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Old 11-21-2009, 07:13 AM   #1
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Grease and Reese

I have the heavy duty Reese Strait-Line Trunnion Bar Hitch and Dual Cam HP Sway Control.

I have been getting annoying squeaks from that system when turning. Especially in campgrounds. I put some Silicone on it, but no help. Having then taken all the silicone off (I understand you are not supposed to grease the hitch cams). I then tried putting a piece of duck tape below each bar cradle (where the bar pinion sits on the hitch)

Voila! No more squeaks! Replace the tape every 2000 miles as it gets worn.

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Old 11-21-2009, 07:29 AM   #2
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Interesting. wonder what Reese would say about that?

They (Reese) recommend using vaseline, which is what I do, and it works great. seems counter-intuitive, but apparently, its not that "slippery" that it would affect the performance of the hitch.

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Old 11-21-2009, 07:51 AM   #3
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I don't use anything and I seldom get noise except for the first tight turn after hooking up.

The ends of ny brass arms that sit in the cams are starting to wear quite a bit after 5 years of use. The Reese rep told me to simply swap the arms right for left to get new wearing surfaces. I hadn't thought of that.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:17 AM   #4
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I was wondering how long the cams would last. Mine have over 25k on them and looking well worn. I always mix up the bars with no dedicated right or left so that should help. Do you ever have t replace the cams?
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Old 11-21-2009, 11:10 AM   #5
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Others have reported swapping the bars had an effect on the sway.

One being a slightly different length over the over.

I mark mine with tie wrap on the drivers side so I set it up where it works and keep it that way.
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