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Old 09-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Reese vs Blue Ox weight distribution hitch

I have a 4 year-old trailer with a Reese hitch. I've pulled it on five national caravans - lots of miles. I grease the trunions to prevent wear, but dirt and stones seem to accumulate in the grease. As a result, the trunions and other parts are wearing badly. I am considering a switch to a Blue Ox hitch in which the moving parts are enclosed, and grease is applied by means of a zert. However, the Blue Ox weight distribution hitch seems to have a much simpler anti sway mechanism. I don't know if it works as well as the Reese. Does anyone have experience with these?
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have a Blue Ox and am totally satisfied with it. Not only is it cleaner, but it doesn't make any noise and you can backup without having to take parts off first. Something doesn't have to be complicated for it to work, it just has to work and my Blue Ox works. No sway when being passed or passing.
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Not only is it cleaner, but it doesn't make any noise and you can backup without having to take parts off first.
Wait. There are hitches that require you to get out and take parts off before backing up? Which ones?
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I don't know specific models but some of them require that you disconnect the sway controls before backing. I doubt that very many people do that though.
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Wait. There are hitches that require you to get out and take parts off before backing up? Which ones?
I have an EAZ Lift round bar hitch, with a pair of sway controls. I can back up as much as I want, as long as my turns are only moderate. If I turn real tight, then the first bad thing to happen is that the forward end of the friction bar will get pinched and bent against the edge of the coupler. This happens well before I am at risk of having the bumper of my tow vehicle hit the corner of the trailer.

More than this, the same thing happens when I flip a U-turn moving forward. The only time I actually bent the end of the friction bar was going forward. (My vehicle has a 39-foot turning circle--tighter than a full size pickup).

Regarding the Blue Ox, I am the only person I know who had a Blue Ox Sway Pro and got rid of it. The claimed anti-sway properties of it did not pan out for me. My rig drives better and is more stable with my current hitch. But the Blue Ox sure is convenient.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:07 PM   #6
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For about a year now I've been using a Reese SC hitch (controls sway like an Equal-I-zer) and I like it, it's very simple. To get around the grease issue I've been using engine assembly lube which is sort of a very heavy oil with moly, and comes in a plastic bottle with a handy twist open applicator tip. It seems to lubricate very well, and does not attract dirt as bad as grease does. You do have to do some clean up fairly frequently, however.
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I have an EAZ Lift round bar hitch, with a pair of sway controls. I can back up as much as I want, as long as my turns are only moderate. If I turn real tight, then the first bad thing to happen is that the forward end of the friction bar will get pinched and bent against the edge of the coupler. This happens well before I am at risk of having the bumper of my tow vehicle hit the corner of the trailer.

More than this, the same thing happens when I flip a U-turn moving forward. The only time I actually bent the end of the friction bar was going forward. (My vehicle has a 39-foot turning circle--tighter than a full size pickup).

Regarding the Blue Ox, I am the only person I know who had a Blue Ox Sway Pro and got rid of it. The claimed anti-sway properties of it did not pan out for me. My rig drives better and is more stable with my current hitch. But the Blue Ox sure is convenient.
Ok thanks. That makes sense. I was just picturing having to jump out and remove something when I needed to back a few feet to line up at the pump. :-)

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I don't know specific models but some of them require that you disconnect the sway controls before backing. I doubt that very many people do that though.


Most of the times I see posts that mention "disconnecting sway control", before backing, it becomes apparent they don't have a clue what they're talking about.
Pulling Airstreams in excess of 100K miles with a Reese Dual Cam, has proven that point.
Perhaps a phone call to the manufacturer of the hitch in question would put your concerns to rest.

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Ok thanks. That makes sense. I was just picturing having to jump out and remove something when I needed to back a few feet to line up at the pump. :-)

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I tow with a 2010 GMC Yukon Denali SUV (short wheelbase version). Good seats, good turning circle, powerful engine, and it fits in my garage (just barely). But not enough cooling and sometimes it gives us bad porpoising on poor concrete highways with the trailer in tow. I think longer wheelbase would help with the porpoising.
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I am pretty happy with my Reese. Blue Ox is a good company and certainly makes a quality hitch. I do not grease the Reese. I just throw the bars on and go. sometimes I squirt a little oil through the oil hole in the top of the socket and into the bottom. Yeah, there is some wear. But it is all a loose fit at best anyway. After 7 years with the Reese I am pretty confident with it.
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Most of the times I see posts that mention "disconnecting sway control", before backing, it becomes apparent they don't have a clue what they're talking about.
Pulling Airstreams in excess of 100K miles with a Reese Dual Cam, has proven that point.
Perhaps a phone call to the manufacturer of the hitch in question would put your concerns to rest.

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I did not name any other hitch and was not saying that the Reese required the sway control to be removed, but some hitches do require it or at least recommend it. Read this page after scrolling down to the sway control section.

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