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Old 11-04-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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What kind of WD hitch is this? and is it any good?

So, I am seriously considering buying a 1978 TradeWind that has this kind of weight distribution hitch. Is this weight distribution only or sway control as well?
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:37 PM   #2
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That is a Reese WD hitch w/ dual-cam sway control.

and yes, its good!

They have manuals on their website for installation and configuration.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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I was hoping that's what it was. When I looked at the Reese site the 'dual cam' was threaded and adjustable length. Perhaps this is an earlier version?

Thanks. I'll check out the install manual.

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It looks like the 70's version Reese dual cam. There are lots of them still out there doing the job! I use the same one my grandfather had installed in the 70's. I did have to buy a new longer drop draw bar because the truck is much higher that the 78 Caddy Fleetwood he used to tow with. You may look into finding out how heavy the bars are and if they will work for you tow vehicle.
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yep. earlier version. you just don't have the flexibility in positioning the cams and snap-up brackets with the old version.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:13 PM   #6
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Yup, all answers are correct. I've towed many thousands of miles with one of these rigs (a 23' Safari). It's not a Hensley, but in my personal view, it's WAY enough control for that small a trailer - at least with my 3/4 ton tow vehicle.

Search the threads and you will find some information from Andy from Inland RV on the weight ratings of the weight distribution bars ... they come in four or five different thicknesses, and as they get thicker, they are capable of distributing more load. The consensus on this board seems to be that you will need at most 750# bars. That is what I have, and as I say, I've encountered NO sway. I also don't latch them down very tight, so as to keep the trailer ride pretty soft.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:18 PM   #7
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I have the same hitch, and agree that it gets the job done.

The one thing that caught my attention is the length of your draw-bar. Mine is (IIRC) about half that length.

The closer to the vehicle the more stability you will have.

What are you going to tow with?
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Some information for you on that setup:


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Old 11-08-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone. I bought the 78 Trade Wind and towed it back from New Jersey to New Lenox (Illinois). Used the Reese WD that came with the trailer. Luckily the original owner had recorded all the install positions as set up by Airstream when he purchsed the trailer in '78. It worked great! (after I re-set the ball height)

I towed with a 2005 Tacoma V6. Did fine thru the hills of Pennsylvania and of course okay in the flat lands of Ohio and Indiana.

This 78 Trade Wind is a very cool trailer.....
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Gary.

Can you post who wrote that very nice article?

There are some updates available that could be easily added.

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Those spring bars look way to heavy for a TradeWind
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Gary.

Can you post who wrote that very nice article?

There are some updates available that could be easily added.

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Andy,

I'm unclear on who the original author was but I'll keep digging around to see if we can find out. I ran across this a few years back and it was a big help in better understanding this setup, at least for me. I'd say if there are valuable updates to add - stick some on it as a footnote - it could only help.
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Bruce, using Gary's article, I am going to measure the bars and go thru the set up again using the original Reese kit instructions.

What size spring bars should I be using?

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Bruce, using Gary's article, I am going to measure the bars and go thru the set up again using the original Reese kit instructions.

What size spring bars should I be using?

thanks,

John H
With your tow vehicle, I would suggest the smallest rating that you can buy.

Or, as close to 600 pounds as you can.

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