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Old 01-07-2016, 09:41 AM   #15
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Any reason you don't try a WD hitch?
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:59 AM   #16
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Alright...I really appreciate all your suggestions. I guess it will come down to balancing my needs with cost and time.

Spectrum of choices.

Move batteries inside TT, upgrade to PD charger.
Pros: Easy DIY, cheaper, lowers tongue weight, aesthetically original without panels on top. Cons: Rely on generator for all charging needs

Upgrade to solar, leave batteries in box.
Pros: Boondocking freedom. Cons: Tongue weight not addressed.

Move Batteries inside TT, upgrade to Solar via AM Solar (thanks Lew)
Pros: Boondocking freedom, lower tongue weight. Cons: Higher cost, will need to find help but some DIY.

Go all out, Switz style...this sounds dreamy
Pros: Boondocking freedom with A/C, lower tongue weight. Cons: $$$$$, No way I'm tackling this DIY...trip to Oregon for AM solar install...?

Wish I had an AM solar around here.

So what will I do? PM Switz for some more details about his setup, spend a few more hours/days searching the forum, and finally post pics of whatever I end up doing.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:05 AM   #17
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Any reason you don't try a WD hitch?
Have a blue ox, works great, however based on a review of the Q7, toureg, cayenne ongoing discussion on airforum, will feel better with tongue weight below hitch weight.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:24 PM   #18
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WD will lower your hitch weight to within specs if I read your previous posts correctly. 660 to 720 pounds. You only have to transfer sixty pounds, the bo should do this or am I way off on my thinking.?
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My understanding is that the hitch receiver must be able to handle the dead weight of the trailer tongue (plus the weight of WDH gear) before engaging the WD bars.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:49 PM   #20
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My understanding is that the hitch receiver must be able to handle the dead weight of the trailer tongue (plus the weight of WDH gear) before engaging the WD bars.
If that were true we would never be able to go over a bump in the road because of the additional weight the g-force would apply to the hitch receiver. In actual use it's a mute point because we engage our weight distribution bars before releasing the tongue weight onto the hitch receiver, by raising the trailer tongue jack.
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Old 01-07-2016, 06:06 PM   #21
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Alright...I really appreciate all your suggestions. I guess it will come down to balancing my needs with cost and time.

Spectrum of choices.

Move batteries inside TT, upgrade to PD charger.
Pros: Easy DIY, cheaper, lowers tongue weight, aesthetically original without panels on top. Cons: Rely on generator for all charging needs

Upgrade to solar, leave batteries in box.
Pros: Boondocking freedom. Cons: Tongue weight not addressed.

Move Batteries inside TT, upgrade to Solar via AM Solar (thanks Lew)
Pros: Boondocking freedom, lower tongue weight. Cons: Higher cost, will need to find help but some DIY.


Go all out, Switz style...this sounds dreamy
Pros: Boondocking freedom with A/C, lower tongue weight. Cons: $$$$$, No way I'm tackling this DIY...trip to Oregon for AM solar install...?

Wish I had an AM solar around here.

So what will I do? PM Switz for some more details about his setup, spend a few more hours/days searching the forum, and finally post pics of whatever I end up doing.
Come on up to the beautiful Columbia River Gorge any time after mid June for a proper system installation. It's straight up I-84 and less than 12 hours.
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If that were true we would never be able to go over a bump in the road because of the additional weight the g-force would apply to the hitch receiver. In actual use it's a mute point because we engage our weight distribution bars before releasing the tongue weight onto the hitch receiver, by raising the trailer tongue jack.
What I posted is based on what a hitch manufacturer told me. What is your source?
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I'm sorry, I completely forgot that your "experience" overrides manufacturer's recommendations. My bad.
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Sometimes personal experience does override manufacturer's recommendations.


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Otherwise how could all those undersized tv work on the road? Mfg recommendations are generally ignored, rightly or wrongly.
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I sure wouldn't worry about 100 lbs, let alone 60 lbs, our stock batteries will last 3 days in the boonies before running out of power, time to go home anyway, save your money for another trip.....
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My personal experience overrides recommendations of Crain RV, Progressive Mfg. (maker of Equal-I-zer) and Jackson Center.
No more than 4 washers? It took 6.
Weight bars parallel to trailer tongue? Doesn't apply enough weight distribution or sway control. Had to go a little higher than parallel to get enough sway control.
I'm sure lots of folks have anecdotal little scenarios such as that.
What "they" recommended simply did not work well.
And maybe I have an "undersized tow vehicle", but I really don't think so-


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