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Old 08-19-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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1st time hauling in gusty wind! Question.

Getting braver! We had a weekend trip scheduled and a cold front was blowing through, so very gusty winds, trees leaning over pretty far. Put my "big girl" panties on and decided to give it a shot. The road was Hwy 17 out of North Bay Ontario, 2 lane, very winding and hilly, no straight stretches. I was pleasantly surprised! Did feel the wind buffeting the truck and trailer, but they seemed to move as a unit, rather than separately. Seemed to work best if I looked far ahead and didn't over react to every little shift. The truck and trailer seem to re-center themselves ok. Absolutely no movement with big semis in the oncoming lane. So, qestion - I have the Reese Pro weight distribution hitch with a single friction sway bar which the dealer included in our trailer purchase. Would moving up to the Reese cam system completely eliminate the small bit of sway? I have read that the friction system kicks in after the sway starts, and the cam system heads it off. Thing is, I have so little experience that I have no clue what is "normal". I could also add a 2nd friction bar.

Truck rated to tow 7800. Trailer dry weight 4688, GVWR 6594, but we have not loaded heavily, so not anywhere near max.

Towing in tow/haul mode. I must say I love the engine braking in tow/haul. Very reassuring going down a steep hill and having the engine actually slow the truck/trailer down so that I barely need to brake! However, the downhills are where I do feel the sway a bit more. Is this normal? Its not white knuckle, but disconcerting. Max speed was 80-90 km/hr (50-55).
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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... I have read that the friction system kicks in after the sway starts, and the cam system heads it off. Thing is, I have so little experience that I have no clue what is "normal". I could also add a 2nd friction bar...
Contrary to popular belief, the friction sway controls do contribute to the stability BEFORE the sway starts by the mear fact that sway has to overcome the added friction of the brake pads on both sides of the bar. Adding the second one will greatly improve stability also. When I had the tt, I always had 2 friction sway controls and tighten them both tight enough that they really made noise when turning. If they are not tight, they are not controlling any sway are are basically useless.
Also, once a year, I would remove the bars and air sand the glaze off the bars to increase the friction.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for that info! I am going to hit the 4 lane hwy soon to see how that feels, and might spring for the second friction bar. They are not too pricey and no problem to set up.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #4
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Even though I am a believer in the Reese Straight Line Dual Cam system, if you are not being thrown around with the wind with your current system, then I don't think you would see much or any improvement with the upgrade. If you had a 30 foot trailer instead of a 24 footer, or had a smaller tow vehicle, then maybe.
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Good to know! If things get too hairy on the 4 lane, I will get the 2nd friction bar and not worry about the cams.
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Thanks for that info! I am going to hit the 4 lane hwy soon to see how that feels, and might spring for the second friction bar. They are not too pricey and no problem to set up.
Just make sure you have a reputable welding shop install the second ball on the hitch head. I think you will like the 2nd friction bar also.
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Why would you need a welding shop to install the ball? (I haven't had coffee yet)
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Big fan of 2 friction bars
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