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Old 10-07-2012, 11:45 AM   #1
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Dealer Frustration on a WD hitch

Received a call saying that my new 228 trailer is ready for pickup. One issue is that they will not give me the hitch that I wanted because they stated that the Equalizer or Reese Dual Cam was not the correct hitch for the trailer. They said that either hitch would not work without heavy trailer modification. At this point I am at a loss of what to do and plan to research it some more locally. I realize that some of you have the Equalizer and Reese Dual Cam. How can you guys have it and I can't ?? I am very confused and look forward to hearing what you all have to say. By the way, the distributor was really pushing a cheap hitch on me but I will not settle. This is not as convenient as I hoped.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #2
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I would ask the RV dealership the following:

* What brand/model, and weight rating of WDH are they recommending?
* What are the specific reasons the Reese WDH or Equal-i-zer WDH brands are not the correct hitch for the 228?
* Is there a WDH weight rating (size) limitation sticker on the 228's A-frame?

I would get a call into Jayco directly and confirm if they have any known WDH issues with the Jay Feather 228.

In the past the Jay Feather TT's had low ground clearances (my brother in-law's did), but using a properly sized Reese or Equal-i-zer wasn't an issue.

Also, I noticed a 1,000lb Equal-i-zer brand WDH referenced in your signature, this may be an issue with the 228. Based on a GVWR of 4,950lbs, IMO a 600lb rated WDH would be more desirable/ideal. An 800lb rated WDH would be an absolute maximum if allowable (A-frame sticker). Figure a 10% to 15% (of loaded TT weight) loaded tongue weight range for the 228.

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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I'm surprised to hear your dealer has said that wolverine. I notice you are part of the 228 group. If you look at of our past posts in the group you will see some of us had the same decision to make. When I purchased ours they sold me the 600# equalizer but when I got home and did some calculations (13% of 5000#) =650#. It got me thinking I might want to upgrade to a bigger trailer in the future. I emailed equalizer, gave them my specs and they got back to me saying the 1000# would work also. I returned to my salesmen to let him know what they said and was told it would work but that it might just be a little stiffer ride. They said they sold me the 600# because it was in stock. In fact one of group members has a 1200# equalizer. The price difference is very little but it would be nice if they sold a 800#. I'm curious to here how you make out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I know others with the Equalizer #1000 installed, on their 228 with no issues. But when I asked about the Reese Dual Cam they said it would require 4 hours to fabricate the frame to except it......really????? That is where my confidence with this dealer started to waiver. How can I trust anything they say now???? So that is why I am going to get the trailer next Friday and handling the hitch on my own. I thought I did ample research by going thru the numbers and talking to others. So I will start over and do it myself. Just terribly inconvenient.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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They are recommending a Husky round bar model. This is the same hitch I had on my 19H which I was not happy with. Besides, I want the sway control built into my hitch, dont want the separate friction sway control. They also want $700 for this hitch when I can buy it for $300.





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I would ask the RV dealership the following:

* What brand/model, and weight rating of WDH are they recommending?
* What are the specific reasons the Reese WDH or Equal-i-zer WDH brands are not the correct hitch for the 228?
* Is there a WDH weight rating (size) limitation sticker on the 228's A-frame?

I would get a call into Jayco directly and confirm if they have any known WDH issues with the Jay Feather 228.

In the past the Jay Feather TT's had low ground clearances (my brother in-law's did), but using a properly sized Reese or Equal-i-zer wasn't an issue.

Also, I noticed a 1,000lb Equal-i-zer brand WDH referenced in your signature, this may be an issue with the 228. Based on a GVWR of 4,950lbs, IMO a 600lb rated WDH would be more desirable/ideal. An 800lb rated WDH would be an absolute maximum if allowable (A-frame sticker). Figure a 10% to 15% (of loaded TT weight) loaded tongue weight range for the 228.

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Old 10-07-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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Well I just checked out my trailer for weight ratings and found one near the tongue that states (do not use an equalizing hitch greater than 1000#). I would go with rustic eagles advice.
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Just checked my reciepts and found I paid 800 canadian plus tax for my equalizer
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #8
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Reese SC hitch is like an equalizer and they sell 600# and 800# models.
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snip.......But when I asked about the Reese Dual Cam they said it would require 4 hours to fabricate the frame to except it......really????? .........snip
I've mounted/adjusted numerous Reese HP Dual Cam WDH's and have yet to run into an application that required any degree of additional "fabrication". I could be wrong, but I think this particular dealership is giving hints that they may not be the best source for customer WDH selection, installation, and/or adjustment.

I agree with your statement; "confidence with this dealer started to waiver".

Just curious, is the height of the 228's A-frame less than 5"?

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Bob my 228 A frame measures 1 1/2" by 4 1/2" high
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