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Old 01-28-2012, 01:19 AM   #31
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Re: Towing a 17B?

My tow rig does not need a WDH. When we went to the factory for delivery I asked Reace to help me install the WDH brackets on the trailer he looked at me and said put it back in the truck, you don't need it.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:44 AM   #32
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My tow rig does not need a WDH. When we went to the factory for delivery I asked Reace to help me install the WDH brackets on the trailer he looked at me and said put it back in the truck, you don't need it.
And, you didn't need the WDH. You have a rear wheel drive truck. So, the weight from the hitch is applied to the rear ( driving ) wheels.
If you have a front wheel drive vehicle or AWD or part-time four wheel drive, the driving wheels are at the front. The rear wheels become drive wheels only when the front wheels aren't doing the job. The WDH transfers some of the weight from the rear to the front.

Which is why Reace says you need a WDH for those vehicles.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #33
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My tow rig does not need a WDH. When we went to the factory for delivery I asked Reace to help me install the WDH brackets on the trailer he looked at me and said put it back in the truck, you don't need it.
And, you didn't need the WDH. You have a rear wheel drive truck. So, the weight from the hitch is applied to the rear ( driving ) wheels.
If you have a front wheel drive vehicle or AWD or part-time four wheel drive, the driving wheels are at the front. The rear wheels become drive wheels only when the front wheels aren't doing the job. The WDH transfers some of the weight from the rear to the front.

Which is why Reace says you need a WDH for those vehicles.

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In my opinion I don't think that it is clear cut rear vs front wheel drive, that the capacity of the vehicle is also part of the equation.

A Tundra probably has much stronger rear springs than my Tacoma and most likely rated at more tow capacity. My owners manual states that Toyota advises the use of a WDH with my Tacoma and I agree with Toyota. Before hooking up the WDH the trailer, the tongue weight drops the rear of the truck. When we bought Blue, Reace carefully adjusted the WDH so the the rear of the truck was the same height with and without Blue attached. He didn't say anything about not needing a WDH for our setup. He did say that we wouldn't need any additional anti-sway mechanism, that the WDH itself would help prevent sway in our setup. I have driven our setup without the WDH installed and there is a clear difference in the ride and how the entire rig feels. I wouldn't travel without the WDH for our setup.

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Old 02-12-2012, 07:11 PM   #34
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Re: Towing a 17B?

Hi, I'm picking up a new 17'-B next month and pulling it with a 06 Tacoma.
I was wondering if I need a drop receiver and what size ball does the hitch require?



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Old 02-13-2012, 12:21 AM   #35
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Re: Towing a 17B?

The trailer uses a 2" ball. As for the hitch hight there is discussion about that in this thread, http://escapeforum.org/index.php?topic=177.0 ,the second and third posts reference a high lift axle and a regular one.

If you get the WDH through Reace you can adjust the hight of these to match your tow vehicle.

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Thanks for the link Barry. The 19" hight is close to what I have On the truck.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #37
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Re: Towing a 17B?

For those interested in weight for a 17B, mine is packed for a 5 month trip. Trailer options that add weight include A/C, dual 6v batteries & propane, solar, 5 cu. ft. refrigerator, electric tongue jack, and front storage box.

Trailer weight with empty black & grey & 1/3 fresh water - 3020 lbs (still need to add food to the refrigerator if the repair parts ever come in to Camping World) Tongue weight - 340 lbs.

The dual propane, electric jack & front storage box required a bit rearranging of stuff to keep the tongue weight down...
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:14 PM   #38
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:40 PM   #39
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The RAV4 is a 2010 Sport, which comes as a 4 wheel drive V6 (and run flat tires, which are a joke). In addition, it has the tow package. While the RAV4 calls itself a 4 wheel drive, and can be locked in 4 wheel drive, once you exceed 25MPH it switches to front wheel drive, locked or not. A weight distribution hitch is essential to good traction, braking, and handling.

I'm up to 39k towing miles, still feel it is a good choice for my style of travel (57 MPH towing on secondary roads). I have been towing at 60MPH on the western part of I 10, and just the 3MPH difference cuts MPG by a mile or two. I much prefer secondary roads. Since it is my daily driver, the 25MPG unhooked is great. I will admit to wishing for more torque or better gearing in the mountains, but accept that I will be pulling some hills at 40MPH in 2nd gear.
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