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Stop trailer sway before it begins with this dual-cam sway control. Cams lock in place on either side of trailer to supply consistent pressure, helping to prevent and correct sway. Works with weight-distribution systems with cam-style spring bars.
Note: Dual-cam sway control cannot be use with surge-type trailer brakes and is designed for Class III, Class IV and Class V hitches only.
Reese's dual-cam sway-control system stops trailer sway before it begins. This is a significant improvement over traditional friction-style controls, which help to correct sway only after it has already begun. This specially designed system uses unique sliding devices called "cams" to suspend the spring bars of your weight-distribution system. One end of a cam bolts onto your trailer's frame, and the other end attaches to the lift bracket via the lift chain. This type of sway control is compatible only with cam-style weight-distribution systems. The spring bars of these systems are designed with rounded, hooked ends that sit in the cams. The controlled placement of the spring bars keeps your system secure while still allowing enough movement for free, easy interaction between your trailer and your tow vehicle.
During basic, straight-line towing, the cams lock in place and hold the trailer steady by applying constant, consistent pressure to both sides. This keeps the trailer from swaying in crosswinds. When you go into a turn, the cams unlock and slide to allow a controlled, full-radius maneuver. If you swerve suddenly, the cams will give to accommodate the movement while still working to obtain a straight angle, thereby maintaining control of the trailer.
Video of Reese Dual Cam High-Performance Sway Control
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Today we're going to show you how to install part #26102 the Dual cam High-Performance sway Control from Reese. As you can see here, we are starting off with a weight distribution unit, part # 66022. We need to disassemble part of it and install the sway control system. The first step is to disassemble the weight distribution unit, this entails taking the spring bars off and removing the chains and install the chains on the sway control brackets. Just as a helpful hint, we raised the trailer up to take some tension off the springs to make it easier to take off. We'll take off these U-Bolts and install them on these plates here. What you want to end up with is two to three threads showing through and that will be plenty. With the sway control arms, you'll have to loosen these two nuts so you can center this approximately right here.
What you want to aim for is the same amount of threads showing on each side. Now we need to mark off a center line from the center of the hitch ball about 18 inches back. NOTE: Measurements may differ depending on application. Please check specific product instructions before beginning. That will take us right here, well make a mark and that will give us a good estimate to go by. This pivot point should be as close to the pivot point as possible. You can move it left to right depending on frame interference, in fact we have this brace which will be in the way down here so well have to move back a bit anyway. The main thing is to have this as flat as possible to the frame and as close to the 18 inch mark as possible. Once you have that go ahead and mark out the holes here and here so you can drill them out. As we started off you saw we had the long part of the bracket facing the coupler. That is the optimum way of having it, however what it does is throw the alignment of the chain pretty far off in the wrong direction so optionally you can flip this around by using the other side. It still keeps to the center of the 18 inch mark. So depending on frame conditions you can do that also. Once you have your holes drilled out, you can use one of your bolts and they are self threading, so work them in and out a few times to custom threads and you are good to go. Were going to run these in and out a few more times to make sure we have good custom threads. At This point we can install our brackets. Now we did not run them down all the way, well do the final torque with our hands. Now were going to install our set screw. Once it stops, go for another quarter of a turn. Now tighten the jam nut.
Once your bracket is installed sometimes these come a little bit loose from the factory, well tighten these down right now. They should be snug, not tight. While your here, lets loosen these nuts up because well need those loose when we make our final adjustment for the spring bars. Now well repeat for the other side. At this point were going to install our spring bars and our chain assemblies. This bracket takes up some space, instead of the three links you started out with before you might want to go down an extra link. Just make sure you at least have 5 links showing. Also you can see here where the sway control hits the dent-in, its actually supposed to be a half inch forward here. Well have to adjust our bracket up here form our regular install to ensure that this bracket is a half inch forward of this point here. As you can see we reset everything we scooted the bracket farther forward and made sure the assembly is about a half inch forward of this dent-in here. This is how it supposed to look when its done. The next step is to make final adjustments which requires driving it around and doing a couple of S turns to make everything is working freely like its supposed to. That is why we have these two nuts spread apart so it can travel freely first. Then well find our proper center line and it will get tightened down. After we have done our test drive, the dent-ins have settled in there final position. Now we can tighten down those nuts. Basically the one on the inside we run down until it stops and the second one on the outside we tighten down so we can mash the lock washer flat.
