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Old 09-01-2016, 12:54 PM   #21
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I tow my Surveyor Sport with an F-150 with sway bars and wouldn't do it without them!
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Old 09-01-2016, 12:56 PM   #22
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I have 2015 F150 with the anti sway towing a 32ft 8000lb+ TT using the Anderson WDH and sway control. When a gust of wind catches the TT it sways the anti sway built into my truck reacts so quickly that its already working before I have chance to react. It's awesome. But I would still not tow it without the anti sway hitch.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:00 PM   #23
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To sway or not to sway

I have a Silverado 2500 with sway control but I haven't felt I needed the bar. At 70 miles and hour with side winds I felt I was in control. If you feel the trailer starting to sway a little I would use them.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:10 PM   #24
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Distribute the load

We use 1000 lb sway bars for our Ford Expedition towing an approximately 5000 lb trailer (Rockwood 2109S). I like how it distributes weight to the front wheels of the tow vehicle, which keeps steering solid and keeps the vehicle level. Having all the weight on the rear wheels seems like a bad idea.

So downhill on a curve at freeway speeds with wet roads we never feel any sway or funny twisting, just a solid pull. Also the sway bars seem to lessen the slight jerky-ness forward-backward when on flat-level road where it feels like the trailer is pushing you.

We have a F-150 we use without the sway bars but only use it to move the trailer short distances. It feels very different between the two vehicles.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:33 PM   #25
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If the 1000 lb bars you are using have chains connecting to them they are not sway bars, they are part the weight distribution hitch.
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Old 09-01-2016, 01:44 PM   #26
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The whole trailer towing experience should negate as many factors as possible for both comfort and safety. If you can stop sag with air bags, get them. Stop sway with a hitch bars, get them. And it's pretty much mandatory to get a weight distribution hitch if you are towing anything that's 50% or more of your vehicle's curb weight.

Now, can you tow without those 3? Absolutely. But just because you can, you definitely don't want to experience what can happen without them. Skipping out on a $200 difference in a better hitch setup is ludicrous when compared to your $50-100k investment in vehicle and trailer! I have the anti-sway in my Ram, but as others said, it will help correct it, not prevent it. I have an Equalizer hitch and it works great in the thousands of miles I have towed with it.

I saw a thread here where people don't understand how some of us can say "I don't even know it's back there". That's because we've done the homework and didn't cut corners. Do yourself a favor and get a hitch with anti-sway. Sites like etrailer are very knowledgeable and can steer you in the right direction. No pun intended.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:27 PM   #27
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4,000 lbs. is not a problem until it becomes one, the question is if you are willing to solve the problem when your trailer is wagging your truck all-over the interstate?
Don't be stupid.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:37 PM   #28
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4,000 lbs. is not a problem until it becomes one, the question is if you are willing to solve the problem when your trailer is wagging your truck all-over the interstate?
Don't be stupid.
That's just mean. Play nice.
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Old 09-01-2016, 02:38 PM   #29
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I believe it depends upon where you are towing to. We don't go that far and are not on an interstate. Even with a 8000+ trailer on a 2013 F-150, I don't feel the need for a sway bar. Previous trailer was about 4000, didn't feel the need at all for a sway bar. If you are going on the interstate or above 60 mph, whole different story. I would get sway control then.
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:28 PM   #30
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F-150 sway control

I have an F-150 with the anti sway control. It has kicked in once and did save us from losing our TT. By the time it kicks in you are way past the point of being ok with the swaying. Always make sure your weight distribution is set right and ALWAYS use some type of sway control on the hitch! I can tell you that it is not fun seeing the entire side of your trailer in each mirror as it sways back and forth.
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