Originally Posted by geostorm
snip.....2004 Jayco 23b EXP with most options .......snip
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For reference...........; Jayco published weight/capacity specifications for your 2004 Model 23B EXP:
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 3,725lbs
Dry Hitch Weight 340lbs
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1,225lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight 4,950lbs
Exterior Travel Length 23'-7"
Exterior Campsite Length 27'-1"
Exterior Width 8'
Exterior Height w/opt AC 115"
Interior Headroom 78"
Fresh Water Capacity 30 gals
Gray Wastewater Capacity 29 gals
Toilet / Black Wastewater Capacity 22 gals
Moderately loaded 2004 23B "example": (UVW 3,725lbs) + (approx. Actual Ship Weight delta 200lbs) + (dealer installed battery 50lbs) + (cargo 500lbs, no fluids) = 4,475lbs Loaded 23B
........ (13% to 15% of 4,475lbs) = 582lbs to 671lbs Loaded Tongue weight range
......, so a WDH rated at 800lbs
would be ideal and won't be overkill. You could go with a 600b rated WDH, but then you would have to watch you 23B's loaded tongue weight didn't exceed 600lbs.
Recommended loaded tongue weight range is 10% to 15% of the 23B's loaded weight, but most find that a 13% to 15% range is more realistic.
My BIL had a 2006 23B, and his Reese Strait-Line WDH was rated at 800lbs, which accommodated his 650lb loaded tongue weight nicely. An 800lb rated WDH will also accommodate your 2004 23B should it be loaded at it's GVWR of 4,950lbs (same GVWR as BIL 2006 model).
Reese Strait Line brand WDH and Equal-i-zer brand WDH both have integrated sway control and are very popular brands.
As far as installation, your RV dealer would be my recommendation since this is new territory for you (keep copies of WDH installation/adjustment documentation from dealer). You may want to require that your RV dealership also preform a follow-up WDH "re-adjustment" (under loaded conditions) after you load your TV/HTT for camping.
If you get an opportunity........: The best way to confirm that all your weights and adjustments are correct is a visit to your local CAT scale. This weigh-in process is done under "loaded" TV/HTT conditions and is only required to be completed once unless your loading habits change dramatically.
CAT scale how-to: http://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html
I apologize for the information "overload", but I hope this helps with your do diligence