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Old 08-31-2012, 07:30 AM   #11
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Thanks to everyone for your tips and information. I can see the issues to be aware of when packing the unit. The CFO is beginning to sway, so the campaign is working.
Another couple of items that might help your campaign...

The A-frame has a hard side, so the interior climate can be controlled a little better since you won't lose the heat/cold through the canvas. It also provides a little more protection.

Setting up and breaking down camp can take as little as 5 minutes. (mileage may vary depending on your accessories!)

Good luck with your acquisition!!!!!!
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:40 AM   #12
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My tongue weight was excessive too on my A124. Something over 400 pounds. I have some strategies I am going to try on my next trip to bring the tongue weight down though.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:05 PM   #13
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Weight Distributing Hitches work great if you have heavy tongue weight. I have an Equalizer hitch on my setup, and I know my tongue is notably beyond the recommended weights, especially after I have loaded up the cargo rack with wood and a cooler full of drink. More if I've attached bikes to the bike-rack.

With the WDH, everything is stable as a rock and I have no rear sag either.

I'd love to relieve the tongue weight some, but not sure I can easily do that short of moving the battery and/or propane tanks, and I'm pretty sure neither is a good idea for the rear bumper, meaning now I have to get additional structural support added which I'm sure seriously voids my warranty. It quickly gets very complicated.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:48 AM   #14
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Weight distributing hitches are really great and work well.
However...
When loading all that extra stuff, either in and/or on your camper,
you must keep in mind your aframe's gross axle weight rating
and the max weight carrying capacity of your tires.

Other factors that will affect performance/stability, especially with extra weight,
are traveling in higher temps, at high speeds, or on rough roads.

Overloading these components and/or your tow vehicle is just a bad idea.

Just sayin'
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:54 PM   #15
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Keep in mind too, when redistributing weight that sits In the hitch:

1) the weight is still sitting in the ball, you are just using the spring bars as a lever to lift the rear and settle the front of the vehicle.

2) if you effectively redistribute 150lbs of weight about half of that goes to your trailer axle(s). You should count that into your gross cargo weight to ensure you don't overload your axle or exceed its rating.
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