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Old 07-17-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Help with Towing

hello all,

I have:
- 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8
- 1965 AS Globetrotter

what do I need to tow the AS

I have so far:

trailer hitch class III
receiver and 2" ball
brake controller in truck
transmission cooler


do I need anything else?
what is the WD??? how doesit work? do I need it?
what is the Sway Control? how does it work? do I need it?

thanks for your help
anybody with pictures of these devices?

cheer
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
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Welcome,


>do I need anything else?
>what is the WD??? how doesit work? do I need it?

When you hook your Globetrotter to your Jeep you are adding 300lbs or more to the back of the vehicle. Like putting half a dozen 50lb bags of sand in there. If you look from the side, the tow vehicle will be low in the back and high in the front. This has a bad effect on steering and stability.
Using a properly adjusted weight distributing hitch shifts the load such that the front and back axles, and that of the trailer share the load.
Your vehicle is now even front to back and much more stable.
You need it.

>what is the Sway Control? how does it work? do I need it?

Certain conditions, gusting crosswinds for example, can cause the trailer to be pushed to from one side to the other and back again. This can set up an oscillation where the side to side movement self-reinforces. This is no fun for the driver. In bad cases it's no fun for the screaming passengers either.
Sway control makes it harder for the trailer to swing from side to side.
You want that too.

>thanks for your help
>anybody with pictures of these devices?

The Equal-i-zer is a popular hitch which includes sway control. See more at http://www.equalizerhitch.com/.

Another popular one is from Reese, at http://www.reeseproducts.com/.

If you are feeling spendy there are several more expensive options, The Hensley Arrow and the Pullrite, but then you are into four figures.

Hope this helps,
Brian
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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Carlos,

Brian's summary is on target. I would second one of his suggested hitch systems, the Equal-i-zer, it is reasonably priced, uses a simple theory of operation and are easily obtained and serviced.

Consult a pro at a dealer to make sure you get the right system for your tow vehicle and trailer. You can always have the forum confirm the dealers recommendation.

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Old 07-18-2006, 03:42 AM   #4
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Thanks

Thanks, Very Helpful!
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