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Old 06-23-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Cabin adjustable sway control?

I'm new to camping/towing; only a month now. But I'm surprised there aren't any offerings out there for a cabin adjustable 'on the fly' sway control system. Maybe there is; I just haven't searched hard enough. It seems it would be nice to be able to adjust tension on the sway control device while driving, and turn it off on slow roads. I already have a few ideas on how to make my friction sway bar remotely adjustable. I'll post up some pics of the prototype.

Any interest for something like this out there?
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #2
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I think I would present the idea to the patent office before posting prototype pictures.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
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I think I would present the idea to the patent office before posting prototype pictures.
Good idea, but applying for a patent is super expensive from my experience. I have 5, all paid for by deep pocket employers.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:18 PM   #4
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Hey OldCoot! I'm in Charlotte, btw...

Yeah; I don't really have any intention of making money off of it; just to help out the community if there's a need. Initially my favorite and easiest way to do it probably won't be practical to the average tow-er since it will require pressurized air. I keep a 20 gal tank in the back of my truck at all times for emergencies. The easiest thing to do would be to strap a pancake air cylinder to the side of the friction sway control bar where the tension bar and handle normally are and control the pressure to the cylinder with a regulator in the cabin. Already have everything to do it with in my garage so wouldn't take long to set up and test. I just think it would be really nice to 'dial in' the level of friction on the sway control while driving.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thanks, but no interested. My sway control is integrated into my WDH. Not interested in divorcing the 2 functions.

The only issue I see this solving is the noise we tend to get when making slow turns. Not enough of a problem for me to seek a solution.

But I would be interested in reading about it. Kind of like my interest in the more expensive hitch systems that create a virtual 5th-wheel pivot point. Very cool stuff! But a solution to a problem I don't have.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:06 PM   #6
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Blue Ox has a in vabin adjustable sway control
http://blueox.com/p-1153-trucenter.aspx
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Blue Ox has a in vabin adjustable sway control
Blue Ox - TruCenter
For a trailer?
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:59 AM   #8
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Something that would really work nice for this application is a common automotive brake caliper. It could just fit right over the bar without much fabrication at all. Not exactly sure how to actuate it though, and have it hold at a set pressure. I wonder if a hydraulic brake caliper will work on air?
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:05 AM   #9
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Just don't see a need or market for something like this.
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:15 AM   #10
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Just don't see a need or market for something like this.
Maybe I've overestimated the 'pain factor' of people complaining about all the popping, moaning and groaning from their friction sway control when driving in urban areas and pulling into campsites, when it's not even needed. Once again, not looking to sell anything; I'm a successful employed engineer. I would like a solution for myself and anyone else who is interested.
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