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Skibane

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Posted: 09/08/21 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Only concerned about the increased sway tendency from the added mass so far away from center.


Any mass you added to the hitch tongue would tend to counteract the additional mass in the back.

At any given instant, any torque applied by the mass in the back will be resisted by the mass in the front.

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Gotta worry about the bounce too. I had a reinforced bumper on a previous TT with a cargo carrier/bike rack. Everything bounced and bounced and bounced....almost lost the bikes on the interstate as the expansion joints in the road made the bounce worse. Finally quit using it out of safety concerns.


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vtraudt wrote:


Only concerned about the increased sway tendency from the added mass so far away from center.


I have a Hensley hitch that virtually eliminated sways. But I don't tow over 65mph.

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penguin149 wrote:

Gotta worry about the bounce too.

Good point. Whatever is stored back there needs to be secured (vertically as well) and content 'rattle and bounce' proof.

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Skibane wrote:

vtraudt wrote:


Only concerned about the increased sway tendency from the added mass so far away from center.


Any mass you added to the hitch tongue would tend to counteract the additional mass in the back.

At any given instant, any torque applied by the mass in the back will be resisted by the mass in the front.


No, that is not how inertia works. Any mass added away from the center line ADDS to the inertia.

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