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Old 11-22-2015, 10:08 PM   #21
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Thank you very much for each post, I learned so much from your real world experience about the options and it is making a lot of sense.

After considering all the posts received , I am making some changes to my option list now & some options I will get after using the Trailer for a few months.

- Include the Surge Protector
- I will get the towing Lessons, will search for them around locally in Florida
- Include Spray Foam Insulation for Under the Trailer
- I will REMOVE the Stereo
- REMOVE the High Lift Axle, may add later if needed
- REMOVE the Tongue Power Jack
- Move 1 Captain Reading Light to the front passenger corner top, move the other one to the rear passenger corner top.
-REMOVE the exterior hatch, use Front Storage Box for the hoses, etc.

Few more questions -

- My Lexus Rx350 has a towing capacity of 3500lbs, would this necessitate a weight distributing hitch ?.
If & when I am towing without a WDH, how would I know I need a WDH, what does one watch for to assess its need ?

- I plan to use the rear dinette as the bed, and to save the trouble of storing the pedestal, will a hinged table help ?. Please help me understand how this arrangement with the hinged dinette works.

- "The price for the EMS is what you would pay to buy it "
What is EMS, what are you referring to ?

Again, thanks to each one of you, please keep the answers, suggestions & replies coming.


Best regards.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:25 PM   #22
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My guess is that you will require a WDH since your Lexus is designed for a luxury ride ( a soft rear end ), and has the same 3,500 lb. tow rating as my RAV4 V6.
You can get the WDH and have it properly adjusted to restore a level ride, when you pick up your trailer.
It won't just level your vehicle. It will give you a much more secure feeling, the trailer and tow vehicle feeling like a unit.
First picture shows without weight distribution. Second is with.
Note that the pictures also show a trailer with the high lift axle. If the RAV4 doesn't make it, there's not much point having all that clearance under the trailer.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:37 PM   #23
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My guess is that your Lexus would need a WDH since it is designed and equipped to deliver a luxury ride so the rear suspension would be soft.
When the trailer is attached, the rear would drop significantly, lifting the front of your Lexus, taking weight off the front wheels and aiming your headlights at the sky.
The stiffness of the rear suspension and the amount of compression of the rear suspension have no effect on reduction of front axle load. You could weld a solid steel bar in place of each spring to completely immobilize the rear suspension and the front wouldn't lift any more or less than with the stock springs.

Of course, the nose-up tilt of the tug depends on both lift of the front (which will be small) and compression of the rear (which will likely be greater), so with soft suspension (in either end, but especially the rear) there will be more tilt.
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Thanks Brian.
Perhaps you could explain your explanation in more detail.
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Old 11-22-2015, 10:45 PM   #25
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- My Lexus Rx350 has a towing capacity of 3500lbs, would this necessitate a weight distributing hitch ?.
There's no connection between towing capacity and use of a WDH.

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If & when I am towing without a WDH, how would I know I need a WDH, what does one watch for to assess its need ?
The WDH exists to reduce load on the tow vehicle's rear axle, so if the rear axle can't handle the load due to the trailer's tongue weight well enough then you can help it with a WDH.
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Thanks Brian.
Perhaps you could explain your explanation in more detail.
Seriously? The tow vehicle is a big lever. The hitch ball is one end, and the rear axle is the fulcrum (pivot). It doesn't matter how squishy the fulcrum is, the amount of lift at the front depends only on the amount of push down on the ball and the lengths of the lever arms (from ball to rear axle, and from front axle to rear axle).

If the rear squishes down a lot, it can look like the front is really high, even though it is not much higher than with no trailer. A WDH reduces both the squishing down of the rear and the rising of the front.
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So, as I understand it, to explain something in simple terms, one must make it as complicated as possible and pick nits.
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So, as I understand it, to explain something in simple terms, one must make it as complicated as possible and pick nits.
A soft rear suspension doesn't take more weight off the front or make the front go up more when the trailer is hitched. If you don't want more explanation, I suggest not asking for it.
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Even thought the front doesn't go up Glenn is right about the lights. They will be aiming higher when the back end goes down.

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Even thought the front doesn't go up Glenn is right about the lights. They will be aiming higher when the back end goes down.
Yes, only a couple of degrees, but that's enough to make a significant difference to headlight aim.
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