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Old 08-23-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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weight distributions system or not for a 16' bambi with jeep liberty v6

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Any thoughts on if I need a weight distribution system for my 3500lb 16' bambi with my 04 jeep liberty v6 sport?

right now, I do not have one..but will be driving from msp to seattle - down the coast and back.

any thought appreciated!

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Old 08-23-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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I would put on a reese twincam with #600 or #800 bars on it.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:21 PM   #3
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thanks for your advice...what difference in the way it tows now versus with that system? Will I notice the diff? I don't go over 65 mph currently. is it bad for my towing vehicle if I don't do the dist. system?
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I would never back out of the driveway without one! Have you towed it long or will this be your first trip? I have a Reese WD hitch and anti sway and it works great. When I only had the WD I hated the sway and wouldnt go on long trips until I got it. Do yourself a favor and buy both the WD and anti sway kit. On that long of a trip you will be glad you did. Have a great trip!
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hi - well, I've been at this for over 2 years... I picked it up in NY and drove it thru Penn. i guess i haven't been too worried until now and your message. i guess i wanted to avoid spending more money for this trip.
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Well the big rigs used to push mine all over the place and being a single axel I have noticed a big improvement. Most on here would never just drop it on the ball and take off. I would at least do the WD hitch but the anti sway makes it much smoother etc. I didnt mean to scare you, I'm a newbe here but Im really glad I added the anti sway before I went to Colorado. I bought mine in Williamsburg VA and drove it home with just the WD bars and didnt have a problem but there wasnt any wind either. Just my 2 cents.
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hi - well, I've been at this for over 2 years... I picked it up in NY and drove it thru Penn. i guess i haven't been too worried until now and your message. i guess i wanted to avoid spending more money for this trip.
It has NEVER been an issue of "spending more money".

It has ALWAYS been an issue of safety for you and your uninformed passengers, who are not aware that their life is more than likely in jeopardy, the very instant you lose control of your rig.

Statistics SAY "it will happen".

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DITTO on What Carl said. Look around in the local paper and Craigs list and find a old REESE TwinCam with 5 to 800 lbs bars like Carl said. That will take away any sway from passing rigs and give you just the rite amount of WD. without breakin the bank. I do recommend that after finding and installing that hitch that you make a trip to the scales(Cat or any State Certified scales) and find out where the weight is before and after applying the WD.
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Reese is not the only company making WD hitches. I have an Equal-i-zer and it works fine and you can back up with it.

Learning how to set up hitches is difficult, but do-able. Some dealers don't take the time to do it right.

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Thanks for the tip and recommendations. I will be setting up my appt at the dealer. If I am going do it...I want it done right.
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You can order from etrailer.com and do it yourself. Follow the directions and you will be fine. Maybe save enough for antisway. Good luck and happy towing.
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Hello -

Any thoughts on if I need a weight distribution system for my 3500lb 16' bambi with my 04 jeep liberty v6 sport?

right now, I do not have one..but will be driving from msp to seattle - down the coast and back.

any thought appreciated!

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I had a Jeep Liberty and traded it for a wider stance vehicle. Even so the first thing I optioned for was weight distribution and then added the dual cam setup Reese has. I merrily have gone 3,000 miles with the twinkie without any twitches except for being buffetted behind a car carrier and with another rig passing me at 70+ . The dual cam sway was momentary and disappeared as soon as I instinctively let up on the gas. BY the way, so far I have not seen a trailer tire that says over 65 is ok.
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I would buy and install yourself to save some money. Take your time and do a thorough job. This link will tell you how to adjust it.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ams-52579.html
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Hi, I have only seen one Airstream trailer swaying on the road, and it was a Bambi, being towed with a small SUV on the ball only. I thought he was going to lose it on the freeway.
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