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#1 trumpetguy

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:01 PM

I am preparing my Saturn Outlook XR for the day I locate and purchase that perfect Casita. Soon I hope. I have added the brake controller. made easy because my Saturn is pre-wired. My Saturn has a class 3 draw bar hitch. Please tell me what size hitch ball I will need for the Casita. I would assume 2".

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:41 PM

You are right! 2 inch ball. You should also consider a weight distribution hitch and a sway bar.

Edited by SKYTALKER, 24 July 2013 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:47 PM

Hitch Heights:
17ft 365 lbs on hitch should be 20" from ground to top of ball.
17 ft 365 lbs on hitch with high lift suspension pkg should be 22" from ground to top of ball.

13 and 16 250 on hitch should be 18 / 20" from ground to top of ball. Will need trailer on hitch with a two inch ball is the best way to adjust the ball height. You can buy balls that have a base that's 2" thick to help get a higher rise. My F150 needed this extra for the high suspension.

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 06:23 AM

Thanks for the advice. I may have located the Casita I want and will travel to LA this week to take a look. A FD. I wanted the SD but there are none for sale close by. Do more come up for sale in the Winter?

New question. Do I need a WDH. My vehicle is a 2007 Saturn Outlook X-R with factory towing package. Class three hitch, 4500 stated tow capacity, pre wired with seven wire plug. The Saturn weighs 5000 lbs. and has a six cyl engine with 295 HP' six speed electronic tranny. I used to tow a 25' 4'000 lb.
Edgewater fishing boat with only surge brakes and had no issues, but the tongue weight was only 250lbs. My concern is the front wheel drive. Will the tongue weight lift the front end enough to effect traction, turning, and braking. At less than $300 the WDH seems a good thing to have.

Comments and experiences appreciated.


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 03:24 AM

I have a dumb question about hitch balls. Do they wear out? My 1" shank, 5000 lb. rated hitch ball is rusty on the edge nearest the tow vehicle. I suppose that is where the greatest pressure is when towing. Should I leave well enough alone, rotate it 180 degrees, or replace it? I assume it came with my 2005 Casita.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:31 PM

trumpetguy, on 04 Aug 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:trumpetguy, on 04 Aug 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:trumpetguy, on 04 Aug 2013 - 09:23 AM, said:

Thanks for the advice. I may have located the Casita I want and will travel to LA this week to take a look. A FD. I wanted the SD but there are none for sale close by. Do more come up for sale in the Winter?

New question. Do I need a WDH. My vehicle is a 2007 Saturn Outlook X-R with factory towing package. Class three hitch, 4500 stated tow capacity, pre wired with seven wire plug. The Saturn weighs 5000 lbs. and has a six cyl engine with 295 HP' six speed electronic tranny. I used to tow a 25' 4'000 lb.
Edgewater fishing boat with only surge brakes and had no issues, but the tongue weight was only 250lbs. My concern is the front wheel drive. Will the tongue weight lift the front end enough to effect traction, turning, and braking. At less than $300 the WDH seems a good thing to have.

Comments and experiences appreciated.

 

 

 

I currently have zero experience with a Casita and zero experience with a Saturn suv but many years of experience towing many trailer brands. In my opinion, you should use a wd hitch. It will probably be okay to go and buy the trailer and tow it home without. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety and will have to decide. The trip without a wd hitch will provide an opportunity for you to determine how it feels.

 

With close to 400 lbs. suspended on the ball several feet behind the fulcrum point, which is the rear axle, you will probably experience some weight shift from the front (drive) wheels to the rear. This will reduce front wheel traction which is critical for propulsion, steering, and stopping.

 

Dynamic forces resulting from travel over uneven pavement, dips, etc. will amplify the weight shift causing "bounding" over the dips in some cases.  If you drive over a steep dip the rebound could possibly create an unsafe handling situation if the Saturn's suspension is soft.


Edited by HBarlow, 27 March 2014 - 01:37 PM.


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 01:34 PM

I have a dumb question about hitch balls. Do they wear out? My 1" shank, 5000 lb. rated hitch ball is rusty on the edge nearest the tow vehicle. I suppose that is where the greatest pressure is when towing. Should I leave well enough alone, rotate it 180 degrees, or replace it? I assume it came with my 2005 Casita.

 

No, hitch balls don't normally wear out and a little rust won't render it unsafe or unusable.  If it bothers you use a piece of emery cloth or sand paper to polish the rust off and wipe the ball with a light coating of grease.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 04:39 AM

You need a 2" ball with a 1" shank.

 

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