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Old 05-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Reese Dual Cam ?????

I followed etrailerís instructions on installing a reese dual cam sway control, Iím 18Ē from center of ball to pivot point on arm and the 600lb barís are to close to pivot arm, this canít be correct. Open for comments.............


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Old 05-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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The hitch head should be tilted back several notches. You should have a minimum of 5 links under tension on the chains. Try that and get some more pics to us.
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Don't pull like it is now. You WILL bent those cam arms.
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It's probably that the frame rails are closer together and less of an angle then new trailers. Don't know how you will get around that.
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Should look like something this:

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The hitch head should be tilted back several notches. You should have a minimum of 5 links under tension on the chains. Try that and get some more pics to us.
Thanks dznf0g, saving your great looking pictures to my hard drive. You can see in the picture that the hitch hasn't been tilted. Would you know the max tilt on the hitch.


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Toastie,

Something doesn't look right with your cam plates. The bronze things at the end of your chains. They appear to on backwards...or the u bolts are in backwards. I can't tell from the pics.
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Something doesn't look right with your cam plates. The bronze things at the end of your chains. They appear to on backwards...or the u bolts are in backwards. I can't tell from the pics.

Yes it's backwards, was in a hurry to take pictures.......
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I don't know the max, but mine had either 4 or 5 notches showing (exposed) on the head on the trailer side of the silver thru bolt mounting plate. You can't do too much tilt, as a matter of safety or whatever. The slot in the head will only allow so much tilt before it hits the bolt.

What weight rating are your bars. With your light trailer, I'd start with 4 notches showing on the head and 5 links under tension on the chains.

Take a close look at those cam plates. maybe a close up pic?
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Here's a better close-up after I got mine all dialed in. Trailer is to the right, TV to the left. Four notches exposed.
Yours will be different, I'm sure, to get dialed in but you gotta get a lot more tilt to clear those cam arms.

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Here's a better close-up after I got mine all dialed in. Trailer is to the right, TV to the left. Four notches exposed.
Yours will be different, I'm sure, to get dialed in but you gotta get a lot more tilt to clear those cam arms.

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dznf0g,

What weight bars do you have?

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Mine are 800#....but I have a 30' Classic. I would think you would want 600#ers.


OOPs, thought Toastie was posting, sorry.

800#ers would be perfect for you, IMHO.
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Thank you. My trailer came with the 1,200 pound bars. I felt like they were a bit strong, so I purchased the 800 pounders. I like it much better.

I think you have your bars bent more than I do though, maybe I'll try going another link tighter.

Don't mean to hijack the thread, back to toastie's issues...
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Not sure what you are towing with, but those pics show it hitched up to a 1/2 ton Yukon XL, so the bars were pretty cranked up.
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I don't know the max, but mine had either 4 or 5 notches showing (exposed) on the head on the trailer side of the silver thru bolt mounting plate. You can't do too much tilt, as a matter of safety or whatever. The slot in the head will only allow so much tilt before it hits the bolt.

What weight rating are your bars. With your light trailer, I'd start with 4 notches showing on the head and 5 links under tension on the chains.

Take a close look at those cam plates. maybe a close up pic?
Started with 4 and ended up at 5 notches, I'm at 6 chains links with good tension, (5 links was to much) but feel I need just a little more, the bars are 600#. Much, much better clearance.

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That looks DANDY! You may find, after you get you tanks on, gear in the truck and trailer, etc that you may need to go to 5 links. When you are ready to go, weight the rig by each axle, and then weight the loaded truck by itself by each axle. That'll get you exactly where you need to be. Tongue weight should be checked as well.
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That does look great. Now you have a useable setup. I hope you enjoy the trips.
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I was just wondering how those trunnion style bars are sitting on those cams? Are they nice and flat to where they wont wear into one side of the cam lobe or are they pitched to one side when under load causing a significant amount of wear in the cam? I have a unit thats wearing that way requiring a different head and bars.

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