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Old 01-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #253
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Glenn,
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.
One can't "restore" that which wasn't there to begin with.

A W/D system works by distributing added weight (evenly if properly adjusted) throughout the tow vehicle.

Not all vehicles can tolerate them, and many tow setups do not require them. Every setup is different, and one should have a good understanding of the dynamics of one's own before making judgements as to whether or not to use a wds.

There are those of us who from our own experience find them unnecessary and cumbersome, and usually advise caution/research/mindfulness of manufacturer recommendations.

To dismiss us all as ignorant is...ignorant!

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:38 PM   #254
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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.
Don't know where you read that. Best not believe everything you read here.
If you look on the Escape site, you will see they offer WDH as an option. Reece ( Escape owner ) recommended WDH for my RAV and installed it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:41 PM   #255
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To dismiss us all as ignorant is...ignorant!

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Let's see how long it takes the moderators to CLOSE this thread, and then how long it takes to get started again.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #256
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heh hope it stays open for at least another week and a half so I can put up a picture on flat level pavement with my ParkLiner hooked up with the air bags and the much shorter ball hitch with virtually no squat!

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Old 01-22-2013, 12:54 PM   #257
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heh hope it stays open for at least another week and a half so I can put up a picture on flat level pavement with my ParkLiner hooked up with the air bags and the much shorter ball hitch with virtually no squat!

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I'm sorry, Deryk, but that is not, simply not, they is to say not possible unless you go out right this very minute and buy a weight distributing hitch system, the honkin' biggest one you can find!!!



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quick what's your credit card number? LOL


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Sorry-

My Wealth Distribution System does not extend to your Weight Distribution System

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Sorry-

My Wealth Distribution System does not extend to your Weight Distribution System

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...but Maaaaaah lol

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #261
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...but Maaaaaah lol

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:49 PM   #262
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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.
Correct, no weight transfer, but many vehicles may not need the weight transfer. Deryk said his handled fine, just squatted. IMHO, air bags are a more proper fix than a wdh that stresses the trailer frame, in his case.

You know what they say about opinions, though...
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Apropos of the probability of a closed thread, I don't see that happening if participants avoid impugning the character, motives, and intelligence of others. Sarcasm, flippancy, and condescension are very effective in rousing the emotions and defense mechanisms of those they're directed toward. Some folks have a lot of these arrows in their quiver and know how to hit the mark. Please rally your evidence and address the issue, quibble with the fine points, make your expert qualifications, even go so far as to tease those whom you know can take it as well as dish it. If you find that your friendly antagonist is not dealing well with the arrows in your intellectural quiver, please back off a bit. Give ground with style and subtlety. There is such a thing as a strategic retreat that leaves all standing. A bit of good humor is a welcome breather. It is possible to acquire a taste for harmony as well as strife and keep the good opnion of most if not all the people you encounter on this site.

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A W/D system works by distributing added weight (evenly if properly adjusted) throughout the tow vehicle.
Although a WD system is typically used to compensate for the effect of a trailer's tongue weight, its operation has nothing to with that weight: the tongue weight is not distributed, rather some of the load on the tug's rear axle is redistributed to the other axles. A bare trailer chassis with zero tongue weight could be used as a platform for a WD system to redistribute any amount of load, up to the entire rear axle load, or until something breaks.

There's nothing "even" (or "equalized") about this - the proportions of the redistribution are determined entirely by geometry (the ratio of rear-axle-to-trailer-axle length and wheelbase).
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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.
....and it's true enough that if either the trailer mfr or the car mfr says don't use one, then that would be good advice to follow. It might also suggest that the TV and trailer might not be the best match ?
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I plan on getting a WDH for use with my Escape when I pick it up in April.
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