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Old 08-28-2011, 08:48 PM   #11
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On a lighter note, is that a toy poodle in your signature? We have one that looks similar, of course hard to tell with those cute sunglasses on!
He weighs about 15 pounds. We got him from rescue about 2 years ago, he only has 3 legs, so we named him "Pogo"...He rides on the back of my motorcycle with me...so those are his "doggles"...lol

Poodles are great, aren't they? He is so smart...how old is your dog? Is he a tiny toy? We had a tiny toy for 16 years, he was our little man. Pogo "rescued" us after losing our baby...
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:08 PM   #12
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I would ask to speak to the owner and explain what you have experienced. A good dealership should spend much more time with you. Yeah - I know you are not buying a 60K 5th wheel - but folks like us that purchase less expensive trailers often come back to purchase more expensive trailers!

I am not an authority on WDH by any means - but I can say this -- my 26BH fully loaded with WDH rides better than my fairly light 10 food box trailer with no WDH. Without the spring bars, the little trailer and truck loves to propose. Seems to me like just about any travel trailer would benefit from one.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:33 PM   #13
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It's hard to notice my liberty squat. I did the bathroom scale board thing and it reads around 270. I agree with tue above; maybe a call to jayco is in order.

When we picked up our trailer they spent a couple hours with us. With your experience, I wonder if they even set you up with a brake controller?

Hope you get on the road soon, it really is a great trailer!
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:31 AM   #14
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When we picked up our trailer they spent a couple hours with us. With your experience, I wonder if they even set you up with a brake controller?
They did install a trailer controller (brake?)...But I forgot to mention, then didn't explain how to use it, and when we pulled out, down the road we noticed when we stopped, it was jerking really bad...so when we went back to the dealer, out salesguy then showed us how to adjust it. Again, I think this should have been explained in our orientation....

I'm calling Jayco today, and explain what happened, as well as the stealership and see if I can track down the owner.

I got to thinking last night (in the middle of the night)...the contract was written with WDH, etc. If they don't know how to make it work with the Skylark because of it's odd shape on the front, they can just keep the trailer and we'll go somewhere else. I'm thinking they would be breaching the contract, and we shouldn't have to endanger our lives, to get it to another dealer and fixed right.

Thanks for everyone's input...
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Old 08-29-2011, 01:17 PM   #15
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He weighs about 15 pounds. We got him from rescue about 2 years ago, he only has 3 legs, so we named him "Pogo"...He rides on the back of my motorcycle with me...so those are his "doggles"...lol

Poodles are great, aren't they? He is so smart...how old is your dog? Is he a tiny toy? We had a tiny toy for 16 years, he was our little man. Pogo "rescued" us after losing our baby...
Our toy poodle, "Scout" is about 5 yrs old and I think is about 15 lbs also. He is smart now but it took awhile to house break him when he was a puppy! We also have a 12 yr old Black Lab, "Princess".
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:18 PM   #16
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Call your bank and see if your check has cleared yet? If the dealership won't honor their contract and treat you fair call your bank and have the check cancelled and leave the tt with them! JMO
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:22 PM   #17
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I found that my Skylark sways more when the garage in the rear is fully packed so we move more cargo forward and the swaying is reduced. I also added air bags to the FJ's rear springs and eliminated the squat. If it starts to sway with a heavy wind or when a truck passes, I apply a little bit of electric brake through the brake control and it stops.
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I found that my Skylark sways more when the garage in the rear is fully packed so we move more cargo forward and the swaying is reduced......snip
Just food for thought..., ideally you want your loaded tongue weight to be 10% to 15% of the loaded trailer weight, thus providing best TV/TT handling characteristics when towing. On longer and heavier trailers 13% to 15% is more desirable.

I always recommend that a TV/TT combination should visit a CAT scale at least once under loaded conditions to insure that the WDH adjustment and weight limits have been confirmed.

It's a simple process that provides a lot of great information and insures that one will be within the safety limits of the TV, TT, and WDH. https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3871

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Old 08-29-2011, 04:57 PM   #19
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Well, this is my update for today. I contacted Jayco directly, and talked to one of their technicians. He said they usually don't get involved with weight distribution issues, however told me that based on my description of what happened on the road, we definitely needed the WDH. He gave me the Reese part number, #66151, that specifically fits the Skylark, for anyone else that may need this info.This is the description of it on the Reese website:

Reese SC 600 lbs. Trunnion Bar Wt. Dist. Kit & Built In Friction Sway Control w/#54970 Shank

I called the dealership several times today, left messages with 3 different people on their voicemails.(service manager, finance officer, general manager). Finally after not getting my calls returned 5 hours later, I called and asked the receptionists if anyone was working there today, as I had been leaving messages all day. She put me on hold and said she would personally go and get the general manager to take my call.

I finally got him on the phone, explained to him our situation, and said that I had talked to Jayco that morning. By the end of the conversation, he was assuring me that the WDH would be ordered and installed this week, and the service manager would personally accompany us on a drive to make sure it was towing safely. We were also assured that they would do another orientation with us to make sure we were comfortable with all the workings in the RV and brake system.

Anyway, will post updates on everything this week. Sorry this has turned into such a long thread, but I wanted to have all this documented in case any other Skylark owners in the future run into similar problems, got the same run-around about the WDH, etc.

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Glad everything "seems" to be turning in your favor. Unfortunately we had a similar expierience at the same dealer. Fortunately I purchased a WDH off of craigslist and spent severl hours of research online so i knew enough of what i was doing as to not need any help, although they told me they would set it up for me. The tech also rushed thru the walkthru with us also. I made sure to ask as many questions as i could but felt i knew as much as the "tech" there. I have learned much more just thru camping and expierience. Overall i would give them a grade of B- with the entire expierience. They only reason i give them that high of a grade is we purchased our pop-up from their sister store in Selma and they (pardon my language) SUCKED! I waited until i got her home to send an hour or two to get the WDH hitch setup. We stayed the night at their campground then the next night at Mckinney Falls State Park. Since setting up the WDH here at home i can tell a HUGE diff from now compared to that 1st drive home. Im not sure where your located but i can offer as much help as i can. Going to Mustang Island State Park this weeked if your in the area stop by and if you have any questions ill be glad to help.
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