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Old 07-15-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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Sway

I know there are a few threads about sway already, but I am looking for opinions/advice.

I have a WDH and friction sway control. During a recent trip I noticed on the highway that the sway was a little more than I would have liked. My question is this:

Should I add a second friction sway control, or opt for a new setup with weight distribution and the Reese dual cam?

I have a 2006 Rockwood 2701SS and the TV is a 2004 Toyota Tundra Access cab.

Would really appreciate any advice you all might have...
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:34 PM   #2
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i'm not a big fan of friction sway bars, especially for larger trailers.

i recommend an Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual-Cam. both have built-in sway control.

it would help knowing what engine and rear end ratio your Tundra has. also, what the factory sticker weight of the trailer is.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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A 27 foot trailer needs a better hitch than the friction sway controller. Get the Reese Dual cam, or the Equalizer. There's a few others out there to choose from, as well. Tongue to taillights, your'e at 30 feet!! Randy
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:58 PM   #4
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Here is what I had on my 29 foot Prowler.It worked very well.
Here is the web site if you would like to take a look.
Equal-i-zer® Hitch - The “American Original” with 4-Point Sway Control™ and Weight Distribution
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:01 PM   #5
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One other thing I would like to bring up are your tires on your tow vehicle, this can cause sway as well.
There are other things that can cause sway.

Tires.
The type of hitch for the size and weight of the trailer.
Proper hitch installation (Trailer is hitch too low) - this may allow the front wheels on the tow vehicle to make poor contact on the road. If you have no steering control you will have sway because the weight of the trailer is bearing down on the rear of your tow vehicle and lifting the front.
Weight distribution system shifts the weight to the front of the tow vehicle for a more even load.
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Rockwood06 is right,There are a bunch of things that could cause sway.Take a look at this page and it will give you an idea what to look for.
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Another vote for the Equal-i-zer
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:04 PM   #8
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The Equal-i-zer is definitely a great hitch, I agree in full.
If properly set up, the WDH w/ friction sway control is very effective. If the tongue is too high or low, sway will result. Keep the trailer level, or down just a touch in the front.
One problem with dual cam & equal-i-zer: freezing roads. If you get into an icy road experience (we do that a lot around here), the sway control will have the tendency to keep your vehicle in line with the trailer. You can't remove the sway control portion of the equal-i-zer or dual cam without the whole system being removed. Chaulk one up to the WDH & friction sway.
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Equalizer with 4 pt. sway control and wd hitch for me as well. It is what I use and find it quite effective if a little noisy at times. Old Guys
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The Equal-i-zer is definitely a great hitch, I agree in full.
If properly set up, the WDH w/ friction sway control is very effective. If the tongue is too high or low, sway will result. Keep the trailer level, or down just a touch in the front.
One problem with dual cam & equal-i-zer: freezing roads. If you get into an icy road experience (we do that a lot around here), the sway control will have the tendency to keep your vehicle in line with the trailer. You can't remove the sway control portion of the equal-i-zer or dual cam without the whole system being removed. Chaulk one up to the WDH & friction sway.
If its icy and the "too tight" is an issue, try backing off on the torque setting on the upper sway arm bolts. I adjusted my torque at every hookup anyway.
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