We recently bought a 24' Road Ranger with a 99 Expy 5.4 w/tow package as our TV. I had the dealer upgrade the friction bar to a Reese Dual cam (wana Hensley but kinda poor right now). When we picked up the guy doing the install told be that the "7th link" in the chain was about right. Towed home (about 70 miles) with no problems but was stuck in traffic alot of the time. Got home to find they had greased all the joints on the DC, so I'm guessing they didn't know all that much about how to set up the thing (they didn't know how to set up the Prodigy either,that's another story). I've looked at the Reese site but they only seem to have install directions. I'll e-mail Resse and see if I can get directions but we're hopeing to hit the road soon for a few short trips localy to shake down the TT (and us) before doing some longer trips this summer.
Can anybody give me some advise on how the DC should be set up?
Yep, join the club; another unfortunate victim of a dealer with little or no knowledge about what they are selling.
Ok, will answer what I can...and come back with more Q if you need.
1) Use a solvent and remove all grease from the cams and saddles. They should not be greased as this destroys the efficiency of them. The noise you will hear at first in tight turns and when backing up only means they are working as they should. If you need, use a very small bit of Vaseline on them to help quiet them.
2) You indicated you found the install instructions on www.reeseproducts.com. You should have received a set of instructions with your hitch from the dealer also. It is critical these be followed exactly. After you are done, you will determine how many links need to be hanging/dropped.
You will find the dual cam is a very efficient system.
Here is a post I made earlier on this subject.
Go here Reese
and then click on the "support" tab and then click on "installation instructions" then "Weight Distributing Hitches". When the next page comes up you can download a PDF file for installing the DualCam system. These are the same instructions that come with the unit when new. It also has the adjustment instructions for the Dual Cam near the end. Also, as Kusani said, make sure you have your hitch properly adjusted according to the manufacturer instructions. I found I had to take one extra link up in the chain when I switched to the Dual Cam setup from my old friction control. This was due to the length of the "stirrup" looking gadgets the chain hooks to. When you get it all adjusted correctly, your truck and trailer should be level and your spring bars should be roughly parallel to the ground - not pointing up or down.
*This Message was edited on 03-Jan-03 05:14 PM by bsmith0337*