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Old 11-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #1
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Must Reese dual cam be removed to back up? Is Equlizer simpler?

Just ordered a Flagstaff 831QBSS. Am trying to research hitches while awaiting camper delivery. Simplicity of hitch operation (quick, easy) is important to me. I would love to obtain good sway control, yet not have to get out of the tow vehicle and unhood or remove any hitch or sway parts before backing up. I'm currently undecided between Reese dual cam or Equilizer 4 point sway control.

I've been told that Reese dual cam may provide better sway control than Equilizer, but the Reese cams must be disconnected before backing up. Does anyone know for sure if Reese cams must be disconnected before backing up?

With a full size 3/4 ton Chevy Express van, I've towed a Flagstaff 827BH with round bars and chains, and friction sway bar for 10 years and had no problems backing up without unhooking the sway bar, but have been told I'm lucky the sway bar didn't bend.

Any voices of experience would be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Ken-Judy, Welcome to the Forum!

Congratulations on ordering the new Flagstaff!

As for the Reese Dual-Cam, you don't need to take the bars off to back up. I usually do anyways, just because the hitch can be somewhat noisy at slow speeds. (The nature of the anti-sway function means no lubrication...) I figure, what's the difference if I take them off in the parking lot or the campsite. They have to come off sooner or later!
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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I have a Reese dual cam, 3 years old, and over 3000 miles, and have been backing at near the turn limit, 70 degrees or so, and have never unhooked the bars to back up. Love the hitch, once it is set up right. Might take a test pull or two of few short miles.Make sure you get a copy of the directions for set up, and double check when the dealer gets through.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:01 AM   #4
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IMHO, the Equalizer is simpler than the Dual-Cam.
that and not having to drill into the tongue, are why i bought the Equalizer.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:56 AM   #5
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I've never taken mine off to back-up. It's a bit noisy backing (or taking sharp turns at low speed), but that's the friction that makes it work so well!
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:22 AM   #6
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I have the friction anti-sway bar and was told by camping world(will always lower case this company) that it should be removed during backing. I was told it would bend in the backing process. I am going to continue this process for fear of having to replace the bar. Besides, I am not going to have much trailer sway in the campgrounds.I make a habit of once I pay for my stay, on the way to my trailer I remove the bar. That way I do not need to stop and do it at the spot I pick to stay in. Better safe than sorry in most cases.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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WDHs with the simple friction bar, do require you to unhook it to back up.
but higher end WDHs, like the Dual-Cam or Equalizer, do not require this. you just simply back in without any messing around with anything.
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I have a Reese dual cam, 3 years old, and over 3000 miles, and have been backing at near the turn limit, 70 degrees or so, and have never unhooked the bars to back up. Love the hitch, once it is set up right. Might take a test pull or two of few short miles.Make sure you get a copy of the directions for set up, and double check when the dealer gets through.
X2!

A friction sway bar can be problematic but the Dual Cam does not have an issue if properly installed. IMO a benefit of the Dual Cam system is that it actively works to prevent sway in the first place; but rather than just damping sway action, it will try to push the trailer back into position.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:44 AM   #9
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While my hitch is not one of the ones you listed (Husky centerline, closest to the Equalizer) it is a WD sway hitch.

While mine can be backed and turned, I take the bars off before backing into a site.

Reason being, it's easier on the over all process.

If I get the trailer in and the truck isn't straight, getting the bars off is a b......
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:40 PM   #10
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While my hitch is not one of the ones you listed (Husky centerline, closest to the Equalizer) it is a WD sway hitch.

While mine can be backed and turned, I take the bars off before backing into a site.

Reason being, it's easier on the over all process.

If I get the trailer in and the truck isn't straight, getting the bars off is a b......
Agree. Even after jacking the tongue up, there is still a lot of pressure on the outside bar. I always remove that bar 1st, allowing the inside bars to take some of the pressure.
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sort of sounds like the Titanic dragging ice at real low speeds and in reverse. I've not taken mine off backing in to spots or into my driveway. Works the way it is designed.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:00 PM   #12
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The Reese-dual-cam-vs-Equilizer experiences everyone has been sharing have been more helpful than info I've been getting from sales reps. Thanks, everyone. I'm hearing that removal of sway control part is not necessary for backing up with either hitch. So at this moment, I may be favoring the Reese dual cam over the Equilizer, because because it might be easier to temporarily hook each torsion bar with unequal pressure at times when the tow vehicle is not aligned straigh with the camper, and when it is harder to raise the bar on one side more than the other. I'm still interested in more user comments.
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Reese dual cam or Equilizer. Which is less noisy?

I'm hearing that the Reese dual cam is noisy during slow speeds and when backing up. What about the Equilizer? How does noise from the Equilizer compare to the Reese dual cam?
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I'm hearing that the Reese dual cam is noisy during slow speeds and when backing up.
Hi folks,

Reese recommends Vaseline to minimize the noise from the DC setup - we use WD-40. Works great and does not affect the performance of the cams. And... no issues (noise) with backing up with the bars on.

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I have the Reese Dual Cam, and it was loud in turns when first installed, but after reading the instructions that indicate a dab of Vaseline is the answer, it's been very quiet. I have nothing to compare it to firsthand, but I'm happy with it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:50 AM   #16
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I have the Reese Dual Cam, and it was loud in turns when first installed, but after reading the instructions that indicate a dab of Vaseline is the answer, it's been very quiet. I have nothing to compare it to firsthand, but I'm happy with it.
Oh... And I have never dropped the bars to back up- not at a CG and not at home.
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I have the Equalizer and I've not had any issues leaving the bars connected backing. I do get some noise at very low speed and turning. I've not had any issue with installing/removing the bars if the TT and TV are not lined up. Equalizer is very easy to use in my opinion.
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I'll have to try the drop of lube next year.
I found the best price for the Reese Dual cam system was from
e-trailers.com and they had a web coupon for 30 dollars off on line as well.
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I'll have to try the drop of lube next year.
I found the best price for the Reese Dual cam system was from
e-trailers.com and they had a web coupon for 30 dollars off on line as well.
X2. I bought all of my hitch equipment from them and did my own install. E-trailer is a great source with great information and support.
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I agree with what everybody has said. I had a Reese DC, and was very happy with it. The only thing I want to add is an electric tongue jack sure makes the whole process a lot easier, with either the DC or Eq.
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