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Old 06-24-2019, 08:03 PM   #1
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this 139 Funfinder has a 200 lb hitch weight. i lifted it on the ball myself. and im 65. i have a new 4000 lb equalizer hitch that came with it. was still in cardboard box under the seat.never used.i pulled it home 120 miles. no issues.
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Does the back end of your tow vehicle sag. Do your headlight point to the sky? Does your steering become light when the trailer is hooked up?
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none of the above.
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What are you towing with? There should be a hitch weight rating both with and without a weight distributing hitch. For instance my Chevy is rated at 500/6000 without/with so that trailer would be well within the rating for it without WD. I would think if you're towing with any brand 1500 truck you'd be fine.
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2005 GMC Envoy doesnt sag a bit when i dropped it on the ball. manual says 550-5500 lbs. but mileage sucks pulling it. we also have 06 Ford Freestar mini van, manual says 350-3500 lbs, might try it with that too
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We towed a 2003 T 139 and now a 2012 X 139 without an equalizer. We use a sway bar. But make darn sure that you load the trailer with enough tongue weight. And of course use an adequate tow vehicle. We used to have a Pathfinder and now have a Tacoma. Both worked well.

And we tow about 7000 to 10,000 miles a year -- that's a lot. In mountains, snow, ice, rain, wind, you name it. Usually at around 62 mph, usually getting around 10 mpg.
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And do make sure that your tow vehicle has a transmission cooler. Also, make sure the brakes are beefy enough to handle the load on mountain roads.
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2005 GMC Envoy doesnt sag a bit when i dropped it on the ball. manual says 550-5500 lbs. but mileage sucks pulling it. we also have 06 Ford Freestar mini van, manual says 350-3500 lbs, might try it with that too
I tow a 189 with a 2002 GMC envoy. I put air bags in the spring to level it out when towing. My Tongue weight is about 400 Lbs. You should be fine with a 200 LB tongue weight. By boat is about 150. doesn't cause the back end to squat without airbags.
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wife doesn't like the envoy revving high clmbing hills. went to GM dealer today. service manager been there 40 yrs. I apprenticed with him 78-83 till I got my licence and went and opened my own shop. he says not to worry,let it rev,.just don't use Cruise.
that 189 u pull must make it rev a lot too.
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wife doesn't like the envoy revving high clmbing hills. went to GM dealer today. service manager been there 40 yrs. I apprenticed with him 78-83 till I got my licence and went and opened my own shop. he says not to worry,let it rev,.just don't use Cruise.
that 189 u pull must make it rev a lot too.
not really. I tow in third when towing the camper. If there is a hill it may drop to 2nd if i try to push it. I just try to keep it at 50 or so on long hill. I am in williamsburg, va right now. i left oaks, pa this morning. It went down to second maybe 7 times. once was over the key bridge. I am happy with the performance
of the envoy. it did run a little warm today but it was 95 today.
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