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Old 07-14-2011, 01:18 PM   #31
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I've had the pleasure of bending two clips in three trips. The guys at the dealership feel that it was a change in tongue weight as the trailer went from delivery weight to camping weight. When I was last in we spent quite a bit of time re-checking all the settings and re-measuring and placing the cams so that they fell precisely under the bar lobes.

I am picking up one more link of chain since delivery, and the changes we made tuned for that change in chain length.

Here's a pic of my set-up on the back of the truck:
Something does not look right with the hitch and the ball position, what type of tow vehicle do you have? I have a 2008 Chevy Heavy 1/2 ton and my camper sets level at 18", as you can see the coupler and ball is above the bumper.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:49 PM   #32
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Hiya,

I've had the pleasure of bending two clips in three trips. The guys at the dealership feel that it was a change in tongue weight as the trailer went from delivery weight to camping weight. When I was last in we spent quite a bit of time re-checking all the settings and re-measuring and placing the cams so that they fell precisely under the bar lobes.

I am picking up one more link of chain since delivery, and the changes we made tuned for that change in chain length.

Here's a pic of my set-up on the back of the truck:
It looks to me in the picture that the ball mount is slid into the receiver upside down, I use a equalizer hitch and my ball mount is the other way, pointing uop not down, and you have a major angle on the draw bar also it is angleing up from your receiver and bumper. mine is level to the truck and the head is adjusted with washers to only allow the ball to tilt. Does Reese reccomned it be set up like that?

I would email that pic to Reese and let their tech dept take a look at the setup.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:20 PM   #33
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Something does not look right with the hitch and the ball position, what type of tow vehicle do you have? I have a 2008 Chevy Heavy 1/2 ton and my camper sets level at 18", as you can see the coupler and ball is above the bumper.
Wade, it looks like ChrisZazzara uses 6 chain lengths to your 5 chain lengths. If he were to also use the 5 chain lengths, he would have to tilt the head assembly back another notch, bringing it more in line with your setup. Looks like your spring bars have a little more bend in them also, but not sure what size bars you are using compared to the other. My spring bars have a similar bend to yours.

Here is my setup.....notice the extreme tilt back on the head assembly:

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It looks to me in the picture that the ball mount is slid into the receiver upside down, I use a equalizer hitch and my ball mount is the other way, pointing uop not down, and you have a major angle on the draw bar also it is angleing up from your receiver and bumper.
The Reese shank can be used either way, depending on the height of the truck bumper, and height of the trailer tongue. What ever makes the trailer ride level and to get the proper weight distributing.
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:59 PM   #34
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Took delivery of 2012 Surveyor Select SV-264 on April 30. Dealer (Brambilla's in Shakopee, MN) recommended and installed Reese Strait Line hitch with 1200 lb trunnions. My experience has mirrored LookinToEscape almost exactly. Bent bracket after first 2 night "shakedown" in nearby park followed by trip back to dealer's to replace bent bracket. Just made 3rd trip and had exact same problem. Had to purchase new brackets and ship overnight for repair. Spoke with Dane at Reese and he is sending replacement "beefier" brackets. With install charge, this hitch was over $900. We have slept in trailer 7 nights. I would be interested in any advice.
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:23 AM   #35
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Wade, it looks like ChrisZazzara uses 6 chain lengths to your 5 chain lengths. If he were to also use the 5 chain lengths, he would have to tilt the head assembly back another notch, bringing it more in line with your setup. Looks like your spring bars have a little more bend in them also, but not sure what size bars you are using compared to the other. My spring bars have a similar bend to yours.

Here is my setup.....notice the extreme tilt back on the head assembly:

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The Reese shank can be used either way, depending on the height of the truck bumper, and height of the trailer tongue. What ever makes the trailer ride level and to get the proper weight distributing.
Chap, i have the heavy duty spring bars, they have two different numbers on them 1200 lbs and 12,000 lbs on the sticker. This hitch system was $800 bucks, the hitch and ball together weighs 42 lbs. This was an up grade from the last one i had when i towed the Fleetwood Mallard, i used the same style and it was a Reese WDS.
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Ditto. I'm having the same problem. We just bought a Flagstaff TT with a Reese Dual Cam (1200 lb bars). I've bent two brackets in two trips. Dealer did the hitch install and setup. From the pics I saw on this thread - it appears everyone is bending the passenger side bracket (that's the one that bends on mine). I know it may be a stretch, but could that have something to do with it (maybe something in the design of the hitch that puts more stress on the passenger side.....)?
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Well, I just talked to the service guys at the dealership who installed my hitch. The first question he asked me was if I backed up with the bars connected (which I had). He said that the brackets would bend if you backed up. This is a problem for me because I need to have the bars connected to keep the hitch from dragging due to the incline of my driveway.......
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I'd sure like to know what reese says about all this.

I only use 800# bars and have had no problems but I have to
back out of my driveway onto a busy road.
NO WAY am I gonna back out and then stop and put the bars on.

Can someone explain how the direction of travel has anything to
do with bending the clips??
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Well, I just talked to the service guys at the dealership who installed my hitch. The first question he asked me was if I backed up with the bars connected (which I had). He said that the brackets would bend if you backed up. This is a problem for me because I need to have the bars connected to keep the hitch from dragging due to the incline of my driveway.......
The brackets have no more stress on them backing up than going forward. All of the stress is on the coupler. The problem in backing is that you can get the tow vehicle and trailer at a sharper turning angle than going forward, but not by much.....it will only turn so far before the bumper of the TV hits the trailer tongue. Certain Reese hitches and trailer frame combinations will cause the spring bars to rub the yoke of the dual cam setup during a sharp turn, but those setups are rare.......of course I would have that problem.

Now on to the steep driveway.....that could be a problem. Not particularly from the incline, but the conversion between the street and the driveway. Any dip puts more stress on the system. As the trailer tongue raises and back of the truck goes down due to a dip, the WDH is trying to keep the 2 on the same plane as being level.
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I'd sure like to know what reese says about all this.

I only use 800# bars and have had no problems but I have to
back out of my driveway onto a busy road.
NO WAY am I gonna back out and then stop and put the bars on.

Can someone explain how the direction of travel has anything to
do with bending the clips??
KyDan, not sure what the anwser is for this issue with the Reese, but when I bought my Eqaulizer one of the reasons I went with it over the Reese was due to the statement that you can back up without removing the bars on the Equalizer and there are no chains to mess with. I do not understand why Reese would design a hitch that can not be used to back in when almost all TT need to be backed into a spot, what would a boat owner do? remove the hitch everytime they put the boat in the water? I think Reese made a design bobo and they are blaiming it on the end user???
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