Reducing tongue weight on a 21’ by LOADING differently
We will have a forthcoming 2017 - - - 21’ Escape. (will order when ordering opens)
Tug is a Acura MDX with factory tow package. 5000 lb max, 500 lb max tongue weight.
AWD, and 300 hp (10% more than the peppiest Highlander)
Prodigy P2 proportional brake controller.
Will get ETI to install the e2 Fastway WDH with built in sway.
They recently said "that one is best for the 21'" (that they sell)
Have ordered a Shureline LM 1000 scale, and will be very careful about measuring & watching tongue weight.
Az Jack (and many others) say their 21’ loaded is about 4,200 gross.
No, I am not going to change the tug now… so don’t try to convince me to.
Numerous people tow with a Highlander, and that has the same max weight capacity (5,000 & 500) as our tug, and 10% less horsepower. (270 hp vs our 300 hp V6)
Will be getting dual 6v batteries in the 21’ (they are in rear dinette seats, i do believe, on the 21’)
will be getting factory installed solar.
so those things put some weight at the back.
We also try to minimize towing with full black & grey tanks any distance… (even though we do mostly boondocking….. I just do the research to find a close by RV dump to dump ASAP after heading towards home)
Will rarely have a bike rack on the 21’ Escape, however.
one) Wanted to get some clever ideas about how to reduce our tongue weight (* * if need be* * )
Of course how I load the stuff… but… any clever ideas?
two) Where is the fresh water tank located? I know the amount of water in that can (?) reduce tongue weight, depending where it is.
three) on our MDX the hitch receiver is about 17” off the ground (to the center of the receiver)… I assume the e2 Fastway can be set up by ETI to account for this, and make the ball the right height for the 21’ Escape?
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate this forum, and all the good people on it.