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Old 03-11-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Do I need Dual sway control bars??

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi. Also have a 2012 Coachmen Catalina Santara 271 BH. Its 29'3". Dry weight 4567lbs. Probably 5500-5700lbs with gear. My question is do I need 2 sway control bars? I already have the Husky WDH and 1 Husky Sway control bar. I towed it home (<20miles) with no problems. But I did not drive on the highway yet. So I really didnt get a feel of any sway.
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Get the Reese Dual Cam conversion for your hitch.
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Get the Reese Dual Cam conversion for your hitch.
Were picking up a new tt in about 2-3 weeks. I'm just about to order a Reese / Draw-tite 800# with the sq. trunnion bars. I'm I correct that if I need to add a sway control I can get the Reese Dual Cam system

My old tt (24' hybrid) was fairly light in the tongue, where I only used a friction sway bar. The new tt (25" hybrid) is about 200 lbs heavier in the tongue. So I know I will need a WDH....I took all the parts for the old sway control off the old tt before I sold it. Is the friction sway control OK to use with the new WDH I install, or is the Reese Dual-Cam Sway Control that much better. The old SC is paid for. The Reese Dual-Cam will cost $193 delivered..
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I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi. Also have a 2012 Coachmen Catalina Santara 271 BH. Its 29'3". Dry weight 4567lbs. Probably 5500-5700lbs with gear. My question is do I need 2 sway control bars? I already have the Husky WDH and 1 Husky Sway control bar. I towed it home (<20miles) with no problems. But I did not drive on the highway yet. So I really didnt get a feel of any sway.
With that size of trailer, I would get a second one. It will help especially on the windy days.
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When I had a 1500 puling a 30 TT that was about 5000 lbs I had to put load range E tires on the truck and use the Reece dual cam hitch to stop the sway.
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Were picking up a new tt in about 2-3 weeks. I'm just about to order a Reese / Draw-tite 800# with the sq. trunnion bars. I'm I correct that if I need to add a sway control I can get the Reese Dual Cam system
Yes. I did something very similar where I had the Draw-Tite round bar Weight Dist set-up with a friction bar. I removed all of the friction bar brackets and added the Reese Dual Cam system and it works very well IMO. I like it a lot better than the friction bar. One caveat is your spring bars are required to have the cam bend in them just like shown in the link you provided for the trunnion set-up . The spring bars cannot be straight at the ends where the chains would normally attach without the dual cam.


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My old tt (24' hybrid) was fairly light in the tongue, where I only used a friction sway bar. The new tt (25" hybrid) is about 200 lbs heavier in the tongue. So I know I will need a WDH....I took all the parts for the old sway control off the old tt before I sold it. Is the friction sway control OK to use with the new WDH I install, or is the Reese Dual-Cam Sway Control that much better. The old SC is paid for. The Reese Dual-Cam will cost $193 delivered..
My personal opinion is that the Reese Dual Cam is much better than the friction bar. You also do not remove anything on the Reese Dual Cam when backing your TT vs. it is recommended to remove friction bars when backing your TT.
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"...it is recommended to remove friction bars when backing your TT."
They do not need to be removed, simply loosened.
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[QUOTE=jj141979;1111119]I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi. Also have a 2012 Coachmen Catalina Santara 271 BH. Its 29'3". Dry weight 4567lbs. Probably 5500-5700lbs with gear. My question is do I need 2 sway control bars? I already have the Husky WDH and 1 Husky Sway control bar. I towed it home (<20miles) with no problems. But I did not drive on the highway yet. So I really didnt get a feel of any sway.

Talked to guys down at the RV place after buying my TT. My truck is a short box and they said that I did not need to use a sway bar. I am still using the 1 sway bar just to be safe. So if you have a short box sounds like one is extra safe. If you have the long bed, sounds like 2 would be better. Wind is your primary problem with the long trailers. Also make sure you have the proper tire pressure, which according to American Tire and Les Swabb is to keep them full.
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"...it is recommended to remove friction bars when backing your TT."
They do not need to be removed, simply loosened.
Ah yes, good catch. Loosen or remove for TT backing.
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Talked to guys down at the RV place after buying my TT. My truck is a short box and they said that I did not need to use a sway bar.

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What a bunch of idiots at your service center. Obviously they have never towed a trailer.

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I agree with TXiceman! It would be exactly opposite of what your service center said. A long box truck has a longer wheel base which makes it more stable and less sway. A short box truck has shorter wheel base and is less stable..
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I think for what it cost I will buy another Husky Sway bar. Only this one will be a left handed model. I already got the right handed one. Thanks for the info!!
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Trailer control is easier with a short distance between the hitch ball and the rear axle as in a short box or a standard van. A long wheel base will give an over all better ride, but will suffer a bit due to the long distance between the rear axle and the hitch ball.

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I towed the same 25' toyhauler with two different trucks - first, a 1989 Chevy K2500 extended cab short box, and then a 2001 K2500HD crew cab short box. The 89 required two load bars and I used the Reese dual-cam anti-sway system.

With the 01, I really didn't need the load bars or anti-sway, as the truck had plenty of capacity and didn't squat much even with the 1200Lb tongue weight. So by my experience, the advice Dasu450 got (essentially the same truck) was not out of line at all. For the most part I still used 'em, but they were barely tightened up, and under certain load conditions I only used one, pulling it up tighter.
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