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Old 09-30-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Weight distribution system

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2005 jay feather lite sport
2002 Chevy avalanche
8000 lb towing

Do any of you with a similar situation use a weight distribution system?

Thinking that my truck is way powerful enough to handle the trailer but I hear there's some good benefits of using a system.

Thoughts?

Thank you. Jay
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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What is the loaded weight of your trailer and the tongue weight of the trailer? Also what class hitch do you have on your truck? There should be a sticker on your hitch that gives you the limits with and without a weight distribution system.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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If the "loaded" tongue weight of your Jay Feather 165 Sport (3,500 GVWR) exceeds the "Weight Carrying" limit stamped on your TV's receiver, then yes, a WDH is required and it will greatly enhance your towing experience when properly sized/installed/adjusted.

If your TV/TT combination doesn't require a WDH, I would still recommend installing a standard friction control sway bar.

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^^ this ^^

Absolutely recommend the friction control sway bar. Try the set up out, and see if it tows OK. Then make your decision from there.
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My diesel has enough capacity (dead hitch weight and towing capacity) to tow my Eagle without W/D, but I use it anyways because I like the idea of my front axle weights being returned to unhitched weight for any emergency maneuvers. I have driven both ways and unless I am making a low speed run at a cg (to dump the tanks on an extended stay, etc.) I always use W/D. Just my .02
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My diesel has enough capacity (dead hitch weight and towing capacity) to tow my Eagle without W/D, but I use it anyways....... snip
Not many front kitchen TT's out there any more that one can stay below a TV receiver's Weight Carrying limit under loaded conditions.

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Not many front kitchen TT's out there any more that one can stay below a TV receiver's Weight Carrying limit under loaded conditions.

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You're right, GM really beefed up their hitch receivers on the 2011+ trucks, it is really solid. They are rated at 1,500 lbs with or without w/d. That being said, I am nowhere near max capacity with my current trailer.
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This is what I use

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Husky Centerline, really like it. I have a 2008 chevy 1500 truck and my trailer is 33'4" long and weighs between 5800 - 7500 lbs. I towed it from Kansas to California and back and never had a sway event or even a time when I felt nervous about towing it. Really makes a nice towing expirence.
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Hi Jabawaki, we use a Reese 350 Mini-Lite WD ( see e-trailer.com ) on our Jay Feather 165 Sport. Been told that this TT has a very light frame with that being said it is very important to use the proper WD. Consult the experts at e-trailer they will give you all the info you need they are very helpful ! Good Luck young man
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On a 1/2 ton pulling a 165 I'd just run a sway bar.
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