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Old 09-29-2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Dual Friction sway

Hi All: I have a 2012 3001W Windjammer and tow with a Chevy 1500. I have a single friction sway on the unit at this time. I will be towing to Florida on 95 South and concerned about the Tractor trailers speeding past. I usually drive 55-60 while the trucks are always 70-75. I used single sway on my last 27 foot unit and had to watch the mirrors constantly for the trucks. Would adding another friction sway be overkill and would it be to restrictive or would it be a good addition?. Thanks in advance for the help; Frank
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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I have read that it is recommended on TT's over 25' have 2 friction sway controls. I have a 28' Rockwood TT and have installed 2 friction sway controls myself, and have had NO sway at all. I was concerned with high cross winds traveling through Kansas and Oklahoma(which we drove through) and had no problems. I drive at 55 to 60mph always and noticed other TT's along the way have the wiggle, while I did not. I visited many forums and read alot of towing information before I added mine. Good luck.
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Hi All: I have a 2012 3001W Windjammer and tow with a Chevy 1500. I have a single friction sway on the unit at this time. I will be towing to Florida on 95 South and concerned about the Tractor trailers speeding past. I usually drive 55-60 while the trucks are always 70-75. I used single sway on my last 27 foot unit and had to watch the mirrors constantly for the trucks. Would adding another friction sway be overkill and would it be to restrictive or would it be a good addition?. Thanks in advance for the help; Frank
I used dual friction sway controls on all 7 of our rv trailers and our racecar trailer since 1975. It makes a big difference. I always tightened them as tight as I could get them. They always made noise in turning. The last 31' trailer we had, I put Air Tabs on the back (up both sides and across the top) and it reduced the semi trailer effects at least 75% if not more. Highly recommend dual controls and the Air Tabs.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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Hi All: I have a 2012 3001W Windjammer and tow with a Chevy 1500. I have a single friction sway on the unit at this time. I will be towing to Florida on 95 South and concerned about the Tractor trailers speeding past. I usually drive 55-60 while the trucks are always 70-75. I used single sway on my last 27 foot unit and had to watch the mirrors constantly for the trucks. Would adding another friction sway be overkill and would it be to restrictive or would it be a good addition?. Thanks in advance for the help; Frank
Had a single friction bar on my previous 20' TT. I too had to always be checking my mirrors for big rigs, as they cause quite a bit of "suck and push" as they passed. Now I have a 24' TT... Switched to a 4-pt Equal-i-zer... Zero sway issues under any condition. And no turning restrictions either.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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Eaglelover,
I truly believe in the double sway. Like these other guys, it works great for a fraction of the cost of what a Helmsley hitch would cost with the same results, no sway.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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I had a 31' Holiday Rambler with a single sway bar for years and like you was always checking my mirrors for approaching trucks. I now have a 3008 Windjammer with a 4 point Equalizer hitch and my sway problems are a thing of the past. Some say it is the V front on the trailer but I think the difference is in the hitch.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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I use 2 friction sway bars on my 26tbss. I find my approach a bit more than opinion. The instructions on the sway bar gives a weight limit for the TT of 6,000 pounds your 27 footer is certainly to heavy for one sway bar.
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I have 2 friction sway controls on my 3001w. It made a great improvement. i have not noticed any sways since I installed the second. When we only had one friction sway bar it was always a white knuckle ride. I would highly recommend installing the second sway control. We have put more then 15,000 miles on the TT over the last 2 years.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #9
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Thanks to all for the responses. I will add the second control before the trip south. Sounds like everyone is in agreement.

Question for OldCoot. I saw those wings several years ago but have not heard about them again until your post. Where are they available?? Thanks; Frank
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:49 PM   #10
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Somebody post a pic of your hitch with the second friction sway bar setup. I use 1 on the curb side but probably need another on the street side. I'd like to see someone else's before I do mine.
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