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Old 04-14-2013, 07:08 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by chawkins99 View Post
BTW: If interested, we still have the Equalizer and live 10 miles from Montevallo.
I'm so lost, what's an equalizer? [moderator edit]

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Old 04-14-2013, 09:41 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by 2cutekids View Post
What type of sway is best for our traveling? We usually only take it about 10 miles from the house so we've never experienced this! I've read we need one and I've read we need two!
"Best" would be a ProPride or Hensley Arrow hitch. No Sway. But one of those cost over $2000.

Next best would be a Reese Straight-Line weight distributing hitch with dual cam sway controls, with the spring bars sized to be a little more than your tongue weight. Here's mine with spring bars for up to 800-pounds tongue weight:
Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution with Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - 800 lbs TW - RP66073

But I suspect you don't want to pay for the best. From your words, it sounds like someone has recommended to add one or two friction sway bars to your current weight-distributing hitch. That should cost only $100 or so for each friction control you add. Here's what I'm talking about:
Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy

That's not all you need to install that sway bar. You also need a ball mount that includes one of those itty bitty balls, in addition to the small ball that comes with the sway bar. So you'll have two of those small balls - one on the ball mount of your hitch, and the other on that plate that is bolted to the side of the trailer tongue. I.e., one on each end of he sway bar. So that why it will cost you more than just the price of that sway bar to get it installed and working on your rig.

One or two? I use one on a utility trailer that never grosses more than about 3,000 pounds. For a heavier trailer, I'd use my Straight-Line dual cam hitch which has a much more effective sway control than the cheap friction sway bars..

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:47 AM   #17
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No on the Explorer - that V6 and the SUV box pulling another box down the highway would be much worse than what you have now. The V6 in the Explorer has just enough power to move the Explorer and not enough to tow a trailer.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:53 PM   #18
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We use the equalizer and no problems. Has sway control and weight dist. but costs about 600.00. Some say touchy to dial in but is does work great. Go to site.
Equalizer Hitch and watch the videos on install and how it works. It has been around for years and yes it does require some regular maint. but we all do.
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Yes you need a sway bar. You also need to get a 3/4 ton truck that has a stiffer suspension that will allow the truck to control the trailer. 1/2 ton trucks have soft mushy suspensions to give you a soft ride like you would have with a car.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:14 PM   #20
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Yes you need a sway bar. You also need to get a 3/4 ton truck that has a stiffer suspension that will allow the truck to control the trailer. 1/2 ton trucks have soft mushy suspensions to give you a soft ride like you would have with a car.
I just wish my 1/2 ton rode as well as my car.

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