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Old 09-12-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Reese Dual Cam Set Up

So, I spent the morning getting the WDH set up. This is what I have so far. It is just a tad nose high, but the trailer is empty. I'm slowly building up supplies, so as more stuff goes in the trailer, I think it will level it perfectly. I will be installing the cams tomorrow. I just wanted to get the weight distribution done first. Once the cams are installed, the chains should hang perfectly straight, as the brackets that the chains bolt to that mount on the cams will cause the chains to angle back about an inch and a half, which by my estimate should put them dead straight from where they are now.

Those of you who know how to set up a WDH, can you tell me if I'm looking good so far? This is my first time doing it. Thanks!
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:41 PM   #2
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I'm no expert, but I have the same Reese DC setup and have been tweaking it myself lately. I think your ball angle is spot on which is oftentimes a moving target (at least for me). I would suggest moving your chain brackets back towards the trailer just a bit so that they are straight up and down. Thankfully, this is only a set screw adjustment and doesn't require drilling. As it sits now, it appears that the chains are reaching back towards the truck a good little bit in the photo. I'm sure smarter people than myself with chime in soon enough.
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SparkDr - Yes, the chains are at a slight angle, but as I mentioned in my OP, I'm installing the cams tomorrow, and the position of the cams and mounts should have the chains hanging dead straight. if they do not hand straight after I put the cams on, then I will adjust accordingly.

I felt like I was chasing my tail a little bit doing this....ball angle, wheel wheel measurements, ball height, trailer level, blah, blah, blah! A lot of second guessing and double checking for sure.
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You will appreciate the cam sway control. Find a nice big parking lot to do some S-turns, get them close, and leave them a bit loose to set them up. They'll settle right into place and then you can snug them down right then and there. My WD was not setup properly by the dealer but the sway performed flawlessly nonetheless. I think those smaller trails sway more than the big boys.
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snip........Those of you who know how to set up a WDH, can you tell me if I'm looking good so far? This is my first time doing it. Thanks!
OC Dan,

The WDH in the pics look good this far, and you will like the performance of the Dual Cam once it's dialed-in.

I also have the Reese Dual Cam (almost 10 years) with my 'heavy' TV/TT combo and it's worked just fine.

Just a couple pointers on a WDH with the Reese Dual Cam:

* Since the snap-up chain doesn't move during TV turns, if the engaged chain hangs at a slight angle that won't be a problem.

* The snap-up bracket lag-bolt should only be tightened approx. 1/2 turn, over tightening may cause the bracket to bend over the top of the A-frame.

* There are a couple versions of the Reese Dual Cam, pay close attention to the mounting orientation (noted in installation instructions) of the chain bracket when placed on the cam end...., incorrect orientation will place an outward force on the snap-up bracket.

* To save spring bar and cam surface wear, install the same spring bar over the cam surface each time you hitch up (I attached a zip-tie to my driver's side spring bar).

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Dan,

Overall your set up looks good so far from the pics! Once you are completely loaded I would suggest stopping at a CAT Scale to verify your set up.

Weigh three times total.
1: Truck & trailer ready to roll down the road- wd bars latched up.
2: Truck & trailer, but with the wd bars unlatched, in the bed of the truck.
3: Truck only- leave the hitch in the receiver, bars in the bed of the truck.

Report back with your numbers and we can decipher them. Depending on you owners manual, you want to restore between 50-100% of the weight loast of the trucks front axle when you first hook the trailer up (no wd bars).

As Bob posted, I also put 2 zip ties (in case one breaks) on one of my bars, red zip ties for right side (passenger).
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Thank you for the feed back. This isn't totally over complicated, but being my first time I want to make sure things are looking as they should. I have read the instruction manual about 10 times and watched several videos all in an effort to get this done, and done right. The closest CAT scales are about an hour from me. I might get up early one Saturday and make a half day affair out of it once I get my "final" set up dialed in so I can verify weight transfer is as should be.

Rustic E - What orientation are you referring to with respect to the chain bracket? I have the latest version cams with black yokes. The chain brackets are straight, and look like you could mount them either way since they look like they're stamped steel with no bends.

Thank you guys again, I really appreciate the responses!
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Do you guys plan on taking a trip anytime soon? Ideally it is best if you are going to weigh your rig is to have it loaded just like it is when taking a trip. Maybe you guys could take a trip in the direction of the CAT Scale? Two birds with one trip! Lol Hit the scales, then go camping!!!

I have adjusted our DC system a couple times just trying to make sure it is dead nutz on!!! This is the first "new style" DC I have used. I had the OLD u-bolt system before. One thing I have noticed is the cam has a little play so it "twists" a little when hooked up. I know the bar will wear into it, but not a perfect match yet.

Good luck!!!
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snip..... What orientation are you referring to with respect to the chain bracket?.......snip
OC Dan,

If you have the "flat" (no bend) chain brackets the U-bolt threads should face "outward".



The chain brackets with the "bend" the U-bolts (and "bend") should face inward.



Below is my Reese Dual Cam set-up with a 1,300lb loaded tongue weight, w/1,500lb spring bars (I incorporated the new version Reese Ball Mount since the pic was taken). Since your TT coupler is welded to the top of the A-frame, your final adjustments may look a little different.



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OC Dan,

Just curious, how did your Reese HP Dual Cam installation go?

If you get a chance, post some pics of your installation and any tips......, may be helpful to those considering the same up-grade.

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