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Old 07-28-2006, 08:46 AM   #15
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the member that has the bars says he thought he was mising the small bar that connects to the little ball on the hitch. So what does that do anyway?
It is called a friction sway control, such as the ones pictured earlier in this thread. One end connects to a small ball on the hitch, the other end connects to a similar small ball on the tongue. Teh device has an inner sliding steel bar, which can be clamped with a lever and 2 brake pad type friction pads to resist movement between hitch and trailer tongue. I found this setup cumbersome and inconsistent, others love it and have good success with it.
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Do I need it if I have the two long bars.
It would help if I actually saw one of these in use up close, but the photos I have seen don't quite explain to my thick head how it sets up.
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You should not be using a friction sway control with the Reese Dual Cam setup, as far as I know. The Reese dual cam setup has the sway control as an integral part of it's function, once properly set up.
Look at this site, it shows the components: http://www.reese-hitches.com/sway_controls.htm
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:18 AM   #16
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Thanks again,. so all I would need are the two bars, no extra connecting bar or anything from what I can tell. If that is the case I may be all set here. I can remove that extra small ball as well?
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:32 AM   #17
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Thanks again,. so all I would need are the two bars, no extra connecting bar or anything from what I can tell. If that is the case I may be all set here. I can remove that extra small ball as well?
You can leave it on or remove it, with the dual cam you won't need it.
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:33 AM   #18
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Good morning all - we have decided the friction control is NOT to our liking either, sooo now we must have help!! Anyone, can you help us determine what tongue weight our 22' Argosy Minuet would have? Kevin, you have the Reese Dual Cam, would the set up be the same for us? We tow w/ a 95 Tahoe 1500. We were thinking (after looking at Reese website) that the 10,000 tow capacity w/550 tongue (or should it be 750) would be correct on the hitch distribution setup. We always seem to not have all the info when trying the make decisions on stuff for our trailer (trailer is housed away from home). Thanks!!!
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Good morning all - we have decided the friction control is NOT to our liking either, sooo now we must have help!! Anyone, can you help us determine what tongue weight our 22' Argosy Minuet would have? Kevin, you have the Reese Dual Cam, would the set up be the same for us? We tow w/ a 95 Tahoe 1500. We were thinking (after looking at Reese website) that the 10,000 tow capacity w/550 tongue (or should it be 750) would be correct on the hitch distribution setup. We always seem to not have all the info when trying the make decisions on stuff for our trailer (trailer is housed away from home). Thanks!!!
Your 6.7 Metre Minuet will need a setup very similar to what I have with my 6.0 Metre. You will likely, at most, have an additional 25 to 50 pounds on the hitch (part depends upon how much water is carried in the front mounted water tank and how much LP is in the propane tanks. I would expect the gross tongue weight on your Minuet to approach 575 pounds (my 6.0 Metre runs between 525 and 550 pounds depending upon how much water is in the fresh water tank).

With a half-ton vehicle, my suspicion is that a set of 500 pound weight bars may be ideal -- but I am not certain whether they are still readily available. I think Reese lists 600 pound as their lightest on the website. When towing with my 3/4-ton Suburban, I run a set of 350 light-weight special bars on my Minuet that are more than 26 years old and were a part of a light-weight hitch package that Reese offered in the late 1970s early 1970s. I have tried the 600 pound bars that I use when towing with my '75 Cadillac -- but they are far too stiff when towing with the Suburban.

I think that you will enjoy towing with the Dual Cam System. I just returned from a tour of about 1,000 miles to attend our Region 7 VAC Rally, and even with deluges, gusty winds (up to 50 MPH), and heavy truck traffic, the Dual Cam handled every situation without issue.

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