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Old 08-25-2016, 12:33 PM   #11
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The sway control on the F150 will only kick in an over sway condition. I would not depend on it. I would use an external sway control bars (system). Something like Equalizer which is suppose stop sway before it starts and helps the "white knuckle" experience.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:43 PM   #12
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I have an 2013 F-150 recently replaced my original tires (P series) with new (LT series tires) what sway I had is now more under control. Also have WDH with sway bars pulling a 2703WS and stay around 60 miles per hour.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:53 PM   #13
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I have a 2015 F150 and had a 2012 F 150 prior. Both have the same system you are describing. (Eletronic anit-sway)
It does nothing to prevent sway, it only kicks in to stop it once the trailer starts to sway.

I'd say it depends on your trailer as to whether or not you need to add sway bars. Pull the trailer around and see how it acts. If it starts to sway easily, then get some sway bars installed. If it does OK, then dont worry about it.
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:56 AM   #14
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The f150 integrated sway control uses a sensor in the rear of the truck to sense the truck being pulled a trailer that is swaying. It then uses your integrated brake controler to apply the trailer brakes. While doing that it also will activate your trucks brakes on alternating sides to put the truck in a straight line. Mind you, this could all happen with out you even recognize it happening.

So the integrated sway control doesn't prevent sway, it will pull the truck and trailer out of it (it corrects small amounts of sway before it's gets bigger).

I look at the sway control as an insurance policy and still use a sway bar.

************ For those with a 2015 f150************** beware. I was traveling from Cape Cod MA to South Carolina. In NY my trailer brakes locked up and would not release. Could not change the gain as the truck said trailer was disconnected. I ended up pulling the fuse for it and finished the trip with NO TRAILER Brakes. Brought truck to Ford and they said this is a common problem. The IBC was being redesigned and had to wait months for a new one. For those mechanics out there, it's the same part number, but a different series.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:05 AM   #15
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Sway bars are a must with any half ton pickup
Compared to the 4000 lbs you plan to pull this poster pulls huge.

If you have a WDH already pull it and see what you think. Even for 4000, with less than 3/4 ton truck, I think I would want a light tongue weight WDH. Look on E TRAILER.com. get the Easy Lift Elite or any one of half dozen knockoffs that can be had for less than $200. The sway control can be added later.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:46 AM   #16
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Thank you for your suggestions, as a result I decided to keep using my sway bar with my new truck.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:56 AM   #17
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Thank you for your suggestions, as a result I decided to keep using my sway bar with my new truck.
There is an anti roll/sway bar that attaches to the truck's rear axle. Not to be confused with the sway control attachment to the Hitch. Both can be useful at times. Some trucks come equiped with front and rear "anti roll" bars. Some people replace the factory bars with bigger aftermarket bars for more control. Anti roll bars do not make the ride rougher, thay only come into play if the truck leans one way or the other.

Both the truck bar and the hitch bar would be a good addition.
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Just to add my two cents. I also own a 2010 F150 with the electronic anti-sway control; from my experience the size of the trailer, along with the road conditions warrant the addition of a anti sway bars/brake. On my previous travel trailer 3200 dry weight, I did not need the anti-sway with my current vehicle. But with my current Apex 215 RBK (dry weight 4500) there are many situations anti-sway bars add more control and are necessary. If you are on the north south goat trail in Idaho with lots of curves or on the free way in in southern Idaho, Wyoming, Montana etc. (where it seems like the wind always blowing about 100 miles an hour-- ok seems like that) I would not drive with out some sort of anti sway brake.
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I have a 2015 F150 and had a 2012 F 150 prior. Both have the same system you are describing. (Eletronic anit-sway)
It does nothing to prevent sway, it only kicks in to stop it once the trailer starts to sway.

I'd say it depends on your trailer as to whether or not you need to add sway bars. Pull the trailer around and see how it acts. If it starts to sway easily, then get some sway bars installed. If it does OK, then dont worry about it.
Even if it doesn't sway on a regular basis, a sway bar still helps for the occasional windy day or speeding 18 wheeler.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:47 AM   #20
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I picked up a 2016 F-150 in February and we replaced our 23' Kiwi with a 29' Salem in June. I had been using a weight distribution hitch previously and added a sway bar after the first couple of times out with the new TT. Aside from the improved safety aspects, it just made the ride smoother. I'd add one if you can just to have less of the feeling like you're driving a tractor.
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