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Old 06-28-2015, 06:52 AM   #1
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Sharing a new experience

About a year ago, I replaced an older beloved Reese dual cam hitch with a newer Straight line hitch. I was immediately disappointed as I experienced a failure before I left the dealers lot!
Over the past several months, the hitch completely diss integrated! The trunnion pins either wore away or sheared off, the cams wore to the point they were pyramid shaped..... Toast! I decided to jump ship and get a Blue Ox sway pro.......
After 1000 miles, I can say I genuinely like it! It installed with zero adjustments other than ball height. It is completely silent, tensions easily and does a fine job of weight distribution and sway control!
I am currently on the road in a very heavy 34' and the experience has been great! The Reese always worked great, but I always had a gritty feel due to its design. The Blue Ox is silky smooth!
It got better as the powder coat wore from the head.
I like how clean it is with no exposed grease to mess up your pants. My only complaint comes from routine....
The Reese uses the snap up bracket, while the Ox uses a radial tensioner. I think it's a what you're used to thing that will fade with time.
Overall I'm very pleased with the Ox and the change!

If you're thinking of going a different route, I recommend this hitch!

Reese if you're listening.... Your Chineesium metal just plain sucks! You lost a loyal customer due to bad metal! I wore that thing out in less than a year..... My old one was 30 years old!
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:10 PM   #2
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Did you get the 1500lb bars? What is your hitch weight. Thinking of switching from the greasy/noisy Equalizer to Blue Ox. My hitch weight is 1100-1200lbs. Did you get the 7 hole shank?

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Old 07-02-2015, 12:14 PM   #3
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From personal bad experience I recommend that you keep a close eye on the secure mounting of the brackets.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:12 PM   #4
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I was unaware of your situation until recent reading, sorry!

Yes, I got the 1500 pound bars!
I've towed. 1000 miles since my post.... I think the blue Ox does a much better job at weight distribution, but the Reese winds by a furlong at sway control.... Not sure I'm liking its ability to control sway on a 34 thus far!
I got the 7 hole shank, and flipped it over to get to 18" on my Excursion.
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Old 07-03-2015, 03:34 PM   #5
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Maybe the 1500b bars don't get the flex in them like the 1000b bars.

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Old 07-03-2015, 03:47 PM   #6
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I dunno, looks like a 2" bend at rest!
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:49 AM   #7
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Good morning!
Interesting comment you made on the Blue Ox. The 34'er of ours that you and I have talked about came with the old style Reese Dual Cam. The trunnion bars were 1000#.
I felt they were too stiff, so bought a set of 800# from etrailer.com.
These bars are the "new style", but they work fine, I did have to move the snap up brackets about 1 1/2" longer.
So far I've towed the 34 about 1,500 miles, and now that the hitch is fine tuned, I'm glad the "old style" came with this trailer.

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Old 07-04-2015, 07:03 AM   #8
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Hi Larry, how's the bourbon run?
We're in Lafayette now headed south....
Man what a saga this has been.... I mourn the loss of the old style!
I'll be looking at yard sales for a used set up! I literally wore out the equivalent of 2 complete hitches since Little Rock in the last year!
I've gotten to know the service staff at almost every Camping World along the way!

I like the Blue Ox, taking a little trial and error to dial it in!
It is really quiet and smooth!

Keep safe and don't run with sparklers! I suspect you have things that really go boom, not kid stuff!
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:27 AM   #9
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The bourbon run was great, We spent about 3 days in Bardstown, Did the Maker's Mark, Barton's, and Willet distilleries. Fascinating place! I wonder what the problem was with the Straight Line hitches? I had one on the 30' that we sold, for over 10,000 miles, and never had a problem, once it was dialed in.

Right now, we're in Elkhart, IN, if you want, a former neighbor of ours owns "Dan's Hitches", in Elkhart, I wonder if he may have, or can get the "old style" dual cam? I'll be glad to check and let you know.

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