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Old 02-17-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Sway & WD Bar Brand Opinion

It has been a while since I was on here, I registered when I bought the trailer, winterized it, covered it and parked it and haven't been on in a while as winter is here, and well you know what winter can be like...........piling wood, snow-blowing, etc............all the stuff that makes towing that trailer somewhere in the summer seem like my light at the end of a spring tunnel! ha.

I was shopping online for WD bars and a Sway control kit. I happened to notice how many different brands there are. Reading through the threads on here I notice that Equal-i-zer and Reese Dual cam seem popular. I am towing a Starcraft 186BH with a 1/2 ton RAM 1500 with 3.92 axle rated to GVWR 10,050lbs. I have did basic math and I figure based on the chart I below that I need a 600lb tongue weight. So I found a set of WD bars and sway control kit made by Curt, reviews seem to be fine on other websites. However the price is a lot less than Reese and Equal-i-zer. Here is my thoughts, I never put a price on safety my life and my wife and daughters life is worth me paying what it takes to know that I am traveling as safe as we can, however I know from making purchases of "things" in general that you are paying for the brand and not necessarily the product itself. I am a tool & die maker by trade and I know and have seen first hand many automotive parts all made from the same material, on the same line and then sold for huge differences in cost with a different brand name but the products are all equal in quality.

At first when we bought this trailer, it is our first, I was considering upgrading if we enjoyed it but now I am not for a while anyway. The space in the driveway and the fact there is only 3 of us I am happy with the size. I do not anticipate upgrading the trailer so therefore having a need to upgrade the bars.

I am interested in any comments from people who use the CURT bars:

WD BARS: http://www.canadianhitches.ca/shop/c...n-hitch-17000/

SWAY CONTROL: http://www.canadianhitches.ca/shop/c...rol-kit-17200/

Some considerations:

1. I will not be upgrading anytime soon, so purchasing a Dual Cam would be more for the brand and hopefully quality more so than with the thought of only upgrading the bars.
2. There does not seem to be any limit stickers on the A-frame.
3. Should I use an 800lb rather than the 600lb?
4. I am sure I have seen sway control kits on both sides of the tongue, does it require 1 or 2? And if only one, which side should it go on?
Actually, I am interested in ANY opinions........the more the merrier!

Jim

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:28 AM   #2
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The dry hitch weight being 455 lbs I wonder if the loaded weight could surpass 600 lbs in which case the 800 bars would be justified, a tongue weight scale or trip to the CAT scale could settle that question but the hitch would need to be installed to get an accurate reading since it contributes to tongue weight.

One sway bar such as you posted in the link is generally considered acceptable in trailers less then 25'. Not sure if the side they are installed matters, have never used one of them but I understand they need to be unhooked before backing up.

There is a WD hitch poll here too. It seems only 3 members who voted for the Curt. That`s not a slam on the hitch, just a indication you may not get many responses from actual Curt owners.

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...highlight=poll
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Here is Another option, the Reese Pro series with 750 lb bars and a sway bar included for 258.00 from etrailer. I have purchased numerous items from them before and been satisfied. Free shipping over 150. Tongue weight 550 to 750.

http://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Distr...s/PS49902.html


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Thanks Crabman, I'd have to pay for shipping and duty to Canada, but like I said safety has no price. It does look well built.

Definitely food for thought!
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Oh yeah, those dreaded shipping and duty charges! As far as safety I would think both hitch brands would be fine,(I have a Curt receiver hitch on my 1500) its just the Reese has 750 lb bars should you need bigger bars but not quite the 800`s and the sway control included. In the picture they show the sway bar mounted on the passenger side, if that even matters.
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My wd limits were stamped on the frame near the front of the trailer(not a sticker) so you have to look closely to see it. I too understand that you have to disconnect on some hitches before backing up witch to me would be a deal breaker. I'm no expert but i would agree with crabman on the 800# hitch. When you say you want to upgrade your hitch i take it you already have one? Hopefull someone with this brand could can chime in here to give us there thoughts Huntsvillian.
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By no means am I an expert but I would also recommend going with the 800lb hitch, it's better to have them be a little higher rated, also don't forget to add the weight of cargo behind the axle of your TV.
With a potential 600lb tongue weight and say 100lbs in the back of your TV, the 750 or 800lb bars would be a good choice.
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When I meant upgrade, I currently only have a solid hitch bar with ball so no WDH. What I also meant is that I do not plan on buying a new TT for a long long time so the Reese Dual Cam would not be critical in terms of having to upgrade in a few years and then only having to upgrade the bars in the future.

I was planning on researching this further today, but I went out to bring in some firewood and the ATV.............on my way to the dealer, I got a feeling it is going to be one of those days!!!!!

I'll be back on later.
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snip........ However the price is a lot less than Reese and Equal-i-zer. Here is my thoughts, I never put a price on safety my life and my wife and daughters life is worth me paying what it takes to know that I am traveling as safe as we can, however I know from making purchases of "things" in general that you are paying for the brand and not necessarily the product itself. I am a tool & die maker by trade and I know and have seen first hand many automotive parts all made from the same material, on the same line and then sold for huge differences in cost with a different brand name but the products are all equal in quality...... snip
I would agree that the Curt WDH, Equal-i-zer WDH, and Reese Strait-Line (Dual Cam) WDH brands may be equal in quality, but they do differ in design/function. All three brand/models referenced will distribute weight, but the Equal-i-zer WDH and Reese Strait-Line WDH have integrated sway control where the Curt WDH requires an additional product for sway control.

The Curt WDH (with remote friction control sway arm) and Equal-i-lizer WDH sway controls are "reactive" in function, thus reacting to a sway event once it's actually started. The Reese Strait-Line (Dual Cam) sway control is "pro-active" in function by design. The Reese design of the spring bars maintains considerable force over the cams which reduces the probability of a sway event starting by constantly forcing the TT to tow in a straight line.

IMO a WDH with "integrated" sway control offers up-graded features above a standard WDH w/friction sway control arm, as mentioned in prior posts. Yes, IMO the Hensley Arrow WDH has up-graded design features above a WDH with "integrated" sway control.

From a safety and performance standpoint...., IMO any WDH with some means of sway control that is sized and adjusted properly will deliver acceptable results. As most of us know, no WDH and/or Sway Control device can compensate for poor maintenance and/or safety practices associated with any given TV and/or TT (over weight, low tire psi, speed, etc.).

The 2010 186BH has a GVWR of 3,500lbs, I also agree that 600lb rated WDH (if available) would be adequate even loaded at the GVWR.

Just my thoughts.

Bob

ON EDIT: If you should consider the Reese Strait-Line (Dual Cam), I believe that it requires a minimum 400lb loaded tongue weight.... please confirm.
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Is there a downside to going to high on the tongue weight? Say for example you needed 600lbs and you went 800lbs.
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