That pretty much completes the install the only other notes you want to think about is if you make a drastic change in the amount of links you use you will have to reset it again. All you have to do is loosen the nuts and do a test drive bring it back flat and reset it and you are good to go. The way this unit works is applies constant tension to the sway control arms through the spring bars. What that does is basically makes a semi rigid attachment and applies pressure constantly towards the trailer. With that constant pressure the trailer does not want to sway to begin with. The two bars work evenly to push the trailer back essentially to keep it straight behind you. Also whats nice about it is when you go on turns you will see the bars come up a little bit out of the dent-in. That is what its supposed to do and it applies a little more tension than what happened originally. What that does is make kind of a twisting motion inside your hitch, which in effect makes the trailer lean into the curve with your truck. There you have it for the install of part # 26002 the dual cam high performance sway control from towing products.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (27 Customer Reviews)Stop trailer sway before it begins with this dual-cam sway control. Cams lock in place on either side of trailer to supply consistent pressure, helping to prevent and correct sway. Works with weight-distribution systems with cam-style spring bars.
A difference you can feel... After trading our old camper, towing the new one home was a scary experience. I read tons of reviews about different sway control devices and decided on the dual cam. As we pulled on the highway for our first trip, I was a little nervous as I saw the first tractor trailer coming to pass me. To my amazement, no sway!! My truck and trailer did move over a little but it was together and without sway. Nothing can substitute for a properly loaded trailer and adequate tow vehicle but the dual cam is a great supplement. Installation was fairly easy with basic tools (ratchet, wrench, tape measure and drill) and etrailer.com has several videos that complimented the instructions very well. Their customer service is the best in ecommerce; plenty of communication and always available if needed. Thanks for making our vacations a little more relaxing!! 111702
by: Garry G.08/05/2013
I have been using (2) friction sways when towing my 32ft enclosed car trailer. Now with this new dual cam unit, it eliminates the sway actually before it gets started. I feel like I have more control of my truck now when pulling my trailer. No more sudden movements when a semi truck passes by. Great product and easy step by step instructions. I would defiantly recommend this over the friction type sway controls. Thank You etrailer.com for your awesome customer service from start to end as I received an email confirming the order was placed, then when shipped, then a follow-up after I received it. The shipping was very fast and the product was packaged very well. 93481
by: Jim S09/03/2014
I installed the weight distribution set on our 27 foot Arctic Fox trailer. The instructions were well written, the set went on as described and the system works very well. We now have about 10,000 miles on it. We have a 20 foot cargo trailer, I wanted to use the sway control in it. I ordered the extra parts to be able to change trailers relative easy. Vince was very helpful and got me the correct parts. Delivery was prompt and as forecast. Good place to do business, nice people that know the product. 149929
by: Marty B.08/08/2012
Sway unit arrived promptly. It's 119 degrees on the Mohave Desert these days, so I won't be installing it until the weather cools. It is to replace the old unit I trashed this summer while making a very tight turn in an Aspen, CO parking lot. Sometimes the customer is at fault!!! Had to drive back to CA with no sway control and it wasn't fun with some really bad winds coming down I-15. It'll be back on the hitch before the next trip. 50968
by: Michael Burke10/18/2012
I received the Reese High Performance Sway Control with 1200# trunnion bars for my 2013 Keystone Outback travel trailer. The directions were straight forward and installation wasn't too difficult. The biggest part was adjusting the cam arms, and making sure the measurements were correct for the cam placement on the trailer tongue. This system works beautifully, and I couldn't be happier. The price was reasonable too. 57592
