RV Dealer Did Not Set Up Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System Correctly


Hello, I have the Straight-Line WDH and have been very happy with it, but I had a dealer set it up on our new RV and I think they did it wrong. The cams are only about a 30 degree if that angle from the frame, the chains are on the 4th link, and Im afraid the cams will contact the frame in a turn. I get a LOT of banging when I go around a corner, Im used to some of that, but it feels like it shouldnt be THAT much. Im pulling a Winnebago Minnie Plus trailer 7K# GVW with about 750 lbs hitch weight with a RAM 1500 truck. It sits nearly level with the WDH, but I did add air bags and use those to pick it up a little. Its got 1200 lb trunion bars. Is there a recommendation from Reese on how many chain links should be used? Or a minimal angle for the cams? I dont have the instructions since the dealer set it up. Thanks!


Expert Reply:

The Reese Strait-Line weight distribution systems such as # RP66084 do require some fine tuning to ensure they are operating at their full potential. Based on what you have described it doesn't sound like your system is set up quite right.

The recommended amount of links is 5 but fewer or more can be used if required. The angle of the head can also be changed to help keep everything level.

There isn't really a specific angle the dual-cam sway control has to be but there are some specific measurements that need to be adhered to in order for it to work to its full potential. I have included links to the manuals for you so you can compare them with how your system is set up and make any changes as needed.

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