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Old 04-04-2008, 06:46 AM   #1
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Reese Hitch questions NEED HELP ASAP...

I have the straight line Dual cam setup from Reese. All of the hitch equipment came with the camper when I purchased it last year. the setup was done by a camping store and unfortunately, the business has since closed.
This year I have purchased a new tow vehicle and need to re-calibrate the system.
I have been searching on-line for a good guide to setup the trailer/hitch combo. Unfortunately, all info i found has not been all that helpful.

I am assuming the following.

1. place TV and TT on level ground.
2. Adjust TT so the front and back of the TT are equal distant from the ground (parallel).
3. adjust the ball on the TV to be equal height to the TT coupler.


4. I asusme you then hook up the TV and TT.
5. Do you then put the WD bars on and crank it up to get the TT parallel to the ground again?
6. My hitch bar can be changed from strainght up to 15 degrees offset. Why would you do this? I would think that the 15 deg offset would cause more stress on the hitch itself... What should I do (straight up or 15 deg)

ALSO, my current trunnion bars are 600lb bars. I am thinking of upgrading to 1200lb bars. I assume that the extra strength in the bars will allow me to put more tension on the WD bars and align the TV and TT easier.Is there any reason why I shouldn't do this?

If I have made any wrong assumptions, please help/reply with solutions to my problems...

Unfortunately, this is an urgent need as I am picking up my TT Saturday.

2004 Wildwood LE 27B
2004 Suburban Z71 4x4,5.3L, 3.73. Reese dual cam w/WD
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:42 AM   #2
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Go here and click on .PDF instructions straight from the Reese website.

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Old 04-04-2008, 07:52 AM   #3
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Here is a phone number to Reese.....888-521-0510 EXT-6825 the person you are going to talk to is Graig Gerard. I had issues with my syetem with the way the dealer installed mine, I made the corrections recommended by Graig and now all is ok. I e-mailed Graig pic of my set up and he called me on the phone and walked me through the issues. I posted pic here on the Forum a few months ago. Good luck I hope this helps.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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quick instructions

level your trailer. measure the distance from the ground to the top of the coupler. add 1" to this distance. this should be the height of the top of the ball on your TV without a load. the 0 to 15 degrees is about adjusting how much pressure is put into the bars; that and which chain link you use. when you put your bars in the hitch (not hooked to the trailer), pull up on the bars, the end of the bar should be about 6 to 8 inches off of the ground. Hook up your tow vehicle. the TV will sag. use your tongue jack to lift it a bit. then attach your chain to the brackets and snap them up. your tv should be down about equal front and back. (you need to measure before hookup and after). and your trailer should be about level. if not try more or fewer chain links. if you hit the limit on links and it is still not right, you may need to change the angle of your hitch.

but print the instructions. I've given you the link. I'm trying to give you some help but don't want to be held responsible if something goes wrong!! You really need to read the instructions. I tried to paraphrase them above as best I could remember.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:56 AM   #5
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1st go here
and download the pdf file to your desk top.
(Right click on the link, choose "save as" and save it to your desk top.)
Print a copy of it.

I believe your steps 1 - 3 are correct.

That file tells you how to adjust the reese hitch but doesn't say much
about the head angle.
Mine is set with the offset.
The WD bars are sized according to your anticipated tongue weight.
Tongue weight should be at least 10% of total trailer weight.
You don't say what your new trailer is supposed to weigh.
If your tongue weight is say 500 LBS and you put on a set of 1200 LB
bars you are going to get very little flex in the bars and a rigid stiff ride.
Mine are 800 LB bars and they are a little too much for my trailer but
my dealer said they were the lightest he had or the lightest they make.
I'm not sure.

After you get hitched with the bars in place and a decent amount of
tension on the chains you need to go someplace where you can drive
straight ahead for 50-100 feet. As straight as you possibly can.
Then get out and look at the position of the inverted V of the WD
bar as it lays on the cams. You can get down and peak thru the hole
where the chain hooks onto the outside of the cams.
The bar V should be centered on the top of the cams.
This is shown on the bottom of the last page in the PDF file I mention above.

You'll need a big adjustable wrench or box end wrench to fit the cam arm
adjustment nuts. The file does not say what wrench size that is.
I'm at work and can't measure mine for you.
Since you are changing Tows and not trailers, you may be OK and not
need adjustment but you want to get down on your squatter and look!

When I'm hitched level I have 3 loose chain links hanging. I'm hooked
on the 4th link of both chains.

This is how I would do it.
I'm not an expert.
Use your best judgement.
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