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Old 03-20-2014, 05:57 AM   #11
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I tow a 228d with a 2007 Highlander Hybrid. Adding a WDH made a huge difference, as the TV would sag far too much in back prior. Have brake controller as well; hybrid also provides regenerative braking.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:02 AM   #12
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Just got back from our first trip...

And I wanted to update you all with what I discovered.

You can see from my signature what we ended up purchasing. Again, I SO appreciate everyone's feedback.

Due to our tow vehicle, I am so glad I purchased the "lighter" pop-up tent trailer vs. the high wall pop-up tent trailer. The actual weight of the trailer ended up being significantly more weight than the manufacturer's listed "dry weight" (as most everyone predicts) even before we loaded gear for camping.

And once I added two deep cycle 6 volt batteries and two propane tanks the tongue weight was 550 lbs when loaded for camping vs. the mfg listed 296 lbs (two batteries at 62 lbs each + two filled propane tanks at 38 lbs each add a quick 200 lbs of tongue weight!). So, I will take off one propane tank (not needed is what this trip showed me) and adjust some other things and we will be just at the 500 lb maximum recommended tongue weight.

We traveled to Grand Canyon NP (North Rim) and the National Parks in Southern Utah and were regularly traveling between 5,000 and 9,000 ft above sea level. We had plenty of power for what we were pulling but there is no doubt in my mind that another foot taller of trailer (high wall) and another 800 lbs would have made for a much less pleasant experience for me (I did the bulk of the driving). With our setup I felt safe for our family and for others I shared the road with and enjoyed pulling the trailer!

Thanks again, everyone!
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:10 PM   #13
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Good for you, and also for getting a decent WDH with sway control.
We towed a 3000 lbs loaded Coleman Mesa popup behind minivans for 7 seasons, and it was the brake controller, WDH, and sway control that made it a pleasant towing experience.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:28 PM   #14
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"rbneron" and "thebrakeman",

I too am really impressed with these weight distribution hitches with sway control and brake controllers. Fabulous engineering!
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