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Old 03-05-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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Trailer anti sway bars

We're thinking of buying a trailer. What kind of anti-sway bars are you using? Has anyone tried the Reese hitch? Just wondering, tnx, bill
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:44 AM   #2
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Just bought my first TT and have not even towed it yet. I bought the Equalizer 4 pt sway weight distribution hitch. Seems very easy to use and has the sway brake on both sides. I will get back to you on how it handles when I actually get a chance to use it!
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I use the Reese Straight line with dual cam. I love it. I pull over 33' weighing 8,000 lbs and I have never experienced sway using this. I have the 1,200 lb bars.

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Old 03-06-2014, 07:09 AM   #4
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I am using the Blue Ox sway pro. Easy to connect and disconnect. Pulling a TT with a total length of 34' and weighs in around 8k. I am using 1200# bars. Never a sway problem even when I pulled it for a short time with a Ram 1500. Nice clean setup. No greasy hands.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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I have a 2451 Minnie Winnebago TT 29ft, gvwr about 7500 lbs. Its basically a big square box no rounded corners or streamlining. Pulling with a Ford Expedition Limited (factory tow package) 5.4 V-8. I currently have what I think is the cheapest hitch an EZ Lift with 1000 lb bars and two friction sway bars. It's our first trailer and the dealer put this on. I still have a fair amount of sway sometimes, passing trucks definitely shove you around and those pads sound like something is gonna break when you make a tight turn. I'm thinking of upgrading to a Reese StraitLine.
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Bruce, I we'll remember the "chain" type bars. Do u have any trouble "lifting or moving" the bars on yours?
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Tuna,
Are you sure what you are hearing isn't just the trailer axles flexing in tight turns?

Also, have you guys greased your balls? I find keeping the ball liberally greased makes a noticable difference in smoothness.

I would be interested to know if any of you have ever towed with your sway gear off with everything else being the same. Did it really make a night/day difference?
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We used the Equalizer when we had a TT. Never any problems but when maneuvering, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park. Never worked out whether it was the bars moving on the A-frame brackets or at the hitch end.

We probably put over 10,000 miles on that rig. Never a problem.
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Tuna,
Are you sure what you are hearing isn't just the trailer axles flexing in tight turns?

Also, have you guys greased your balls? I find keeping the ball liberally greased makes a noticable difference in smoothness.

I would be interested to know if any of you have ever towed with your sway gear off with everything else being the same. Did it really make a night/day difference?
Hi Minnie,

The axles do make a big noise when backing up but its usually a grinding noise as the wheels turn sharply. We try to avoid that. We take the pressure off the sway bars before backing up into a site. The sway bars make more of a pop and crash like something just broke. I imagine the pads on the bar just let go all at once instead of smoothly.

Yes plenty of grease on the hitch ball. I have towed on the highway after forgetting to set the sway bars and it does wiggle around a bit. Not horrible but it does keep your hands tight on the wheel and it isn't pleasant. Pulled over, tightened the sway bars and just occasional sway from trucks, etc. after that. Tires are at the proper inflation 50 lbs. We tried different loading, weight to the front, weight to the back, putting the weight over the wheels seemed to have the best effect.

I've been thinking that I have 1000 lb bars, but the tongue weight is only about 650 (per the spec sheet, not measured) so maybe the bars are placing too much weight on the front tires. I trusted the dealer to set it up and that may have been a mistake. I'm going to measure the truck height front and back without the trailer and then hook it up and see where it is.

Thanks for your input,

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Happy with my Reese Dual Cam
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Another vote for the dual cam. Pulled a 24' enclosed car trailer ~ 8K pounds with a Dodge HD 2500 Megacab diesel and it was rock steady up to 80.
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Anti sway / friction bar does make a creeking noise and pops and bangs. I have a place across the street where I am fairly straight to tighten the bar down so I don't have to turn hard with it tight. I also loosen it when I get to the CG before backing. I disconnect the WDH bars if the CG is unlevel - I had the trunion head break once in a hard backing turn. Not cheap to replace.
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Bruce, I we'll remember the "chain" type bars. Do u have any trouble "lifting or moving" the bars on yours?
No trouble at all. I use my power jack to lift the rear of my truck and the trailer tongue, then I snap the chains up with my hands. I never have to use the cheater bar.

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No trouble at all. I use my power jack to lift the rear of my truck and the trailer tongue, then I snap the chains up with my hands. I never have to use the cheater bar.

Bruce
That's cheating, but once you have gotten the proper setup, that's the way to do it.

Also I made up 2 loops out of 12 gauge electrical wire to hold the cams up when disconnected.
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