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Old 08-24-2010, 07:30 AM   #15
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I echo the previous posts. While it may look like the trailer doesn't squat your Jeep much when lower the tongue onto the ball, there is weight transfer going on. And, even if the weight is within limits, the anti-sway of the dual cams is worth all the effort, and cost. Not having heavy trucks causing the "suck and blow" effect as they pass you on the road makes for a much more relaxed drive.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:23 AM   #16
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The funny thing is that weight distribution doesn't really have to cost that much. I just bought a new Eaz-lift weight distribution hitch with friction anti-sway for $250 shipped.

The improved steering feel alone is worth the cost and the additional 3 minutes of hitching-up time weight distribution requires.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:24 AM   #17
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If you need some help setting up I will be happy to give you a hand. I have some extra shanks, a Reese head and some 600# bars if you want to test them, but I don't have a pair of snap up brackets or friction bar.

I'm not trying to talk you out of going to a dealer if that's where you are headed. If you do go to the dealer, stop at the Cat Scales in Rogers before you go there and get baseline weights on your Liberty and Bambi. Then you can check the weight again after the dealer installs the WD system.

I'm in Minnetonka and have some time Friday or Saturday if you want to get together.

BTW, I think we met at Taylor's Falls last October. We were the couple in the '59 Tradewind. Is your Jeep red?
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:28 AM   #18
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for your generous offer! It's nice to have someone be so wonderfully helpful like yourself! Indeed we did meet in TF. Great memory!

I am going to hit the dealer tomorrow. I have to get off on my trip starting Sunday -- myself and two little Boston Terriers. If you want to follow me and my ramblings posts please friend me on Facebook. Look up vflats@gmail.com or Kerry Hinze.

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Old 08-24-2010, 10:35 AM   #19
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FWIW, we have a Reese WD with 600lb square bars and the dual cam sway control to tow our 19' Bambi with a Tundra. While it has always given a fantastic ride under every condition we've yet experience, this summer it's more than paid for itself on at least 2 occasions:

#1 - Driving back to Calgary from Waterton National Park we had sustained 80kmph side winds. Other (white box) trailers were literally fighting to stay on the road and many had to pull over where they could. The ones that were rolling were constantly swaying back and forth. Apart from feeling a slight pressure on the left, now and then, we hardly felt the wind, even when being passed by tractor units. Obviously the more aerodynamic shape of the AS helped but I could really feel the hitch working to keep the trailer and tow vehicle working as a single unit.

#2 - Driving into Vancouver on the way to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal we came around a blind bend at 80 kph into a poorly marked construction zone where moments before a 3 vehicle pile-up had occurred. Crushed pylons, debris, vehicles (and angry drivers) were randomly strewn about the lane and we had only a split-second to navigate through the scene by making a series of sphincter-puckering S-turns. Again, without the sway control I'm pretty sure we would've had a loss of control with horrible consequences instead of a good learning experience and a great story to tell our friends later that day over a glass of wine.

Not trying to scare you but these are the kinds of things that you can realistically expect to happen on the road, and having the right gear could make all the difference in the world.
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IMHO, you need sway control more with a single axle trailer than with a tandem axle. Then, throw a small tow vehicle into the equasion, WD with good sway control is a must.
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