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Old 02-11-2013, 03:04 PM
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V nose vs. Flat nose trailers

In the market for a 24 foot enclosed trailer. Will be pulling it with my 97 350 7.3 I do not know that much about trailers. This is my first time buying one. I will mainly be doing highway driving b/w 60-70mph. Is it a big difference pulling a v nose over a flat nose? Also please feel free to chime in with expertise you might have as to what to look for in a trailer. thanks
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If you have a canopy with an air deflector wing mounted near the back of it, then a square front roomier trailer is just as good fuel economy wise IMO. If you don't have anything to deflect the air up over the front of the trailer then I'd seriously look at V nose style. The place that sells you the trailer should also throw in for free a good quality equalizer hitch with the price of a trailer that big.


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I've pulled a fifth wheel normal end cap in a headwind. It's ridiculous. You're pushing the pedal like your accelerating but you just don't go faster! Never pulled a v nose before though.
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Good info. I think with having 40 inch tires not being of any help ill try to find a v nose. What is an equalizer hitch?
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Equalizer Hitch also known as Weight distribution hitch, is basically a couple bars the mount to your hitch, on one end, and to the tongue of the trailer, on the other end. They help distribute the tongue weight.

Heres a link to one version. There are other brands also. Reese, etc...

Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
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oh ya, it also helps with Sway control too..
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If you drive a truck in a cross wind without an equalizer or weight control hitch someone would have to help pry your fingers off the steering wheel after a few miles. It makes a huge difference in how your rig behaves.


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I've never driven with a v-nose. Just flat fronts and big dump trailers. I've noticed some highway sway but nothing thats alarmed me too much. But I just bought a black v-nose, a small 16 ft (almost 18ft including the v). Picking it up out of state next week. The price was great, never owned a v but figured why not. My 7.3 will be pulling this one everyday.

During hurricane Sandy I drove 3hrs south in the begining of the storm to Maryland to buy a dump trailer load of generators. Driving home (in the storm) right before the roads got shut down was a little scary!
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Sweet. Where did you buy it from and please let me know how it goes pulling it. I have my eye on a few different ones right now.
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Its a place in southern New Jersey. The guys sells trailers as his side business. He buy loads of them from down south and sells them at great prices. That same trailer sells near me for $3k more than what I'm paying. Used trailers are even more than this one new on Craigslist. I can pm you his number if you like.
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