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Old 10-17-2012, 12:57 AM   #11
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The anti sway feature of the truck works surprisingly well.
I got onto an empty stretch of 2 lane 55 mph roadway while towing empty and dry.
Traveling at 45 mph I purposely initiated a sway by turning the wheel to the left, then quickly right then left again.
The truck snapped the trailer right back into place.
I suggest that you install a Reese Dual Cam and skip the friction bars (if that's what you have).
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:06 AM   #12
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From what I understand of the factory sway control, is that is part of the truck's stability control system that reacts once sway is detected.

Using conventional trailer sway control through sway bars, dual cam, whatever, is a preventative type of control.

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Old 10-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #13
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:32 AM   #14
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Trailer 'sway'and the built in rear stabilizer bar which is often called a sway bar are 2 different things....the bar controls body roll for the most part.the built in anti sway will selectively apply brakes to the truck or trailer when excessive sway is recognized by the on board stability system....if it was engaging you would know.....first it takes a scary ammount of sway , and second the indicator on your dash comes on when it activates....

There is no benifit that i know of to taking off the rear stabilizer bar other than to increase axle articulation......but i doubt you are rock crawlijg with your truck....lol....mine came with a rear bar and nowhere does it say to not use it, nor have i seen or heard that anywhere.....?
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:54 AM   #15
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I have had 2 ford's with anti sway and towed with both. Yes, you still need sway bars and no, it will not interfere with trucks system, they work together. I have never had the anti sway kick in while towing but I never had a severe enough sway to activate the inertia sensors either. I did hit a patch of black ice going around 45 mph w/o TT, truck started sideways, sensors kicked in and straightened the truck out before I could get Oh Sh** out.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #16
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Ford dealer I bought it from.told me that and that there is no need for the anti sway bar!
IMO, he was an idiot. Anything he told you is suspect.

A truck's "sway bar" is NOT trailer sway control.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #17
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IMO the onboard sway control is simply your last line of defence and one that you should do everything in your power to ensure you never have to use. Proper planning and installation of a good sway control hitch will go a long way to ensuring you never have to find out how good or bad any of the factory systems work. BTW it sounds like your sales person is not real familiar with towing and the forces at work. The dealer I have always gone to, all the sales people are very knowledgeable of their products and how they work. The sales people there attend workshops and do online training on the products they sell.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:27 AM   #18
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From what I understand of the factory sway control, is that is part of the truck's stability control system that reacts once sway is detected.

Using conventional trailer sway control through sway bars, dual cam, whatever, is a preventative type of control.

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And I believe the OP was trying to refer to the anti-sway bar for the hitch; not the anti-roll bar that is part of the truck. BTW, many people call the anti-roll bar the anti-sway bar. It is really about roll not sway.

But the person at the dealer was still an idiot.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #20
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Thanks for all the info!
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