Originally Posted by windrider
With that type of sway control, DISCONNECT BEFORE BACKING !!! If not, there is a good chance you will bend it, and have to tow home without. That would make two a good choice, because you'll only bend one, depends on the direction you're backing. Never used one, but seen several bent ones.
Funny, I heard of several "bent" sway control brakes. I have had 2 (sometimes) hooked up to my trailer and backed up every way I possibly could and haven't had a problem. I believe that this may be an installation problem causing the bending.
Sway can happen for two reasons. Too light on the tongue and a lot of cross winds. A trailer that is set up properly with the right amount of tongue weight will only benefit from the addition of sway control. If you read the fine print friction sway control (the one in the picture) is NOT
designed for use in slippery conditions such as rain, snow and obviously ice. Speed is also a factor. As many members point out; tires are only
rated to 65 mph. I still hear about lots of people cruising at 70 - 75 mph.
I can ( and do ) tow my trailer with NO
sway control whatsoever in the rain. I have a trailer that is 25' from tongue to bumper. Packing the trailer is of utmost importance. I aim for mostly everything over the trailer wheels or forward of that.
On a nice sunny windy day the best thing to do is slow down
and tighten the sway control all the way - as directed by the manufacturer. My family witnessed a flipped trailer on the 401 last year returning from our 5000 km trip. It was scary, everyone was o.k. though. It was extremely windy that day!
Types of trailer suspension that lead to a higher center of gravity can also affect the trailer stability dynamics, but that is another story...