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Old 04-11-2013, 04:22 PM   #71
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...just to see what the difference of the weights are on your steering axle with and without the trailer?
A good thing to know. With the distance from ball to rear axle about 40% of the distance from front axle to rear axle (wheelbase), load equal to about 40% of the 390 pound tongue weight will be transferred off of the front axle to the rear. That's about 156 pounds, plus or minus lots because I'm guessing at the distance to the ball; the value is as accurate as the tongue weight and the distance measurements (but wheelbase is already accurately known for the RAV-4).
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I'm thinking if the weather is good Saturday and the scale place is open I might go get mine weighed....water tank full and generator inside...I carried it in my Rav4 back seat last weekend...its good to know the weights....if too much is being taken from the front axle a wdh I'd a real good thing then.


Also...Denny, on my airbags it says max psi of 35 lbs...you really put 40 in it? Was it squatting that bad?
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #73
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Denny, would you consider weighing your Rav4 and rig on a CAT scale just to see what the difference of the weights are on your steering axle with and without the trailer?
If I see one that's convenient, maybe I will.

I will measure the distance from the rear axle to ball tomorrow and calculate the effect of the tongue weight.
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I'm thinking if the weather is good Saturday and the scale place is open I might go get mine weighed....water tank full and generator inside...I carried it in my Rav4 back seat last weekend...its good to know the weights....if too much is being taken from the front axle a wdh I'd a real good thing then.

Also...Denny, on my airbags it says max psi of 35 lbs...you really put 40 in it? Was it squatting that bad?
I have the same Firestone air bags you bought. I fill them up to 5# less than max so it's probably 30, not 40#. I use an old fashioned bicycle pump and count the strokes. The first time I set them up, I used an air gage, then wrote on the side of the pump, how many strokes= 5 psi ( no trailer ) and 30 psi (with trailer).
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i've been off-line for a few days. before that i got a few pms that said this would probably work:

49903 Reese Pro Series Complete RB Weight Distribution Kit 10,000 lbs.

this was recommended by the rv guy. i questioned him about putting on something that would pull so much more weight than i would ever pull(10,000) and if it would add to the tongue weight---he said "it didnt matter-but i am not sure if he checked about rav4s

he would put it on for about 330. i think he couldnt find one for a class 3 that was smaller...

does this make sense...that i should buy one that will carry so much more weight than i will ever pull?
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does this make sense...that i should buy one that will carry so much more weight than i will ever pull?
You might want to read this.

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Old 04-13-2013, 07:04 PM   #77
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These are specs for mine. I have no intention of towing 14,000 lbs. Don't think you'll find one lighter than what you've been offered.
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Most WDH come with different bars for different hitch weights even though the overall hitch is rated for the same Gross Trailer Weight. Here is a link to a page that shows the part numbers for the Pro Series hitches. They show a version of what looks like the same hitch with 550 lb bars (part # 49901) which would make more sense than going with 1000 lb bars in the model you linked to. Generally, you want the lightest bars that are over the tongue weight of your trailer. You might point this out to the dealer & ask what he thinks.
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thx. the link wouldnt come up. said "webpage not available"

so glenn...i cant find out how much mine weighs...but it wont matter? it wont really add to tongue weight?

you guys know so much and this is all new to me...but i thought someone said you couldnt go over 350 cuz it is a rav
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thx jon-i couldnt open that link either so i guess it is my computer
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It would appear that you can get much closer to the 400# WDH that you need at etrailer.

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The spec of 600 lb. tongue weight on the WDH is the spec for that part of that hitch. You still have a max. of 350 lb. for the RAV4, so 350 lb is your max. Follow what Jon said about the bars.
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thx tom-i see what you are saying. it costs 200. more...it seems important to get it as close as i can

glenn - i really appreciate all you and jon are doing for me
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Im probably ordering the 49901 for myself on monday....Takes care of anti sway and weight distribution.
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