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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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I Shouldn't Need New Friction Bars

Okay, so I got a Reese SC Weight Distribution set up, got it installed at a trailer place nearby and have set out on a couple of 100 mile round trips. The friction pads are almost worn down to the metal! Additionally, in order to get the trunion rod up to the pad, it takes brute strength. Neither am I a brute nor do I have strength. I've got to raise the trailer as high as I can go and then, maybe, I can get the rods on the pads. Anyone out there to help?
Here is a picture of new pads as reference. I'll need to replace them at $32 each before too long.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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what weight range load distributing bars do you have? sounds like you have too much pressure on the bars and maybe a lubrication problem. I have seen something like this and the cause was the dealer installed the wrong type of bar. Is it a good trailer place?
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Okay, so I got a Reese SC Weight Distribution set up, got it installed at a trailer place nearby and have set out on a couple of 100 mile round trips. The friction pads are almost worn down to the metal! Additionally, in order to get the trunion rod up to the pad, it takes brute strength. Neither am I a brute nor do I have strength. I've got to raise the trailer as high as I can go and then, maybe, I can get the rods on the pads. Anyone out there to help?
Here is a picture of new pads as reference. I'll need to replace them at $32 each before too long.
Why not use Reese "torsion bars" that ride on a saddle?

That setup goes for at least 100,000 miles.

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Thanks Andy. I bought the set up from Inland RV after giving you the trailer info and TV info (2007 Suburban). I would be interested in your advice. Can I get the torsion bar and saddle from you guys? Can you explain how that system is different? Thanks!
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Bill M. thanks for the question. I bought the set up from Inland RV, so I know it's right. They matched the 2007 Suburban to my trailer's serial number. I'd bet the trailer company that installed it did it wrong. They told me they had never installed one like that. I will be taking it back for some adjustment.
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It seems like the hitch is doing exactly what it should. The friction is wearing down the pads. The friction is what is being used for sway control. Less wear would mean less friction and less control.
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Yea, Sean, but with only two 100 mile round trips? What if I want to go on a 1000 mile adventure? What I thought I would do is read the paperwork and do the adjustments myself. I did adjust the car hitch up so I could get the blasted torsion bars on the friction pads without messing up my back. I've just got to make sure both vehicles are level.
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Why not use Reese "torsion bars" that ride on a saddle?

That setup goes for at least 100,000 miles.

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Thanks Andy. I bought the set up from Inland RV after giving you the trailer info and TV info (2007 Suburban). I would be interested in your advice. Can I get the torsion bar and saddle from you guys? Can you explain how that system is different? Thanks!
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Bill M. thanks for the question. I bought the set up from Inland RV, so I know it's right. They matched the 2007 Suburban to my trailer's serial number. I'd bet the trailer company that installed it did it wrong. They told me they had never installed one like that. I will be taking it back for some adjustment.
Hi, I'm confused; Sounds like you need to buy a different type/style of Reese brand hitch from ...............................
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Sounds like there is something VERY wrong with your setup. From what you have posted I would first assume the tension on the setup is too high and thus causing the premature ware.

Reese is now owned by Cequent. I would call them for advise. 800 521 0510

As a general rule I always advise individuals never to have a Dealer setup a WD system. They are not willing to apply the time to do the job right and thus just do a !/2 a++ed job. It can take several hours to do it correctly
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Ag'71,

Yes, and if you are having trouble setting up the new friction sway control Reese, don't even think about going to the Reese Dual Cam as it is much more difficult to set up correctly.
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Hi folks, thanks for all your replies. I realize that I need to do install it all over again. I am new to all this, and after reading the instructions initially, I had no idea what it was supposed to look like or about the tension on the rods, and the difficulty to get the bars on and off. I was following the advice from Andy at Inland RV as to the model, and ordered it from them, so I was/am sure that they are the experts and guided me correctly. I have re-read the instructions and will be adjusting as necessary. Thank you VERY much for the phone number of the manufacturer. I WILL call them and get their advice. Stay tuned.......
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