Originally Posted by Sick truck
Hi allypally and John47
Thanks for your input yes it will have 3 x 135 watt solar panels 3 x 120 amp battery 4 x 80 L water tanks 2x 9kg gas bottles and I was going by the experience they have building these vans. They did tell me to go to weigh bridge to check when loaded but I had to start somewhere. I am also going to talk to a Jeep owner with similar van. They were also of the opinion that Jeep with air bags did not need WDH as extra weight pushing down will confuse the computer??? Is this true. I see Jeep recommends a hitch over 2268 kg.
Rough calculations give 400kg of water and batteries alone, before you add anything……..my gut feeling is that you will push well over your initial thoughts of 3200kg loaded for that van, but anyway, doing your homework now will ensure that at least you are able to make informed decisions….
My van loaded puts 270kg on the ball - by weigh bridge figures.
Our Jeep and van combination has now clocked around 30,000k of towing over all sorts of surfaces, always with the WDH fitted unless we are slow moving on deep undulating tracks, in which case I drop it off due to the extreme forces that can be generated.
I've had nil issues with the QL - Jeep say to use one, and I'm well aware of the laws of physics and have had towed various vans over the last 40 years. No question of whether to use one for me. A bonus with the Jeep is when camped for an overnighter I regularly level fore and aft by raising or lowering the suspension.
You didn't state who "they" were of the opinion that use of a WDH would confuse the QL computer on the Jeep. Hopefully it didn't come from the same person you are dealing with on the van order…..