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Old 02-21-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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Two Quick Questions on Roo 17

Is it a 2 inch or 2 5/16 ball on the 17 for an 2009

also if anyone knows what is the height of the hitch for level towing....

We will find out when we pick it up, but I want to get the tow vehicle set and ready when the time comes.

Wanted to get an opinion.

We are at 380 tongue weight and pulling up to 3800 lbs


I have a 2011 Titan, Nissan insists no WDH for under 500 lbs tongue weight, any thoughts on that?
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I'm pretty sure it will be a 2" ball. 2 5/16" is for larger trailers.

I wouldn't think you would need a WDH for 380 lbs. The WDH will simply transfer some of the tongue weight from the rear tires to the front tires.

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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The GVWR at 3,800lbs will probably leave you with a TW closer to 500lbs. The dry TW listed is only somewhat useful to see how the engineers have balanced the trailer. In other words, not really useful at all for towing calculations.

Take the weight of your loaded trailer and multiply it by 12-15% to estimate the weight of the tongue.

Can't help you with the ball size.

I advise that you consider a WDH even if the tongue is less than 500lbs. You can get a good WDH with sway control built in for not much money. It will be a much nicer towing experience. You don't need to go overboard because of the light setup, but you will want something. An E2 (from Progress which makes Equal-i-zer) can be bought for $260.
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i believe the single axle hybrids use a 2" ball. should be stamped on the coupler.

once you load up the trailer that tongue weight will be way more than the fictional "dry" weight.

i'd also recommend something like the E2. you should at least get sway control.
getting a WDH with sway control will make your towing experience much safer and comfortable.
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I am going to tow it the 20 miles from the RV dealership to my house and get a feel.

Knowing me I will pull the trigger on a WDH, but Nissan was quite insisting on anything under 500 tongue weight, you should not use a WDH, which surprised me.
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I have a 19 - a dual axle model - and it is a 2" ball.

Probably the same for the 17.

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Was that like Good Luck, as in Enjoy of Good Luck, Your Screwed. LOL
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loaded for camping, expect to be at or over that 500lbs. limit.
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Knowing me I will pull the trigger on a WDH, but Nissan was quite insisting on anything under 500 tongue weight, you should not use a WDH, which surprised me.
It probably doesn't matter because you will be close to (or over) 500lbs TW but did Nissan explain why? Normally, they only state a requirement if over 500/5,000. I don't recall seeing a manufacturer saying not to use one under a certain weight. Below is the language used by Toyota in my manual ...
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Was that like Good Luck, as in Enjoy of Good Luck, Your Screwed. LOL
It was a nice and well intentioned good luck

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