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o Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w/ Sway Control ...
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Anyone have experience with this set up? pros cons? If you switched to, or from this system why? I am considering getting this and would like some feedback. Thanks





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I have installed several of the Reese dual cam WD hitches starting in 2003 with the first. They are a very good hitch. The setup will take a little more understanding to do it correctly then other brands. Once installed and adjusted correctly, the hitch will perform very well and in my view, better then any of the other high friction WD hitches. That said, there are other brands that are good too, just not as unique as the Reese.

The WD hitch is only one part in a towing setup. The hitch will not correct for low tongue weight on the camper, soft side wall truck tires, soft suspension tow vehicles. And neither will any other brand of high friction WD hitches.

If you are going with the Reese dual cam system (Straightline), I strongly suggest you get the trunnion bar hitch and not the round bar WD hitch. There is much more hitch head tilt adjustment and more sizes in WD bars to fit it with the trunnion bar system.

To match the right hitch and parts to your system, please provide the tow vehicle make, model and year as well at the camper. Let us know on the camper if the ball coupler is mounted on top of the A Frame or the bottom. Also, measure the height of the A frame side rails. This information helps get you the right setup the first time.

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I had mine for 10 years. It is picky about adjusting the cam arm length such that the detent on the cam is centered over the lobe. I have the same truck/trailer combo scary at 55mph and comfortable at 75mph depending on that adjustment.


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I had mine for 15 years, once setup properly its the best system out there, for the price. 35ft 9300lb TT towed with an 02 Excursion. never had an issue with sway from wind or trucks.


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APT wrote:

I had mine for 10 years. It is picky about adjusting the cam arm length such that the detent on the cam is centered over the lobe. I have the same truck/trailer combo scary at 55mph and comfortable at 75mph depending on that adjustment.


Does it stay in adjustment?

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I have the Reese Strait-Line w/Dual Cam. I have only had a trailer for 3 years, but if I had to buy today, I would buy the same.


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goducks10 wrote:

APT wrote:

I had mine for 10 years. It is picky about adjusting the cam arm length such that the detent on the cam is centered over the lobe. I have the same truck/trailer combo scary at 55mph and comfortable at 75mph depending on that adjustment.


Does it stay in adjustment?


If you optimize the WD setup on the truck, which sets the WD tension and then set the DC, then yes, the dual cam system stays in adjustment.

I am still running the same original cams I bought in 2003 which now have over 50,000 miles on them. I have changed campers and trucks which required me to change the sizing of the WD bars due to heavier tongue weights, but I am still using the original cams.

On my current camper and truck in my sig, I am using the 1,700# WD bars with my F350 truck bed full (500#) and the camper with a 1,600# tongue weight. From my experience, after optimizing the WD setup and dialing in the DC adjustment, I can vary the camper TW and or truck bed weight combo up to approx. +/- 150# and not have to make any WD or DC arm adjustments.

When I was running 1,200# WD bars on a 1,200# TW camper on my prior 2003 K2500 Suburban, I could adjust truck cargo and/or camper TW combo by approx. +/- 100# and not have to make any WD or DC setting.

In order for this to come out that way, you have to setup the WD and the DC cam arm adjustment optimized on your normal loaded truck and camper. Then you have some freedom to change bed to camper weights and still be OK.

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goducks10 wrote:

APT wrote:

I had mine for 10 years. It is picky about adjusting the cam arm length such that the detent on the cam is centered over the lobe. I have the same truck/trailer combo scary at 55mph and comfortable at 75mph depending on that adjustment.


Does it stay in adjustment?


Yes it did. The only time I did an adjustment was when I removed averything to paint the A-frame. I flipped the cams to get a new surface on the cams to mate with the WD bars. This is the only time it required an adjustment.

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I adjusted the WDH after changing tires on last TV, then when I got new TV 9 years ago, and then once when I replaced one of the arms after damage. Just use a lot of torque on those nuts!

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I had mine on two separate trailers. Really works well. Simple set up really. Drill and mount as they say and then just drive perfectly straight on flat ground and stop and loosen the two big jam nuts and tap the cams so they're center in the bars and then tighten them up. After many miles you will flip the cams over due to wear on the cams. People over react on the set up. Really prett easy.


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