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Old 03-17-2009, 10:41 PM   #15
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You guys got me thinking, so I went out and looked at the receiver on my 99 Silverado 1500. There is a tag on it showing both the tow and tongue capacity. The tongue is 1,500 and the tow is 12,000, far higher than the truck rating. They must have used the same receiver on all of their trucks.

The tongue weight on our "new" '83 Excella 27' shows 590. The rear of the truck does drop a little low, even with lots of tension on the equalizer bars. I am considering an Air-Lift 59501 kit to give the rear springs a little help.
Jim,

You may just need a heavier set of bars for the hitch. I went with 1000lb bars for the Lincoln but need much lighter bars for the PowerWagon.

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Old 03-17-2009, 10:58 PM   #16
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I'll see what I have. The trailer and hitch are at our northern home. We are headed there in two week.

What does a set of bars cost? I can get the Air-Lift for $304 including the on-board compressor set-up. No tax, no shipping.
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:01 PM   #17
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I'll see what I have. The trailer and hitch are at our northern home. We are headed there in two week.

What does a set of bars cost? I can get the Air-Lift for $304 including the on-board compressor set-up. No tax, no shipping.
I got the 1000lb bars used and traded in one lighter one, I lost the other light bar. Went to a trailer place on La Palma in Anaheim. I don't remember the cost.

See you in Chula Vista.

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Old 04-07-2009, 01:32 PM   #18
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I got my new #2/#3 gear in the mail and installed it. The jack is running again.

As it turns out, my problem is that one white plastic gear doesn't turn the other white plastic gear inside the limit switch. The pegs that would open/close the circuit never move.

Some red tape or paint and a memory of this experience should be plenty to prevent a recurrence!
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Old 04-13-2009, 06:14 PM   #19
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I went to install my 750 TW hitch today only to discover its sticker read 650 TW. Etrailer says the mfr changed the spec without telling them. As it turns out, my AS is a 650 TW, the same as my existing hitch with weight distribution. I am going to be right at the limit but not over it! Let's say I wanted to reduce my trailer's tongue weight by 40 or 50 pounds. Do I just store some weights toward the rear of the trailer? That might be sway inducing if I went too far. What if I mounted the spare tire carrier in the back instead of the front?
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If you tow with a truck, you might try carrying your LP tanks in the bed of the truck until you reach your destination or carry the spare in the bed of the truck. IF you tow with an SUV, don't carry the LP tanks in the SUV.
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It's an SUV. I never carry LP tanks in it unless I have a bunch of fertilizer and some spare batteries too.
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I have your little brother, a 2016 4runner, as my TV. I am also running into tongue weight issues, though on a lighter trailer. As far as I can tell, Toyota has gone to a flat 10% of the towing capacity to calculate the hitch weight limit on all their recent models, including the Tundra. Also, as far as I can tell, they no longer give a separate spec when using a WD hitch. This is problematic, as most trailers run hitch weight higher than 10%, so the hitch weight will be the limiting factor. I found that I run a higher hitch weight than what was in the Airstream specs, and am right on the 500# limit.

I wonder if the hitch manufacturer in your case changed the spec to match the Toyota specs. (In that case, why would someone buy one?) If it is just the receiver, then I can understand why the limit would stay the same, since the receiver probably isn't the weakest link. If it is a full system, with a hitch that attaches to the frame rails, then it should be capable of higher capacity. My issue is that aftermarket hitches are no longer made for 4runners as the current design precludes adding a hitch to the frame rails. On the other hand, two truck service places in town (including one that specializes in Toyota), thought the current hitch could easily exceed my 500# limit, particularly with WD. Nevertheless, I'm being careful how I load the trailer to keep hitch weight at or below the limit. YMMV.
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