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Old 09-28-2016, 04:58 AM   #11
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The rule of thumb is if the trailer is more than 50% of the weight of the vehicle, you should have one.
I would suggest you may enjoy your towing experience way more if you have one. I have a Tacoma and had one to tow my 14' Tent Trailer and it was night and day. I am considering buying one to tow my 17B.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:00 AM   #12
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Good luck on your trip home, nice running into you yesterday at Escape Trailers.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:36 AM   #13
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Can hardly believe that they did not put sonar on a Highlander all of this time. We have it on our 2011 4Runner. Can't do without it now. I never turn it off. It can beep with the ball mount on because, if you turn it off then, you will likely forget to turn it back on.
Cathy, I don't know about Toyota, but when we turn OFF the sonar on our Explorer, it stays off only until we turn off the engine. When we restart the engine, the sonar has defaulted back to ON. For me, the silent backing with the trailer is much less nerve wracking.........
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:24 PM   #14
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Cathy, I don't know about Toyota, but when we turn OFF the sonar on our Explorer, it stays off only until we turn off the engine. When we restart the engine, the sonar has defaulted back to ON. For me, the silent backing with the trailer is much less nerve wracking.........
I just checked ours and it does not default to "on." 2011 4Runner

By the way, the sonar on ours will let you know when you have the ball under the coupler. Some find that a good feature. Does not necessarily means that it is exactly in the place needed though.
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That camera view of the ball and coupler is great. Makes hitching up a snap!
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:45 PM   #16
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The rule of thumb is if the trailer is more than 50% of the weight of the vehicle, you should have one.
What is the origin of this rule of thumb? I've never heard of it before, and it doesn't make sense to me.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:20 PM   #17
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What is the origin of this rule of thumb? I've never heard of it before, and it doesn't make sense to me.
I used a WDH to tow my 14' tent trailer behind my Tacoma. It was a 2004 Fleetwood Redwood at 3300lbs. When I purchased my 2007 17b, I started reading up on the WDH hitches to decide if I should add one. The 17b was really bouncy when I first picked it up. After loading up for a trip and strategically placing the gear, I decided against the WDH. The Tacoma is known for its soft rear suspension.

As far a the rule of thumb, I read that a couple of times of the square box trailer forums, maybe the Forest River forum. They really do make a difference, and if you know the trick to setting them up, there no hassle.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:21 PM   #18
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As far a the rule of thumb, I read that a couple of times of the square box trailer forums, maybe the Forest River forum.
Thanks Doug. I would think that with the typical travel trailer lineup, that rule would mean that every tow vehicle other than a full-sized pickup would need to use WD, which is one reason that it doesn't make sense to me.
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