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Old 06-07-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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New purchase 2011 28BHS - need advice on Reese DC hitch

Hi folks, just upgraded today to a 2011 28BHS & have to make a decision on hitches. I have read a lot of good things about the Equal-i-zer & Reese dual cams. Anyway I can get a good deal on the Reese Dual Cam from the dealer but the choices go from 800lb/8000lb to 1200/12000lb with nothing in between. The dry hitch weigh is 690lbs & we travel light without water but I'm just wondering if there are any downsides to using the 1200/12000 set up? I know it's overkill but if it doesn't do any harm it may be ok. The GVWR of the trailer is 7500lbs (even though we wouldn't be anywhere near that) & if you take 15% you end up with 1125. Also anyone have experiences with this hitch? Do you have to disconnect to back up? Any other thoughts? Thanks....Frank
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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Go with the 1200lbs. You never know when you will load heavy plus the additional weight of the family in TV. Also there is no problems backing up with the DC.
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Old 06-07-2011, 12:42 PM   #3
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We have a model similar to yours. Odd as it sounds, our tongue weight out of the factory was greater than this year's model. Once all is said and done, and you add items to your front storage, maybe a second battery, and even what you store under the bed and front cabinets, your tongue weight will increase. Last couple of weigh-in's, our tongue weight varied between 1025-50 lbs. Consider the 1200# bars. Congrats on the new tt!
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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I agree with the other two posts. 800 lb bars may not be enough. Go with 1200. And you CAN back up with the Dual Cam System hooked up.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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I echo the 1,200lb rated Reese HP Dual Cam for the 28BHS. I believe that the 28BHS has the ball coupler welded to the bottom of the TT A-frame, if this is the case go with the trunnion style spring bars (in lieu of round bar). The trunnion style ball mount gives you twice as much rear tilt (toward TT) which provides a wider range of adjustment (helps in obtaining required clearances).

If the ball coupler is welded to the top of the TT A-frame, go with the round spring bars. Although not as much rear tilt adjustment, but tends to give a little more clearance at the leading edge of the A-frame tube frame.

Also, make sure that your dealer gives you the latest version of the Reese HP Dual Cam, it should look like this (note the bend in the chain hanger bracket, and the cam arm is silver):



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Old 06-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the feedback guys. So it looks like there are no downsides to the 1200lb bars. I have heard a lot of good things about the Reese DC as well and it gives me some confidence that I'll have a stable towing experience. It's a big change going from a Ford Escape & 18ft Surveyor to an F150 & a 30.5ft trailer so anything I can get to make the transition easier is good!:hihi:

As an aside I'm happy to be joining the Jayco family as I spent a lot of hours over the winter doing research and we kept coming back to Jayco after looking at videos of how they were built, reading reviews from owners, 2 yr warranty etc. Plus my wife LOVED the 28BHS with the counter space & the overall layout. It was also nice that it was lighter than your typical full slide like the 25BHS & others. Thanks again....Frank
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:32 PM   #7
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I didn't see your post Bob before I sent the last reply.....thanks for the tips & I'll check with the dealer.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:48 PM   #8
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Frank,

If you can, watch over the shoulder of the tech while he is installing/adjusting the HP Dual Cam product. "If" the tech does it correctly it will be adjusted to an empty TT, so once you load your TV/TT combination up for camping you will have to re-adjust the HP Dual Cam to loaded conditions. If you don't want to tackle this yourself, advise your RV dealer that you will be back in the near future so they can re-adjust it.

Oh, don't let them tell you that they can adjust it ahead of time for loaded conditions.....can't be done!

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Old 06-07-2011, 06:54 PM   #9
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Bob, I caught a glimpse of the cams in the box & they may be the previous version although I'm not 100% sure but that would explain why they were discounted I guess. If they are the previous version are they still ok? They didn't have the spring bars & had to order them in so he asked me to let him know which ones I wanted by Friday.
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Frank,

Here is a pic of the earlier version of the Reese HP Dual Cam (the same version I have):



The earlier version will be just fine...., the latest version just came out late 2010. The latest version in some applications gives one a little more cam arm clearance, but either way you should be ok with the Jayco style A-frame.

It takes a little patience to adjust any WDH, but when it's done correctly the end result is a TV/TT combination that will handle well in both ideal and less than ideal towing conditions.

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