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Old 01-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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To Dual Cam or Not To Dual Cam that is the Question

Hey everyone again! Before picking up my trailer on saturday I wanted to purchase a weight distribution system. The dealership is trying to sell me a dual cam system and I was wondering if I put two friction sway control arms would be enough to keep my 2012 Jayco Jayflight 26BH from swaying. I was going to go with a Reese Pro series 1000lb Tongue weight 10000 GTW with two friction sway. Im towing with a 2009 Silverado Crew Cab HD trailering package 4.8L
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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Yes, the two friction sway control arms would be enough.

The advantage of the Reese Strait-Line (includes HP Dual Cam) WDH is that the design works at preventing a sway event form surfacing (pro-active system), while a WDH with two friction sway control arms reacts to a sway event that is in progress (reactive system). Also, when backing up your TT the two sway bars have to be removed, nothing has to be removed with the Dual cam set-up.

I agree, you would want at least a 1,000lb rated WDH to address the potential "loaded" tongue weight range of the 26BH.

Just food for thought.

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Do you think I should go with a larger WDH?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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I used to have a regular WDH with a dual friction bar set up. HATED IT!! No matter how tight I adjusted the bars, the trailer still swayed. Passing trucks...forget it. I used to pull my truck half way onto the shoulder of the highway(if room permitted) to let them pass. Once I got the dual cam, all was alleviated. I didn't change anything else on the trailer. The friction bars just didn't work for me. I can now drive 65 MPH with passing trucks and crosswinds without white knuckles. My vote is for the dual cam hitch. Less time to hitch up too!

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Another vote for the Dual Cam, a few more dollars well spent.
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Do you think I should go with a larger WDH?
Well, it all depends on your personal loading habits.

The 2012 26BH has a UVW of 4,860lbs (GVWR 7,500lbs), so we will assume a Ship Weight of 5,200lbs (yellow sticker).

Scenario I....,

Moderate loading: (5,200lbs) + (125lbs WDH, Battery, misc.) + (600lbs cargo) = 5,925lbs loaded (not including any fluids)
Loaded Tongue weight: (13% to 15%) = 770lbs to 889lbs..., so a 1,000lb rated WDH would be fine. A "little" fluid in a tank could also be considered.

Scenario II.....,

Heavier loading: (5,200lbs) + (125lbs WDH, Battery, misc.) + (1,000lbs cargo) = 6,325lbs loaded (not including any fluids)
Loaded Tongue weight: (13% to 15%) = 822lbs to 949lbs..., so a 1,000lb rated WDH would work.

IMO if you tend to tow on the heavy side with some fluids, I would go with a 1,200lb rated WDH. A 1,200lb rated WDH wouldn't be an overkill even if your loaded tongue weight is around 900lbs, as long as the WDH is adjusted correctly.

If you plan to tow with generious amount of fluid in the fresh water tank in either Scenario I or II, go with the 1,200lb rated WDH.

Also, since Reese doesn't make a 1,000lb rated Strait-Line WDH anymore, the 1,200lb WDH would be the best choice. I don't recall if the Pro Series comes in a 1,000lb rated WDH.

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Dual Cam, 1200lbs.
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Hey everyone thank you for the great information. After great consideration I have decided to go with everyones advice and get the Reese Straight line WDH. I would rather spend the extra money now and not regret buying something else later.
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