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Old 08-08-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Add me to the list of Blue Ox Sway Pro users. I just got home after having Foley RV/Airstream install mine. My trailer is a 2006 Safari LS 23. On Blue Oxs recommendation I am using the 750 lb. bars. Only issue was finding the correct receiver bar. I have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the air adjustable suspension. It requires a longer bar than the one supplied with the hitch kit. After trying several different bars Gary was able to find the correct combination. Drive home was only about 20 miles but the improved ride was very noticeable over the Draw Tite 600 that came with my trailer. The TV/trailer seemed very connected with no banging, clanging or jerking. The only exterior grease is on the ball so it is cleaner to handle compared to some other brands. Bounce was reduced on a couple of bridges and big truck induced sway was all but eliminated. The hitch is certainly heavy but nothing even my old tired back can not handle for at least short distances. I might try to come up with a rolling cart to assist in moving it about? My first impression of the hitch is positive. At this time I really have no definitive way to verify weight distribution. When I can I plan on making a trip to the scales.
I would welcome honest discussion on the Blue Ox Sway Pro. Tips and tricks from actual users are always of use and would be appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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Since I'm in the market of buying a hitch I'll watch this post closely. Thanks AWCHIEF
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:32 PM   #3
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You want to buy a used Draw Tite, cheap?
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When we purchased our 2014 23fb International the Blue Ox is the hitch the dealer included. It is easy to use and have not noticed any sway. It is a little heavy but it is manageable.


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Hello Awchief. Why the longer bar? I have also a GC....Thanks
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Add me to the list of Blue Ox Sway Pro users. I just got home after having Foley RV/Airstream install mine. My trailer is a 2006 Safari LS 23. On Blue Oxs recommendation I am using the 750 lb. bars. Only issue was finding the correct receiver bar. I have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the air adjustable suspension. It requires a longer bar than the one supplied with the hitch kit. After trying several different bars Gary was able to find the correct combination. Drive home was only about 20 miles but the improved ride was very noticeable over the Draw Tite 600 that came with my trailer. The TV/trailer seemed very connected with no banging, clanging or jerking. The only exterior grease is on the ball so it is cleaner to handle compared to some other brands. Bounce was reduced on a couple of bridges and big truck induced sway was all but eliminated. The hitch is certainly heavy but nothing even my old tired back can not handle for at least short distances. I might try to come up with a rolling cart to assist in moving it about? My first impression of the hitch is positive. At this time I really have no definitive way to verify weight distribution. When I can I plan on making a trip to the scales.
I would welcome honest discussion on the Blue Ox Sway Pro. Tips and tricks from actual users are always of use and would be appreciated.
Thnak you very much for your posting, very encouraing, since we are in the market for a wd system. Our dealer is recommending the blue ox, but it is good to hear opinions like yours, keep us posted and happy trailering/camping
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #7
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Hello Awchief. Why the longer bar? I have also a GC....Thanks

The GC Overland hitch sits higher than average so a longer drop bar is required to get the trailer coupler at 18 inches. Otherwise the trailer sits nose high. You still have to turn off the air suspension when hooking up or it will try to raise the Jeep as soon as weight is put on it. Once you get all hooked up, have the hitch properly adjusted and start to move the air suspension will reactivate and adjust itself to the proper moving height. The Airstream tech told my that the goal is to keep the top of the coupler at 19 inches + or - 1 inch. I am not an engineer so I do not understand all the details of setting up the hitch. I need to put a few miles on it and play around with different chain settings to see what the effect of the adjustments is. The whole thing with the weight scales and all the table top engineering discussions that are common here do nothing but confuse me.
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I also just switched to a blue ox, and really like it so far. We did about an 800 mile trip with our 28' Argosy 2 weeks ago and everything went smooth. Right after I set it up I took it for a test run on a deserted road. At 40 & 50 mph I could jerk the wheel and the trailer got back in line with the pickup instantly. I'm with awchief on the scales thing, I followed the instructions and set it up by the front wheel well measurements. The first time I hooked it up tightening the chains was doable, the 2nd time I raised the jack a little bit and it was easy. I also agree about the length of the receiver bar, if I had a little taller pickup I would need a longer one.
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Rod, glad you mentioned raising the jack. One of the tricks the tech showed me was to raise the jack way up to take the strain off the bars. It really makes a difference hooking up and unhooking the chains.
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There is another thread with several people's experience with the Blue Ox, including mine. I hope this link works for you:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...tem-92737.html
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Rod, glad you mentioned raising the jack. One of the tricks the tech showed me was to raise the jack way up to take the strain off the bars. It really makes a difference hooking up and unhooking the chains.
I am training the wife to perform this task. She is closer to the ground than me!
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Rod, glad you mentioned raising the jack. One of the tricks the tech showed me was to raise the jack way up to take the strain off the bars. It really makes a difference hooking up and unhooking the chains.
That is pretty much standard procedure for any WDH with spring bars.

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There is another thread with several people's experience with the Blue Ox, including mine. I hope this link works for you:

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Thank you, interesting thread.
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That is pretty much standard procedure for any WDH with spring bars.

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Thank you, it was new to me as my only WD hitch experience has been with the Andersen WD system. Good to learn something new every day.
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