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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I have a Honda Pilot and pull a trailer with 2 Honda AquaTrax skis and a storage box on the front. Even with the gas tanks empty, the skis weigh enough that the hitch weight pulls the back of my car down, causing my headlights to look like high beams. I considered moving the skis back a little to offset some of the weight, but that might put too much weight on the trailer tires. I have thought about using an equalizer hitch, but the only ones I have found are all roughly the same size, and they put the trailer mounting hardware right where the storage box is. So my question is, are there equalizer hitches made specifically for jetski trailers with a storage box on them?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 09:04 PM
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I don't think you need an equalizer hitch. Sounds more like you need to balance The trailer load. The trailer tires will hold thats not a concern. Unless they are old and show signs of rot and then they should be replaced anyway. They should be rated for the weight the trailer can handle.
The Honda pilot is rated for 3500# for 2wheel and 5000# 4 wheel drive. So it should easily handle a double ski trail. You only want around 250/300# of tongue weight. Approximately 10% of total loaded trailer weight. Get a bathroom scale that will hold that much weight. With the trailer on level ground, unattached to vehical. place scale under the tongue Jack, and adjust to make trailer level. This is your tongue weight. Adjust skis till you get the weight right. Don't forget to account for anything you'll add to tonque when hauling. Such as fuel tanks. anything added forward of the axel.

Now for hitch hight:
You want the trailer to haul level w/vehical very close to level.
Once the tongue weight is set.
If you do this in say a level school parking lot. Unhook and pull ahead about a foot. Do the above adjusting. Leaving trailer level, back up close to hitch. The top of ball should be about 2 inches above the trailer coupler. If it is, you should come out pretty close to level when hooked up. Measure your tongue hight and hook up. Now measure tongue again. Use the difference to adjust ball/hitch hight as needed to level vehicle and trailer as close as possible. The closer to level the better it will haul and handle. This may require a different rise/drop in hitch/ball assembly to achieve.
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Where does the stern of the skis sit on the bunks ? The majority of the skis weight should be on the trailer not the car.
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Thanks, Dave. I'll try that out.
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If you can post a side pic of trailer it would help to visualize your set up also.
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Dave, be careful adjusting weight back if you go to far trailer will tip back. Put blocks under rear of trailer so it can't tip more than an inch or so.
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Tongue weight should be between 5-20% (10-15% ideally) of gross trailer weight. As you know this will vary based on if fuel cans are full or empty.

Vehicle sag even with correct hitch weight may be excessive due to you are using a passenger vehicle not a truck for towing, rear suspension is set up for passenger comfort not max load.

As mention above you need to optimize set up as best you can so that when hitched up the trailer is as level as possible while towing, a nose up or down will affect handling. You can google the differences of each scenario.


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You could search if anyone manufactures air shocks or bags for you vehicle to level when such a load is applied.

Most SUV now days have a auto level option
Which is an onboard compressor and air shocks to level vehicle

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Normally the best position to have the skis in is the stern even with the rear of the bunks and the engine over the axle or just slightly forward, but never behind it as this could tend to make the trailer tongue light.
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Here is a great demonstration of correct distribution


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