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Old 09-08-2015, 04:23 PM   #31
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:43 PM   #32
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the OP has an A-frame not a TT.
the fictional dry tongue weight does NOT include the propane gas weight nor the battery. should include the empty tank weights though.

600lbs. on an A-frame sounds like they weighed it incorrectly.
Well its a trailer and it travels
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:52 AM   #33
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Maybe it's just mine, but, I've found that Bathroom Scales lie a lot, lol
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:14 PM   #34
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I had a pup for 5 years with front storage then changed to an A frame. I now have two propane tanks with one battery. The only thing I had to change was the height of the tow ball but otherwise each tows the same. Pup was heavier than A frame. I don't use a sway bar as was told I wouldn't need it and I don't. I have no issues with wind or swing on the highway. It follows the minivan nicely, could forget it is there. Sway bars are expensive, why not wait till you check tongue weight at weigh station, then decide. I try to distribute weight inside the camper over the axle with lighter things toward the front. I keep the cooler in the center of the van till I arrive as it can be extremely heavy with all the food, ice/water in it.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:53 PM   #35
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Thank you Dobefanatic. We mixed things around and hoping not to spend too much us Canadian are paying alot more for items that our south neighbours are paying (Sherline is $ 550 on Amazon.ca!!!). WDH is $650 installed. We are heading out again this weekend so we will see. After redistributing weight and took the propane off and intend to carry over the axle. We will see how well it tows. The cheapest alternative would be a raised draw bar as you had mentioned worked for you. I am also envisioning lifting a wheel barrel so the higher the handle (ideal balancing spot) the better. Will update.

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Old 09-16-2015, 11:00 PM   #36
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When you got the camper, someone should have noticed if the camper was not sitting level with the tow vehicle. It was obvious when I hooked up at dealership. Right then I had to buy a new ball for my hitch that raised the front end of the camper to make it appear level just sitting in the drive. It needs to be level just driving down the road.( My popup was lower )
NOT TRUE: QUOTE: I am also envisioning lifting a wheel barrel so the higher the handle (ideal balancing spot) the better. END QUOTE
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:19 AM   #37
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Thank you Dopefanatic. One of the guys at the dealer mentioned how much the Aframe put a sag on my TV but never offered suggestions. When we hook up this time, i will check the trailer level again with respect to the TV as it was level with no people in the TV and A122S loaded but when hitched, it dropped more than a couple of inches than my liking so it lead me on this path. We are going to take our time hitching and rearranging items this Friday before taking off and will updare.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:25 AM   #38
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Since you mention TV drop, may be you just need heavy duty rear shocks on the TV. I have the factory installed tow package on my Town n Country, tranny cooler, etc but before I started towing, I had the rear shocks upgraded to heavy duty. Now even though they are there, when all is loaded, ready to pull out, the van does have a slight drop, maybe an inch or two as there is a lot of weight associated with towing.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:19 AM   #39
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I had the 2003 Highlander inspected after our trip in the summer and was told our suspension is in great condition. No need to change anything... I even hinted to the Toyota mechanics that I don't mind spending to upgrade the suspension. The shop was not busy at the time. I called back to reconfirm.. the shop did not charge us for the check as well so I figure try out another weekend of camping, make more tweak to the load and see. Our previous tent trailer max weight was 2300 lb and since we are efficient and light packers, we never had to worry about this. The new trailer GVWR 3283 lb is still well within our towing capacity and the first trip went really well. I noticed the Aframe was hitched to the TV when driving but not much different than the tent trailer and the fuel increase was the same so the towing was good.
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:05 PM   #40
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I thought the maximum tongue weight (per your vehicle manufacturer) is 350 lbs?
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