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Old 02-23-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Reese Dual Cam Sway for Explorer pulling Bambi ??

I just bought a 19' Bambi & am currently pulling it w/ my 1998 Exploder. Looking to upgrade my TV to a GMC Sierra in the next 6-9 months (if cash flow allows). Had a scary sway near-incident this w/e in my first 3 hour plus trip pulling it. DEFINITELY want & need to address this safety problem; but getting conflicting info from hitch dealers & RV place. Should I get the Reese Dual Cam Sway system ? Does that have weight distribution built in ? If so, what should I expect to pay? Will it be easily & inexpensively transferrable to the GMC Sierra ?

Thanks for letting me flaunt my ignorance! Needing safety & a one time
purchase ! Also, I don't think my father-in-law's Sierra has a trailer brake system installed. Can these be transferred from one vehicle to another ? ?

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Old 02-23-2010, 11:57 AM   #2
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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Your older Explorer has many shortcomings as a TV and it takes a lot of skill and knowledge to set up optimally.

If you are still using the P235 tires that is one one of the biggies. Apparently 215's in an LT tire work great for this vehicle. Quality gas shocks will help. Getting an optimal connection is a must.

If it were me I would have the whole combination reviewed by a towing professional. One like Andrew T from Can Am who has successfully set up many Explorers over the years.
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Hello, This may be a bit "off course"... we have a vintage trailer/and tow vehicle. But we have a Reese sway bar for our 1963 Bambi (likely quite a bit lighter than yours). Hubby drove it for a while without one, felt it was okay....but then we got the sway bar and he is firm at this point. He won't ever tow anything without some kind of sway system! Recently we were on a trip to Baja and driving down Hwy 101 we had a farmer towing a big long implement trailer pull right in front of us, (we think he forgot he was towing an empty trailer)... we had to swerve dramatically and our little sway bar took care of everything. Without it, we might have been in trouble. I would pay for safety items first!
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Thanks....pretty new to this forum & very new to A/Sing. Will read up & upgrade my TV.
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The Reese Dual Cam has a lot of fans and should work great with your rig. Yes it has weight distribution built in.

You will want the lightest spring bars for your application.

It can be transferred to any vehicle with the correct receiver. The receiver is the part of the trailer hitch that bolts onto your vehicle. They come in different classes, you will want a class 3. The hitch will fit any vehicle with a class 3 receiver.

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