Since this topic is about a similar vehicle as the one I started last weekend...Was towing this weekend and was awfully windy
I didn't get to make it to the CAT scale yesterday, but did do a few tongue weigh's of my ParkLiner
. Because I want to carry my yamaha generator
in the ParkLiner
vs the back seat of my Rav4 I put it inside the doorway and sat there pretty nicely with very little room to move... might add some foam to its wedged in a little tighter.
With an empty water tank and 2 nearly full propane
tanks (about 8 hours of use on it from saturday nite while I slept. I got 284.5lbs of tongue weight.
When I filled the water tank till overflowing, went inside and turned on the hot water in my galley sink till water came out, tried to add more water to the tank but almost immediatly was overflowing.(ok Im new to this, when filling the water tank does it automatically flow into and fill the hot water tank with cold water too?)
I re-weighed the tongue and got 260lbs.
Since the trailer at this point is basically ready to travel(going camping next weekend, so only thing missing is 2 changes of clothes, some half and half for my coffee and about a pound of food lol) So this looks like pretty close to what I would be hauling for a 2 or 3 day weekend. except still need the 5 gallon gas can and that might go on the tongue and can swap out a propane
tank since after this month heat isn't really going to be needed by my standards.
Now because I had some sway issues in the heavy winds last weekend and want to add anti sway device for those times when it is kinda windy would rather be safe then sorry. And since its been discussed and doesn't need to be repeated about maintaining proper air pressure in tires
of tv and caravan, and not hanging anything off the back of the trailer...
Im looking at 2 different WDH's
Pro Series Weight Distribution System w/ Friction Sway Control - Round - 10,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW Pro Series Weight Distribution PS49901
Now this one does have a removeable anti sway bar, and is rated for twice my current tongue weight...Im not planning on pushing my max capacities because I dont want to destroy my Rav4's suspension... but the wdh weighs in at 102lbs
the other one Im leaning towards is Reese 350 Mini-Lite Weight Distribution System w Sway Control for Light-Duty, A-Frame Trailers Reese Weight Distribution RP66024
it has a sway control built into it, doesn't need to be dsconected if backing up, is rated for up to a 3500lb trailer (which is my max tow weight anyway) and weighs 37lbs.
So much of what I see for wdh's are for real heavy trailers but with the Rav4's soft rear end I am in agreement that its a good idea but I have seen some disussion about the possibility of doing damage to the trailer useing a too heavy rated wdh and it would be a much stiffer ride.
I can probably have welded on a bracket onto the reese unit for an additional anti sway bar if it came down to needing it...the lighter weight of the reese unit vs the pro is Im still below the 350lb tongue weight with it attached.