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Old 04-16-2016, 05:33 PM   #11
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I have a Blue Ox Sway Pro and my trailer is rock solid towing and backing up is a breeze. You do have to be careful when releasing the tongue hitch and it is probably wise to raise the tongue up prior to releasing. The breaker bar with a socket would be better than the tool the company gives you to work the latches. I'm in agreement to get the correct bars to match you tongue weight. Lastly, you can over tighten the bars if you raise the tongue high enough. This could cause the trailer wanting to push your tow vehicle straight into a turn. Could be a problem when the roads are wet. All and all a great hitch set up.
Why is a breaker bar with a socket better !!!!
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Old 04-16-2016, 05:56 PM   #12
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Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch ?

Our trailer has a dry tongue weight of 1100 lbs so I ordered the sway pro 1500 set I couldn't get my f 250 no where near level. I ordered 2000 lb bars which are to be here Monday which I hope will level the truck.
I use an 18" breaker bar to set the chains. It gives me enough swing, I don't have to remove the propane cover and the bar gets my hands away from the trailer fame when disconnecting.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:17 PM   #13
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Why is a breaker bar with a socket better !!!!
Simply it's more comfortable to the hand and you have more leverage. Oh yes more knuckle clearance.
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Old 01-21-2017, 06:08 PM   #14
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Been using the Blue OX Sway Pro for 2 years on 2 different trailers and give it a 10 out of 10! When we bought our new longer/heavier trailer all we had to do was go to "heavier bars" and the dealer gave me wholesale price on my traded in lighter bars. You WILL NOT be unhappy if you go with this hitch. Here's a couple of tips:

1) Don't buy bars that are much heavier duty than your tongue weight as it will give you a rougher ride. Get bars that are perhaps 200 lbs or so heavier duty than your tongue weight. For example----if your tongue weight is 800-900 lbs, go with the 1000 lb bars, not the 1500lb ones.
2) Use your tongue jack to raise the truck/trailer (after hitched/locked together) approximately 4"-6" (maybe a little more depending on how your set up) to allow you to tighten/untighten the chains. Much less tension when you do this.
3) Get yourself a heavy duty 18"-24" breaker bar with the correct size socket to use in lieu of the crappy short, flat tool provided by Blue Ox to tighten the chains.
4) When adjusted properly, your tow vehicle should sit level and your trailer should be level to slightly lower in the front. Bars when tightened properly should be pretty much parallel with your trailer frame. They will be bowed, but parallel to frame.
RSchleder - what Blue Ox hitch do you have for your 2016 Wildcatt Maxx 28RKX? I have the same model but a 2017 and am looking for the proper hitch that will fit. Thanks for the help
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Old 01-21-2017, 06:53 PM   #15
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X3 on the Blue Ox

Once balanced (set-up properly) it is a great hitch. Post 9 is spot on as are the others.

BTW the tongue weight is 1245 Lbs. Trailer loaded with 1500 lb. bars
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I've been using a Blue Ox now for a few years. Couldn't be happier with it. Worth every penny.

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Old 01-22-2017, 06:25 PM   #17
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I have the Blue Ox Sway Pro and was wondering if I get a breaker bar, what size socket will I need?
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I am not sure if they are different sizes but mine is 1" to replace the tool with a socket.

Glad I saw this. I am picking up my new trailer thursday and bought the 1500 with the weights matching up with what others have. It was pricy but the options seemed to make it worth it.

When they shipped mine the grease zerk was damaged. I have swapped these out myself on cars amd assume they are the same here but the shipper said they may have to ship a whole new setup. Anyone have issues with swapping them that would require a new unit?

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Old 01-22-2017, 09:16 PM   #19
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Take care when unloading the springs. Once the chain passes over the midpoint the handle can swing around quite forcefully. If your arm is in the way you could end up with a smashed wrist.

That warning applies to other types of weight distributing hitches, as well. I'm describing the circumstances where it can happen with a SwayPro.
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Thank. I read earlier that it was better to lift the trailer a bit still attached to the ball to ease the strain.

I also have the breaker bar and socket already. If you used a ratchet would it be better or worse than the breaker bar? I have not seen this in action so not sure if you need to ease it down or if it flys by with ratchet attached and passive if it would snap somewhere else damaging more than your hand.

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