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Old 10-23-2014, 10:45 AM   #29
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Thank you so much! I believe this is the same conclusion that my repair guy has come to!
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:49 AM   #30
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I was studying your photos. It appears that the side that failed had some funny seating happening. It looks as though only one side if the spring bar is sitting correctly in the saddle. Also it would appear that the end of the spring bar is riding up out if the cam and making contact with the shoulder if the cam. You can see the marks in the metal in your photo. Also, you say this is a 2006 hitch? You have little if any wear on the cams, there should be at least some wear from friction between the saddle (spring bars) and the cams. I think you don't have enough tension on the bars. There needs to be a good amount if tension in order for the sway control to work! Often times folks don't crank these tight enough to really be effective!
It might be added, if there isn't enough tension on the trunnion bars, the sway control feature won't work as design, also the weight distribution won't be properly adjusted.
I wonder if the bars are too heavy? What is the weight rating on them? Many dealers don't pay attention to these ratings. When I bought my new "Straight Line", it came with 1,200 pound bars, I bought a pair of 800 bars.

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Old 10-24-2014, 08:46 AM   #31
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I too changed the rating of my bars, at least on the classic. I went from 1200 to 800 and it just follows like a dream, I literally cannot feel it back there, period! On the other hand my PanAm is just a big oaf back there, sometimes 1200 is perfect, sometimes 800 is perfect. The load is a constant.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:59 AM   #32
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When you get the replacement part and go to set up the sway control again, make sure the chain is over the weight bar. Putting the chain outside the bar, as you had it, will cause a bind on the part that broke, because it is not even, it's offset to the outside edge.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:02 AM   #33
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I might also add....
Check the mounting of the cam arm brackets. It is vital they be mounted flush with the bottom the frame rail, if not the spring bar end won't sti/ride level on the cam.
I also suggest you really rev up the tension on those chains. I thing your system is not working as there isn't enough tension being applied!
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:45 AM   #34
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You want those bars to bend somewhere around 1" to 2" to get the weight distribution, and make the sway control work the way it should.
Those bars were made to bend, supposedly up to 5" or so...

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Old 10-25-2014, 07:48 AM   #35
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I too changed the rating of my bars, at least on the classic. I went from 1200 to 800 and it just follows like a dream, I literally cannot feel it back there, period! On the other hand my PanAm is just a big oaf back there, sometimes 1200 is perfect, sometimes 800 is perfect. The load is a constant.
I did the same as you mentioned. My new hitch had the 1,200# bars, they were way too heavy. Went to the 800#, those, plus the AirSafe hitch, make for an extremely smooth towing process.

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I think an Airsafe is my next new toy!
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I think an Airsafe is my next new toy!
Once you have one, you'll realize what you've missed. If you wonder if they work or not, sometime when you are towing over a road with a few "bumps", turn on your backup camera!
First time I did that, it scared the hell out of me! I became a "disciple" of AirSafe from that point on.

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I'm not sure what weight rating is on those bars but will check when I pick up my trailer this weekend. Will get better tension on there and perhaps I too am in the market for an airsafe hitch--is there a particular model I should be focusing on?
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I'm not sure what weight rating is on those bars but will check when I pick up my trailer this weekend. Will get better tension on there and perhaps I too am in the market for an airsafe hitch--is there a particular model I should be focusing on?
Mine is a Class 5, more than adequate for any Airstream. I would advise you to call Airsafe, and go y their advice. They are very knowledgeable, and good to deal with...

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