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Old 06-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Dual cam sway control

Hi, Towing a Roo 21ss Dry weight 4400lbs with a Nissan Pathfinder . Walkthrough was late last year and I cannot remember if the RV tech set the chain to rest on 5 links or on 4.. When I set to 4 links it raises the rear of the pathfinder bumper a half inch or more than 5 links. . also the pathfinder appears to be more level with 4 links. My question is .. Is this what im looking for ? On a camping trip last week using 5 links I did not experience any sway but did notice a little more of a struggle than my drive home after walk through. Will raising the bumper a half inch or so by using 4 links make this drive a little easier?
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:58 PM   #2
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of course it's going to behave differently between when you pick it up, totally empty, from the dealer and when you tow it loaded for camping.
so, you'll need to adjust the WDH for the added weight.

that 21SS will be close to your Nissan's max.
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So, I am confused. Are you counting the links you drop, or the links left in tension? On my Curt, it requires a minimum of 5 links in tension as not to bring the bar too close to the tongue. Just making sure I am on the same page thinking you are leaving 4 or 5 in tension. If not, I would wonder how you gain rear height by dropping one less link, lol.
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Reese dual cam requires minimum of 5 links on the tension side. Don't ever count the links you drop, just how many have tension. Any less than 5, and you run the risk of bending/breaking portions of the hitch.
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Reese dual cam requires minimum of 5 links on the tension side. Don't ever count the links you drop, just how many have tension. Any less than 5, and you run the risk of bending/breaking portions of the hitch.
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I was totally unaware of the 5 link minimum. I have never towed with 4 link in tension but when I set it up that way the rear of the pathfinder did rise 1/2 inch
.. does this make sense?
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I run 4 links all the time with my dual cam with nary a problem. Dual cam is less sensitive to the number of links IMO because the bars do not pull the links back and forth when turning. What you should do is measure the distance from the ground to the top of the inside of your tow vehicle wheelwells. Then add the trailer. Measure again. Then adjust the links so that you get about 1/2 of the way back to your unloaded front measurement. So, if 36 in front unloaded, then 38 in front with trailer, then try to get back to about 37. This is a general rule of thumb.

If you get down to 4 links, just make some slow turns and make sure everything clear. If you are uncomfortable with that, then tilt the head of the hitch back on your TV. This should get you more links with the weight distribution that you want.
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Go online to etrailer.com. They have some excellent information on understanding and adjusting your Dual Cam.
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