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Old 05-02-2015, 09:48 AM   #11
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I guess I would want to know what the TV is? (Might want to add TV and other pertinent information into your signature.)

I personally have never felt the need for a WDH or any sway control device, and that is with a trailer with a high tongue weight of approx. 520 lbs. But I'm towing with a 1/2 ton. And I have towed in some extremely serious cross-winds in UT, ID and WY.

Trailer: Lifted 228BH, heavy duty springs and Yokohama tires
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:53 AM   #12
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I'm looking into getting a sway control device after I got cut off by a semi on the highway and my 296 started going wild. Thank god for the cars trailer stability control system.

TV is a 2012 Acura MDX Advanced/Entertainment with SH-AWD.

Other than that I have never had much issues with it swaying. Note sure if it's applicable on your vehicle but the MDX Advanced has an adaptive suspension with a Sport/Comfort mode that changes the magnetorehological shocks from super firm to super loose. I have noticed that in comfort mode (loose setup) the trailer will sway a little more so I tend to keep it in "Sport".

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Old 05-07-2015, 11:34 AM   #13
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old setup 2005 Fd Explorer towing '03 Coleman Utah. Reese single bar light duty WDH with Reese sway control bar (one side only). GREAT Setup. Many miles (40000+). no problems except the one time I forgot to tighten sway bar and had avoidance incident that nearly cause me to lose it all.

new setup 2015 Fd Explorer towing '14 FR 2514G. Reese SC (includes sway control) dual bar WDH. Required cutting 2 small notches in the plate covering the hitch triangle, to mount bar ends. FR trailer setup does not allow easy mod for single bar. Few miles behind old TV. Very smooth.

The WDH may not be required, but definitely brings the Explorer back to nice level. The sway control may not be required, but puts the setup into a 'hardly know it is there' mode.

Prior to the above mentioned incident the sway control was a 'nice to have' for me. It made me a believer in the 'Required to have'. The dealer tried to talk me out of it for the new trailer with no chance of success.

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Old 05-07-2015, 04:21 PM   #14
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I have a 2015 FWD Explorer Limited with the OEM Tow Package and have been debating a WDH. My latest measurements appear to say say I don't need one.

When I measure at the center of the rear wheel well I have 1.5 inches of compression with the trailer connected. (33.25" unloaded / 31.75" loaded) Measuring at the front wheel well I only have .5 inches of rise with the trailer connected. (32" unloaded / 32.5" loaded) If I use Ford's guidelines for adjusting a WDH I'd only be adjusting for .25 inches! That could be darn hard to achieve with link style WDHs!

What do your measurements look like?
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:54 PM   #15
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I have a 2014 explorer awd and tow q hw276. Ford guideline says anything over 3500# you need one but if I load the pup fully it max at 3800# so I don't use one bur we notice some sway at 70mph so it's add a sway that we can't back up if connected or get a wdh that has sway built in. We are thinking just deal with the sway cause the TV is a lease and only have 1 more yr the getting a full size truck.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:27 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by kinma13 View Post
we notice some sway at 70mph so it's add a sway that we can't back up if connected or get a wdh that has sway built in.
You do know that the tires are only rated to 65mph?
Strongly suggest you slow down. I've experienced a blowout with my popup and it's not fun with a single axle trailer.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:14 AM   #17
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Hah! That's the car we just got. not enough miles to tow yet. Inaugural trip was with 05 explorer. Did not bother to measure that one. Still used the wdh though and it makes obvious difference.
Will probably hook up this weekend and will try to remember to get measurements.

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