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Posted: 03/02/19 03:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all, I am looking at a new TT and I am trying to decide on a hitch. I am trying to decide between a Reese dual cam and a pro pride. I know how the pro pride drives, I got one for my old set up which was too much trailer not enough truck. It will not be a problem my new set up.

I am thinking of a new hitch because I am getting tired of the hook up with my current one. Also pro prides don't back up straight so putting away the trailer is always an adventure.

So what would be your thoughts on a dual cam for a 34ft 9000lbs trailer.

I bit more info, I have a 1 ton SRW diesel now.

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Posted: 03/02/19 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For a 34 foot 9K trailer you can't go wrong with either a Dual Cam or a Blue Ox SwayPro.


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I've had a Hensley, and Dual Cam, and the now the Blue Ox.

I like the BlueOx the most, although the Dual Cam did do better controlling the bow-wave affect from other large vehicles during high winds. But it was too easy for me to "max-out" the range of the Dual Cam during sharp turns (my van has a 42' turning circle) and the Blue Ox rides far better. The tapered bars don't transit as much shock from the trailer on rough roads or expansion joints.


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Posted: 03/05/19 05:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm very happy with my Dual Cam for 10 years. 34' and 8K lbs. It must be set up correctly, but works great in my experience. Haven't owned any others.


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Dual Cam! Have had the same one for 13 years now with no issues. it keeps my 35ft, 9300lb trailer solid behind my X. I wouldn't go to anything else.


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Just over 4 years with the Blue Ox and it does a great job! I have a 3/4 Diesel and a 36", just shy of 10,000k travel trailer. Originally had it with the same trailer and a 1/2 ton truck and it did a great job then as well. I did originally have 1,000 bars, but have since went with 1,500 bars and am much happier with them.

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Posted: 03/09/19 06:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've used the Reese D/C for many years with no regrets. Simply follow the instructions on the set up for your vehicle. I currently tow the combo in my sig and the travel weight is usually close to 8500 pds. I tow at the speed limit or slightly below and the only time this combo moves is when a 20 ft box truck passes me. (AKA Ryder Rental type).


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I have a 33 1/2' ball to bumper camper. Loaded it weighs in just under 10,000#. I have a 1,600# loaded TW when the bicycles are mounted on the tongue. TW drops to 1,500# TW when the bikes are at home. TW is 15 to 16% pending bikes. A key point to a stable rig is proper TW and a truck that can handle it. I only tow up to 60mph unless passing. That is all I need in speed, the rig can do more.

I have a 1 ton SRW V10 gasser, crew cab short bed and have been towing this combo since Sept 2007 with a little over 30,000 miles on it.

I am using the Reese Trunnion bar hitch with 1,700# WD bars and the DC.

The combination of the truck, camper and the WD hitch work well. I have no effect's of semi's, box truck's passing or high winds that require any steering adjustments.

I had a smaller camper, a K2500 Suburban and the Reese trunnion bar hitch with the DC also. That camper had 18% TW. The system was also a good combo for the slightly under 20,000 miles I towed it.

However, you are wanting to compare 2 different tools between the DC and the Propride. The sway control of the ProPride is mechanically better then the DC. The principles of operation are very different. You will be giving up a level of sway control in certain conditions going from a Propride to a DC. That said, the Propride is not a perfect setup either, it has it's issues too.

Don't get me wrong, the DC is a very good tool as part of a stable towing rig. But, the truck has to do it's part, the camper has to be stable and the WD hitch joins the 2.

There is an edge of the DC as far as control and I found it twice on 2 different trucks. Once on my K2500 Suburban when I changed tires. A rock solid rig turned into silly putty under high cross winds with a new tire brand change. I learned and worked through that but I knew that truck combo was 10psi in front tire pressure away from being stable. The front tires on the new first generation of LTX tires (even in LT's) where too soft to hold the truck stable at door sticker pressures (50psi). Air them up to 60psi and the whole thing got better but still not as good as the prior Steel Tex tires.

The next time I found the issue with the DC is with the rig I have now. Again tires and this time it is not the Michlean's and it is not tire pressure. I'm on my 3rd set of Continental Conti-Trac TR's. The first 2 sets I had no issues from the word go. The last set I put on in 2017, same brand, same tire the rig was no longer as stable at first. I knew better then change tire types and brand but the new rubber compounds and the way they make tires seems to be hit and miss. And the while the brand does make a difference, I found other guys with other brands of tires with good trucks can have the same issues. Something with the friction is less on brand new tires of certain brands the way they are made now. Put on 3,000 miles on the tires, and the rig comes back stable again.

Bottom Line, the truck has to hold the rig stable and the tires on it are a big part of it. The DC has to have a stable truck or it will not perform as well all things considered.

In my case, I have too much TW for a ProPride or a Hensley. At the time (2007), Reese was the only one of the high friction hitches that had a 1,700# system. The only other choice at the time was the Pull-Rite 2,000# hitch to handle the weight. I almost went with the Pull Rite if it did not derate the truck so badly in weight carrying mode. I also haul other trailers in non WD mode and that was a show stopper for me.

You have to sort out what is the most important to you. There is no "perfect" WD setup as all of them have some level of drawbacks pending your situation.

I will add this if you go with the Reese DC, make sure you get it with the trunnion bars, as it is a better setup with more WD adjustments then with the round bars. And learn how to setup the hitch so it will not bind the cam arms in turns. It will work well, but it does take more to set it up correctly. The instructions while they are better than they use to be, they do not cover all the trailer combinations out there. If you need help on the setup, let us know. That can be a post in itself.

Hope this helps

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DustyR wrote:

I've used the Reese D/C for many years with no regrets. Simply follow the instructions on the set up for your vehicle.

Same here. I pulled a 34' TT with a Chevy 2500 crew cab, short bed for over 10 years. Never had a single problem and always towed straight even in strong cross winds.

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Lots of good options out there. Don't see the need for a ProPride on your new rig. Really anything that's rated for the load will work just fine for you. If you like the Dual Cam, go with the Dual Cam.


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