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Old 02-21-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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Blue Ox SwayPro

I've been researching hitches and would like to hear a performance review from owners of the new style of SwayPro; I think they made the change to the current model sometime in '13. I've read what I could find in the forums, but a lot of times it wasn't clear if it was the new or old style being discussed. I'd appreciate any feedback!
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:31 AM   #2
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See my post here-- there were no replies so I wonder if Blue Ox is little known??
I know I have doubts and wonder if I should have kept my Reese dual cam.
Blue Ox WD hitch tried to hurt me!
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:39 AM   #3
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Ouch! I have an EAZ-Lift hitch now, and even when I raise the tongue up it breaks loose with a lot of force, but I figure it's easier to control because I'm bringing the handle toward me vs. the SwayPro moving parallel to the frame. Do you have enough room to possibly use a cheater pipe with that handle in order to control it better? How do you like it as far as towing and backing with it still attached?
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I may bend the handle out so my hands aren't so close to the frame
when setting the chains but the handle is flat bar about 2" wide so using
a pipe cheater is out unless it was a huge pipe

I only drove home from the dealer. Ride and bounce and sway were
decent and about the same as my previous trailer with the reese dual cam.
You can back or turn sharply with no noise but I wonder about the WD
bars longevity. They are noticeably bent when loaded and I've heard of
WD bars breaking over time. Not necessarily Blue OX but others....

I haven't really had it long enough to give any opinion other than BE
CAREFUL. IF my hand had been a little closer to the frame I would have
broken bones!! My reese never was that hard to load or unload even
when the truck was at odd angles.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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OK! I appreciate your feedback, Dan!
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I may bend the handle out so my hands aren't so close to the frame
when setting the chains but the handle is flat bar about 2" wide so using
a pipe cheater is out unless it was a huge pipe

I only drove home from the dealer. Ride and bounce and sway were
decent and about the same as my previous trailer with the reese dual cam.
You can back or turn sharply with no noise but I wonder about the WD
bars longevity. They are noticeably bent with loaded and I've heard of
WD bars breaking over time. Not necessarily Blue OX but others....

I haven't really had it long enough to give any opinion other than BE
CAREFUL. IF my hand had been a little closer to the frame I would have
broken bones!! My reese never was that hard to load or unload even
when the truck was at odd angles.
Hi, I have the dual-cam with 1200# bars (12,000# tow). When I jack the front way up, there is very little of no pressure on the chains, and no unexpected force when setting the bars. It seems to be set right, cause it tows great. I'm not familiar with other hitches, but I have always thought if I had the chance I would like to try the Propride P3 or Hensley.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:42 PM   #7
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I have the Blue Ox and like it over the Ez 2. A couple of thinks I do is
I use a 3/4 socket on a 1/2 ratchet to hook up and release the chains.
Jack up the tongue high enough so there is no load on the chains. Move the bars to see if there is slack in chains.
One other thing you might was to check is, count the # of links on the bars. I have talked to a couple of people who had an extra link on one bar. I have marked my chain with paint where I hook it up so I don't have to count each time I hook up. Help ensure I have it in proper position. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:30 PM   #8
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We have the Blue Ox Sway Pro. It was included with our Vibe 6501. As other posters stated, after jacking the tongue to take the weight off the ball there is little weight on the bars. I find the force needed to rotate/release the chain to be rather light.
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If your driveway or campsite is sloped significantly, you may have to take the bars off before backing in. That's what I did with my Equalizer hitch bars. They were nearly impossible to remove once I was backed in my driveway because it slopes up towards the garage.
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I have the Blue Ox and like it over the Ez 2. A couple of thinks I do is
I use a 3/4 socket on a 1/2 ratchet to hook up and release the chains.
Jack up the tongue high enough so there is no load on the chains. Move the bars to see if there is slack in chains.
One other thing you might was to check is, count the # of links on the bars. I have talked to a couple of people who had an extra link on one bar. I have marked my chain with paint where I hook it up so I don't have to count each time I hook up. Help ensure I have it in proper position. Hope this helps.
Ditto. I am going on my third season with the blue Ox and this how I disconnect as well. I always try to move the spring bars to make sure they are not loaded before rotating the chains off.


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