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Old 03-17-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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Sway Control

I am picking up a 2015 A122SXR on Friday! My tow vehicle is a 2006 Tundra DC 4x4. I pulled my old 2007 Starcraft 1701 (8 foot box and lifted w/13 inch tires) without any sway issues. Wondering what people are doing (if anything) for sway control.

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Old 03-18-2015, 09:53 AM   #2
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As a general rule I Don't believe pop ups sway, at least I have not had any problems. It is because of their low center of gravity.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:07 AM   #3
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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I would recommend a friction sway device like the one Mark provided a link for. Even if your trailer doen`t sway, its good insurance if you need to make an emergency maneuver.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:55 PM   #5
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My 2000 Coleman Westlake PUP (12ft box) - towed by 1992 Ford Explorer - had a pretty bad case of sway at anything above 62MPH. Dealer warned me in advance not to go over 55 with it.

When we picked up our 2014 A122 last year, I took it for a test spin around the dealer's lot. I was not happy with the ride behind our 2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan). There was porpoising of both vehicles. I had the dealer install an Equal-i-zer 600/6000 weight distributing hitch with 4 point anti-sway built-in (cost $340, of which $240 came from deleting install of an unneeded xmsn cooler into the Entourage).

I am totally sold on WDH/anti-sway. With the WDH/anti-sway, the minivan rides like the excellent highway cruiser it is. Tows real nice through the Rockies. There are no white knuckle moments even going 75MPH with Colorado crosswinds, or on a mountain downgrade. More importantly, the wife doesn't get scared towing because there is no sway wagging the van. Connecting/disconnecting the Equal-i-zer adds less than 5 minutes at each end, with the hardest work being cranking the tongue jack up and down for each connect/disconnect.

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Old 03-18-2015, 01:23 PM   #6
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Fred, I would say that you are lucky to be alive! 75 mph ?? NO trailer tire that I am aware of is rated for speed above 65 mph. Read your tire sidewall! Just sayin......
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Old 03-18-2015, 05:59 PM   #7
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I've towed our T21 with and without mechanical sway control and didn't notice any difference. However, Ford now offers built in electronic sway control in their trucks and SUV's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems when equipped with the factory tow package. So far I haven't had it engage.

For longer trips, especially crossing the windy Midwest, I carry a friction sway system, like the one Mark linked, to use as a supplement to the ESC.
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If it is anything like my A122s, you will never notice it is behind your Tundra. With the heavy tongue weight and long distance from the hitch ball to the axle, the camper will stay right where it is supposed to be. FR Aframes are not like those old tongue light Fleetwood campers that would buck and jump behind you. While passing an 18 wheeler will put some side pressures on your rig, it will not push or draw the camper away from tracking the TV. Even, I am sure, with your high wall.

So while I'd never say never, pick it up and drive down some lightly traveled road and give the steering wheel a good shake, slowly at first, of course. My bet is the your camper will stay right where is is supposed to be with no drama at all. If you feel the need for more control then a friction bar is easy enough to put on at any time.
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My 2000 Coleman Westlake PUP (12ft box) - towed by 1992 Ford Explorer - had a pretty bad case of sway at anything above 62MPH. Dealer warned me in advance not to go over 55 with it.

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Those old Coleman's towed like a pig. The first trip with my Niagara, we had four bikes on the roof and wet roads. Anything over 55 was a quest for trouble. A fraction bar and more weight in the front trunk "solved" the problem for me. I never towed without the bar again.
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As a general rule I Don't believe pop ups sway, at least I have not had any problems. It is because of their low center of gravity.
I can personally refute that. When I owned it I had a scare towing my Coleman Mesa. It started the classic pendulum movement despite a Reese Mini-350 hitch. I stopped safely and redistributed the load. That stopped the problem but I have absolutely no doubt that it swayed.
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