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Old 01-06-2015, 09:48 PM   #29
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Rolland, I think you are correct if you are using the Reese W/D hitch without the sway control, (Dual Cam, or Straight Line) the product without sway control have the chains connected to the trunnion bars.



With the sway control, (either the new, or old style), the trunnion bars are not connected directly to the chains, they rest on the "saddle", which the chains are connected to....because the chains are connected to the "saddle" the trunnion bars slide on the cam, and are not movement is not restricted by the length of the chain.



Please correct me if I'm wrong.



Larry

Right, I use the one without the saddles. Also use a adjustable friction device between the hitch head and trailer hitch for sway control. You guys are right about the trial and error of getting the correct angle, so the bars load properly without taking out too many links in the chain. Reese makes a good, strong, relatively inexpensive hitch, that works fine if properly set up.


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Old 01-06-2015, 11:21 PM   #30
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I plan on getting the SW done at the Escapade in Tucson in March. There is always the possibility that I can also have it done in another couple of weeks on my way back to Casa Grande from Quartzsite - by going over to Escapee park in Congress. I will look into the points raised concerning the hitch receiver. I have not had any issues with sway, and that includes an evasive manoeuvre last year near Las Vegas at 60 mph.

I'll also look into the hitch receiver issue you raised. I'm not altogether comfortable with welding on reinforcement, and would prefer changing the OEM hitch receiver for a heavier manufactured receiver. Before making that move, though, I would want to be back in Ottawa to have "Diesel Dave's" opinion, as he's the guy who will be doing the work.

If you change the hitch receiver then not Curt brand, but Titan or Drawtite Class V. #45010. Sleeve down if needed. Use this reference for your research.
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Keep in mind that there is a cup-like curve at the end of the WD bar, and that cup rests in the saddle. When the TV turns, these bars slide in the saddle, and they ride upwards in the saddle due to the cup. This increases pressure to return to a straight line. Hence there is active sway control, unlike the passive one by using the friction bars. When I was at JC, Don Ambos told me that back in the late 1960's they hitched an AS trailer to and Oldsmobile Toronado using the Reese Dual Cam system, tightened up the WD bars and removed the rear wheels. They drove this contraption down Pike Street in JC and it tracked in a straight line. Don, at that time, was the service manager and traveled with Wally Byam on the caravans.
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If you change the hitch receiver then not Curt brand, but Titan or Drawtite Class V. #45010. Sleeve down if needed. Use this reference for your research.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:58 AM   #33
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Keep in mind that there is a cup-like curve at the end of the WD bar, and that cup rests in the saddle. When the TV turns, these bars slide in the saddle, and they ride upwards in the saddle due to the cup. This increases pressure to return to a straight line. Hence there is active sway control, unlike the passive one by using the friction bars. When I was at JC, Don Ambos told me that back in the late 1960's they hitched an AS trailer to and Oldsmobile Toronado using the Reese Dual Cam system, tightened up the WD bars and removed the rear wheels. They drove this contraption down Pike Street in JC and it tracked in a straight line. Don, at that time, was the service manager and traveled with Wally Byam on the caravans.
I worked for Trailer Life in Elkhart, IN, at that time. Later on, in the early 1970's as I remember, Art Rouse, the original owner of Trailer Life, and T.J. Reese, drove that rig from the Los Angles office of Trailer Life with Rouse's Airstream, and Oldsmobile Toronado, across the country to New York City. There was a feature article in Trailer Life about it...

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Old 01-08-2015, 10:56 AM   #35
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Just placed the order for the Reese Titan Class V receiver - p/n 45010 - along with the reducing sleeve and a stainless steel dogbone lock. Purchase was made from etrailer.com. Total cost (free shipping) is $350.85. It should arrive here mid-next week and I've arranged for its installation.

Thanks to slowmover for pointing this out to me.
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Your rig is similar to mine -- and that your annual miles are high ranging nearly cross-continent -- thus I search and read your many posts so as to keep perspective on rig performance. You are welcome and please accept my thanks as well.
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Just placed the order for the Reese Titan Class V receiver - p/n 45010 - along with the reducing sleeve and a stainless steel dogbone lock. Purchase was made from etrailer.com. Total cost (free shipping) is $350.85. It should arrive here mid-next week and I've arranged for its installation.

Thanks to slowmover for pointing this out to me.

AHH....another TOW BEAST V, you won't be sorry.

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Old 02-02-2015, 09:37 AM   #38
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Got the Titan Class V hitch installed - went on without any issues. Also got a small crane at Harbor Freight and had it installed so I can more easily lift the 3kW generator onto the truck. Neat item for $99 - 1/2 Ton Capacity Pickup Truck Crane

Also found out that the 5/16" clevis slip hook with latch that I have for the safety chains won't hook onto the class V receiver. Looks like I have to visit our local Ace Hardware to get larger ones.
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