Flabio33 wrote:Just getting back to this topic. My trailer looks very similar to Figjam's. However, I had some problems. It was a rather difficult tow from San Diego. My Toyota 4Runner and its 3.5L V6 struggled up every hill.
FIGJAM wrote:So you're saying you couldn't drive 75mph for most of the trip?
45mph for a gradual uphill. 35mph for steep hills. I was getting passed by just about every motor home.
FIGJAM wrote:Did you have any over heating of the engine?
Not according to the gauge, but it did smell and feel hot.
FIGJAM wrote:Any problems with the transmisson?
Not that I know of.
FIGJAM wrote:How "full" was the trailer?
Pretty full, which probably had a lot to do with it.
FIGJAM wrote:Did you leave the overdrive engaged the whole trip?
No. I turned off overdrive when going up hills. Maybe I could have gone faster in some stretches, but the engine sounded pretty stressed. I don't remember the RPMs, but it was not close to the red line, so maybe I should have pushed it more.
FIGJAM wrote:How did it work for the burn?
Good. It's 5x10, so we had to load almost everything out when we went to sleep at night. I need to build bunks like you did - it is just ergo-metrically better. Mine was just a hallow box on the inside. My cdx has a foil covering one side, so I faced it to the interior because it was punched with little holes. Bad idea. The box became an oven if a little light got inside, but I kept it buttoned up, so it wasn't much of an issue at the burn. I would recommend at least a 6 ft width to anyone that needs to accommodate two large people.
These are all important questions.
There are some improvements I have in mind.Reduce the air resistance.
Do something about the 2x2" angle iron that faces outward making a nice sail. Maybe Curve a piece of sheet plastic around the front.Lower to the ground.
Smaller wheels and tires. The ones that came with are large car tires. Maybe put the leaf spring below the axle.Reduce the weight.
Less water (my first time, I took too much). Less beer (no, wait, scratch that). The cdx itself is quite heavy (don't know what to do about that).