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RE: Can I use a WDH on a DP

.............. I don't think this is a true statement. WD hitches do not change the tongue weight. They just redistribute that tongue weight among the available axles. If your tongue weight is 1400 pounds with a regular hitch it will still be 1400 pounds with a WD hitch. It will just be carried by different axles but there will still be 1400 pounds on the ball. The only solution to the OP's problem is to move some weight further back in the trailer or move the trailer axle further forward. I could be wrong but I don't think so. If weight is moved to the axles, it must come off the hitch. In other words, the total weight of the vehicle and trailer do not change so if you move some of the weight to an axle, it must be reduced from the hitch. I'm not going to spend a lot of time debating the point because it's about the same as getting into a discussion about RV shore power wiring. You can certainly do all the google research you want. Here's one "experts" explanation. https://www.etrailer.com/question-180152.html Weight is not "moved to the axle" from the ball. As soon as you connect the trailer the tongue weight is on the rear axle. Moving some of it to the front axle doesn't lighten the tongue, it just lightens the rear axle. All a WD hitch does is move tongue weight from one axle to another. What used to be carried by the rear axle can be moved to the front axle or trailer axle. But it stays on the hitch ball. The tongue doesn't magically get lighter. Simple physics dictates that all weight on the tongue of a trailer is carried by either the towing vehicle axles or by the trailer axles. Moving some of that weight from a front axle to a rear axle does not change the amount of that weight. It's still all on the tongue. It's a very common misconception that WD hitches lighten the tongue weight. But it's still wrong. .
hohenwald48 12/17/19 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I use a WDH on a DP

a wdh will increase you tongue weight capability. most hitches will have a tag on them telling you what the limit is with and without the wdh. I don't think this is a true statement. WD hitches do not change the tongue weight. They just redistribute that tongue weight among the available axles. If your tongue weight is 1400 pounds with a regular hitch it will still be 1400 pounds with a WD hitch. It will just be carried by different axles but there will still be 1400 pounds on the ball. The only solution to the OP's problem is to move some weight further back in the trailer or move the trailer axle further forward. I could be wrong but I don't think so.
hohenwald48 12/17/19 09:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 15 Amp Service

15 amp is pretty simple as long as the weather is not very hot or very cold. Just pay attention and you'll be fine. If you have an EMS just manually set it down to 15 amp service and let it regulate the load if not then that task will fall on you. If you trip the breaker just reset it and go on. Someone suggested using a plastic bag in the toilet. For the life of me I can't figure out how that conserves electricity. :?
hohenwald48 12/05/19 06:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

My 2017 Wrangler JKU weighs 4940 on the CAT scale. You must have some aftermarket stuff added - stock weight for the JKU is around 4400 lbs... Fuel and a couple of folding bikes and hard top. Don't know what the brochure/internet says but I do know what it scaled out on the CAT.
hohenwald48 12/05/19 05:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Why no continuous furnace fan option?

I installed a switch that allows me to turn on the furnace fan constantly if I want. It involved some splicing and wiring inside the furnace unit. I only use it to keep the basement above freezing when necessary. It's a pretty simple mod if you can read an electrical schematic.
hohenwald48 12/05/19 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Xantrex Fredom 458 series inverter/charger 20 amp

If a 458 is connected up with improper battery polarity, for even 1 second, it is now toast. Xantrex may be able to repair it but there are no reverse polarity protection devices in a 458.
hohenwald48 12/05/19 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

Lot of folks with a lot of ideas that ignore weight and towing capacity. My 2017 Wrangler JKU weighs 4940 on the CAT scale. I imagine a Rubicon is probably more. On just about every gas motorhome, once you hook up a 4940 pound Jeep you're out of tow capacity and there's no way to haul more.
hohenwald48 11/27/19 05:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windshield Shades

I looked at the MagnaShade and I'm sure it's a good shade. However, for about the same cost ($700) of a MagnaShade for the windshield I was able to get SunGaurd shades for the windshield, 4 tire covers and covers for every other window on my Canyon Star plus 2 mirror covers and 2 windshield wiper covers. I opted for the turn button attachments instead of the snaps and I really like them. They stay put in any wind and I have every single window in the motorhome covered not just the windshield. Takes me about 10 minutes on the ladder to put them up. It did take a few hours to do the initial installation but wasn't difficult at all. And they didn't include an implanted medical device warning.
hohenwald48 11/27/19 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH accident in gas station!

