from the extra oil cooler and hitch, was worth it's cost just to have the brake controller plug wired in! Just a simple plug in the brake controller to the socket under the dash and ready to go! (well after setting up the controller settings)
We picked up one of these:
Brake Controllers - Tekonsha
(best deal I could find was http://www.adventurerv.net
, great price, though shitastically spammy post sale, be warned!
We got it set up and running really well empty, when stopping I barely notice the trailer is there (as compared to hauling 1250 lbs of no brakes trailer and concrete behind a Focus SVT!) So I am used to being careful and overly paranoid about stopping distance.
RedPato, thanks very much for the advice, that is a really good point to consider. I'll be taking a look at it before we bolt any stands to the floor. I may consider running 3 staggered bikes on the PitBulls, and keep the optional 4th bike as the one on the left side of the diamond to better distribute weight (and easier walking in trailer)
I'll scan in some sketches of my thoughts and post in a minute.
Thanks very much guys!