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Old 03-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #11
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Yes, they sell real quality stuff. I was also surprised at the heft of the cams.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #12
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Wow these things have gotten expensive............. I bought my round bar draw-tite a few (lot) years ago for under $200.
Complete setup including the shank and dual cams ?? If so, that was a great price.

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I have seen people use a rise ball on a trunion system to make things work.
I run a 1" raised ball to help with clearance. I got that OK'd through Cequent towing.

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It's not really friction based control, but there is some small friction between the bar and cam (which should be kept lubed).
Even though the system doesn't work as a true friction device, I think Reese says to only use Vaseline between the spring bar and cam to reduce noise. Vaseline works great for the 1st couple of hundred miles, but the hitch still gets noisy but the end of a long day.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #13
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It just seems a little odd to have to use Vaseline. I would have thought that there would have been some more normal/mainstream automotive type lubricant?
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #14
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It just seems a little odd to have to use Vaseline. I would have thought that there would have been some more normal/mainstream automotive type lubricant?
I thought that also, but that is the way I interpret the instructions. Maybe there does need to be a little friction there after all.

Click on Installation Details, and then check out sheet 8 under "Maintenance". Reese Dual Cam High-Performance Sway Control Reese Weight Distribution RP26002
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I put the "Vaz" only in the nooks of the bars where they sit on the cams...one app. lasted all season
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I have been using the Reese Strait-line WD& Sway Controll Hitch system since 2000, May I suggest to call Reese and ask the questions, they have the answers I am told by a factory Rep that they are always testing there hitch systems for any kind of failers due to manufactures defacts and poor instullation from either dealers (Professionals) or "Harry Camper Owner".

I am told by the factory Rep that the noise you hear from the spring bars is normal and this how you know that the system is working, It is not recommened to grease the spring bars, but it is ok to put some grease on the "ball" on the hitch.

The Reese Strait-line is top of the line and it sells for approx $700.00 at Camping World and the this system works very well....As long as it is installed correctly.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:35 AM   #17
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I've used E-trailer as a source of hitch components. They are very good and have some great, helpful information posted on their web site.

I don't find my Straight-Line to be all that noisy. I hear it groan once in awhile but I don't lube mine at all.
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Complete setup including the shank and dual cams ?? If so, that was a great price.



I run a 1" raised ball to help with clearance. I got that OK'd through Cequent towing.



Even though the system doesn't work as a true friction device, I think Reese says to only use Vaseline between the spring bar and cam to reduce noise. Vaseline works great for the 1st couple of hundred miles, but the hitch still gets noisy but the end of a long day.
Where did you find the raised ball?

I need to measure, but that might allow me to flip my hitch and drop it a little. It sits at just the point where it is either 1/2 inch too high, or about 1 inch too low depending on how you flip it.
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Where did you find the raised ball?
Here is what I got: 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 1" Rise - 1-1/4" Diameter x 2-5/8" Long Shank - 10,000 lbs Curt Balls C40035

I found 1 at a local trailer shop, but turned out the shank was too short to be used with thick head assemblies.

I have also seen 25,000 lb. 1" raised balls (black) at Tractor Supply, but they were out when I needed mine.
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I got my black 2 5/16 at tractor supply, but have never seen the 1 inch rise balls there. I will have to look for one, or just order it. It would make mine a little easier to set-up.
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