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Old 07-30-2015, 09:00 PM   #31
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Reese vs Equalizer

I have owned three different brands of hitches with sway control over the years and find the Equalizer to be much better than the Reese Duo Cam. The key to performance for any of these hitches is to take the time to adjust the hitch to fit your TV and TT based on the average loading you will be regularly carrying. When most folks get a TT from a dealer, they set up the hitch at the dealership without having either the TV or TT loaded and this simply will not work properly. I too have a Reese Duo Cam hitch, including shank, hitch head and torsion arms all available at a bargain price.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:20 PM   #32
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If interested in the Andersen I can make you a great deal on one. I really like the Andersen myself.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:36 PM   #33
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Are you sure about your tongue weight? 800 sounds low for a 29' bunkhouse. Dry mine was 800 but loaded much closer to 1000. Which that high tongue weight is tough one a 1/2 ton. Now, I have an Anderson on my Tundra and I agree that it controls sway well but does not transfer enough back to the front wheels. Most people that are completely happy with it are 3/4 or 1 ton drivers. Once in a while I feel like I have the setup perfect but it's usually a one in four shot.

A good starting place is take a look at your truck tires and see if they are p metric or LT tires. Then air them up to max cold sidewall pressure and go for a test. It was four months of white knuckles before I heard about this. This doesn't cost anything so give it a try.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:56 PM   #34
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Unfortunately my husband and I have been experiencing the same problems for almost 3 years now.. And we have spent so much money on our truck and new WDH, 2 sway bars .. in excess of $6K.. We also pulled a smaller TT for years.. never any problems.. Then bought a NEW Rockwood Ultra light, 26', weights about 6,000 #'s (dry weight).. other trailer weighed about 4,500.. so we thought, it has to be the truck! right? People told us it was the weight wasn't disturbed in the trailer correctly, your trucks tires aren't right and it just goes on and on.. all people just guessing at our expense..and every time still ended with same issue.
Then this last NOV while still under warranty we had an axle go bad.. they replaced.. however still the same problem!
We found out that the new trailer has independent suspension.. not advisable for a heavy trailer.. and it is all over the road, SCARY ALL OVER THE ROAD! This heavy of trailer should NOT have independent suspension it is all about a "safety" issue.. Our tires which might have possibly 8K miles are almost warn out..
I will be contacting the forest river warranty agent for this area soon.. I have had many problems in the past with this guy.. had to call channel 7 on your side to get issues resolved.. Good Luck..
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:28 PM   #35
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Unfortunately my husband and I have been experiencing the same problems for almost 3 years now.. And we have spent so much money on our truck and new WDH, 2 sway bars .. in excess of $6K.. We also pulled a smaller TT for years.. never any problems.. Then bought a NEW Rockwood Ultra light, 26', weights about 6,000 #'s (dry weight).. other trailer weighed about 4,500.. so we thought, it has to be the truck! right? People told us it was the weight wasn't disturbed in the trailer correctly, your trucks tires aren't right and it just goes on and on.. all people just guessing at our expense..and every time still ended with same issue.
Then this last NOV while still under warranty we had an axle go bad.. they replaced.. however still the same problem!
We found out that the new trailer has independent suspension.. not advisable for a heavy trailer.. and it is all over the road, SCARY ALL OVER THE ROAD! This heavy of trailer should NOT have independent suspension it is all about a "safety" issue.. Our tires which might have possibly 8K miles are almost warn out..
I will be contacting the forest river warranty agent for this area soon.. I have had many problems in the past with this guy.. had to call channel 7 on your side to get issues resolved.. Good Luck..

There are literally thousands of people happily cruising the roads with torsion axles on trailers heavier than 6k. $3500 ago you could have bought a ProPride and solved any sway issues you had. Sounds like you got a lot of bad advice.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:19 PM   #36
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Most of that advice came from here.. , new tires, new front end, new shocks, new, new, still same problem... sad huh..
My mechanic is probably the only person I would trust at this point.. Should have gone to him first.. All the other "professionals" we went to didn't know what they were talking about apparently, cause we still had the same issues.. sad really..
There might be thousand using the torsion system.. but ours doesn't work! The tires have maybe 8K miles and nearly warn out.. those tires are working over time.. I am happy other people didn't have this problem.. mine is just a lemon.. in more ways than one.. First 2 years we had the trailer it was in the shop for this and that for 14 months.. so many issues.. oh well.. hopefully Forest River will take care of this problem? If not? Will have to resort to more extreme measures..
Thank you anyway for your input.. always appreciated..
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:38 PM   #37
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I did add air bags to my Silverado and you are correct....a little too much tongue weight for the vehicle. Rides much better. I do think a had a little too much heavy cargo in the rear of the TT on my white knuckle trip. I have the outdoor kitchen and my wifey loaded it with beverages. I also had the rear rack down with 2 bikes on it and without my knowledge my wifey put 5 cases of beverages in the bunkhouse cupboards. Lesson;...Check your load yourself before you leave. My bad! I am still going to purchase a different hitch system. The dealer set up with the pro series and a sway bar just does not get it. Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:14 PM   #38
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Most of that advice came from here.. , new tires, new front end, new shocks, new, new, still same problem... sad huh..
My mechanic is probably the only person I would trust at this point.. Should have gone to him first.. All the other "professionals" we went to didn't know what they were talking about apparently, cause we still had the same issues.. sad really..
There might be thousand using the torsion system.. but ours doesn't work! The tires have maybe 8K miles and nearly warn out.. those tires are working over time.. I am happy other people didn't have this problem.. mine is just a lemon.. in more ways than one.. First 2 years we had the trailer it was in the shop for this and that for 14 months.. so many issues.. oh well.. hopefully Forest River will take care of this problem? If not? Will have to resort to more extreme measures..
Thank you anyway for your input.. always appreciated..

If I'm reading your first post correctly- it seems you've had 2 different trucks AND 2 different campers and STILL had issues??? But now you're convinced it's the suspension system on this particular trailer???
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