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Old 03-05-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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Sway Control Question for a Newbie

Hello everyone,

I just bought a Forest Rive Cherokee M-26L. Up until this point I haven't towed anything as large. I had a small Jayco kiwi hybrid before that my Tundra towed no problem. My truck pulls the trailer with no problems however I am a little nervous about the sway I experienced. I have read that with a trailer 26' and over two sway control bars should be installed. Is this true? And if so, what does everyone recommend as a decent sway control device. I have already installed a ez-lift WDH.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:12 PM   #2
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There are many opinions on WDH out there. The 2 most popular, in my opinion, are the Reese Dual Cam and the Equal-i-zer 4pt. I have the reese and tow a 22 foot hybrid with a Jeep Liberty Diesel and it tows fairly well. I have never used a friction type sway control, and maybe someone could chime in on that.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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First off, welcome!

The sway control is worth it's weight in gold. I don't recall the brand I had but the link below is to one that's identical. I towed without it once just to see and the difference is impressive. You should only need one sway controller.

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Old 03-05-2014, 10:16 PM   #4
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since the ez-lift is a basic WDH, you're kinda stuck with just adding one or two basic friction anti-sway bars, like the Camco one above.
unless you want to move up to a better WDH that has built-in sway control.
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:05 PM   #5
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I use the friction type on my trailer works fine easy install and inexpensive. They sell at Harbor freight for 29$ on sale and if you go online they have 25 % off coupons all the while. The first trailer I had was told we wouldn't need them and our first trip was almost a disaster, any time the trailer got over 55 mph or a truck went by the trailer would shake the heck out of our truck. Had everything level and balanced out, got to the place we were going (wife white knuckled) parked the trailer and went and bought a set. Good thing I always have tools. It worked great from then on came home at 65 mph trucks didn't bother us and when you have to run the speed up to climb a big hill, hit 75 mph and no sway. My old trailer was 25 ft. and I was pulling it with a 57 GMC Sierra.
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What the heck is the towing cap on a 57 gmc!? Lol...

I only run one friction sway bar...crank it down tight. ...drives and tows great!....i have a second friction bar laying around. .but never felt like I needed it..

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Was supposed to be 5.7 L GMC not 57 sorry hand was smashed years ago and fingers don't always do what I tell them. I also have 2 friction sway bars and use both when its windy or on interstate.
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Welcome, this is a popular subject and an important one.
I have never used sway control but if I ever had an issue, I couldn’t resolve, I would. I don’t think you can go wrong with a good sway control system, its just one more thing to deal with. Sure, I can feel it when a big rig goes flying by but never does it feel dangerous.
I found that an important issue with sway is how your TT is loaded a light tongue and heavy backend will always have sway problems. Good tires, properly inflated can make a difference too.
I have miss loaded my TT before and found that if I start to get sway, I use the trailer’s brake controllers manual braking(no truck brakes) the trailer will straighten right out. I would never try to steer my way out of a sway problem, slow down.
I can let my truck and trailer run-out to 75mph at the end of a hill and don’t have any sway problems. As a standard I run at 59-61mph, in those other states that have a 75mph limit I do 65-69mph to not be a huge hazard.
Every TT and TV will ride differently when all is set up perfectly, do whatever is needed to be safe keeping everyone else on the road safe too.
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I would not pull any TT without a sway control bar or some kind of sway control very cheap insurance
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prob the best way imo but a little more money than the reese or equalizer sytems.

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