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Old 08-25-2016, 08:47 AM   #1
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Do I add sway bars to my F-150?

I’m purchasing a 2016 Ford F-150 this week. It comes with integrated sway control. On my jeep I had the sway bars added to my hitch system. Does this mean that when I use my F-150, I don’t add the sway bars anymore?

This is what the brochure says,

“Trailer Sway Control – works in conjunction with the AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) system to expand the vehicles dynamic stability control capabilities, adding an additional layer of confidence and control while towing a trailer”

I’m pulling a four thousand pound camper. Rockwood HW277
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An integrated sway system like you mention helps your truck control a swaying trailer. A sway bar reduces or stops your trailer from swaying in the first place.

Get the sway bar.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:22 AM   #3
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I reccomend using the sway bars with the hitch as well. I am not familiar with Fords anti-sway system for the F-150 but am guessing that it would be working overtime without the sway bars on the hitch.


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Old 08-25-2016, 10:56 AM   #4
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Sway bars are a must with any half ton pickup
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Old 08-25-2016, 11:08 AM   #5
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An anti-sway bar if faily cheap (not talking about the integrated Weight Distribution Hitch that also takes care of swaying), and they are easy to put on and take off. I would use it, just to keep the trailer from sawying much in the first place. When you get trucks flying by you, you will appreciate that anti-sway bar! You may even get off and tighten it some more!

Really, you will appreciate having it, where if you didn't you'd have white knuckles in no time.
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Sway bars are a must with any half ton pickup
Another urban myth rears it's head.
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Old 08-25-2016, 12:07 PM   #7
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Sway bars are a must with any half ton pickup


A need for a sway bar has more to do with trailer size/length and weight... in addition to TV size.

I have an F250, haul a 38' 11k lbs TT and have a WD system with integrated sway control. I also use a sway bar and consider it mandatory based on my experience with and without it.

Different trailers and WD system combinations may require one and may not require one.

The TV is just one factor.


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Another urban myth rears it's head.

Yep. Pulling the same trailer with my 150 as I did with my 350. Needed sway control then just as much as I need it now.
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Sway bars are a must with any half ton pickup
I didn't look close enough to the trailer the OP is pulling.

It isn't a full size trailer so Sway Bars may not be necessary with a tongue weight of only 400lbs. So yes it would depend on if the OP is getting any squat on his F150. If it were me I would still use a Weight Distributing Hitch with 600lbs "Sway Bars" because you can never be too safe.

So I respectfully change my statement to weight distributing hitch/sway bars are a must for any half ton with a full size trailer.
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I recommend a WDH with integral sway control. There are many that operate just fine without a separate sway bar. My BlueOx SwayPro has served me very well and is highly recommonded, IMHO.

Don't count on the truck's anti-sway system alone...stop sway before it begins...and distribute the tongue weight appropriately at the same time.
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