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Old 09-19-2017, 05:33 PM   #1
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What is this ball for?

There is a ball on one arm of the A frame of the tongue. It looks like a mini hitch ball but it's mounted sideways. What is it for?

I (apparently) don't know how to post a pic.

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It is for sway control.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:36 PM   #3
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useless friction sway control bar.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:47 PM   #4
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Ditto !
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Have no idea why someone would call it useless. They must make these anti sway bars for a reason. I really appreciated mine.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:00 PM   #6
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useless friction sway control bar.
Useless? They're pretty simple piece of equipment to use. Sounds like you didn't know how to make work.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:03 PM   #7
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Worked well on our old trailer. I could see them not being very useful on a heavy trailer but on our sub 4k trailer it did help
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useless friction sway control bar.
Totally disagree...just have to know how to use it properly.

Most folks don't crank down on them near hard enough...they need to be pretty tight to work properly. Make sure you disconnect it before backing up...very important.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:38 PM   #9
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There is a ball on one arm of the A frame of the tongue. It looks like a mini hitch ball but it's mounted sideways. What is it for?

I (apparently) don't know how to post a pic.

Thank you,

Tom
Is this what you are referring too?
https://www.amazon.com/CURT-17201-Tr.../dp/B000HLU8IG
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:53 PM   #10
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"Useless" as in: compared to a good cam-lock system.
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Yes, that's it. I don't know how to use it, though. And what do I buy to go with it? And do I use it, plus the two hook-things on the trailer, or are these two systems separate--use one or the other (not both)?

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Totally disagree...just have to know how to use it properly.

Most folks don't crank down on them near hard enough...they need to be pretty tight to work properly. Make sure you disconnect it before backing up...very important.
Agree 100%. When used as intended with the right amount of torque, they can make a big difference along with balancing the loaded trailer correctly.
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Yes, that's it. I don't know how to use it, though. And what do I buy to go with it? And do I use it, plus the two hook-things on the trailer, or are these two systems separate--use one or the other (not both)?

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Separate. One is sway control the other is weight distribution. You really benefit from both systems especially when towing on the highway.

There is a friction sway bar that attaches to the ball on the tongue and a ball on the side of the hitch. YouTube should have some helpful videos for how they work.

Weight distribution bars allow you to shift weight evenly across your rig so that you sit level. Again I would search YouTube for some good videos to start with.
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Definitely YouTube it. All your questions will be answered. I had that setup on my last trailer and it worked well. But I must say the crossline ts setup on my new trailer is much simpler to use and a little better in my opinion. Depends on what your budget is I guess.

I assume you bought a trailer second hand? It didnít come with all the hitch setup?
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