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Old 01-17-2013, 11:33 AM   #239
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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?
Dunno, but it works fine, though after 4 years is starting to squeak a bit.

Usually all there is in the Pilot is the two of us, our 50lb dog, and maybe 150 lbs of cargo tops (often it is just my guitar and camera gear). Even the trailer itself is not very loaded usually. Heck, I have lots of storage space left over, and don't even have the front storage box. While we like the size of the 19, I don't like to carry a lot of extra stuff most times, preferring to keep my gear to a minimum.

The Pilot has a fairly stiff rear end. It seems a bit more truck-like, than car-like as other makes tend to be. As mentioned earlier, there have been only a couple instances where a WDH would have been an advantage, but never on good roads, and for me there are more instances where it would be a disadvantage or just a pain. As I add a few more things to it in preparedness for retirement and longer travels, I will revisit using one, but for now I am happy to not need it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:41 AM   #240
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Original Lil Snoozy had a generator platform in the front, reason for the extra length.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #241
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I do keep alot of tools in my rear under compartment, I should empty my trunk out and measure my clearance... although 9 3/4" clearance would work fine with me with airbags... I should see what I am carrying that I dont need to be... might be able to lighten it 30 lbs which would lessen my tongue weight a bit.

Thanks Denny, now Im waiting on UPS to deliver my airbags... hope they show before I leave for work in an hour!


I was figureing on adding a pair of something like these with backing plates to hold the trunk from moveing... Sea-Dog Eye Plate

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #242
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Go to HD or Lowes, same item for 50% less.
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Im gonna dig through my stuff at my parents house, I might have a few laying around from various boats I used to own.... but something similar should hold the trunk in place and not stick out enough to be a problem if you bump into it getting in or out of the dinette seats.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:37 PM   #244
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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?
I think that the Snoozy's shape just makes the tongue look longer than normal...if you dropped a plumbline from the nose to the tongue, I think the length would be little greater than on a trailer without the "boathull" shape of the lower part of the Snoozy.

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well airbags are installed... can't get down to my ParkLiner till the following weekend but i know my Rav4's rear end is way stiffer with 30 psi of air in the bags! i stood on the receiver and it only dropped maybe an inch but I'm only 218lbs (used to be 283 in august) i think the airbags will have resolved the squatting.

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Deryk,
My instructions only said 10 psi, was 30 in your instructions?? Also be aware, the stiffer rear will result in more items inside your unit possibly being shifted around.
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.... my Rav4's rear end is way stiffer with 30 psi of air in the bags!
*looks askance in the mirror and wonders if that could be an option for me*

Looking forward to hearing how that works out for you, Deryk. Hopefully does the trick.

And, congrats on the weight loss. Good health is more important than all our belongings, even our beloved trailers.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #248
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The air bags may eliminate squat, but I gather, from my limited understanding of engineering, that they would not transfer weight to the front axle of the tow ( and the trailer axle ).
I believe that the RAV4 runs mainly in front-wheel drive and that the rear wheels are engaged when the vehicle senses that traction is required. So, I wonder what the effects are on traction, fuel economy, stability?
Got no answers. Just asking.
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Interesting video from a supplier of air springs.

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The air bags may eliminate squat, but I gather, from my limited understanding of engineering, that they would not transfer weight to the front axle of the tow ( and the trailer axle ).
I believe that the RAV4 runs mainly in front-wheel drive and that the rear wheels are engaged when the vehicle senses that traction is required. So, I wonder what the effects are on traction, fuel economy, stability?
Got no answers. Just asking.
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You are 100% correct. Airbags only have the potential to level the vehicle. The purpose and advantage of a weight distributing hitch is to restore weight to the steer axles ( and this case of front drive also the drive axle ) of the tow vehicle. A WD hitch is honestly a simple and elegant solution to the issues of adding a towed vehicle behind a tug.

Unfortunately, it is at this point in the process where the whole discussion falls to pieces in these internet forums. Those who are convinced that WD is not needed typically cannot see any issue worth correcting, and therefore cannot and will not be convinced. The excuses used are long, many, and often comical.
To each his own....hitch it up and tow it any 'ol way you want to is what I say !!
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Well if the trailer manufacturer saying not to use one is an "excuse", then call me excused. I read on this site that Escape is also not recommending them.
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Ok, the instructions say a max psi of 35lbs, so 30 was just a test run to see how it worked, felt etc. The airbag doesnt seem to totally fill the spring, there an inch or so short so there is still room for compression of the springs, just not as much as there was before so it should totally eliminate the squatting...barring it not popping lol or springing a leak.

I do feel a bit of a difference hitting potholes and such in the road, the rear end is definatly not as soft. I plan on dropping it down to 10psi for normal day in and day out driving. Im hopeing this eliminates the problemin my case and judging from the higher tongue weight on the lil snoozy with a similar rav4 I would be happy with the little bit of squat he had.

And thanks, dropping 60 some pounds I really feel the difference, my energy level is much higher and I dont feel the urge to sit and do nothing anywhere near as much lol...now I actually pace alot more lol

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