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Old 07-22-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Sway bar for toad?

Has anyone installed a sway bar on their toad hitch? With heavy winds or trucks passing it might tighten things up a bit. I do not have a serious problem but remember how much better it was towing a trailer with one. Of course I realize the tires on a trailer are much further behind. Just looking for some input.
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I have never seen a sway bar on a toad, not sure if they even make one. From your signature, it appears that you have a 40' diesel. There would be no need for a sway bar on a toad. If you were pulling a trailer behind it, then it would be a possibility.
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Welcome to the best RV forum around. I appreciate your input. I could easily adapt a trailer sway bar to my tow bar. I am curious if anyone has done it though.

One of the issues is when running rutted roads. The toad is narrower and can kind of want to walk up and down. Or, any tendency for the long tail of an RV to be wagged like a dog. This is not a serious problem. I have towed vehicles for 40 years.
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I have never seen the need Myron but I have only used Roadmaster and at present using Blue Ox Aventa LX 10,000. I have always used Roadmaster brackets for over 20 yrs. Years ago I used one when we pulled a bumper pull camper. If you have slack and it giving you side to side movement I would check out the brackets and the tow bar for slack, it's not your toad as I have towed a Edge before and it was of the best toads we have ever had for comfort, quietness of ride and power jmo.
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Thanks Walt. I have towed many vehicles over the years and have always noticed little things like this. OCD I guess. But come to think of it there is a tiny bit of slop in the 2 inch receiver. Just a tiny bit could cause a bit of movement a few feet away I suppose.
I will pull it out and run come tiny welds to tighten things up. We are heading out on a 6K mile trip so any tiny improvement would be nice.
It is not a problem, just a tiny niggling things. I have spent a ton on making this thing drive like a dream. If it gets any better I will install an autopilot. I really would like to add adaptive cruise like the Edge has. That is so nice in traffic.
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Marion I forgot who but someone makes a clamp that clamps around the reciever that takes out the slack and I know you could make one if you could see it, sorry I can't rember who made it.
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Thanks Walt, I have no problem tightening up the receiver. Actually, I will add a couple of beads to the tow bar. I have done this in the past because I don't like rattles. It takes very little to tighten that up.
Think about the wind load of a large sided RV versus a low profile toad. One will try to move more than the other in a large wind. IF the two are tightly connected they will tend to move together versus separately.
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