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Old 09-07-2015, 09:42 AM   #1
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Tips for a First timer.

We are picking up our 2015 Jayco Flight 26BH Friday. The tow vehicle is a 2015 Explorer Sport. We purchased a Husky WDH with sway control and a Tekonsha P3 brake controler with the TT. The Explorer also has sway control as a function of the Stability System, and I think the AWD will be a benefit? I have read a few threads, and loved the info. I have pulled many a trailer, from 16' loaded with a car (or whatever else), to a 40' goose. I have limited experience with trailer brakes, and no experience with TT's or WDH.

So tips and advice on pulling, and just the general transition from tent camping to TT.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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Just for your knowledge the sway control you reference in Stability System is not the same as the sway control for a towed trailer.

You should read up on how to setup a weight distribution hitch.

Measure the distance from the ground to the top of your front wheel well fender without the trailer hooked up. When properly set up this measurement should be the same when hooked up.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. As I understand it, the sway control on the Explorer with use throttle control and individual brakes at each corner (as part of the stability control system) to "help" stop a sway once it starts. The sway control on the WDH should "help" prevent sway before it starts. If my understanding is wrong, I love learning from others . The factory rating is 2000# without WDH and 5000# with WDH. The TT is 4780# dry, and my Gross combined is 10,170#, which will be cutting it close. The 3.5L is twin turbo direct injection producing 365hp and 350ft/lbs torque, more than my 2003 tahoe had . I'm more concerned about a short wheel base and coil spring than I am the power. I am watching youtube and how to articles on the WDH set up now, and the dealer said they will show me as well. Thanks for the tip on the front wheel measurements.

BTW, I love your sig tnchuck. Please keep the education coming. Experience is not nearly as much fun...
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2015 Explorer Sport 3.5L EcoBoost, AWD, and Tow PKG (Kid hauler, and ambitious TV)
2011 Shelby GT500 (only thing it pulls is G's)
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:38 AM   #4
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You are only 220# from tow rating right out of the gate. Typically you should figure on 1000# of added goodies. Food, cooking utensils, tools, toys, games, linens, water, etc. It adds up in a hurry. If you are towing on flat ground you might get by. I would not try much hill climbing. The Explorer will not be happy.

Not trying to be discouraging, just trying to make you aware.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:44 AM   #5
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Understood. The first couple of trips will be pretty flat. Gonna take it easy to start. I would have liked more wiggle room, but the TT was not part of the thought process when buying the Explorer and we have 5 girls, so a larger TT was certainly desirable. We had a salesman try to sell us a 5200# dry weight TT, "Those mfg numbers are just guidlines..." kinda deal. Yeah. sure they are. haha. Thanks again.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:50 AM   #6
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That salesman would have probably told you a VW would pull it just fine if it meant making the sale. Another caveat: Do not believe everything an RV dealer tells you. Many are not as knowledgeable as the should be.

As with any information source on the internet, including here, verify your information from several independent places. Hang around here long enough and you will figure out who is and who is not knowledgeable in the various areas.
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:55 AM   #7
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AHHH, just like the Shelby forums I see. Haha. I have exceed mfg recommendations many times, and I'm not over concerned about going 10,600#. My biggest unknown is a 29' long 11' tall TT behind a 16' long 6.5' SUV. Will the AWD improve stability?

Also interested in tips on packing, locations, and any other tricks of the trade that go with transitioning from tents to TT.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:00 AM   #8
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If you are using common sense in your towing habits I don't think you will notice any advantage with AWD. But in an unexpected situation it could make a difference. I had a Suburban with 2WD and now my Denali has AWD. I have detected no difference.
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read the attached link Get your weights


https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...html#post24549
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:41 AM   #10
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