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Old 06-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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Maiden voyage, hitch question....

Just took our new 2013 Jayco Swift SLX 184BH on its maiden voyage, and everything went perfectly. I did notice though our Jayco rode a little nose high. From my own personal research, I've read it's better to ride a tad low rather than high. I should add.... we were not fully loaded down, as my tow vehicle was carrying very little in the way of cargo.

Maybe I'm being overly concerned, but the dealer told me that it was set up perfect.... but it being nose high gives me pause. I should add, it did tow perfectly.

I've attached a picture. Any thoughts, advice or opinions welcomed. Thank you.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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Nose high is not a good condition. Obviously level is the ideal and you should try to get it so. If you can't get perfectly level a little nose down is preferable.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #3
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I wouldn't be concern w/that unless you have a steep driveway or
some other such where the rear end of the trailer may drag backing in.

Dealership married up our 184bh and truck level, but we have a hump in our driveway and the wife said the rear end of the trailer,bumper, was close to
dragging as I backed in. We have an unusual approach to our driveway off a
steep hill.

Your package looks nice.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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Nose high is not a good condition. Obviously level is the ideal and you should try to get it so. If you can't get perfectly level a little nose down is preferable.

agree, nose down preferred to nose up, but his doesn't look too radical.
level is best for certain.
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I agree that it's not too radical and if I had a couple hundred pounds in the truck bed & our two kids, perhaps it would be even a bit lower..... and I'm guessing that's what the dealer was thinking.

I'm still interested in what others think as well.....

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I should add, I can't lower the ball down any further.... I would need a longer/lower weight distribution shank....
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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As mentioned, towing the TT level (ideal) or a "little" nose down is recommended. The TT even in a little nose up can become worse should the TV/TT experience less than ideal towing conditions such as high winds, and/or poor road conditions creating a bounce. Nose high TT's can under some conditions initiate a sway event.

If you can't move the ball mount lower on the draw bar, can you gain some drop by turning the draw bar over 180 degrees? If this doesn't work then a new draw bar may be in-order (if normal "loaded" TV/TT towing conditions require).

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I should add, I can't lower the ball down any further.... I would need a longer/lower weight distribution shank....
Get the proper shank if you plan on towing far &/or often.
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Nose high can indeed cause sway problems - I speak from experience. I believe some of the major hitch manufacturers, like Reese and Valley, make ball mount bars of different heights, in increments of 1 inch. I would recommend you try to find one of these that will provide the proper drop to get you level.
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The trailer does need to be level, even if it means getting a different stinger for your hitch. Also, you are using a trunnion bar WD system. Those type bars when properly adjusted should point slightly downward, not parallel to the ground or pointing downward. When you get the trailer leveled, that's going to change the amount of weight transfered to the front axle, so that needs to be readjusted anyway, but it's not right the way it's currently set up. The dealer was wrong. Most of them are when it comes to adjusting WD hitches. They move things around until it "looks good" and send it out the door. It takes more time to set one up than they are willing to put into it.

It's hard to tell from the small photo, but it looks like you're using a Reese hitch and the hitch bar can be flipped the other way if needed fo adjustment.
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