Obviously, the motorhome driver made some serious mistakes. However, that's got to be some of the worst tow trucking I've ever seen.
hohenwald48 10/11/19 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Key West question

Do this - Seaplane to Dry Tortugas worth every penny.
hohenwald48 04/14/19 07:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

I suppose the vintage might matter. Mine's probably a 2016/17 vintage. I bought it off Craigslist so not sure. I guess it really doesn't matter. The reason I started the thread is just out of curiosity based on what I saw one morning. Maybe I didn't even see what I thought I saw. :) It was early and I was just up to my second cup of coffee. :) My Ready Brute Elite will definitely lock in either position and the instructions even state to unlock the red latches to extend the arms. They also warn to only tow in the extended position.
hohenwald48 03/24/19 10:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

OK Norm, you made me go look again too. My Ready Brute DOES lock in the retracted (forward) position and it locks solid enough so that I can not cause it to extend (rearward) by pulling on the clevis. Might not lock well enough to tow with but I'll test that on Monday when we leave this CG and I'll report back. I suspect I will be able to tow with it locked forward. Of course, it locks in the extended position too.
hohenwald48 03/23/19 07:35am Dinghy Towing
RE: Noisy Fireplace

I had the same problem. Opened the unit and the shaft with the mirrors that make the fake flame is about 1/8" diameter and just turns in a hole punched in a piece of sheet metal. Added a little silicone grease and so far so good.
hohenwald48 03/22/19 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: I got lied to...

As with any insurance, underwriting requirements change. I suspect the reps told you what was true at the time you asked the question. Your claims history will be figured into the underwriting classification too so that may have had an impact.
hohenwald48 03/22/19 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: ? Loaded Dinghy Ques

Might be the kayaks and not the toad that they were talking about. If plastic kayaks are left on the roof long term (as in full time RVing) without some sun protection the UV rays will eventually cause the plastic to deteriorate. Kind of need to know the context of the picture you saw. Most all toad's are loaded to some extent. Mine is really loaded. Probably 500-600 pounds of junk in there.
hohenwald48 03/22/19 06:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motor home tire pressure

I'm not 100% sure (maybe like 99.99%), but I don't think it matters who's pressure chart you use. I think as long as you are looking at a chart with the correct tire size and load range then all charts will be the same for any given weight. So it's not necessary to find the specific tire manufacturers chart. However, in these days of Google and the internet that shouldn't be too hard to find.
hohenwald48 03/21/19 06:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

but WHY would anyone want to tow with the arms locked in the retracted position? wouldn’t that shorten the gap between the MH and toad increasing the possibility of damage to both during a turn? Yeah, that's why I asked, thought maybe there was something going on I hadn't heard before. I think if I towed with my arms locked in the retracted position things would still work just fine and there would be plenty of clearance. I always lock mine by backing the toad instead of pulling the motorhome forward. Just easier since the toad door is right there and the motorhome door is way up front. :)
hohenwald48 03/21/19 06:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

connecting IS part of what you're asking. IMO what matters is *verifying* that the arms ARE locked prior to departure. easiest way to do this if traveling with someone is, after connecting the toad, to pull forward a short distance while someone watches to ensure the arms lock. if traveling alone pull forward a short distance, connect the toad and then back up the toad a short distance to lock the arms. So it doesn't matter if the arms are locked in the extended position or if the arms are locked in the retracted position when you tow? Only matters that they are locked in one position or the other? If that's the case, does it tow any better in the retracted position (shorter) or the extended (longer) position? They only lock in the extended position I know that's not true of all tow bars and I'm not sure it's true of all Blue Ox tow bars.
hohenwald48 03/20/19 11:18am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

locked in the retracted position?? never heard of that. is that even possible? I guess I don't know. Hence, the question. :) Maybe they were different kinds of tow bars and not Blue Ox but a lot of folks drove off with them locked in the retracted position while pulling the car. Some Blue Ox documentation seems to indicate some models can be locked extended or retracted. I know my Ready Brute Elite tow bar can be locked in either position. At least you understood my question. Seems a lot of folks don't understand what I'm asking.
hohenwald48 03/20/19 11:12am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tow Bar In or Tow Bar Out?

connecting IS part of what you're asking. IMO what matters is *verifying* that the arms ARE locked prior to departure. easiest way to do this if traveling with someone is, after connecting the toad, to pull forward a short distance while someone watches to ensure the arms lock. if traveling alone pull forward a short distance, connect the toad and then back up the toad a short distance to lock the arms. So it doesn't matter if the arms are locked in the extended position or if the arms are locked in the retracted position when you tow? Only matters that they are locked in one position or the other? If that's the case, does it tow any better in the retracted position (shorter) or the extended (longer) position?
hohenwald48 03/19/19 08:10am Dinghy Towing
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