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Old 01-12-2013, 12:59 AM   #43
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One of the main reasons I dislike wd hitches is that 90% of the users I see with them, are using them as a bandaid to improper trailer loading, too small of a tow vehicle, weak suspension, etc.
Add to that one of the more popular family type cars manufactures I have seen pulling a number of fiberglass trailers with a WDH don't even recommend their use. I scratch my head every time I see it. To make matters worse in almost of the cases I have seen the trailer being pulled is either at or over the vehicles towing specs and I wonder if the owner realizes the reason the manufacture of the vehicle doesnt recommend the use of the WDH and hope they dont find out the hard way the reason why.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:03 AM   #44
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And, that's your evidence Jared?

I use a WDH because it gives me a better ride ( less bounce ), transfers weight to the front wheels of my RAV4 ( which is pretty much FWD, but 4WD on demand ). It also helps with sway. The RAV4 has a 3,500 lb. tow rating and the trailer a 1,900 lb dry axle rating ( I know, the real weight is more - have to use something for reference ).
I tow a 17' Escape 17B and I do it feeling secure at all times.

Darn. I swore I wasn't going to respond to posts on this forum and I have. So have at me.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:09 AM   #45
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Darn. I swore I wasn't going to respond to posts on this forum and I have. So have at me.
I think your safe Glenn, Jared only said 90% would seem you fall into the 10% group
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:46 AM   #46
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Have at you for what? I don't know a thing about your setup. If its like Derek says, and sags quite a bit, I do think the wd hitch on its own is a bandaid, however.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:39 AM   #47
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It doesn't sag normally, only under load. If it was a matter of the springs needing replacement that would be another story... its just the way it was designed...typical the manuf doesnt take into account that they offer a tow package to bring the towing capacity up to 3500lbs that we might be throwing 250lb tongue weight on it, that it should be able to handle it.

My ParkLiner dry is about 2100lbs ( just got it and haven't taken it to a scale yet... when the weather warms up and Im near it ) 220lb tongue weight dry per manuf (I think its a little heavier then that with 2 20lb propane cyl's... but haven't weighed it yet)


Now here is 3 photo's of it, first is when I got it last year without all the tools and crap in it, the 2nd is hooked up to my nearly finished gypsy caravan I built... the tongue weight was about 180lbs... I could just barely move it around by myself... and finally with the ParkLiner.

Talking with several Rav4 owners who tow trailers that ar well within vehicle tow limits, they are all useing wdh to solve the soft rear end. And also add in a little anti sway...

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Old 01-12-2013, 08:09 AM   #48
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Deryk,

As to air bags, we had a set in our motorhome for 14 years without failure. Generally we ran them at 90 psi. Every week or so I would have to add a couple of lbs. Really they hold their air very well. Our setup came with a small compressor and gauges on each bag though in a setup like your's they're probably not necessary.

I tow with a similarly designed tow vehicle. I measure the distance from the top of the rear wheel well to the ground to determine the effect of the trailer on the tow vehicle.

In my case the addition of the trailer lowers the wheel well a little less than an inch. Our tongue weight with one propane tank and one battery is 190-200 lbs.

In this configuration the steering does not feel light.
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I haven't seen a change in steering, its just the rear end compresses a few inches and I dont like it... drives fine. I have thought of getting another vehicle, something in the truck family, but I have 1 vehicle that I use for everything and the idea of 16-17mpg city driving not towing isn't an option. I almost inhereted my dad's Grand Caravan with tow package but he got 17-20mpg... my Rav4 same engine size gets me 22-24mpg... and it all adds up.


But ok I will order the airbags... my real concern is if 1 pop's when Im away for the weekend Im kinda stuck. They are made by firestone though so they should be decent(I hope lol)

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I put a set of Firestone air bags on my Ram 1500 truck for 2 reasons. first, this is the first year Ram switched from leaf springs to coils and the air bags fit inside perfectly. Second, when pulling my old 22' trailer, I had tongue weight around 500 lbs and had a 2" squat which the bags took care of. I normally keep 5 psi all the time and add to 10 psi towing. It gives the rear a firmer ride which seems to help with items staying put inside the trailer. If it bounces too much you have things all over the floor. The new escape is around 350# which is fine for the Ram but with the FJ there is about a 2" squat. I haven't decided how to handle that, redistributing weight inside or a w/d set up.
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Air Springs...
These are very common on mini-motorhomes and the experience I have with them includes:
1. They are no more apt to "pop" than is a tire. They usually start developing pesky leaks in the air lines long before the spring itself starts leaking.
2. They must NEVER be left empty. Most mfg's recommend a minimum of 5-10 PSI at all times. Running them empty leads to early sidewall leaks.
3. Air springs still holding air after 10 or more years are common, but see #2 above.
4. There are several complete "Systems" available that include a compressor and a control panel that allow monitoring & adjusting air pressure from inside the vehicle.
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Well they aren't air springs, but air bags


Firestone Coil-Rite Air Spring Kit - JCWhitney

etrailer.com just raised the price on them $15 since wednesday when I emailed them a question about them.... guess jc whitney is getting the sale...and I will let them know why lol

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That is about what I paid. Real easy to install.
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Well Im gonna give it a try and see how it makes a difference. I wish someone would make lift kit for my Rav4 lol... they make them for an older bodystyle. I guess the next thought is replaceing the 4 tires and get away from the low profile that it came with to a nice taller tire and that might raise the ass up an inch or so... its about 9.5 to 9.75" from the bottom of the receiver to the ground.

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Well they aren't air springs, but air bags


Firestone Coil-Rite Air Spring Kit - JCWhitney

etrailer.com just raised the price on them $15 since wednesday when I emailed them a question about them.... guess jc whitney is getting the sale...and I will let them know why lol

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I call em' "Air Springs" because that's what Firestone call's em'.
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