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Old 08-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Friction sway control????

So here is my question.

My set up so far,I have a curt round bar WDH.

Now I have had the truck and tralier out a lot. But we are now doing our first big big trip with it. Lots of hwy driving.

Now so far driving down the hwy I have not had or noticed any sway issue. So what I am wondering is it worth it to install a friction sway control or just go as I am.

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So here is my question.

My set up so far,I have a curt round bar WDH.

Now I have had the truck and tralier out a lot. But we are now doing our first big big trip with it. Lots of hwy driving.

Now so far driving down the hwy I have not had or noticed any sway issue. So what I am wondering is it worth it to install a friction sway control or just go as I am.

Thanks.
Big trip + possible side winds = sway control.

Your Curt hitch has adapters to attach sway control, and it's fairly inexpensive, less than $80. How much is peace of mind worth to you?
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Ok thanks.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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I pulled my 32' TT all over the place and thought I had no sway issues. My father was so insistent that I put one on (actually two one per side) before I headed to OK from CA he bought one and put it on while the trailer was stored at his house. When I drove out here, trucks would pass me and I realized just how much sway there was before. Driving through the winds I would see other trailers weaving back and forth while I drove straight down the road.

I don't think I'll ever tow without one again.
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All it takes is that one wrong crosswind and then it will be too late to wish you had a sway control.

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Ok thxs. I am ordering one today.

I forgot to mention that it was a 20ft TT.

But for the cheap price and added security why not.
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I've pulled both with and without a sway bar.

Glad to see you ordered one because I would always have one after seeing the difference.
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All it takes is that one wrong crosswind and then it will be too late to wish you had a sway control.

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Old 08-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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Agreed. For 50 bucks how does one go wrong.

Thanks again.
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Our old TT was a 20 footer and was towed with a 1/2 ton. We had no sway control and it was a real handful without it despite being a smallish trailer. Not just when trucks were passing or the occasional gust of wind. We drove the Oregon Coast last year with it and we had nonstop gusty headwinds for most of the way. We had constant surging and swaying and it was not fun. By the end of the day I was totally exhausted from keeping the thing in a straight line plus the stress of it.

You mentioned highway. If that means you haven't been on an interstate much with the trailer yet, that's all the more reason to get sway control due to the higher speeds and the many passing big semis. Without sway control, sometimes all it takes is a momentary glance to look at something in your mirror or at the scenery and it can become a handful to get it calmed down again. Any basic and inexpensive add-on friction bars will go a long way. We now have a Reese dual cam setup which I really like and it has a self-centering action. Checking for correct tire pressure and adjusting the WDH properly will also help.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reply.

I have been out on the number one hwy lots so far with it. And all has been great so far. I get the feel of a semi truck but it has always stayed very nice and straight never any white knuckled driving.

But now we are heading to kitimat bc. So lots of driving in a few days and going through the mountains.

So I thought why not make things that much better. For a cheap price.

And I just picked up some cipa mirrior extensions,and changed out the curt brake controller for a tekonsha p3 brake controller.

So my chevy colorado is now good to go.

We leave this coming Sunday.

Thanks everyone.
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Got my friction sway control installed today.

And took it for a hwy drive. What a differance. I should have done this off the bat. Feels more solid going down the road.

Thanks all for the help.

Leave Sunday.
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