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Old 10-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #11
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I tow my 184BH with my Jeep Wrangler 4 dr. It tows great. I don't get any sway and I only use a friction sway bar. I don't need a weight distribution hitch. I have towed about 2500 miles so far and it pulls nicely.

Congrats on the new camper and welcome!

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #12
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Congrats on the new camper ! I tow my 2012 184bh with my Chevrolet Equinox with WDH and Sway bar.

No sway at 60mph (100km/hr) even with semis.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:23 AM   #13
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We just pulled our Swift SLX 165 home this eekend with a 2006 Chev. Colorado. We have upgraded from tent camping and really excited about using our new Jayco. Am considering weight distribution system or sway bars - anyone have any thoughts on this? Thus far all 20 miles have gone great!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:42 AM   #14
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We tow our Sport 165 without weight distribution or sway bars. Many long trips to Texas and Washington and no issues.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:17 AM   #15
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With the 165/185 models the need for a WDH really depends on your TV. A smaller V6 suv/van I would say your better off with one if you carry alot of weight expecially in your TV on trips.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #16
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We just pulled our Swift SLX 165 home this eekend with a 2006 Chev. Colorado. We have upgraded from tent camping and really excited about using our new Jayco. Am considering weight distribution system or sway bars - anyone have any thoughts on this? Thus far all 20 miles have gone great!
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Since you already have the TV/HTT, the best way to eliminate all the guess work is load up your TV/HTT combination and visit your local CAT scale ($12). The information derived from the CAT scale will tell you if you need a WDH (weight distribution hitch), and if you do what size spring bar weight rating. The CAT data will also provide all weight information to compare against your TV/HTT weight limit specifications, and confirm that the proper weight remains on your TV's front axle (steering control).

If you find that a WDH isn't required, IMO you can never go wrong having a friction sway control bar (especially on a single axle trailer).

CAT Scale how to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:45 PM   #17
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How heavy is the 185? I tow a jayco x213 with my Dodge Hemi 1/2 ton with just a WDH...didn't have any issues with sway. The shape of the front end of my trailer also reduces drag too.....as far as gas mileage goes..pretty much goes out the window....when you have 5000 lbs behind you with about an additional 1500 lbs with passengers and cargo in the truck. My truck had no problems keeping up with traffic. I am going the add air bags for the rear end to help keep it all level.
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snip...... I tow a jayco x213 with my Dodge Hemi 1/2 ton with just a WDH...didn't have any issues with sway.....snip
A properly set-up TV/HTT combination with just a WDH such as yours shouldn't experience any sway under most towing towing conditions..., but the friction sway control comes into play should a sway event arise do to an unexpected towing condition.

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Old 12-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #19
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Thanks for the welcome and for the advice, I think you nailed it, that is the best way to know what you need. During the next couple of years I intend to get a larger tv, but the Colorado will have to do for now.
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