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Old 07-10-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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17 & 19 hitch weights

I'm considering either the a 17B or a 19. I'm looking to tow with a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder - class 3 hitch, 5000lb tow capacity. 500lbs max tongue, I'll have about 1000lbs for passengers, fuel, cargo and hitch weight. I know that the dry hitch weights of the 17B and 19 are around 250lbs. What are they typically when loaded? I'd like to get the dual propane tanks and dual 6v battery option. Where are the batteries located (on the hitch?). Anyone actually weigh their unit when fully loaded? Thanks...

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Old 07-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

Hi Randy, and welcome.

I have actually never weighed my hitch on the 19 all loaded up. I have a 450 lb hitch capacity on my Pilot and never seemed to have an issue with too much weight, even without a WD hitch. The batteries are under the front right dinette seat (I have the 2-6V ones).

I actually worry more about not enough hitch weight, as the majority of the storage space is in the rear, under the bed.

I really should get it weighed some time, in order to devise a more weight appropriate way of packing.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:24 PM   #3
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

Our Highlander has the same capacity and when we picked up the 17ft we hitched it up and quickly realized that WDH was needed even though it was well within tolerance.. My best guess was the hitch weight was around 400Lbs (when fully loaded w/Dual Propane and our stuff inside the trailer) the backend really looked a tad out of wack once hitched.. We opted for a WDH, when installed really evened everything out..
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:53 AM   #4
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

JeffZ, what year is your Highlander? I have an '08 pulling a 17' Casita and hopefully will be pulling a new 19' Escape! With the Casita I am only using an anti-sway bar and have wonder about using a WDH.

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Old 07-26-2009, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

A search in the other forum... someone weighed in at 2610 + 320 = 2930 for a 17B... a little on the high side I would suspect.
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:19 PM   #6
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

Ours is 2008 Sport w/towing package.. we definitely needed the WDH as the back end sag'd a bit.. so it was money well spent. I have no doubt that you'll be able to pull the 19ft.. we end up with a AS Bambi and towed all the way to FL (from SF) and back of course.. The AS is 3680 dry weight and 460 tongue and it was just a tad too much for the 6 cylinder - so we up the ante up to F150.. I really think that the Highlander would-of pulled the 19ft with no problem.. I wouldn't get the high axle lift though..
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Old 07-27-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

Jeff, thanks for the information. I must say the Highlander is a nice, very nice, vehicle. At the recent Oregon Grathering, where I saw the 19 footer for the first time, my Casita came in at 3,320 lbs. If I kept the speed to 60 mph, I was getting 17 mpg. But going home, I was going 65+ and the mpg's dropped to the high 14's.

Interesting is that my 17' Casita comes in at exactly 3,000 lbs dry while the Escape 19' is 2,510 lbs.
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

Rick, do you include stuff like batteries, propane bottles and the awning in your dry weight though. I would definitely thought it would be a bit lighter.
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:17 AM   #9
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Jim, me too, I thought the Casita would have been lighter. The 3,000 lbs inculdes the 1 battery, propane and the awning, but no water. Well, about 2 gallons or so in the the black water tank, empty gray water tank and no water in the fresh water tank.
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:35 AM   #10
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Re: 17 & 19 hitch weights

I was having an issue with trailer "bob" so I finally got my 17B weighed to check things out. Trailer weight was 3460 and tongue was 340 with 1 propane bottle 1/2 full and fresh water tank about 1/2 full (no gray or black tanks). Most sources say 10-11% is ideal but Reace tells me I should have more tongue weight to reduce the "bob". I find this hard to accept because the weight placard in my trailer says MGVW is 3500# amd max tongue weight is 350# which is exactly 10%. My rig is heavy because I am full timing in it and necessarily carry a lot of stuff, although I have since gone on a diet and jetisoned about 250#. I am not running a WDH, only air bags to reduce rear droop, and find my trailer tows beautifully.

My tow vehicle is an Toyota FJ Cruiser with 5000# tow limit and 500# hitch limit. I am getting 13-14 MPG towing, mostly in the Colorado mountains.

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