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Old 07-07-2015, 12:26 PM   #11
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I will try to post a picture a little later. Right now it won't let me from my phone. So are the guys at the shop wrong them by telling me it can't be installed? Would anyone know a specific item that does work with the X 17 Z? Without having to move around the battery and propane? I I would like to have a weight distribution installed but if those guys that supposedly do this for a living tell me it's not possible then I would need to really have an answer for them on how to do it or what to order I guess.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:32 PM   #12
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And why is a swaybar and airbags so bad compared to a WD system? I understand the purpose of the WD, but would a sway bar and airbags not be a good second option?
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:37 PM   #13
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There are others here who are more familiar with the differences; check the previous post by DocBrown for example.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #14
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I guess I understand the differences, I just want to understand if what I'm planning on doing is a OK second option. Just not sure how to convince those guys at the shop that installing a WD should actually work since I have no experience with that stuff
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #15
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what would be nice would be for you to post a pic of what you have and for someone with the same X17 post a pic of what they have. Then you not only could compare the pics but show them to the shop also.


Airbags?? What happens if a bag blows or the air leaks out?
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:41 PM   #16
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For your small trailer an Anderson WDH might be a good option too. The brackets are pretty adjustable on those. You can easily lengthen or shorten the chains to move the brackets back and forth if needed.

https://www.andersenhitches.com/Cata...ion-hitch.aspx
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:42 PM   #17
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Had the same issue with my 2014 197. I just got it as close as I could and its been fine and leveled no issue.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:49 PM   #18
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Couple questions. What year 17Z do you have and what WDH do you have? Flipping the tanks and battery is not difficult to do. But it does take some time and effort. Is our battery immediately behind the tongue jack then the propane tanks, or the other direction? I know that on a number of HTTs Jayco did flip the tanks and battery orientation since 2012.
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Here's a recent picture of our set up using the Andersen WDH model 3347.
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The more weight you put on the back of your tow vehicle (tongue weight) behind the rear axle the more weight is removed from your front axle. In an extreme case your front axle will come off the ground.
That obviously won't happen with a travel trailer attached but it does remove a significant amount of weight.
Less weight on your steer axle means you have less control of your vehicle. In addition to that 70% or so of your braking force comes from your front wheels. In a panic breaking situation the trailer tongue will be diving and removing more weight from your front axles to the point that they may loose traction.

In normal driving on nice dry roads this is not usually an issue but for wet and slippery conditions it could cause lots of trouble for you and other motorists on the road.

A weight distribution hitch's primary goal is not to level your tow vehicle or trailer it is to restore all or most of the weight lost back to the front axle of the tow vehicle.

Air bags or sway control do nothing for either of those safety issues.
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