FAIRLY EASY TO INSTALL AND ADJUST. TOOK ABOUT 1 1/2/HOURS. SUGGEST YOU USE COBALT BITS FOR DRILLING. ALSO NEEDED WASHERS BECAUSE RADIUS OF THE BRACKET WAS DIFFERENT THAN THE FRAME. BRACKET SHOULD SIT FLUSH ON THE BOTTOM FRAME. TOOK A TRIP AND FOUND NO SWAYING WHEN TRUCKS PASSED BY! NEED MUCH LESS OF ORIGINAL CHAIN, SO MAKE SURE YOU ADJUST LINKS SO THAT FRONT WHEEL WELL HEIGHT IS THE SAME AS BEFORE. 171070
My husband had no trouble installing and they have worked fine. Our trailer wasn't extremely heavy to begin with so we didn't have a real sway problem, but since we were planning a long trip on I-95 we thought it would be a good idea since we'd encounter a lot more big trucks. We never even noticed the passing of a big rig. Our camper just glided along behind us without so much as a shutter. 99287
I had a friction type on my 30 foot trailer that the rv dealer put on , then found out after doing some research that it is not enough for a trailer that large or of that weight !!!! Great rv dealer 30 years in this and they know enough to be dangerous !!! So took it off put this on and took it out on the hwy , Great !!!! So much better !!! took a little while to set it all up but worth it ! 83773
by: Kevin F.07/01/2014
I have a 2014 Premier Bullet 31 feet long about 7,000lbs. I have Reese weight distribution and had a friction sway control. Have a huge problem with sway. I now purchased a new high performance control. This still did not help. I drove 35mph to keep the rig on the road. I don't know the next step. Etrailer gave me great service though I still have a problem. 138508
by: Barry S06/12/2013
Great service, prompt delivery. Helpful installation video that I was able to view prior to ordering. Installation of Sway Control unit was very straight forward. Have not highway tested it yet, will be doing that in a week. I am sure it will perform as advertised. Thanks ETrailer 84332
by: lawrence C.03/08/2012
The Dual Cam and WD unit works well wit my 4000 Lb unit.. I had to adjust the links to 5, move the frme attachments forward to be more in line with the indent on the bars. we are ready to go. thanks for the quick delivery. Good product. Sorry I Have no pictures. 33212
by: Mike S.01/05/2015
Haven't installed the sway control yet but, if they perform as advertised I will be very happy. I paid for 3-5day shipping but they did not arrive for 7 days. Had hoped to install over the holidays but now will have to wait until the weekend. 167733
by: Ron C10/13/2013
Product was easy to install, worked very well controlling sway we were having in windy conditions. I would recommend Etrailer for their fast, courteous service. Watching the installation video was a great help. 103678
by: Nick K.06/21/2012
Excellent web presentation of your products. Easy to find what I was looking for and prices are competitive. All in all a better than average ordering and delivey experience. 45040
by: Rick B.05/19/2012
Order came quicker than expected. Had a quick question about install, called, got a quick anwser, and install was done. Great product and great service! 40992
by: Craig L06/26/2014
Replaced the standard dual cam sway control with the high perfromance version. Quality of the controls are excellent and they work very well. 137755
Got it mounted and towed a short trip. Looks like it will work. Will know more when on a long trip on big roads with lots of tractor trailers! 133898
by: Doug P.06/28/2014
Easy to install and does a great job. Does not have the noise of the friction style sway control. Also very fast service and delivery. 138154
by: Tony M01/14/2015
Received sway control in 4 working days !!!!! Instructions are easy to read. Will be installing them as soon as it quits raining. 168972
The dual cam sway arrived really quick, and installs great. Once again thank you etrailer for all the help. 27384
by: Doug C10/08/2014
Made multiple orders from Etrailer. Always great service and fast shipping. Item works great. 155284
by: Rance P.03/30/2012
Clear instructions and easy installation. Does a very good job at reducing trailer sway. 35693
by: George H08/23/2013
Everything as expected and advertised. Straightforward instructions. 96571
by: George H08/23/2013
Everything as expected and advertised. Straightforward instructions. 96567
Just what the doctor ordered. Relatively easy installation. 85657
Easy to install and work exactly as advertised. Sipped quick! 33514
by: jr. b05/27/2014
great product and fast delivery 132565
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