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    Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 8:01am
Hi everyone, I am thinking about the rpod 19.I now need a single axle trailer because of storage issues. I have always towed heavy tandems,so I never had an issue with winds and such. I would like to hear from someone who has towed both.for some pros or cons. Thanks Tom 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 8:28am
Hey Tommym,

I take it you mean a 190 and it would help to know what you are towing with. I've towed heavy and light, single and dual axle. End of the day it was about tow vehicle and towing set up. I have towed with ball coupler, with WDH and with sway bar. Every combo was different.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 8:40am

First, welcome to the forum!

I have towed with both. I presently have a Coleman CT187QB, which is about 19' long, 84" wide, 3018lbs. UVW and a tandem axle. This is very similar in size and weight to an Rpod. Prior to this, I had a Rpod RP173. I have owned other campers, both single and double axles.

The tandem axle is rock solid - no hint of sway, ever. However, I never had an issue pulling the Rpod, even without an anti-sway control device. That said, many prefer some sort of anti-sway with the single axle.

To be brief, the tandem doesn't "want" to do anything other than go straight - dragging at least 2 of the tires when turning. The single axle is free to pivot more freely and could more prone to a sway condition (with improper loading, no anti-sway, strong side winds, etc.). Again, I had no problems.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 8:41am
Thanks, I am towing with a hemi ram with 3:92's.and factory brake controller. Now my issue is storage space,not power.We are empty nesters so the rpod would be a good fit for us.I am more concerned about sway and wind, since I never had a single axle before. Thanks again,Tom
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 8:58am
Originally posted by Tommym

Thanks, I am towing with a hemi ram with 3:92's.and factory brake controller. Now my issue is storage space,not power.We are empty nesters so the rpod would be a good fit for us.I am more concerned about sway and wind, since I never had a single axle before. Thanks again,Tom


With the Hemi and 3.92 gear, you could probably pull a train of Rpods behind you - if you could figure out how to couple them together.   

IMHO, I think you would be absolutely fine...being an experience tower and with the vehicle you have.

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Hi !By anti-sway,do you mean those weight distributing hitches ? If its something else,I am not familiar with it . Thanks
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 9:22am
Originally posted by Tommym

Hi !By anti-sway,do you mean those weight distributing hitches ? If its something else,I am not familiar with it . Thanks


For anti-sway control ONLY, you could go with something like this (click link):

https://www.harborfreight.com/trailer-sway-control-kit-96462.html

These things usually need to be disconnected before backing up, however.

Many, on the forum (me included) like the Fastway E2, which is a combination of WD/sway control (no need to disconnect/backing):

http://www.fastwaytrailer.com/e2-hitch

With a little internet shopping, you can likely find one for $300 or less.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 11:37am
I tow with a Chevy 2500 Duramax because that is what we had when we got the 179.  I also tow a 34 foot LaCrosse (Our Taj Mahaulable) but only to its summer camping spot and back home.  With the LaCrosse a WDH and sway control is a must.  Tongue weight is like 750 pounds and you still can feel the sway when you get passed by a semi.  

I do not use a WDH but do use sway control with the Pod because I feel safer.  I have been caught by a "dust devil" but not when towing.  That was noticeable.  I would recommend sway control if you are planning to tow anywhere in the western part of the US.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 11:39am
Forgot to mention that we have a shell on the pickup.  Lots of extra storage for everything.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 2018 at 3:48pm
Welcome Tommym to this excellent forum.  We currently have a 177 and have towed it with a 94 F-150 (no sway bar or WDH needed) and also an '08 and '13 Explorer, both which necessitate the use of a sway bar.  Currently have over 25,000 miles traveling with the pod and fortunately no issues, but as David mentioned above you have PLENTY of power with the Ram.
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