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Old 12-20-2014, 12:24 AM   #71
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Similar to the reason you leave your pickup tailgate down for slightly better gas mileage.
I thought that was under dispute or had been refuted. I vaguely recall seeing a video of a truck in a wind tunnel that showed flow was better with the tailgate up.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:29 AM   #72
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If your trailer is loaded properly, so that the tongue weight is 12 -15 per cent of the trailer weight ( about 320 lbs tongue weight ), you should have no problem towing with a F250, without a WDH or sway control.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:37 AM   #73
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I thought that was under dispute or had been refuted. I vaguely recall seeing a video of a truck in a wind tunnel that showed flow was better with the tailgate up.
Late model aerodynamically designed trucks, yes. Old cludge boxy ones, not so much.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:47 AM   #74
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I've read a lot of the RAV4 manual and never come across max trailer frontal area. Anybody else?
This merely illustrates the fact that the Rav4 wasn't designed as a tow vehicle thus the owner's manual doesn't offer 13 pages on towing like my GMC's does.
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Well, it has about 10 pages on towing, which doesn't prove anything.
I was just asking if anybody else had come across this spec in their manual.
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Well, it has about 10 pages on towing, which doesn't prove anything.
I was just asking if anybody else had come across this spec in their manual.
I had read some Ford tow literature for their various trucks and SUV's a while back that differentiated between ratings for towing boats and for towing slab-front tows.
Nothing for Honda or Toyota.
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Old 12-20-2014, 02:05 AM   #77
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You've got an F250; you're good to go. They don't call 'em "Super Duty" for nothing. ( If it would fit, you probably could just load the 19 in the bed!)
Ok I am relieved. Thanks Pat
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If your trailer is loaded properly, so that the tongue weight is 12 -15 per cent of the trailer weight ( about 320 lbs tongue weight ), you should have no problem towing with a F250, without a WDH or sway control.
My trailer is a 19 towing with the f250 ? Pat
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I still think you'll be fine, if you have the trailer loaded properly. Hooking up with a WDH is a aggravation I could do without if I didn't need it.
In any event, you can always add it if you are uneasy.
Tongue weight for the 19 seems to fall between 380 and 450, with some strange anomalies ( 220 lbs? for instance ). See Trailer Weights in the Real World
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My trailer is a 19 towing with the f250 ? Pat
No need for a WDH, sway control is up to you. If you get sway from passing trucks or cross winds you can add one. Out of curiosity, does the trailer ride level or slightly down in the front when hitched up?
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