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Last year this forum got me to change from time based brake controllers to proportional brake controllers. The change was like night and day for me. I feel like me and my family are much safer now while towing.

I originally towed with no form of sway control and a badly set up hitch. I got the hitch set up right and added a single friction sway bar. Night and day difference. The rig felt much more stable. The push and pull from passing vehicles was more of an annoyance than a white knuckled experience. I ordered two friction sway bars since my hitch head has a double friction sway bar mount.

So I added the second bar, there was a difference and the connection felt even more secure while towing.

Currently I am as good as it gets with a standard wd hitch and friction sway control. I thought that my only option for any additional control was to buy a new hitch, which financially doesn't mAke sense because I feel very much in control and very secure with my current sway control.

However, this year we are going to be putting a lot of miles on the TT, I am thinking at least 2000 plus.

Something in the back of my mind says get the dual cam. I was fine until I found out I could retrofit my Husky trunnion wd hitch with the Reese Dual Cam sway control part number 26001. I have found a few sources for this thanks to another forum member.

The price ranges from 200-300$ for this kit.

I am seriously tempted to buy it, but am afraid (not scared afraid, but more like I wasted my money afraid) that I will not notice any difference while towing.

Y'all helped me see the light on brake controllers. Can ya help me again on dual cam? Is it really worth it? Can you feel a real difference over a properly set up wd hitch with dual friction sway control?

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Take it from a guy with almost 25 years to TT towing all over the USA...who was hanging upside down with my family inside our Expedition after a rollover accident while towing a 30' TT...waiting for the sirens to get closer.

We were not speeding, the hitch was set up properly, had a friction sway control, no wind, daylight on the Freeway. A "hump and bump" on an overpass (that's what the Firemen and CHP Officer called it)got us!

The friction sway control only is a "band-aid" fix for sway issues. A false sence of security.

The dual cam system is worth every penny you pay for it. We went to a 5th wheel after our "incident", but if we ever return to a TT it will be with a minimum of the dual cam system. Keep your family safer.


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fordsooperdooty wrote:

Take it from a guy with almost 25 years to TT towing all over the USA...who was hanging upside down with my family inside our Expedition after a rollover accident while towing a 30' TT...waiting for the sirens to get closer.

We were not speeding, the hitch was set up properly, no wind, daylight on the Freeway. A "hump and bump" on an overpass (that's what the Firemen and CHP Officer called it)got us!

The friction sway control only is a "band-aid" fix for sway issues. A false sence of security.

The dual cam system is worth every penny you pay for it. We went to a 5th wheel after our "incident", but if we ever return to a TT it will be with a minimum of the dual cam system. Keep your family safer.


I know this sounds crazy, but I just ordered the old style dual cam sway control off of eBay so that I can retrofit my bars.

I will never be able to be comfortable with that nagging feeling in the back of my head.

It should be here on Wednesday.

Now does anybody know where I can find instructions for kit 26001 online so I can start reviewing them?

Man y'all got me on:

proportional brake controllers
Maxxis tires
Now dual cam sway control

hopefully I got things right now. I know my mind is already at better ease. I can't wait to tow with dual cam.

Thanks

Jeremiah

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You made a good move going to the DC set-up. Like you, it was the experience of those here on the Forum that got me to make the switch. That was 10 years and 35,000 miles ago. There is better sway control equipment out there but you'll pay MUCH more than what your DC is costing. Best bang for the buck, IMHO.


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Here are the instructions: http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=26001


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trailrider wrote:

Here are the instructions: http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=26001


Perfect, that is exactly what I was looking for!

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dual cam, difference of night and day...
as you say.

made a huge difference with my trailer.
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You will have to make a couple of minor modifications to your Huskey bars but it is not hard. I have posted previously about this. Here are a few of my posts that should help you out.
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Safety! Safety! Control! It's what you are buying with the Dual Cam hitch.


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Barney gave you some good links. The 26001 is what I use on my TT. I have upgraded my bars to 1200 lb bars that have the hook already on them. Takes a little bit of adjustment to get the DC tuned in but well worth the effort. Make sure your spring bars don't come in contact with the u-bolts or the stirrup brackets. I bent a couple of the arms for the stirrups. Good luck, John


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