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Old 04-24-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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Talking Draw Tite Reese Hitch Mixing and Matching

Hello All! I have a Rockwood 2501ss. Towing with a 03 Dodge Hemi 4 wheel drive.
Dry Weight 5085 lbs.
Tounge weight 336 lbs.

Currently I use a Draw Tite hitch 550 lbs round bars 10000 lbs and friction sway.

I just bought a used Reese hitch 1200 lbs trunion bars 12000 lbs. The main reason I bought this is because it cam with Reese dual cam for $125. I tought this was a very good deal for a one year old set up. I plan on using some combination either my old set up with the dual cam or the new/used set up and sell the one I dont use.

1. Is there any problem with using the Reese Dual Cam with the Draw Tite round bars?

2. Is there anyone out there with a Reese Dual Cam with Draw Tite round bars?

3. Is the 1200 lbs. 12000 lbs. set up too big for my trailer?

4. If the trunion bars are too big what is the consequences of using the trunion set up with my trailer?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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Drawtight and Reese are one in the same. Just like Rockwood and Flagstaff.
I have drawtight 5th wheel hitch and Reese installation kit. If you are not sure just ask the dealer or check on web sites. Bars may be too much for your trailer. I would go with 800# or 1000# depending on hitch weight. Had 800's for my 2607 which is a little larger than you rig and the 800# bars were fine
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:13 AM   #3
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The round bars will work with your dual cam if they have the curved ends on them that fit into the cam. Those trunnion bars are too big for your application. You should probably be using 600 pound bars. I learned this lesson last year using 1,200 pound bars on a tongue weight of less than 500 pounds. Too stiff. I'm in the process of switching to 800 pound bars.
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The round bars will work with your dual cam if they have the curved ends on them that fit into the cam. Those trunnion bars are too big for your application. You should probably be using 600 pound bars. I learned this lesson last year using 1,200 pound bars on a tongue weight of less than 500 pounds. Too stiff. I'm in the process of switching to 800 pound bars.
Gus, what acadianbob says. The 1200s are definitely too stiff. But you really have a light tongue weight, somewhere in the vicinity of 6.6%. Since the figures you gave are not the Forest River numbers, I presume these are actual ?? You should probably concentrate with getting your tongue weight to at least 10-12%, which means loading all of your heavy stuff towards the front. But if you load any more gear into your unit and also get your numbers to even the 12%, the tongue weight is going to top 600 lbs., and the 600 lb. bars will be maxed out. In that case, 800 lb. bars might just work.
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Gus,

Here is a picture of my hitch. It is an Eaz-Lift hitch head with round bars and a Reese Dual Cam setup.



The previous posters are correct in that you need bars that match your tongue weight.

A good source of the bars is http://www.etrailer.com/pc-WDSP~58114.htm

They sell the round bars with the hook on the end for the dual cam in several weight capacities.

I am very satisfied with this hitch setup, you got a good deal and can probably sell the parts you end up not using on Craigs list.

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Yes, I just sold my 1,200 pound trunnion bars on Craigslist. People are looking for parts. Or their situation changes. The guy I sold them to is moving to a larger trailer so he was moving up in bar size.
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