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Old 04-02-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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I just purchased a new 154BH SLX. Will be picking it up at the dealer in a few weeks. Dealer insisted I have a weight distribution hitch installed. I questioned him about the strength of the tongue being able to withstand the pressures of such a hitch without bending. These are light weight trailers with light frames Also installing a sway bar. Does anyone else have a WDH on their light weight trailer? Will the frame tongue take it? Tow vehicle is a full size Chev. 1500 series conversion van. I presently am towing a pop-up with a 300 lb. tongue weight with no sag of the TV at all. Tongue weight on the new 154Bh should run about 320 to 350 lbs. I think, depending how I load it.Your opinions appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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I have a Jayco 165 Sport.
Dry tongue weight is 400lbs.
My trailer guy told be previously that you needed 400 lbs tongue weight to use a WDH.

My 4Runner was down in the back probably 1.5". I installed a WDH Equalizer E-2 with anti-sway built in.
I have not seen any bending of the TT frame.

Measure your front fender height hitched and unhitched. You may not be lifting much weight off the front axel.
The only way to get firm numbers are at a CAT scale.

Looking at the specs on the 154BH, 3200 GVWR, I would probably see how it felt and handled without a WDH.
Not familiar with the Swift tongue strength, but could be a concern.

You could also email Service@Jayco.com and see if they recommend a WDH with the model TT

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I have a 154BH TT w/ WDH....my TV is a Volvo mid-size sedan. Ours is an older-style dual bar WDH....no problems. Not sure what out tongue weight is.
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Below is a picture of the WDH and anti-sway installed by my TT dealer.....mfg is Equal-Izer. It was a trade-in take-off so it cost me next to nothing....from what I can research, it's WAY overkill for our application.

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My tongue is at 600# and without the bars I will drag going in/out the driveway.
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We have a 154BH being pulled by a Chrysler Town and county without a anti-sway bar and have no issues. In fact, the dealer told us not to bother getting it, and he sells them!
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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snip........ These are light weight trailers with light frames .......snip
I agree, and Jayco does have WDH size restrictions on the SLX frame..., check for a WDH warning sticker on the TT's A-frame near the coupler. Also, some of the WDH manufactures have 'light duty' WDH's for these types of applications.

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Interesting - I don't have a sticker, but I think I can see where there was a sticker on the (TV drivers) side.....
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What Rustic Eagle wrote on the thread reminded me that the dealer said the WDH that he will install will be a Husky Mini. The name implies that it will be a light duty WDH. This dealer has been in business for 49 years so I have to trust his expertise that this WDH won't bend the frame.
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I would ask your RV dealer what model and size rating of "Husky Mini" he is recommending..., then give Jayco a call for piece of mind (protect your warranty).

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