Re: Tongue weight with extra gear
I am new to all this towing stuff, so please bear with me if I am asking a silly question.
We have ordered our new escape with a Weight Distribution Hitch.
We recently got a draw-tite type III hitch for our '08 Toyota Sienna. When I got it, I talked to the hitch guy, he inferred that the WDH has a vehicle component that would cause the weight to be distributed further forward on the vehicle. He said he would need to know the hitch height on the trailer, and it would be about $600 additional. Our neighbors have a 25' airstream that they tow with a F-150 pickup. the neighbor says the truck hitch is tied into the middle of the truck's frame so that the weight bears over the whole truck rather than just the rear wheels.
We used this hitch to pull a 16' Scamp about 1000 miles. but when we attached the scamp to the hitch, the rear of the van sank somewhere between 3 or 5 inches. Because it was a rental trailer, we had to use some zip ties to keep the safety chains from dragging on the ground -- overall, the whole thing seemed really close to the ground.
On the other hand, when I look at the pictures of the escape, there are a couple of bars and some extra chains. I don't think there is a part that gets mounted on the trailer.
With that long bit of background, here are my questions:
1) As I said, I am getting the WDH option on the trailer. Do I need to also get a WDH component on the towing vehicle?
2) I know that I can make the rear end of the Sienna stiffer using air bags, stiffer shocks, rubber inserts in the springs, etc. Does anyone have any experience with those products?
all that said, we have found other folks towing escape like trailers with Siennas, so I think we will be fine. The replacement vehicle, when ever we buy it, will probably have a larger towing capacity. But hopefully that decision is a few years off.
thanks for any advice.
St. Paul, MN
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