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Old 01-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #281
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And, my tongue weight is 312 - 320.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:44 PM   #282
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And, my tongue weight is 312 - 320.
Well, that's pretty good, considering.

Just don't get all "I can tow anything", that's all. Too many folks get an impression from these threads that a wdh will solve all their undersized-for-the-tow problems. It won't- as I'm sure you already know.

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Now I have the same year make and model Rav4 as Glenn, now Im figuring with the new closer to vehicle ball hitch (picking it up at UPS customer center in the am) and the airbags I should be ok.... but if for some reason the nose was tipping up (Which I doubt would be a problem) I wouldn't think twice about a wdh adjusted enough so the lights were pointing forward and not to the stars lol. Im just making its soft rear up for the job its suposed to be able to handle and Im not even near 350lb tongue weight.

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:11 PM   #284
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... Subaru has a bit of a different all wheel drive system than other car manufactures - which is why I suspect they stand out in regards to handling in the snow. They call it an Symmetrical all Wheel Drive system - what ever that may mean I do know that there is power to all the wheels at all times other manufactures all wheel drive or front wheel drive systems that only shift the power to the wheels as needed such as when a loss of traction is detected or a switch need to be hit to put them into all wheel drive mode.
Subaru's advertising department should be proud.

Subaru does AWD well, but in fact they do nothing significantly differently from other manufacturers, and "Symmetrical All Wheel Drive" essentially just means that the front differential is roughly in the middle of the car (side to side) which is irrelevant to front/rear drive distribution. Like everyone else, they have more than one system. Some of their systems drive all wheels all the time, but some do not (the viscous system)... again, like their competitors.

I agree that changes in front/rear load - and thus traction - distribution affect the AWD system control, and the drag of a trailer could confuse it as well, but I see no reason for whether that is due to cargo distribution or WD system action to be relevant.

I'm not debating the existence or validity of a Subaru recommendation against WD system use, just saying that the AWD system references look irrelevant to any such recommendation
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Subaru's advertising department should be proud.
Yup as I have said here before when driving up an unplowed mountain road in the wee hours of the morning to a ski race you soon get it why people tend to love their Subaru's. Just wish they would add something to the line up with another 700 lbs of tow cap and another 100 lbs of tongue cap.....

For what is worth they actually have a video at Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive | Subaru AWD which tests their AWD system up against Honda, Nissan, Ford and Toyota vehicles of the same size range and they explain the differences all be it subtle differences as to how they work.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:52 PM   #286
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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.
..if that was true they wouldn't offer one as an option...installed when you pick it up...
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..if that was true they wouldn't offer one as an option...installed when you pick it up...
OK, I went looking, and I can't find where I read that, so, I must have been mistaken.
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I got my new hitch today....wish Walmart had the right ball for it, guess I will take it off the adjustable one. This sits about as close to the Rav4 as I could find.

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What's special about the ballmount that Walmart can't fit a ball to, Deryk?

Doesn't it take a regular shaft size???

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It needs a 1 1/4"shaft and walmart only had 3/4" shafts...if you buy 1 on a receiver already they are 1 1/4".... The thicker shafts are rated for alot higher weight, so I figure I would rather go that route...or pull mine off the old receiver and use that, since that adjustable one is gonna go in my closet and kind of be retired.

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OK, I went looking, and I can't find where I read that, so, I must have been mistaken.
David it not outside the realm of possibilities that someone may have mentioned at some point that Escape did suggest an owner of a particular vehicle not put a WDH if they were aware the vehicle manufacture didnt recommend it.
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It needs a 1 1/4"shaft and walmart only had 3/4" shafts...if you buy 1 on a receiver already they are 1 1/4".... The thicker shafts are rated for alot higher weight, so I figure I would rather go that route...or pull mine off the old receiver and use that, since that adjustable one is gonna go in my closet and kind of be retired.

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Boy howdy, I hope to shout that shank size is rated higher!

10,000 pounds ought to be plenty in the redundancy department, eh?

Your setup's looking better all the time...can't wait for the report on how the Parkliner does when you get to test it all out!

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I thought the standard shank diameter at Walmart (full of Reese's pieces) was 1" even for 1-7/8" ball some of which used to have 3/4". Strange.

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I thought the standard shank diameter at Walmart (full of Reese's pieces) was 1" even for 1-7/8" ball some of which used to have 3/4". Strange.

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Class II ballmounts (2,000 pound limit) come standard with a 3/4 inch hole.

I bought mine (Reese) at Walmart, and a 2 inch ball to fit it, too.

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