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Old 03-29-2013, 06:52 AM   #1
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Weight distribution and anti sway ....is it necessary?

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.

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Old 03-29-2013, 06:59 AM   #2
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My feeling is you are getting the wrong info as you suspect and need WD and sway control. The 23B is not like a small light popup that would not require it. Looking at the weights, you could approach 5000 lbs and 6-700 lbs in loaded tongue weight with that setup.


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Old 03-29-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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Measure your front fender height unhitched. Then measure it with the trailer hitched. If the front of the truck raises when hitched, then you need WD. Given the relatively soft suspension of the Ram trucks, I doubt that it will not raised. This indicates that weight has been removed from the front axle and needs to be replaced for safe handling. The height you need to return it to should be given in your truck owner's manual. Also, the rating for your hitch without WD is probably going to be 500/5000. That will be increased with the use of a WD hitch. Whether to use anti-sway is your call, but most people find that they need it. The friction type systems are fine for a trailer with your weight and they are cheap.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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I find it rather unusual that a salesperson would suggest not buying something that would make your towing experience safer, less stressful, plus, make the dealership some additional money.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:42 PM   #5
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Yes, IMO a WDH with a friction control sway bar would be highly recommended. My BIL had the same TV/TT combination and there was no way around not having a WDH, unless one planned on towing an unloaded TV & TT. Between the actual "ship weight" (yellow sticker) and the 23B GVWR of about 5,000lbs there isn't much cargo capacity remaining so towing near the TT's GVWR is highly likely. I weighed my BIL 23B tongue under loaded conditions (Sherline scale) and it was 625lbs, and he was using an 800lb rated WDH.



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Old 03-29-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Very cheap insurance to have expecially if you do a lot of freeway/interstate driving. Som WDH have a built in system most do not but to add a side sway bar makes that long drive to the CG a bit less stressful.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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I would recommend using at least anti sway devise on ANY size trailer/tow vehicle combination.
On your combination, I'd also add WD to the mix. Without WD, it will tend to make control of the some(if not most)TVs, unpredictable.


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When I bought my 2006 23B I towed it bareback from Grandville to Kalamazoo without incident and the worst part of the tow was the fact that my hitch extension didn't have enough drop. This made the trailer ride nose high as my 4x4 truck sits up high so it was a teeny bit squirrely but not so much that it made the event a white knuckle trip. I installed a WDH setup before I towed the trailer again and didn't have a friction sway control bar yet.

I would recommend a WDH for anything bigger than a popup.
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In our case WDH isn't required to pull our 19H, but an inexpensive friction sway control is a must. Larry
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #10
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We just bought a 2013 X23B and tow with a Toyota Tundra Rock Warrior. Our Jayco dealer strongly suggested a combo WDH/Sway control system. We had a http://www.equalizerhitch.com installed. I can tell you that it makes a big difference when traveling interstate highways and being passed by tractor trailers as far as eliminating sway. If you have ever had a trailer start swaying at highway speeds you will appreciate anything that will help control that.

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