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Old 01-07-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Swaying in high wind

I just got back from Destin Fl . 800 miles one way from Tulsa ok. It pulled real well but in high wind over 20 side wind. I would have to slow down to 55 to feel in control of the trailer. Have a sway and weight hitch. Will a Hensley Cub Anti-Sway Trailer Hitch help that. They price to me today for 1395.00 for the hole set up. Any thought would help thanks.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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You'll need to provide a little more info about your camper, tow vehicle and your hitch. How do you know that the hitch is properly optimized now?

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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well I've worked with hitch a lot to get it to drive good. the trailer is a 2013 Salem 20 foot weighs 3000 dry weight. The Jeep is a 2006 Liberty Diesel. When I picked the trailer up in oct the height of the hitch was off. They didn't have the sway set at all. The bars was set in the wrong loop on the chain. I think the just though it together. So I learned a little here and there about the trailer hitch. It pulls real good 65-75 miles per hour up hill down hill. But when the wind in blowing hard just have to slow down. It worse when big truck pass in high winds.
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What hitch is it? Does it have integrated sway control or separate anti-sway bars?

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Standard Friction Sway Control has the thing on the side with a break pad. I've Thought about adding another one on the other side.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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That would be a cheap and easy trial to see if that improves the sway control enough for you.

Perhaps some other member who has towed with both the integrated sway control verses separate sway bars could comment on the comparison of both set ups. It would be interesting to know in intregrated sway control is more or less effective.

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well I've worked with hitch a lot to get it to drive good. the trailer is a 2013 Salem 20 foot weighs 3000 dry weight. The Jeep is a 2006 Liberty Diesel. When I picked the trailer up in oct the height of the hitch was off. They didn't have the sway set at all. The bars was set in the wrong loop on the chain. I think the just though it together. So I learned a little here and there about the trailer hitch. It pulls real good 65-75 miles per hour up hill down hill. But when the wind in blowing hard just have to slow down. It worse when big truck pass in high winds.

Here in California we are limited to 55 mph when towing so your 75 mph is much faster than I used to. I have a 20' Salem TT (3200 dry wt) and have only tow it with a Yukon or my Tundra but have yet to experience any effects from big trucks....maybe its our slower speed. Hopefully others will be able to provide the feedback you need.
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If it was that windy, then you need to slow down anyway......


Wind at high speeds hitting a "rolling billboard" will move any set up.
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well I've worked with hitch a lot to get it to drive good. the trailer is a 2013 Salem 20 foot weighs 3000 dry weight. The Jeep is a 2006 Liberty Diesel. When I picked the trailer up in oct the height of the hitch was off. They didn't have the sway set at all. The bars was set in the wrong loop on the chain. I think the just though it together. So I learned a little here and there about the trailer hitch. It pulls real good 65-75 miles per hour up hill down hill. But when the wind in blowing hard just have to slow down. It worse when big truck pass in high winds.
I want to hear more about the grade of the Hill that you were able to go up at 75 MPH with a Little Jeep Diesel! Youroo!!
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I would be somewhat concerned about the tires at 75mph
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