Originally Posted by allypally
I just towed a 21'Jayco from Sydney to Foster and back. I did not use WDH, as the person renting the van told me it would add too much pressure on the self levelling air suspension. When I connected the van, the rear of the car sank. Once I started the engine, the suspension did it's thing and levelled the car perfectly.
I have no doubt the Jeep did the job very well.....exactly my experience towing our van.
it is a shame though and through no fault of yours
, that the person renting the van wasn't knowledgeable enough to give you the right advice or set up the van correctly so that in any unexpected situation your rig was not compromised.
Before delivery I did a lot of homework and it took a bit of digging out the WDH bulletin - several salesmen told me "the Jeep" didn't need one, and it would "wreck" the QL.
The US manual stated one was required but the Australian manual made no mention. Salesmen didn't care about that. I persevered and pestered Chrysler (along with a couple of others from the caravan forum) and eventually they issued the bulletin that importantly relates to "all available suspension systems".
My van is borderline requiring a Weight Distributing Hitch according to Jeep.
Next thing I contacted my Jeep insurer and caravan insurer and asked their attitude relating to a claim arising from an accident.
Both emphatically advised that they would expect me to comply with manufacturers recommendations at all times. In the event of any incident where a 3rd party was involved this point would certainly be raised according to them. All sorts of scenarios can be concocted from there...
OK - Hence I use the WDH and it works fine, and i've covered all bases.
For anyone who chooses to tow over 2268kg without a WDH, please don't take this post as derogatory, I've put a fair amount of time into this to get the right info, as it relates to my circumstances.
And it is a brilliant tow vehicle.
Allypally - is that a door at the rear on the RH side??????