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Old 11-13-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Tongue weight with extra gear

We are getting our 17B in March! Our tow vehicle is a Tacoma, 6 cylinder, with tow package. I have a few questions for you experienced Escapees-
What is the tongue weight with two propane tanks and two 6 volt batteries? Can I safely load the trailer to offset this extra weight?
Does anyone know of a hitch system that will accomodate a Yakima Drydock rack? It would need a horizontal, two inch, reciever on top of the hitch. I'd like to avoid buying a new rack for my canoes and kayaks.
Thanks! I've enjoyed reading the forum posts and look forward to being more involved.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Sounds like you need a hitch with a horizontal platform for a ball and a vertical receiver for your Yakima to slot into. You may have to get one made custom for your particular application.

Our new 17B has the dual propane tanks on the tongue but the 2 batteries are mounted on the rear as we have the front storage bin.
When we loaded my husband's motorcycle on the rear (on a motorcycle carrier), we loaded up the front storage box with water
containers to offset the rear weight. In addition, we also moved our gear inside the trailer to the front (small dinette) end.
We have a 6 cylinder 2004 Tacoma with a manual transmission. We bought it new for a tow setup but it does not have the larger fan,
additional suspension, etc. like the Toyota tow package has.

I ordered our 17B "BIKE RACK READY - REINFORCED FOR 500 LBS." since I knew my husband might want to take his motorcycle when he went hunting in the trailer. His first trip was 2 days after picking up the trailer and he had no issues driving with the bike on the back.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

I looked at the online images of the Yakima rack. It looks like it will take quite a bit of modification or some very special adapters like LBaranyal mentions.

A simpler solution might be to use your Drydock when you aren't towing and make or buy one like the Style #1 at the top of this page: http://www.paddling.net/buyersguide/...995&manfID=166
Or maybe your Drydock could be modified to mount like Style #1 does?

We carry canoes and bikes, but we have a topper on our Tacoma with mounts built in that take our regular Yakima racks.

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:59 PM   #4
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Thanks, everybody! You gave me some good ideas. I'll contact Tammy and ask about rear mounted batteries and look into making my own modifications on an extended hitch. My major worry is that the hitch has a capacity over the maximum tongue weight. I like to overcompensate on such things for safety's sake.
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:14 PM   #5
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Eric,

If you get the dual 6v option (a very good option in my opinion) the batteries are mounted in the rear.

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Old 11-14-2011, 02:07 PM   #6
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Thanks for that info. It should not be much of a problem then to weld a horizontal receiver on top of an extra long hitch. If it doesn't work, we'll look for another solution!
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:56 PM   #7
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

see etrailer.com

Curt Adapters - D-192

Curt 8" Dual Purpose Ball Mount

Combined weight rating of both receivers: 350 lbs TW/3,500 lbs GTW
Top receiver opening not for towing use
Bottom receiver for towbar or trailer use
Pin and clip not included

Directy link is: http://www.etrailer.com/Tow-Bars/Curt/D-192.html

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Old 11-14-2011, 10:51 PM   #8
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

You got it right on! That should work perfectly.


The steelhead are scarce down here, too. At least for me.

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Old 11-22-2011, 01:09 PM   #9
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Thanks, everyone. Tammy informed me that the 17B tongue weight with two filled propane tanks and the two 6 volt batteries on the rear bumber is about 300 pounds. This should be no problem with my current hitch or the adapted Curtis hitch.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #10
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Re: Tongue weight with extra gear

Get an equalizer hitch.
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