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#1 10-31-2012 09:58:23

Charlie45
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Registered: 07-07-2012
Posts: 8

squatter

I am looking to buy a pop up camper, probably something in the 1500 to 2000lb range.

Although my truck rides fine, and is level when empty, when I put some weight in the back it squats like a pooping dog. (that might be too much of a visual?) I can help but think that a few hundred lbs of tongue weight to the rear of the axle would only make the problem worse?

is there something I can do to stiffen up the back if needed?

and if anyone is selling a cheap pop up on the PA area that would be good too

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#2 10-31-2012 10:01:20

michael
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Registered: 02-03-2009
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Re: squatter

I had a '90 XJ and pulled a 2200 lb empty weight 3000 with water and supplies for 5 camper. It squatted like that,even though I had put in a 3" lift with 50lb higher than stock rear springs. I went and used a load equalizing with 500lb bars and had no problems. You must have a class III hitch(2"receiver) to use it. Would also recommend trailer brakes too. Used this setup to pull the camper in '99 from Iowa  to the east coast for Camp Jeep and to tour the DC area, a total of 3500 miles.

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#3 10-31-2012 10:04:29

Charlie45
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Re: squatter

That sounds like what I am looking for,  I will let you guys know how I make out after a little research

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#4 10-31-2012 10:11:47

danny
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Registered: 04-11-2009
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Re: squatter

Wish I would have know a couple of days sooner about the camper.  I just sold our 99 Coleman Sante Fe.  Regarding the squat, I pulled the Coleman with no problem and very little squattting even with things in the cargo area of the Cherokee.   We have a tow package so that may help.  I don't use an equalizer hitch because there's not that much weight I don't want to over flex the frame of the camper.  I do use a sway bar though plus electric brakes.  Happy camping.

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#5 10-31-2012 10:16:37

Charlie45
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Registered: 07-07-2012
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Re: squatter

I do have a class 3 hitch, and will install a tranny cooler over the winter.  I dont know if I will need the distribution hitch, but will do it if needed.  other than the squatting it handles fine.  I have pulled a boat, and a utility trailer (which is usually full of stuff) without any trouble

its just such a difference from my 1/2 ton chevy which never seemed to sag no matter what I loaded in the back or pulled behind it.

I think what I should probably do is get the camper; load it, the kids, wife and dog.  Then take em to the mountains and reward my XJ for all its hard work by getting it muddy!

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#6 10-31-2012 10:19:18

danny
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Registered: 04-11-2009
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Re: squatter

Unless it's just a really heavy pop-up, you shouldn't need a distribution hitch.  A dealer can give you the scoop on that.  The tranny cooler will help bunches.  I put a tranny cooler on our first jeep that didn't have one from the factory simply to help the engine stay cooler.  Out 98 XJ is the first downsized version we have had.  Previously had a 76 Cherokee, 84 Grand Wagoneer and 88 Grand Wagoneer.  All three of those had the 360 V8.  Our 98 XJ has the 4L inline and it will run and pull circles around either of the 360's.

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