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@dragonsdofly Having tried to access the battery compartment in the 400, it appeared to me that it would be a multi-hour process to take apart the storage area bracing and venting connections. I'm hard pressed to believe that the new 400's arrive with empty battery compartments but who knows.
Well, guys, obviously someone had a battery/batteries out when @Blueespy checked out a [email protected] 400 previously.
Having purchased a 2019 400 BDL earlier this year I find the tongue weight discussion enlightening. I pull with a 2017 Toyota Highlander. It has a 5000 pound towing capacity and gross rating of 11000 pounds. The 400/tv rig falls firmly within that range. I have an integrated hitch ball scale which reads 460 pounds give or take when loaded with or without fresh water, also within specs or close to max (500). I have taken 3 trips without problems and the trailer pulls just fine. So why all the hand wringing about tongue weight? What is the risk? What am I missing? I just returned from Germany, cruised the Rine. Germans are prolific RVers. There are full campgrounds all along the river. Many pull trailers that weigh in at about 3500 pounds. I googled a German Brand for specs. No mention of tongue weight. But guess what? Not a F150, Tacoma, Silverado, Tundra or Ram in sight! They ALL pull with small to medium SUVs and the Germans are all about specs and precision. What do they know that we don't?
Refers to the place where the trailer coupler attaches to the tow vehicle hitch
ball. Once connected, it gets latched
Weight – TRAILER: The weight the trailer exerts onto a scale when the trailer
is perfectly level and the scale is placed directly under the hitch coupler
where the hitch ball would rest.
Weight – TOW VEHICLE: Any weight placed immediately behind the rear axle of the
tow vehicle. This includes any cargo in
the very back of the tow vehicle plus the weight of any hitch equipment plus the
trailer tongue weight. ALL 3 weights.
I'm beginning to regret my decision to purchase a 2019 400 BDL. While the overall size and weight of the trailer fits nicely into the compact/light classification, the tongue weight issue is very troublesome. My take away from all who have contributed here is that the weight distribution of the trailer has been poorly designed by Nucamp engineers. Additionally, there seems to be no midsize SUV capable of safely towing it. As I indicated before the overall weight of the trailer falls nicely within the ratings of my vehicle but the hitch weight does not. That is disappointing. So tell me what does safely pull the 400 BDL? How about the Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon? Perhaps the only solution is a full size truck. I might as well pull a fifth wheel if that is the case. Not even the F-150 will do the job without a weight distribution hitch and those are not thought of too highly by Nucamp. So what works?
Ok, so here are Cat Scale numbers. The trailer is packed for camping with full propane and empty water. The TV is a 2017 Toyota Highlander. By the calculation chart forwarded to me by Awca 12a my tongue weight is 460 and my overalls are fully within specs for my vehicle. I have only 40 pounds of cargo capacity left behind the drive axle. The Cat Scale charges were $13.50, well worth it for the confirmation. My apologies for the inverted pictures.