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Old 10-01-2016, 07:34 PM   #1
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New Aerolite in SC!!!

Just purchased a 2016 Aerolite 298RESL. Real happy with the purchase. Already been on a week trip with it.

I'm here to learn about the trailer. My manual is kind of generic.

I chose this trailer because it was one of the few rear entertainment models that I could pull with a 1/2 ton. King bed to boot!




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Old 10-01-2016, 10:07 PM   #2
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Welcome Aboard!

Yea, that IS a sweet rig. Really nice. (I'm an Aerolite man, admittedly)

34' hooked to that bumper.
It might pull it, but I'm betting you know she's back there?
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:30 PM   #3
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Pulling (power) is not the problem. I was going 75mph effortlessly on my last trip.

The rear springs are weak. The Fastway E2 WD hitch takes care of that.

I was concerned about towing prior to buying with all that I read on these types of forums. I'm pleasantly surprised how well it pulls it.

I have just over 1600lbs of GVWR to play with. The trailer takes about 900lbs loaded. Gas 200lbs. Two people 350lbs. 100lbs of junk. I'm using all of the 1600lbs. I would say this trailer is at the end of what can be pulled with a 1/2 ton.

I changed my in-dash trailer brake controller setting to heavy. It won't lock up the wheels but it gives good stopping power. I keep the gain at 6 and that gives me a good tug when I apply the brakes.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:16 AM   #4
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Check your tires. Factory stock ST (special trailer) tires are rated only to 65 mph Max!
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:25 AM   #5
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My plan was to keep it at 60. It pulls better at 65.

While passing on the interstate, I kicked it up to the "75" only shortly. It had no issues doing it. Could do it up a hill too.

I'm getting 11mpg while doing 60mph. 10.8mpg at 65mph. Pretty good I think.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:50 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of great info here.
We will be camping in Yemassee, SC for one night on the 11th on the way to the NC mountains.
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:47 PM   #7
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Welcome!!

Welcome to the forum. I store my trailer in Ft. Pierce FL. I live down south and pick it up on the drive north. You have a real nice trailer. Lots of great camping trips ahead!!
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:53 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum. I store my trailer in Ft. Pierce FL. I live down south and pick it up on the drive north. You have a real nice trailer. Lots of great camping trips ahead!!
Maybe we can have lunch together the next time you are in Ft. Pierce.
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Welcome to the forum.
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:20 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forum and congrats, we just bought our first TT and our floor plan in almost like yours, the kind we have is in my signature.
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