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Old 02-05-2016, 07:16 PM   #61
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What should one use to drill out a broken titanium drill bit?
A carbide drill bit maybe.

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Old 02-05-2016, 07:55 PM   #62
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Oh in that case....
I think your little fella there needs a bit of a time out.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:46 PM   #63
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I think your little fella there needs a bit of a time out.

He can't he's missing a bit
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:07 PM   #64
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Groan......
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:08 PM   #65
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Solutions for clearance problems

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I thought added distance when executing a jack-knife maneuver would help keep the tow bumper from crunching into my tongue box. It helped, but not enough to Trump (sorry) the overall towing experience.
That's a reason that I don't want a wide tongue box... or propane tanks overhanging the frame. A much more effective (and much more difficult) solution than extending the ball mount, which also improves stability and reduces hitch load (instead of making them worse), is to extend the tongue of the trailer. I note that Bigfoot has an even bigger body-width storage box than Escape, but they extend the trailer's frame to compensate so turning clearance is not lost.

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You can also use the Jack-E-Up up removable jack, that way you can use the shorter stingers for better towing. Jack-E-Up
Good point. Another option is to use an Ultimate Jack, which can be raised for towing and lowered for tailgate
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:56 PM   #66
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Well, after killing a couple of drill bits, (that WDH is HARD, my Dremel and round file came in handy) and following all the instructions for the Pro Series with the trailer hooked up and the WDH adjusted I took it out for a test run over to our local COOP for some weighing. Felt excellent, and no sway with trying some very fast lane change type maneuvers.

As Iowa Dave reported about his setup, I had to switch orientation of the large adjustment area from pointed down to pointed up to get the ball to the setup height the instruction listed = 3/4" higher than the top of the trailer ball lock in point before hookup.

I'm able to get the front of the HIghlander back to almost precisely its loaded but unhitched height as the instructions specify but the front the trailer is up above level. From trying to read more about this on the web, I've concluded that for a single axle trailer too high is better than too low. The rationale is that in any heavy braking need, that the weight is shifted to the front of the trailer and putting more downforce on it - thus pushing down more on the ball.

Ideally I'd get it perfectly level, but with the available adjustments it seems I can only get either a bit too low or a bit too high if I keep the WDH bars close to level- so for now unless someone has a good reason to switch I guess I'll leave it that way. Comments more than welcome!
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:07 PM   #67
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Agreed, with single axle there is no issue with high or low impact on tires, just towing experience. The tandem axles should be level when towing.
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:12 PM   #68
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:33 PM   #69
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By George he's got it, Eric's really got it. Yes he's got it. Your rig for your Escape on your Highlander looks just like my rig for our Escape on our Highlander. Imagine that. How much you got hangin, three or four? Once you get 5 or 6 cases of beer and 50 lbs of ice in a BIG cooler in the back of the Highlander, she might squat down to level. Best of luck,
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Hey Dave - you're surely right about not having the beer weight yet - will need that soon and for sure for the Midwest Rally.

I've got 4 hangin' now and it goes up pretty easy. I've decided that the Highlander has stronger rear suspension than the Tacoma did based on all this WDH changeover. When we started considering a new tow, one of the very interesting facts was finding out that the 2016 Highlander has a larger passenger/cargo load capacity than the 2016 Tacoma. The Tacoma has larger GCWR due to larger tow rating.
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