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Old 04-21-2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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Re: WDH Weight Ratings

The fridge on 12 volt is the only reason you would need a heavier gauge wire.
From what I can remember, the fridge draws about 10 plus amps on 12 volt.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:04 PM   #12
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Yes, so the # 10 wire is a charge wire, not a "ground" wire, as Baglo has incorrectly labeled it above. The ground wire, on the other hand, is to assure the continuity of the all-important ground (or, current returning to the negative terminal of the battery), rather than grounding to the TV chassis, which can on some occasions provide an inconsistent ground due mainly to corrosion. So, should the ground wire also be #10, or could it be #12 or smaller? It seems like it should be #10, because if we are concerned about voltage drop and resistance losses on the way to the trailer batteries, the concern would be equal on the way back to the TV battery. :P
Yep, #10 for the ground line is good.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:20 PM   #14
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Re: WDH Weight Ratings

If you are concerned about the load carrying capacity of the positive and negative wire, you should also be concerned about flexibility as you are running the circuit from the truck to the trailer.
You should also be concerned about the mechanical safety of the circuit from damage through wear and tear.

Having said all of the above, the wire you should be using is.

#4 light welding cable, and it is not costly.

I use it for a grounding wire on my gas filled slip tank.

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Old 04-22-2011, 08:27 PM   #15
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Re: WDH Weight Ratings

Most hitch companies will usually only install 12 gauge wire for charge and ground wires. This will work, however 10 gauge for both is preferred. This is due to the voltage drop lost in the distance from the front to rear of the vehicle and the for the required draw for charging the battery during travel. The draw for charging the battery will vary depending on how low the voltage is on the trailer battery or if the fridge is running on 12V. The charge and ground wire on the trailer side are 10 gauge.

Just an FYI about the Rav 4...there are two class 3 hitches available. One is particularily designed for use with an WDH.

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Old 04-26-2011, 10:58 AM   #16
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Re: WDH Weight Ratings

Thanks Reace! I am headed in to get the hitch this Friday, and the brand they are planning to install is a Draw-tite, which the dealer says is a division of Hidden Hitch. Is that the right one, or should I ask for something different??
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:59 PM   #17
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Re: WDH Weight Ratings

Draw-Tite, Reese, and Hidden Hitch are all owned by Cequent. http://www.cequentgroup.com/ When I was hitch shopping for my Rav4, all of their Class 3 round tube hitches looked the same to me. They are rated at 350 lbs tongue weight and 3500 lbs towing and 400/4000 Weight distributing. A class 2 hitch is also available in all three brands that is rated at 300/3500 lbs but it is not rated for weight distributing. Reace may be able to confirm or refute this with his greater experience.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:21 PM   #18
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The Rav 4 apparently has two class 3 hitches available. One is not rated for use with an EQ hitch. I don't believe it is a specific brand over another....but can't confirm that. Another owner brought this to my attention when they were getting ready to pick up their trailer. The one that was already installed on the car was a class 3, but not rated...they had it changed out to one that was listed for use with an EQ.

There is a tag on the hitch which will indicate the ratings....make sure it has EQ ratings on it.

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Old 04-28-2011, 09:18 AM   #19
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Thanks Reece and Harold, and I am hearing from the dealer that the one they have ordered has an EQ rating, the same as Harold has described above, so I'm going ahead with it tomorrow. Thanks again for your assistance!
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