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Old 12-31-2016, 04:39 PM   #1
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Wondering about anti-sway for a Caravel

Was reading posts about anti sway bars and wondered if other Caravel owners use them even though our trailers are so short and light. I have a 2015 Toyota 4Runner and can tow 4800 lbs and the Caravel is just 2450 lbs and we travel very light for our weekend trips. Plus, I never go over 55-60 miles per hour either....Anyone care to give an opinion on this?
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Old 12-31-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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Was reading posts about anti sway bars and wondered if other Caravel owners use them even though our trailers are so short and light. I have a 2015 Toyota 4Runner and can tow 4800 lbs and the Caravel is just 2450 lbs and we travel very light for our weekend trips. Plus, I never go over 55-60 miles per hour either....Anyone care to give an opinion on this?
It's pretty easy to use a sway device. Might prevent a sway in an emergency.

My truck is pretty big for my trailer, but I still use the friction sway device. It takes 2 minutes to put it on.
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:17 PM   #3
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We have a 2014 Toyota 4Runner we pull the 66 with. It is longer and weighs around 3600 lbs. We originally towed without sway bars. When we finally installed sway bars, there was a big difference. The 66 trailers great with bars, primarily when semi trucks and cross winds are concerned.
I don't have any experience with shorter and lighter airstreams, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to add a bit more control.
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:04 PM   #4
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Anti Sway

Well, better to be over cautious I think. I will go in and ask about "anti friction sway devices" . Thanks you guys!
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:09 PM   #5
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Anti Sway

I have a 1953, 17' Clipper with a Jeep 4-door Wrangler Sport TV. The AS is only 1,900#. I tried to have anti sway bars installed but they wouldn't fit. Too big.
I towed it from Cleveland to New Orleans and back last Summer and had absolutely no problem. Left in high winds with no problem. Semi's only sucked me back a bit when passing. The hardest part was remembering I was towing it. I have asked many trailer shops their opinion and all say not needed on size trailer I have. Would like other opinions. Always stay under 65 and properly load trailer and TV. Smaller sway bars available?
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:50 PM   #6
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CanAm Andy likes the Husky anti-sway bars, because they're both effective and less noisy than other choices.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:57 PM   #7
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We have a 2014 Toyota 4Runner we pull the 66 with. It is longer and weighs around 3600 lbs. We originally towed without sway bars. When we finally installed sway bars, there was a big difference. The 66 trailers great with bars, primarily when semi trucks and cross winds are concerned.
I don't have any experience with shorter and lighter airstreams, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to add a bit more control.
I am puzzled by the use of the plural in discussions about anti sway bars. My '67 came with a single friction type anti sway bar and two weight transfer bars on a Reese WD hitch. Now I know trailer sway is reduced by the use of WD bars simply because the weight transferred to the front axle of the TV gives it more steering control and less "wiggle" on the rear but the greatest anti sway effect I get is with the single friction bar. I have never seen a rig with two friction sway bars, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:35 PM   #8
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I know I am late to this thread, but I have recently had some more experience pulling my '67 Caravel. I tow without the friction and sway bar setup that must weight 100 lbs or more. Rock solid and no issues even in a strong cross wind. Maybe a wiggle or two once, but I attribute that to low tongue weight as I had the water tank empty as well as the fridge and a few other minor items not installed that are normally mounted forward of the axle. I tow with a 2008 BMW X5 4.8i (self leveling rear suspension due to third row seating)
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:37 PM   #9
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good info David - I have a similar set up = 66 Caravel + Audi Q7 4.2 engine
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The general logic is bigger trailers need more sway control, so yes folks do install dual disk brake pad sway control struts. If one strut works for your rig, that's great. Pat
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:13 PM   #11
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I had a Huskey right-hand anti-sway bar coupled with a Reese ball mount adapter installed on my 68 Caravel yesterday. Just completed a 200 mile leg through the Southwest today. Everything went well. I'm accustomed to towing a 25 FB with an Equalizer hitch (with built-in anti-sway) on my RAM 2500. I saw little difference between the two systems.
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Was reading posts about anti sway bars and wondered if other Caravel owners use them even though our trailers are so short and light. I have a 2015 Toyota 4Runner and can tow 4800 lbs and the Caravel is just 2450 lbs and we travel very light for our weekend trips. Plus, I never go over 55-60 miles per hour either....Anyone care to give an opinion on this?
17 ' all the more reason to use one.........
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