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Re: Towing / Travel Trailer Advice Needed

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My Reese dropout shank has splines to offer minute adjustment angles on the spring bars. Take a bit of fiddling but with my '14 ecodiesel set first into Sport (thus aero) mode at a standstill then putting the Jeep in jack mode, I have my spring bars set so that I only see about .5" drop in the rear, normal front height when the Dualcam pieces are in the configuration. If I go one more chain link stiffer then the pieces bind. So I tried one spling of angle further (thus dropping the chain end of the spring bars about 1", then it was too stiff. So back to the first config with the rear -0.5". Tows beautifully.
We went racing this past weekend on vacation (yea I'm one of those crazy people who thinks that sitting in a race car in 95 degree temps with the track surface at 125 degrees wearing 3 layers of flame retardant clothing is actually fun, and so does my wife), towed 800 miles round trip in 90+ degree weather with the a/c blasting, never a wiggle from the trailer even in some strong gusty winds coming home in the rain. 6,200 lbs, 13.3 mpg out at 72-73 mph, 11.8 back into a headwind.

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Thanks for the feedback! I noticed similar issues where if I went one level higher, things felt very stiff and interestingly a bit more unstable side to side at highway speeds which seemed counter intuitive to me. My 0.75'' drop is in normal mode, so I probably also have something like 0.5'' drop in Sport mode since that adds a bit more weight transfer. I don't think I could roll in Sport mode all the time though with a 2012, due to the fact that it also disables some of the traction control - unless thats not a concern?

Out of curiosity, what sort of winds did you experience? Last few trips with any significant cross wind (20+) things have gotten dicer for me and I haven't quite figured it out - but I haven't been out with this latest hitch adjustment either (decreased drop). Also, how was the race?

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If you can find a used one at half the price, and the spring bars are the right strength (example- 750# bars for a 500-600# tongue weight) then absolutely jump on it. That's a great deal.

Since virtually all my tow is highway, QL is in Aero mode all the time. Wish I could keep it in normal mode when towing but we can't. So since Aero and Entry are almost the same ride height, I set my bars up in Entry mode, has worked well for me. When I hook up the trailer, I make sure the key is out of the ignition and a door is open (will deactive self leveling) while I get all the bars connected and leveled. So the air bags are just fine tuning the load, letting the WD equipment do all the heavy lifting.

There are other WD systems out there as others have suggested. Many use a friction device to act as sway control. I personally like that this is all self contained. And very easy to hook up too, just a minute or two. At 60, I prefer simple and easy these days.

Hi Tow911 with the QL if you press the up and down buttons and hold them down for about 10 seconds with the car running that disables the QL and when you take off after you reach 5 kph mph I don't know the car resets itself back to normal mode


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I thought the GC also had trailer sway control fitted?


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Yes it does have Trailer Sway control. I also have an Andersen WDH with anti-sway and with this set-up the TT/TV combo feels like a single unit on the road
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I thought the GC also had trailer sway control fitted?
By the time your Jeep's system realizes it needs to activate the electronic sway control system, you could easily have an out of control sway situation on your hands that is unrecoverable. Unless you have a lot of experience with trailer sway (most of us do not, thankfully) AND you have nerves of steel and a calm attitude that will guide you through the correct response (which is to ACCELERATE, not brake!), you'll be upside down in the ditch, and if you're conscious and not gravely injured, you'll think "I guess I needed REAL sway control, not just the Jeep's electronic sway control."

Don't go cheap. Get a good weight distributing hitch with proven sway control. Which one you buy is up to you and the research you do, but do it. I personally went with the ProPride P3, but there are others much less expensive and very good.

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Re: Towing / Travel Trailer Advice Needed

We have a 21 foot travel trailer. I once forgot to attach the anti-sway bar when we left a campground. It was windy, and a passing semi caused the trailer to sway alarmingly. I was petrified, but I felt the Jeep's sway control system kick in immediately, and it definitely saved the day. I pulled over to settle my nerves, checked the trailer, and found the unattached anti sway bar still laying on the trailer hitch. But I have NEVER since forgotten to attach that anti-sway bar.
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