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Old 01-16-2013, 09:38 PM   #225
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my only issue is resolving the squat
Well it sure sounds like your well on the road to doing that.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:38 PM   #226
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Thanks Carol, Im sure by looking at Denny's pic with airbags and 390lb tongue weight, if mine is around 270 with airbags I would be ok too. And I havent really added anything into the trailer...Im thinkin of a trunk or something on wheels that would hold my leveling gear, extention cords hoses my outside rocket stove, hatchet, some folding chairs that would be kept under my large dinette on the otherside of the axle while traveling, and when I get to my camping spot, un secure it and wheel it out the door and put it out of site... Im sure it would lighten my tongue weight as a counter balance to the 2 full propane tanks.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:29 PM   #227
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I get it...I think...

Are these all A-frame jacks? If so, and access to tailgate/back tug door is also a problem, I highly recommend replacement with a side-mount swivel jack, available in various heights/throws.

I love being able to open the back hatch on my Kia all the way!

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My Equal-IZ-Zer WD hitch moved the hitch ball back about 4 inches further than a normal hitch which made my tall 3500 lb electric tongue jack easily clear the tailgate on my Honda Pilot. This was kind-of a free benefit of going with that WD hitch.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:44 PM   #228
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My Equal-IZ-Zer WD hitch moved the hitch ball back about 4 inches further than a normal hitch which made my tall 3500 lb electric tongue jack easily clear the tailgate on my Honda Pilot. This was kind-of a free benefit of going with that WD hitch.

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Glad that worked out for ya!

Say- the Pilot's been ahead in my replacement-tug smackdown, but 'til now I never even thought to ask about the 'gate- is it a flip up or a side hinge, and where do you carry the spare?

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Glad that worked out for ya!

Say- the Pilot's been ahead in my replacement-tug smackdown, but 'til now I never even thought to ask about the 'gate- is it a flip up or a side hinge, and where do you carry the spare?

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Francesca,

The hatch is a flip up and the spare is under the back bottom end like a pickup.

Here is the 3500 lb jack. It is really tall but clears the hatch back anyway..

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.Im thinkin of a trunk or something on wheels that would hold my leveling gear, extention cords hoses my outside rocket stove, hatchet, some folding chairs that would be kept under my large dinette on the otherside of the axle while traveling, and when I get to my camping spot, un secure it and wheel it out the door and put it out of site... Im sure it would lighten my tongue weight as a counter balance to the 2 full propane tanks.
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It should work out fine. I have a large plastic tote bin that I keep all my hoses, leveling blocks, extension cords, tire iron etc in - all adds up weight wise - usually carry right over the axle in the trailer but it comes in handy to use as a counter balance. Most often if I need to move it it need to go forward to add weight on the tongue if I am having to run with my rear water tank or grey water tank full.
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Yeah that is a point, if the water tank is full, which on my shorter trips might be the way Im gonna travel... longer trips will look for a place to stop to fill up, but 2 or 3 times a summer I camp with a group of friends at Bass River state park and its less then an hour and a half...I would fill my water tank before I head out just to not have to stop.

I was thinking of something like this, I just need to make sure it will fit through my door lol

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Could easily be a table top outside or add a cushion and a place to sit. I do have a receiver hitch on the back of the ParkLiner but Ive heard it could add some sway to the ride... so putting this inside, just need to add a way to secure it so it didn't move around while traveling.


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Say- the Pilot's been ahead in my replacement-tug smackdown, but 'til now I never even thought to ask about the 'gate- is it a flip up or a side hinge, and where do you carry the spare?
Like Steve mentioned, it is a flip up hatch. On mine, I uset a short straight ball mount (no WDH), and have no trouble clearing the regular jack on my trailer.

I have never measured against other SUV's, but the back end of the Pilot sits fairly high, and all Pilots now come with a factory equipped hitch with the receiver mounted integrally inside the bumper. All this equates to keeping the ball fairly high. The receiver height is not much lower than that on my F250.
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Deryk, thats about the size of my bin. Word of warning on anything with wheels, you may find you need to put wheel chocks under it to keep it from shifting in the trailer. Yes they do work well as a small table for holding refreshments etc during happy hour etc.
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Deryk, with bags at 35psi no trailer 11 5/8". With trailer 9 3/4"



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It should fit under your dinette, perhaps a spring bar across the front or I used a cargo net in my Eggcamper to keep things from moving.
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Pic with 2007 RAV4 rear door wide open. Note no propane and folding jack.

The tire on the back looks ugly but the underfloor storage well holds lots of stuff. We call it the basement.


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Francesca,

The hatch is a flip up and the spare is under the back bottom end like a pickup.

Here is the 3500 lb jack. It is really tall but clears the hatch back anyway..
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Like Steve mentioned, it is a flip up hatch. On mine, I uset a short straight ball mount (no WDH), and have no trouble clearing the regular jack on my trailer.

I have never measured against other SUV's, but the back end of the Pilot sits fairly high, and all Pilots now come with a factory equipped hitch with the receiver mounted integrally inside the bumper. All this equates to keeping the ball fairly high. The receiver height is not much lower than that on my F250.
Boy, is this ever a golden opportunity...Two fellows, same tug/tow combination, two different approaches!

I'm curious about two things (for now ):

First, (perhaps irrelevantly but what the hey) if either one of you guys know: why is there such a honkin' hefty (3500 pounds!!!) jack on the trailer tongue???
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Are you, Steve, carrying more weight in the tug/tow than Jim is (extra people/cargo etc.), perhaps thus necessitating the use of the w/d hitch?

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Pic with 2007 RAV4 rear door wide open. Note no propane and folding jack. ]
Wondering about why the need for such a long tongue on the trailer - although with the RAV4 it clearly works well - no propane tank helps as well. Wondering if its due to the pointed front end - longer tongue keeps it from hitting the tug in a tight turn?
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