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Old 04-15-2016, 09:34 AM   #11
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You shouldn't need sway control on a properly designed and loaded trailer. From my observations too many TT's are being built with the axles too far forward. Look for TTs with the axles as far rearward as possible. MFGs are trying to get into the 1/2 ton towable craze and that means low tongue weights. The easiest way to do that is to move the balance point forward. That just makes the TT less stable.
Keep the TT tires aired to the max PSI and load it so you have a 12-15% tongue weight and you shouldn't need sway control.
I wonder how many TT owners have ever towed their TTs without sway control. My guess is hardly any. So when they say I don't have any sway because I'm using brand X sway control, they really don't know if they don't have sway control because of the hitch or because the TT is loaded and designed properly.
This will be controversial but, IMO if you need sway control, you probably don't have enough truck.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:54 AM   #12
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I have used brakes to stop sway but mashing the accelerator if able (no one in front or a curves etc.) will straighten you out as well.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:57 AM   #13
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This will be controversial but, IMO if you need sway control, you probably don't have enough truck.
That's sorta true. But the trailer can still sway with a bigger truck. It just won't affect the truck as much. If the sway becomes out of control then the truck size won't matter.

I towed the same TT (31', 7300lbs) with a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton. With the 1/2 ton I needed every trick to have a stable tow. With the 3/4 ton all I used was a standard EAZ-Lift WD. No sway control added. Trailer still had the push pull in winds or when passing semis side by side. But the truck was rock solid.
Side winds would move the 1/2 truck and TT around some, not so with the 3/4 ton.

Makes me wonder how the new lighter aluminum bodied F150s will do when hitched up to a 7000lb 30'+ TT. Everyone knows that the heavier the tow vehicle the more stable the tow.
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That's sorta true. But the trailer can still sway with a bigger truck. It just won't affect the truck as much. If the sway becomes out of control then the truck size won't matter.

I towed the same TT (31', 7300lbs) with a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton. With the 1/2 ton I needed every trick to have a stable tow. With the 3/4 ton all I used was a standard EAZ-Lift WD. No sway control added. Trailer still had the push pull in winds or when passing semis side by side. But the truck was rock solid.
Side winds would move the 1/2 truck and TT around some, not so with the 3/4 ton.

Makes me wonder how the new lighter aluminum bodied F150s will do when hitched up to a 7000lb 30'+ TT. Everyone knows that the heavier the tow vehicle the more stable the tow.

Yea, agree. Weight is our friend.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:10 PM   #15
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Makes me wonder how the new lighter aluminum bodied F150s will do when hitched up to a 7000lb 30'+ TT. Everyone knows that the heavier the tow vehicle the more stable the tow.
They solved that issue by adding the 700 lbs or so they saved right into the tow rating.
So lighter truck= more tow now for Ford.
Life is good.
Now we will see 32ft trailers being towed by 1/2 tons.
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They solved that issue by adding the 700 lbs or so they saved right into the tow rating.
So lighter truck= more tow now for Ford.
Life is good.
Now we will see 32ft trailers being towed by 1/2 tons.
Not taking anything away from the all aluminum body, but that's not solving the problem, it's making it worse.
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I have used brakes to stop sway but mashing the accelerator if able (no one in front or a curves etc.) will straighten you out as well.
Yeah if you're driving a Ford, but what about the GM people?
The manual slide on the brake controller helps. Truck tractors have a lever off the right of the steering column that does the same thing.
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