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Old 05-19-2003, 06:22 AM   #1
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Reese dual cam sway - fit???

Just bought a Reese dual cam sway control on ebay. Does anyone know if I will need to make modifications to use the reese due to the propane tank location on the 78 Excella??


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Old 05-19-2003, 06:27 AM   #2
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Greetings Craig!

I can't say whether you will meet with any interference with your propane tank support frame with the '78 model. My '64 posed no problem with any of the hitch components. What you may encounter is difficulty with the mounting brackets. To my knowledge there are three different sizes relating to the three common dimensions of steel beams used in the "A" frame of hitches on different make/model trailers. For my '64 Overlander, I needed the smallest of the brackets; and on my Minuet the "intermediate" size. Trying to use a size larger than needed for your coach will make the system more difficult to adjust properly.


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Re: Reese dual cam sway - fit???

Originally posted by Craig
Just bought a Reese dual cam sway control on ebay. Does anyone know if I will need to make modifications to use the reese due to the propane tank location on the 78 Excella??

You may need to make some adjustments. I know my dealer had to drill through the bottle bottom plate on my Safari to mount the U-bolts. I made a small foam spacer which sits the bottles up just slightly so the U-bolt top doesn't touch the bottom of the gas bottle.

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Old 05-19-2003, 08:21 AM   #4
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I modified the snap-up brackets on my DualCam. Cut some of the steel off the front side of them, not too much, just enough without weakening them. Needed to get them as close as possible to the back edge of the propane bottles so the chains would be straighter up and down. Another forum member was able to referr me to the Reese website which has the install and setup instructions. You must set it up properly in order for it to work correctly.

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The older Reese system allowed little margin for adjustment in the location of the dual cam brackets. The length of your weight distributing bars determined the placement because the swing arm from the saddle to where the bracket mounts underneath the a-frame was a fixed length.

FWIW, I've noticed that Reese brought out a new dual cam HP system which is adjustable over a certain range! You might want to check into this.

Be sure to take your gas bottles off as you are attempting to find a place to mount the dual cam brackets. Sometimes you're fortunate enough to find a spot under a bottle and "straddle" the bottle retaining ring from the underside.
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