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Re: Kendon trailer towing issue

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:59 pm
by wrong_turn_rider
Backing the Ural onto the Kendon would increase the tongue weight. I have a Kendon and have trailered 2 bikes thousands of miles back and forth across the country with several different vehicles without a glitch. Never tried to put the Ural on one but was advised to back it on if I did. The spare being underneath is a pain and I have drug it several times and simply strap it flat down on the trailer now.

Re: Kendon trailer towing issue

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:54 pm
by Tin Man

Re: Kendon trailer towing issue

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:15 pm
by BinDerSmokDat
Another thing to consider is the trailer tongue angle.
You want the trailer tongue to be as close to level as possible.
If it is angled up/down, there is a tendency for the trailer to "seesaw" and sway the rear end of the vehicle.
You should use a tow bar with the required rise/drop to make things as level as possible.

Even with my full-sized E150 van, going from the stock bumper with a ball on it to a pick-up style bumper with a 2" receiver tube slung under brought the tongue angle down and made it handle MUCH better.

Also when it comes to towing with a car, I like to stay WELL UNDER the max tow weight.
A Ural weighs 750 dry and empty, a dual Kendon 420 so you are correct, with fuel, tools and farkles, you are pushing 1300.
Add a few pounds to the trunk of the car and some passengers to the equation and handling will suffer.

I've towed the Ural with a 2010 Subaru Forester and currenty have a 2016 CX9 so similar kinds of vehicles but a little bigger.

The CX9 is rated to 3500 for towing but I consider my 575lb 10' Aluma with about 1500lbs of bags gravel/concrete on it to be the max (2000-2100lbs).
The 1400/1500 combined Ural/trailer/gear weight is about ideal.
I wouldn't dream of towing anywhere near 3500lbs with it.
SUV/CUV type cars are designed for sport and handling, towing is an afterthought.
The independent rear suspension of these vehicles are just not suited for towing and can't handle the extra dynamic of towed weight very well.

I never like to add unnecessary weight to a vehicle to improve handling, adding shot seems like a band-aid, not a true fix.
My spare mounts forward of the axle so it adds to tongue weight.
Try to get anything that you can further forward, ramps, spare tire, gas can, etc to increase tongue weight without adding overall weight to the set-up.

Re: Kendon trailer towing issue

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:18 pm
by BinDerSmokDat
Also Black_Magic, those videos are PERFECT, never saw them before!
Definitely a case of a pic/video = 1000 words.