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Old 03-24-2018, 07:39 AM   #1
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Friction sway control bar on new truck

Hello all. I have a quick question I didn't see already answered. I just purchased a new f150. It has the built in sway control. Should I also use the friction sway bar from my WDH or is that not recommended?

Lastly my trucks towing rating is 11000. My camper is 4500. Do you think I still need the WDH or would it be overkill?

Thanks in advance for the help
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:15 AM   #3
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Get a WDH with built-in sway control, it will make your life much easier. Look into the Equal-I-Zer hitch.
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Old 03-24-2018, 08:30 AM   #4
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sway control on that new ford is for just before the wreck,. get a good distributing hitch with built in sway control. I have 2018 f 150 with 12200 towing and 2115 payload, pulling 33 foot salem, get a good hitch land have fun.
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Sway control

I have a 2011 F-150 which includes sway control. Although my trailer is heavier than yours, I do use a separate sway control and wouldn't pull a travel trailer withoutit, regardless of its weight.
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Old 03-24-2018, 12:28 PM   #6
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I知 towing 7k on Tundra with 10k tow rating using weight distribution with sway bar and sway control installed on truck. I知 doing 70 mpg with no problems....so if you have it, use it!
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:10 PM   #7
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If you enjoy white knuckled driving experiences and screaming in terror as you fishtail on windy days - by all means skip the anti sway hitch! I have towed with and without, plus experienced under capacity hitches, and adamantly would never tow without a properly sized quality set up! The difference in enjoying the RV experience is night and day - some of the best money you can spend!
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Old 03-24-2018, 03:53 PM   #8
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The Ford built in sway control is used as an emergency to keep from losing control. Not for to keep from white knuckle like a regular sway and weight control. I would never pull a trailer without one. I use an Equalizer weight/sway control and I am very happy with it. The only issue it is noisy when making sharp turns. The Blue Ox system has also gotten some good reviews. I pull a 6500 lb, 30 foot trailer with my F150.
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Old 03-24-2018, 04:14 PM   #9
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Blue ox and maybe other manufacturers recommend turning off the built in sway control when using their hitch. JS
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:37 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the info. I already have a wdh and a friction sway bar from my last truck. So I will have it re set up for the new one. I appreciate the input
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I have a 2011 F-150 which includes sway control. Although my trailer is heavier than yours, I do use a separate sway control and wouldn't pull a travel trailer withoutit, regardless of its weight.
Definitely X2. Have a F150 with sway control but definitely need the friction one as well.
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Old 03-24-2018, 09:28 PM   #12
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Hello all. I have a quick question I didn't see already answered. I just purchased a new f150. It has the built in sway control. Should I also use the friction sway bar from my WDH or is that not recommended?

Lastly my trucks towing rating is 11000. My camper is 4500. Do you think I still need the WDH or would it be overkill?

Thanks in advance for the help
Your F150 will require WDH over 500lb tongue weight which looks like you will hit assuming over 10% of your posted weight. You can check the sticker on the hitch to make sure. Not sure what year your truck is. I would use it even with 450lbs just to help maintain steering.

I have blueox. They suggest you disable the truck sway control though not in the documentation I recieved. I don't think you would disable the trucks sway with a traditional bar as it dampens the sway rather than pushing back like blueox does.

Best of luck and happy camping!
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:15 PM   #13
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I have towed two TT's about 100,000 miles over the past 14 years. Both about 7000# gross with half ton PU's. Using an Equalizer (1000/10000) hitch, I never experienced sway, no matter how strong the wind or how heavy the truck traffic on the Interstate. Other hitches and sway control products probably will give the same service, but I do not see any need to try them
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:57 PM   #14
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sway control

I tow a 34 foot flagstaff with a 2016 F 150. On my first trip home with the new unit a tractor trailer flying past created such a wind that the trailer started to severely sway. Being experienced with towing I did what you do to get control. Trouble was the trucks sway control system decided it was time for it to do the same. If you get into a situation like that, you will be glad for a real good hitch system. Come to find out mine was not properly adjusted by dealer when we hitched up. Also my truck had Goodyear tires on with were not LT rated and the side walls were to soft to support towing properly. Since I have the hitch set up correctly and added 10 ply tires to the rig, its a difference of night and day
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:34 AM   #15
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I知 towing 7k on Tundra with 10k tow rating using weight distribution with sway bar and sway control installed on truck. I知 doing 70 mpg with no problems....so if you have it, use it!
X2 I've been towing different sized trailers for 12 years now my current is almost 8K with an EazLift WDH with a friction sway control and never had any problems with sway...I ordered a Husky Center line TS hitch for $211.00 cheap enough to give it a try.

I figure if it doesn't perform I can unload it on CL and go back to my old setup.
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