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Old 05-09-2007, 01:53 PM   #15
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Talked to Reese Tech. Support

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I talked to John at Reese Tech. Support (1-888-521-0510 Ext 2).
Subject: Reese Straight-Line (W/D hitch with sway control)
I asked him which was better the round bar or the trunnion bar for ease of set-up?
His reply was, they were both about the same.
I asked him if one had better wear characteristics over the other?
His reply was, trunnion bars were a little better, however both round and trunnion bars must be kept lubricated at the head or they would wear.
I told him I might get a smaller trailer and would need to change to lighter weight bars.
He recommended the trunnion bars (it appeared there may be more wear on the head with the round bars, however he did not come right out and say this).
I told him my trailer was a 31 foot Airstream.
He did not hesitate his reply was to get the trunnion bars.

So now I'm out shopping for Reese Straight-Line Hitch with trunnion bars.
Should I get 600# or 800# bars? Hum, more decisions. "Mac"
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:29 PM   #16
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I talked to John at Reese Tech. Support (1-888-521-0510 Ext 2).
Subject: Reese Straight-Line (W/D hitch with sway control)
I asked him which was better the round bar or the trunnion bar for ease of set-up?
His reply was, they were both about the same.
I asked him if one had better wear characteristics over the other?
His reply was, trunnion bars were a little better, however both round and trunnion bars must be kept lubricated at the head or they would wear.
I told him I might get a smaller trailer and would need to change to lighter weight bars.
He recommended the trunnion bars (it appeared there may be more wear on the head with the round bars, however he did not come right out and say this).
I told him my trailer was a 31 foot Airstream.
He did not hesitate his reply was to get the trunnion bars.

So now I'm out shopping for Reese Straight-Line Hitch with trunnion bars.
Should I get 600# or 800# bars? Hum, more decisions. "Mac"
The rating of the bars is also a function of your "exact tow vehicle."

Heavy duty, light duty, overload springs, 4 wheel drive etc.

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Old 05-09-2007, 02:57 PM   #17
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My T.V. is a 91 Ford F250, extended cab, long bed, 2wd, 460 cu in. It was used to tow a 10,000 # 5th wheel trailer by the P.O. It has Firestone air suspension (which I may remove, or run at min. air preasure). My truck does have a harsh ride, compared to my GMC Z71 extended cab, short bed. My T.T. is a 78 Excella 500. I have read many posts on over hitching an Airstream and would very much appreciate your input as to what weight bars I should get. Also should I remove the air suspension or just run at min. preasure? Thank You Andy for your reply! "Mac"
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:10 PM   #18
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My T.V. is a 91 Ford F250, extended cab, long bed, 2wd, 460 cu in. It was used to tow a 10,000 # 5th wheel trailer by the P.O. It has Firestone air suspension (which I may remove, or run at min. air preasure). My truck does have a harsh ride, compared to my GMC Z71 extended cab, short bed. My T.T. is a 78 Excella 500. I have read many posts on over hitching an Airstream and would very much appreciate your input as to what weight bars I should get. Also should I remove the air suspension or just run at min. preasure? Thank You Andy for your reply! "Mac"
Mac.

Use the absolute lightest bars that you can. If you can, remove the overload springs from the TV as well. That will help too.

Removimg the air bags will help as well. If not, then run them at absolute minimum pressure.

Watch, as time goes by, for "ANY" damage to the front end of the trailer.

It is also very necessary to have the running gear properly balanced.

And finally, make super sure the axles are ok. If not, they will also contribute to front end damage along with your "Queen Mary" type TV.

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Old 05-09-2007, 06:24 PM   #19
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:13 PM   #20
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I have the cams and it took about an hour to put them on the new trailer and adjust them. Just put the round bars on a friends unit and it took about 30 mins. If you follow the directions its not a difficult job.
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What is the tongue weight? THat will tell you which bars you need.
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What is the tongue weight? THat will tell you which bars you need.
Michelle,

I respectively disagree, it is a combination of the tongue weight and the tow vehicle suspension. I need 1000 lb bars on my Lincoln but can easily use 750 or lighter on my PowerWagon. From soft to stiff truck suspension it is GM, Ford and then Dodge.

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