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Old 04-29-2014, 03:48 PM   #29
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Good idea Roy! Thank you everyone!
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:25 PM   #30
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Anybody have any experience with Coil Rite air bag helper springs? A Uhaul mechanic suggested the air bag helper springs for us, because he said the wdh would not be effective for our size vehicle and what we are towing.
I'd delve deeper into the mechanic's reasons for this advice- is this by any chance the person that installed the hitch on the RAV4?

I ask because (carmaker's advice aside), it may be that the hitch itself isn't suitable for W/D...not all are, even if labeled "class III". This is especially true of some aftermarket hitches, though I believe that even the OEM hitch for this vehicle is labeled as unsuitable for use with W/D systems. There may be language on the hitch label itself about this...

Hitch guys usually know what they're talking about (even if they only work at U-Haul ) Do have another conversation with him before deciding to just go ahead and plug a W/D system into the receiver if in fact that's what you're contemplating doing.
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WDH shifts weight forward on the tow vehicle to shift some of the tongue weight to the front wheels which helps keep the rear from squatting. Air bags etc. keep the back from squatting by giving TV a stiffer rear suspension.

So they both keep the tow vehicle level and change it's handling, but since they do different things they somewhat address different issues. WDH will help with keeping traction on front tires because it actually shifts weight to the front axle. Air bags will prevent bouncy butt syndrome in the TV better.

+1 on be very carful of what you put in that large rear basket, weight that far behind the trailer axle is a recipe for sway and poor control. It's just not safe to load much weight that far back in my opinion. Easy to do if you are not careful when you have that much space. Maybe folding chairs or something but I personally would not put anything as heavy as a loaded cooler back that far.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:51 PM   #32
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That huge rack has some scary potential.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:49 PM   #33
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We will probably remove the rack. We really have no need for it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:47 PM   #34
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Got it! Plate says GVWR 2200. Weighed at a truck stop on a certified scale. 2220 pounds including microwave, steel rack on back, propane tanks, and a few personal items. Weighed tongue on a bathroom scale. 261pounds. We are good to go.

1996 16ft Casita Freedom with front shower. 2220 pounds. Tongue 261.
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Hmmmm .... Being right at maximum weight isn't exactly the best description of "Good to Go" It will get heavier, it's the nature of the beast.
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The RAV has a 3500 limit and 350 tongue weight max. I will travel with a few shower items, few changes of clothing and 3 days of food. unless i'm missing something I think we will be well within the weight limits.
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Got it! Plate says GVWR 2200. Weighed at a truck stop on a certified scale. 2220 pounds including microwave, steel rack on back, propane tanks, and a few personal items. Weighed tongue on a bathroom scale. 261pounds. We are good to go.

1996 16ft Casita Freedom with front shower. 2220 pounds. Tongue 261.
Nice! On the light side for a Casita. You are in every way "good to go"!

So...where ya goin'?
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A few weekend trips around Southern Arizona to start. In September we are getting married, going on a 4 day cruise and returning to our Casita to wander California, Nevada or wherever we decide to stop on the way back to Tucson.
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A few weekend trips around Southern Arizona to start. In September we are getting married, going on a 4 day cruise and returning to our Casita to wander California, Nevada or wherever we decide to stop on the way back to Tucson.
Sounds like a gas...and congratulations on the upcoming nuptials.

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Don't say "I do" until he signs a pre-nup guaranteeing you sole ownership of the Casita!
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Haha. That's right. I did lose my Trillium last time around.
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Old 07-04-2014, 11:23 AM   #41
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Airbags are in!

The airbags are in an all minor repairs have been made. We are on our way to Vegas on our first road trip with our fabulous Casita.
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