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Old 05-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #211
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Denny,

Thanks for posting the short answer as well as the source.

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:50 PM   #212
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yes in tires... I heard that before and so never bothered myself. And when the guy at the Seguin RV center was stressing the "beauty and selling points" of a winnebago minnie winnie trailer to me, to include nitrogen filled tires, I just nodded politely. But I was just wondering if airbags might be a different story. I think only someone who has tried both air and nitrogen specifically in airbags will be able to answer the question. I know on "some" mobility scooters there have been folks who swear by nitrogen in those little tires. Shrug. Who knows?

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:40 PM   #213
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"my Hidden Hitch for the RAV4 is rated for 400 lb. tongue weight. I'm sticking with 350 as per the RAV manual. I talked to a tech at Hidden Hitch before the install, which was done at my Toyota dealer prior to taking delivery of the vehicle.

Have to agree - My current hitch is labeled 400 lbs as well. I could put a class 5 hitch on my RAV4 that is rated at 1200 lbs, but the RAV4 is still only 350 lbs."

i wish i had you guys to talk to the etrailer guy...i cant say the right things even tho i do think i understand whats going on
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:07 AM   #214
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e-trailer won't pay shipping for me to send my PS499902 back. i really wanted the 01 but they talked me into the 02 since the other was back-ordered. i paid $257.95 for it and shipping would be $72.00
Since the only difference between these two models is the stiffness (thickness) of the spring bars, and selling anything (such as on Craigslist) means losing most of its value, I would check into buying the lighter bars separately (and then selling just the stiffer bars, or keeping them)... if I still wanted to use a WD system.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:11 AM   #215
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it does seem kinda wierd tho that the toyota rav manual says dont use a wdh and the etrailer salesman could look up which wdh is right for the rav
That would be weird... but then, I don't believe for a moment that anyone at eTrailer looked up what WDH is right for a RAV4. The choice is usually just based on tongue weight. They might have used some formula involving tug wheelbase, too, but I have never seen any indication that anyone at eTrailer would know what is right for any vehicle, other than knowing what part fits.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:16 AM   #216
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The airbags are ok...a bit annoying to fill. I have thought about adding that green too I've seen at Walmart for bike tires and rough calculate the volume and mostly fill it...of course they won't ever come out of the coil spring....has anyone done something like that?
Yikes! No!

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Fluids not being compressible may not work so well in the airbags.
The rest of Jason's post is right on the money, too. I like the rotisserie image!
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Are airbags something that putting nitrogen vs air in might work better?
A fair question... but the answer is no. The small advantages of tires would be even less important in an airbag (of the type which goes in a coil), which is not rubber and does not get hot.
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brian-i have thought about the bars. there seems to be conflicting info there too. i have been told on here there is a difference in the weight of the bars. only 2-3 lbs tho. but etrailer insists both 01 and 02 weigh the same.

i was talking to one of the higher ups. i was canceling my order for the 01 cuz it wouldnt come for 2-3 months. it seems he is a manager or something-i won't put his name here. he insists the the two hitches weigh the same and he at least "pretended" to look up the rav and insisted the 02 would do it.

my part of the conversation had to do with the "window" of tw that reese explained to me. with the 01 the rav tw of 350 is right in the middle where it should be. with the 02 it is at one end.

the above is me-an ignorant of this stuff newbie remembering what happened---so no one should think what i am saying is really correct. this is how i remember it.

and i wont be giving it away on craigslist. i will take off no more than what i would lose in shipping. i have the box-paperwork-it was never used. it would save someone waiting for delivery if they needed one. i may keep it in the end. but i could really use the money now. i still dont have my camper back.
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Hitch height

You know, there's a hitch out there that goes into your vehicle's receiver and this hitch has another identical square receiver welded onto it making it about 4" higher. Someone might think they can turn it upside down and use it to lower the towing vehicle's towing height. DON'T do it! This kind of hitch is meant for an accessory device like a bicycle rack or an extra equipment carrying box to be mounted ABOVE the straight-out square receiver. You should not pull a trailer with that kind of hitch used 'upside down'.
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You know, there's a hitch out there that goes into your vehicle's receiver and this hitch has another identical square receiver welded onto it making it about 4" higher. Someone might think they can turn it upside down and use it to lower the towing vehicle's towing height. DON'T do it! This kind of hitch is meant for an accessory device like a bicycle rack or an extra equipment carrying box to be mounted ABOVE the straight-out square receiver. You should not pull a trailer with that kind of hitch used 'upside down'.
Those kinds of devices, with or without accessory attachment points, are "hitch extenders." Their most serious problem is they move the ball attachment point further rearward. That is bad for towing stability and worse for tongue weight because the lever effect is increased. Every hitch extender I've seen includes a caveat that it reduces allowable tongue weight by 50%. Your 350 pound rating becomes 175. Adding accessories makes it worse.
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