I just bought an 78 19' Aljo, and now getting my truck fitted with an hitch, I am going with a reese class 3 hitch with weight dist. MY question is that the place putting on the hitch only offers the fiction type sway control, I gather from reading this forum that the dual cam is an better way to go. My question is can I put an dual cam sway control on with the reese weight dist bars?
My tow truck is a 2001 S10 crew cab with a 4.3 V6, the manual and talking to the hitch people I should not have any problems towing this trailer which has a wet wieght of about 4500lbs, I know that the truck towing cap is about 5200 to 5500lbs. I also know it will be tough on the truck but I plan on taking it easy when towing the trailer, no going 75 down the highway with it:-)
my only question is about the sawy control atm, and once I get teh hitch and pull it home I most likley will have other questions
thanks for any help you can give me:-)
Charles an newbie to pulling an Travel trailer
but have pulled trailers before :-)
If your TT has a net weight of about 4500 lbs and you put the recommended minimum of 10% of that weight on your hitch, 450 lbs, then you will be over the max recommended hitch weight for the friction bar. The tech rep at Reese recommends the friction bar for 400 lbs and less.
I really think, that with that size of a pickup and that weight of a trailer and length, you will find the friction sway lacking in control. Give it a try, but imo, you will find you will want additional sway control and you can easily uypdate your wd system to the dualcam. Give it a try and see what you think. Just go slow/easy as you are maxing your tow vehicle.
Kus is right on this one, MINIMUM hitch weight should be 10%, ideally up around 12%, which on a 4500 lb trailer should be 540 lbs +/-.
I would start with the friction sway and see how it does. FYI, Reese and Draw-Tite are now the same company, and they offer dual-cam set-ups for both hitch brands.
You can buy the dual-cam stirrup linkages that fit on the trailer for about $150 on various websites. They will work with all of your existing hardware.
If you don't want to try the friction sway, then don't buy it from the hitch dealer. Just get the WD hitch, and install the dual=cam yourself, folks say it's very easy. Kus, didn't you install your own?