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Old 03-16-2016, 02:11 PM   #15
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Thanks, Zach. I have a recommendation for a shop nearby that I think I'll check out. The dealership has certainly been the most expensive in the past. . .

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Thanks Carl and Zach. I will definitely check out U-haul.
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Tom, thanks for the links. Beautiful bluebonnet photo with your rig!
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:18 PM   #18
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Mike and Jon, and all who respond - thanks. I read them all and take note. May not get to thank each one individually, but I appreciate the help!

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Old 03-18-2016, 12:44 PM   #19
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Tonie, I have a 06 Toyota Sienna. I added the transmission cooler as recommended by Toyota. I am currently towing a 17 foot Casita. I have weight distribution hitches and a sway bar. I had Camping World install my hitch in Garner North Carolina. They did an awful job of attaching the 7 pin electrical which I have replaced and had to have rewired. The hitch is very low and I tend to bottom out going over speed bumps and low dips (this is where my face scrunched in pain when I hear the grind). I have not had any problems with over heating nor bogging down over steep grades. I have been cross country twice and I love the comfort of my minivan. I put most of my stuff in the van rather than in the trailer to keep things light for my tug.
I suggest having a professional hitch company install you Class 3 hitch but not CW nor UHaul.

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Old 03-18-2016, 02:50 PM   #20
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Shelly, thank you so much for the information. I appreciate it so much. Do you think having a 16' rather than a 17' would make a difference, or is the hitch just going to be low, period?
I'll probably take the van in to an automotive repair shop we've dealt with, here in town, over the years. They've been reliable in the past, and I hope appreciate our business. . .
Thanks again for the info. I take it all to heart.
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:18 PM   #21
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I believe U-Hauls are independent franchises, so I wouldn't make any blanket judgments based on one report or one location. I have had good experiences with the one near me over many years.

That said, though, if you already have a relationship with a trusted independent mechanic, that would be the place to go.

On a minivan, the hitch will be low. Weight distribution systems add quite a bit of weight of their own. With a 17' Casita (which averages 3300 pounds loaded and 425 pounds on the tongue) WDH is essential. With a 16'er, maybe not. Airbags are another way to stiffen up the rear for towing.

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...I put most of my stuff in the van rather than in the trailer to keep things light for my tug...
Moving cargo from the trailer to the tug doesn't make it any lighter. Depending on where it is stowed in the vehicle, it could actually exacerbate the tongue load on the rear suspension. My Honda Pilot owner's manual has a chart showing how each 150 pound passenger (or equivalent cargo) reduces the trailer and tongue weight rating. The closer to the back of the vehicle, the greater the reduction.
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Old 03-18-2016, 05:59 PM   #22
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Tonie, 16 foot probably have been a better choice for me but the small refrigerator was a deal breaker. I figure the trailer will out last my vehicle as I already have 130k on the Sienna. My next TV will probably be a van...not a minivan.
You're right Jon in AZ, I should not make blanket statement regarding CW and Uhaul.

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