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Old 03-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #11
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I need advice please! My rv salesperson advised us that it wasn't necessary to have a weight distribution and anti sway bar with our tv and tt. I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 (quad cab) and a Jayco Jayfeather x23b. I've been doing some research and getting the idea that the sales person was incorrect. Can I have some feed back to put my mind at ease please. PS We're new to towing a trailer.
As weighed and ready for camping, my tongue weight is about 600# and the RV weighs 3800#.

Your RV is larger than mine and heavier, and there is a good chance the tongue weight will be greater. Spending an extra $300 on standard WDH/anti-sway equipment for a full height RV is a no-brainer. Forget the salesman's myopia and do yourself a favor - get the equipment to make your towing experience as well as everyone else's safety better.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #12
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Don't overlook adjusting your truck's tire pressures to accommodate the increased weight the tongue weight of the trailer. I agree that a weight distributing hitch is a good idea especially since you're towing with a 1/2 ton truck. But tires on either your T.V. or T.T. that are under-inflated for the load can make trailer sway worse than it would otherwise be.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:35 PM   #13
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I have a 23B and I feel much more in control with both.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:48 PM   #14
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I have a x23b and agree with Knickerbocker. WDH and anti-sway is the way to go. It's a small investment in the big scheme of things.

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I need advice please! My rv salesperson advised us that it wasn't necessary to have a weight distribution and anti sway bar with our tv and tt. I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 (quad cab) and a Jayco Jayfeather x23b. I've been doing some research and getting the idea that the sales person was incorrect. Can I have some feed back to put my mind at ease please. PS We're new to towing a trailer.
I have a 2011 Ram Quadcab and a 2012 X23B and would not think about towing without the WDH and sway bar in place.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #16
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Thanks!

Thank you all for your advice and I will be taking it and purchasing a WDH and anti sway! thanks again!!
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I have been wondering the same thing with buying a WDH. I just purchased a X23F and towed it home 280 miles in a heavy cross wind. I have pulled trailers before, and coming home I never felt out of control with my new trailer but did have some sway to it. My HTT only drops my rear hitch by abour 2 inches so I was wondering if it was necessary or not. My TV is a 2005 Ford F150 FX4 Supercrew with a 5.4L gas, 3.73 rearend, and towing package. I'm open to any advice as well when it comes to this piece of equipment. Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:21 AM   #18
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snip........ My HTT only drops my rear hitch by abour 2 inches so I was wondering if it was necessary or not.....snip
Whats more important is what is happening to the front suspension of your TV? If the rear is dropping 2", there will be a good chance the front suspension raised a little....., and you were still under "unloaded" conditions coming from your RV dealer.

With your 2005 F-150 with your TV/TT under "loaded" conditions, the TV's front suspension should be returned to it's "unhitched" weight (height) and this is what the WDH is designed to do. In most cases once the TV's front suspension is returned to it's "unhitched" condition, it's normal that the rear of the TV will squat 1"-2". Returning the TV's front suspension to it's unhitched condition maintains established steering and handling characteristics.

The best way to confirm all your TV/TT loaded weights and WDH adjustment is a visit to a CAT scale.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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Returning the front height to the unhitched height may or may not be correct, depending on the year model of the truck. Check your owners manual and it will tell you specifically what the loaded front end height will be. The newer Ford manuals state to return it to half of the difference between the hitched and unhitched height. I don't know what model year that started but that's what the manual for my F250 says. I don't know why they would not tell you to return it to the original height, but they are the engineers, not I.
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snip...... I don't know what model year that started but that's what the manual for my F250 says......snip
It started with the 2011 model year..., and was the reason why I made sure I referenced the OP's model year of 2005 in my reply.

In another thread I did however refer that OP to his owners manual because he had a 2013 F series Ford.

On the subject of the recent change by Ford (& GM), as you are aware that remains a hot subject on a number of forums.

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