Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
I like the air suspension on the Jeep, but I would definitely get a full sized spare. Perhaps mount the full sized spare on the trailer and mount the trailer spare inside or underneath the Jeep? Possibly work.....
I am in conversation with Jeep now about what the window sticker on what I bought called a 'full size spare'. To my mind, a spare that is not the same size as what's on the other wheels is not 'full sized'. We'll see how that shakes out.
The Trailhawk does make for a capable TV. Were it totally my choice, I would have bought a full sized pickup with the factory tow package. We are, however, a one car family and management vetoed a truck in favor of an SUV. ( I get one vote and she gets 1.5)
This model has another nice feature called Trailer Sway Control.(TSC)
"TSC uses sensors in the vehicle to recognize an excessively swaying trailer and will take the appropriate actions to attempt to stop the sway. TSC will become active automatically once an excessively swaying trailer is recognized.
NOTE: TSC cannot stop all trailers from swaying. Always use caution when towing a trailer and follow the trailer tongue weight recommendations. Refer to “Trailer Tow ing” in “Starting And Operating” for further information.
When TSC is functioning, the “ESC Activation/ Malfunction Indicator Light” will flash, the engine power may be reduced and you may feel the brakes being applied to individual wheels to attempt to stop the trailer from swaying. TSC is disabled when the ESC system is in the “Partial Off” or “Full Off” modes.
If TSC activates while driving, slow the vehicle down, stop at the nearest safe location, and adjust the trailer load to eliminate trailer sway. "
Plus as long as your trailer weighs less than 5,000#, you don't need a WDH. The auto-level feature simply adjusts for the tongue weight applied to keep the Jeep level. We are minimalists so I should be able to keep the trip-ready weight in the 4,200# range. At least that's the plan.
Towing the Casita 17, about 3,000#, I used neither a sway bar nor a WDH. Of course an Escape 21 weighs about 1,200#+- more. I'm going to start towing 'as is' and adjust if conditions dictate.
Enjoy your travels