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Old 07-08-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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sway control for small trailer

Hello,
I am about to purchase a Clipper 17BH. The dealer tells me that they will not sell a unit off the lot without sway control for the hitch. It seems to me that such a small unit being pulled by my F250 should not need a $350 sway bar. I've rented a 24' unit in the past that did not have one and I had no issues. Now the 17BH is something like 21'.

Any thoughts on the issue? I tend to think the dealer is just trying to make some extra cash off of me.

If the sway control will truly help then I don't mind at all spending the money. We'll also pull this unit with a new ford explorer with a tow package.

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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camping world has this Pro Series Friction Sway Control for $40. Pro Series Friction Sway Control - Cequent 83660 - Sway Control - Camping World
Not sure why they want $350.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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He is blowing smoke, I'd tell him "OK, see ya' around" and leave.

The sway control might be ok on your other TV, but I sure as He-- wouldn't pay that price. Make the jerk throw it in the deal if he wants to sell the unit.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Breaking this into two questions:

Do I need sway control? Probably. It's at least recommended for most towing unless you're already experienced with recovering from sway just by the trailer brakes.

Do I need to pay the dealer's $350? Hell no! As stated above a sway bar can be had for $40. Even if he's tacking on installation that shouldn't equate to $350. He's ripping you off.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:37 PM   #5
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I don't need it for my TV & you have a little bit more truck than I do. I would do a test drive with out it 1st. Just be careful. I had an old farm truck (F150) & it needed sway control while my Tundra didn't. Maybe the Tundra was a bit heavier but it didn't make much sense to me. The F150 was a good truck. It was pretty good pulling wagons in the field for my dad too.

I do think that you will need it for the Explorer. I would test drive it as well but would be taking it at slower speeds (45 mph) before getting on an interstate & an18 wheeler blow by at 70 mph.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the responses. Some of the terminology is new to me. Here is a picture of what they want to sell me. They also want me to buy what I believe is called an easy lift. This is a light trailer and know I don't need that (if it's the powered lift I'm thinking of).




So it's a bit more than just the sway bar.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:55 PM   #7
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Your picture is a weight distributing hitch. It lifts some of the weight from the hitch & rear wheels shifting more to the front wheels so your TV is balanced.

There are others on this forum who can explain this better than I can. This is just a short answer.
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Ahh, well, that's different. That looks like a weight distributing hitch with built in sway control. It's primary purpose is to transfer some weight to the front of the vehicle, trying to keep it as level as it would be unloaded. It's secondary purpose is to help prevent sway.

The alternative is a separate WDH and Sway system. Kind of like this one:

Husky Round Bar Weight Distributing Hitch Package - Husky 30849 - Hitches & Hitch Bars - Camping World

Since you want to occasionally pull with an explorer, I recommend you get some kind of WDH. And since you'll be switching vehicles, you'll need to learn how to adjust the set up for both.
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Yes, a whole different ball game. I would try to get a little discount and use in on the Explorer and maybe even the truck. It will have to be adjusted differently for both vehicles though.
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Ah, ok. They explained it to me as sway control. Thanks for the info. I guess the more I know going into the deal the better off I'll be.

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