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Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System Review

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Review of the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System


Randy: Hey guys, it's Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we've got out the Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System. We did an install on it a little bit earlier. We're going to go over a lot of the features of it and explain to you how this can work in your application.This set up's going to combine both weight distribution and sway control, so it's an all-in-one unit. I really like this one. This happens to be my neighbor's rig and camper setup.

This is the one I told him that I would get. It seems to be very cost effective, it has a lot of the features in it that you're going to want to make it kind of an enjoyable hauling experience with your camper and get it to your destination safely.Now if you're new to using weight distribution, or you don't really understand how a weight distribution system works, basically it's like a wheelbarrow. That's the best way to kind of state it. Without weight distribution, the rear end of our van gets pushed down. That puts a lot of stress on that rear suspension and it also brings that front end up, so the contact patch for our tires isn't quite as significant.

We don't have quite the braking force on the front end that we generally have. Then also it can kind of change that suspension geometry a little bit. We can get weird tire wear and our headlights are going to angle up slightly. All of those are really negative things. You're not going to enjoy that while you're driving and it's not going to feel as secure.Now just at first glance, this weight distribution setup's going to look very, very similar to most out there on the market.

It uses a weight distribution type head. We're going to have torsion bars that go back but that's kind of where it's a little bit different, in back at the cam location. These cams rest right inside the end of that trunnion bar. It acts as an active sway control system. It wants to keep our vehicle and trailer going down the road straightly.Now the reason I went with this particular setup for my neighbor's rig rather than any of the other ones that we offer, is basically because I really like the cam in that torsion bar.

I think that's going to be one of the best ways to get sway control, keep everything moving in line and it's not that difficult to set up. There's not a long process with it, at least any more difficult than any other weight distribution system. I've put together quite a few of them and something I like here in the head that we don't see with a lot of the other ones are the spacer blocks.These blocks have teeth that mate up with grooves on the head and that's how we're going to change the pitch on that head. That's a lot easier than what you're going to see on most of the other systems out there. They either use spacers or washers or something. You've got to try to hold them in with one hand while you're tightening it down with the other hand. It's just not that enjoyable.Now let's talk about the sway control system a little bit. I know we've touched on it but, you can see we've got brackets that we bolt to the frame right here. We've got a drag arm that comes back and gives us that cam. Both sides are going to rest on that cam. There's quite a bit of downward force on our torsion bars right now. That's how we're getting that distributing effect. Basically in any sway event, the bars are going to start moving forward and back. Now this location is fixed. It can't move. So as that bar gets pulled forward, the cam's going to come down to this area. As it gets there, of course, that spring-bar tension wants to get it back. It's fighting to get it back as much as it can. It's going to do the opposite of that on the other side. It's rode up on this rounded edge and it's trying to fight to get back to that center point. That's why I refer to this as an active system, because it's actively going to try to fight that and keep everything working in line together.Other sway control systems that you're probably used to out there would just be a friction bar. Now friction bars are good, I think in really small applications, but you need to keep in mind you can't back up with them. You have to get out and take them off before you can back up anywhere. They give maybe 40 pounds of sway control force. When we're looking at something like this, we're closer to the three and four hundred, maybe five, even five hundred and fifty mark depending on how much pressure that we need to get everything level. So you can admit that's a huge difference in how much straight line capability we have, how much power this system has to keep everything in line.Now I went through the reviews on the Strait-Line, I know I really like it. I know it's what I recommend to people that ask me. I like this system, basic straight forward, easy to use, but also the customer reviews say the same thing. A lot of the comments you'll see are "I wish I had of purchased this sooner" or "This has been one of the best things I've ever put on my camper." I saw a guy there, he said he couldn't make it past about 50 miles an hour before it started to get out of control and it just wasn't handling properly. Said after installing it, he could get right up to highway speeds, no issue, no problem, even with crosswinds, passing vehicles, really not an issue. That's something I really appreciate about this. Our experts, when people call in with questions about them, this is a highly recommended system. So I think it'd be a good choice for you.There are plenty of choices out there when it comes to weight distribution set ups. Take like, let's say the Curt MV model. That is just weight distribution, offers zero sway control. That might be more applicable if you're going to be hauling a utility trailer that has plenty of tongue weight on it. Generally, with enough tongue weight, we really don't have sway events. So that might be more suited for that just to kind of level everything out. But any time you're going to be using a passenger vehicle and a camper, weight distribution's important, especially toy haulers with the weight in the back. Most of your weight's back there. Those generally always sway regardless of how well you've loaded it. That weight in the back, you're going to have those instances.When it comes to other weight distribution systems that also incorporate the sway control, I think the Equalizer's a really popular one. Customers tend to like that one a lot too. It's really close in style to this. A little bit different bracket system. The way the Equalizer's going to work, it's going to have a bracket that comes down, it has a 90 on the bottom. Then the bottom of our trunnion bar slides on the top of that. That's going to be a good and effective system. Plenty of people like it and appreciate it but I almost feel like that's more of a passive system. It doesn't fight as hard to keep everything in line, just handles it once it starts, which is still a good solution. It still is an excellent system but if I we're going to pick from one or the other, it'd be close, but I'd still go with the Strait-Line.As you can see, weight distribution's setup, working properly, brought up and locked in. Everything's back to level. The back of the van's not hanging down anymore. The front of the camper's not hanging down anymore. This is an excellent solution.


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