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ELVISFAN2

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I'M LOOKING FOR A NEW WD HITCH W/SWAY CONTROL.
REALLY THE MAIN "PROBLEM" I HAVE, IS THE SWAY FROM
PASSING SEMI'S. I NOW HAVE THE REGULAR "OLD" WD HITCH W/FRICTION SWAY CONTROL. ANY EXPY OWNERS OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER HAVE ANY ADVICE? I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND SUGGESTIONS.
(MY TRAILER WEIGHT UNLOADED IS 4040 LBS.)

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I know you will get a lot of recommendations for Reese dual-cam. I have never used a dual-cam, so I can't comment. I use an Equal-i-zer hitch. As you see from my signature, I haul a long, heavy trailer. I have never had a sway problem from semis. I can only feel a little sway "in the seat of my pants". I don't have to move the steering wheel at all. I've been in 20 to 25 mph cross winds. The side movoment is the same with the trailer as without. Is the Equalizer a little over kill for your trailer, yes. But you can never have too much sway control. The folks at Lindon Hitch are excellent to work with. Equalizer is easier to hook up. You don't have to be lined up straight like you do with a dual cam. But either get a dual cam or Equalizer. They work far better than the friction bars.
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The only two hitches that control sway are the Pullrite and the Hensley Arrow. They cost a lot, and I've never met anyone who uses one that wants his money back. Do shop for a used hitch, and a used Pullrite is the best deal. You'll just about always be able to sell a Pullrite or HA for what you paid for a used one.

Dual-cam and Equal-i-zer and the next step down, they are quite effective at damping sway, and they're far superior to one or two friction sway damper bars. There are dual-cam add-on kits that will fit most brands of standard weight-distributing bars. You can get these at any Draw-Tite or Reese hitch dealer (same manufacturer...shop for the best price).

AND TURN OFF YOUR CAPS-LOCK...IT'S LIKE SHOUTING! Oh, did you hear--Elvis passed away several years ago.


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Ken... He did??????? Nah, I saw him at Krogers this weekend in Florida...grey hair and all...

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Bite the bullet and buy a Hensley Arrow and fears should go away! A friend had an expy with sway and bought a H/A and the problem went away. The nice thing also is he upgraded his trailer to a larger one and bought an Excursion and took his H/A with him easily. Go For it!!!!!!! It`s only money for greater safety!!!!


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Check out your WD hitch. You can probably just add the Dual Cam kit to it and save a bundle and get a really good sway control. No problem.



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Today I came across a used PULLRITE that I can purchase for $350.00. The gentleman assured me he pulled a 31' trailer w/the same tow vehicle as mine w/no trouble whatsoever. He said I would love it! Would this be my "best bet" or should I look into the Reese Dual Cam? Thanks.

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If that used Pullrite is in good condition and fits your truck, that would be the way to go. Those hitches cost upward to $2500 new and are just about the best you can get. It would certainly solve your sway problem.
If it does not work out, then I would look into getting a Dual-Cam for your existing hitch as suggested by Ozarks_Don.
Reese Dual-Cam
(Scroll down to the Dual-Cam area)
Good luck.


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Probably, the only reason he is alive is because of the Pullrite. That's a lot of trailer for the Expy. I bought a Pullrite two years ago for $500 and just sold it for $450. Not bad for using it to tow 9000 worry free miles. I now have a Hensley because I bought a new vehicle and did not want to remove the spare and/or chop off my exhaust. You will not go wrong with the Pullrite.


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That's an excellent price on a used 10K Pullrite... If I were you, I'd jump on it assuming it's in decent condition...

The Pullrite will resolve your sway problem although your sway problem is more than likely being caused by the short wheelbase of the Expy...

You seem to be within weight limits of the Expy assuming the "normal" load in the TT... A single friction sway bar assembly is rated to #6000 TT weight... Depending on your loaded TT weight, you could be approaching this figure... When I used a similar hitch on my #6000+ TT, I used two (2) friction sway bar assemblies and the rig handled pretty well, even in high cross winds...

You could try another sway bar, but with the short wheel base Expy, you would be far better off to upgrade to the used Pullrite or a Hensley Arrow...

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