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Old 09-05-2013, 06:23 PM   #11
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I have a Skylark FKV 23.
I had for comparisons sake a drop of 2 inches on our 4 Runner 4x4 with factory installed air suspension turned off before the WDH was installed.
With a Reese 66151 WDH and a Reese part # 3215 shank installed (from
Etrailer) no drop on the front and 1 inch drop on the rear.
The tongue weight 440 pounds. The Gross Skylark weight 3500 pounds.
I use a HD sway bar which made an substantial difference when driving in 60 mph gusty winds, passing heavy truck and bus traffic from either direction and uneven road surfaces...No white knuckles.
We just completed a trek from Ontario, south thru Vermont,to Boston area,then north along the Atlantic Coast from Portsmouth, N.H.,then to Maine, New Brunswick,Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, north thru New Brunswick and then headed back to Ontario along the south side of the St Lawrence Seaway.
We encountered every possible road condition there is from sharp turns on a 6 % grades to Atlantic winds and rain. The WDH system scores a 10/10.
A comment re the trip;The CGs and Parks were excellent, people and hospitality the best, scenery just out of this world and I would do this trek again.
Also, I only have positive words to say about the Skylark and the WDH 66151. I could have sold this combo several times.
We have owned six previous 2 axle TTs and various tow vehicles. For comparison the Skylark FKV rates high with the previous tts we owned. Speed limits could be maintained within reason. Gas consumption was increased by 25 to 30 % to be expected. Stability and maneuvering very good. This trailer/ WDH combination rates well.

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #12
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We have a 2012 Skylark FBV towed by a 2013 Ford Explorer. Without a WDH we had about the same drop on the back of the TV and had sway with heavy or light tongue wt. Just put the Reese 66151 an and what a difference towing much better and at the same wt as you.
We are out of Stratford just up the road from you. Where did you buy the Sherline?
I should add the hitch bars are rated at 800#
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:54 AM   #13
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I keep the Sherline scales with the TT at all times like my Torque Wrench, volt meter and surge protector.

For those of us living North of the border;
The Sherline Scale can be purchased from Atlas Machinery in Toronto. Phone # 416 598 3553. Price is 146 bucks.
Google Sherline and you will find suppliers close and south of the border for around $85.00.
I purchased the Sherline 2000 for around $85.00 including shipping when I was on holiday in Fla. last winter.
The nice thing about the 2000 Lb. model is if the need arises I can jack one side of the trailer to check individual wheel weights on either side also. The Skylark TT should max at 1500 Lbs per wheel.

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Old 09-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #14
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Just a tip when using the Sherline scale on a HTT/TT/PUP, etc., make sure the slides are closed to insure an accurate reading..., with the slides open it will effect the tongue weight reading (been there, done that).

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No WDH or sway control needed with Q5

I tow a skylark 21 FKV (3500 GTWR) with an Audi Q5 without the air suspension. The Q5 is rated for 4400 lbs towing and 440 lbs hitch weight. I use an Excel spreadsheet to enter the weight and location of everything that goes into the trailer, which then calculates total and hitch weights. My goal is 360 lbs hitch weight.

Audi has not tested and does not endorse weight distribution hitches for the Q5. Only the Audi ball adapter has been used, which has only a 6" distance from the hitch pin to the ball. I am prepared to graduate to a anti-sway bar if necessary, and even a Hensely Cub setup. I tow at speed limit up to 60 mph. The Skylark tows smooth and without sway without WDH or sway control. I had previously towed a dual axle trailer with my Jeep Cherokee and a WDH and the towing was rough, with the WDH transferring loads to the vehicle over uneven ground. I have towed the Skylark a total of 1200 miles, so my experience is limited, but does include very windy days. I have not concerned by wife about talk of trailer sway. She drove for one hour (60 mph) for the first time on a day with strong cross winds and never noticed or mentioned any concern about trailer sway.

I believe that the Audi Q5's suspension is better for towing than many comparible weight, softer suspension vehicles. With the Skylark towing so well behind the Audi there has to be some mpg saving, not heating up the shock absorbers or in swaying the trailer. I wonder if the Audi's electronic stability control becomes active before trailer sway is noticed.
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FWIW I'm going w/ the Blue Ox SwayPro. Highly recommended by my dealer, its the top of the line WDH that they offer. I've read reviews, seem positive if somewhat nebulous as to how it actually prevents the sway. Lots of folks over at RVItch have it on their short list to try next time up.
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Just bought the Andersen last Saturday...Looks really heavy duty, got it out of the box to check things out before getting it on the camper, so hopefully all goes well.
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:28 PM   #18
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When you get the Anderson WDH installed/adjusted, take some pics and post them here so others can see what it looks like once it's installed. Also, let us know how the installation and adjustment process went.

Thanks in advance.

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Will do so Rustic Eagle, hope to have it done in the next week or so...
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I can't speak for the others than Reese Dual Cam, but I can say it performed very very well. We towed a 6000 lbs TT behind the Dodge Ram and never felt it sway. Rock solid.
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