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Old 12-24-2014, 08:12 PM   #15
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How tight do you turn the friction sway. I was told tight hand tight the back off half a turn. I am a weak female so my tight might not be the same as a guy's so should it be really tight? I do stop and take it off when I back in the driveway because of the angle, I am just a little confused on how tight, no sense of me having tne bar uf I am not using correctly. And by the way, I only have one side.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:00 PM   #16
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My 3/4 ton truck has anti sway and I use a Reese Dual cam on the Airstream.

The factory sway control kicked in once pulling the Airstream

I had to quickly change lanes on on a section of interstate that was being repaved. It it had to be a 6" drop off! I felt a slight shudder and the sway control warning light came on the dash.

It was very quick, the drop off bumpy, but I really can't say there was any noticeable sway on the trailer......I just cannot believe the Reese bars even moved enough to do their thing.

Although it is just one data point - I think that the pressure from the dual cam bars on the hitch are arresting most minor sway before it starts and the truck electronics will kick in if there are enough sway forces for the electronic sensors to notice sideway motion of the truck.

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Old 12-25-2014, 07:42 AM   #17
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:51 AM   #18
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We run with an one ton Ford, Diesel - F350 6.7 Diesel and we tow a 30' AS. Our hitch set up is the equalizer. Our truck also has the built in truck anti sway feature which is supposed to activate brakes - engine when the truck detects any trailer sway. Never really experienced sway with our set up. So, either the system on the truck to detect sway works great OR the weight of the truck and equalizer don't really allow for sway to get started. I've towed short distances with no bars on, just the trailer sitting on the ball and have not experienced much sway either. But then this was NOT done on an open interstate with severe cross winds and fast movie 18 wheelers.
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:44 AM   #19
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I don't know about Duramax with that big a TV (3500), but I know Ford told me to turn off the automatic stability control in my F150 before pulling the 25'AS we have, it will work against the BlueOx anti-sway, weight distribution hitch....so I do. Have not had any issues. Check with your dealer to be sure or one of our experts here perhaps...
I was told exactly the opposite. Truck antisway and trailer antisway operate differently mechanically, and should aid each other in a serious sway condition.

Does anyone have solid information on this subject. Important.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:51 AM   #20
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Not solid, but the Air Stream dealer says turn the truck system off and the Ford dealer says leave it on. No help I know, but as usual two conflicting pieces of advice from "experts" on the same subject.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:06 AM   #21
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I have an idea....read you TV owner manual and call the mfr if you need to. AS dealer shouldn't advise on things they know nothing about.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:56 AM   #22
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Ruby Dog, What kind of WD hitch do you have? All of the newer ones, even the non premium brands have sway control built in and a friction sway control add on is not necessary. If you have an old hitch, I would upgrade to a new hitch before adding friction sway control. These are a pain as they have to be disconnected before backing up.
Vehicle sway control systems control sway once they detect it. I personally don't want sway to get started and have to rely on a black box under the hood to stop it.
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Old 12-25-2014, 12:14 PM   #23
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I have an idea....read you TV owner manual and call the mfr if you need to. AS dealer shouldn't advise on things they know nothing about.
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:15 PM   #24
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I would say that both can be useful and I would not tow without a WD hitch, even if it has no sway control. But my Andersen hitch has a built in sway control and my Jeep Grand Cherokee has some kind of an electronic sway control. The Andersen puts a fiction type sway control into the hitch to reduce the tendency to sway to begin with, the electronic systems have to sense sway first, then react, although I am sure they do it fast. My new Jeep's electronic system has never engaged to my knowledge. About 16 to 18 K towing with that rig, so far.

To be factual, in over 200,000 miles of towing Airstreams over the past 36 years I have never had any sway on any Airstream other than the most minor push/pull truck passing wiggle. That was with an old short wheelbase Jeep towing a 25' using a Reese with no built in sway control. It was slightly annoying but never felt dangerous or out of control.

The latest Jeep GC/FC 20'/Andersen handles like one vehicle not two, and is exceptionally stable.

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Old 12-25-2014, 11:27 PM   #25
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I have an old WD hitch but can still get anti-sway for it. GMC recommends leaving the system on. Interestingly, especially given the reluctance of companies to go out on any limb, GMC has a promotional video on You Tube that states the truck system is designed to control trailer sway on ice. I will probably upgrade my hitch and treat the hitch system as preventative and the truck system as corrective. I am new to both AS and the Forum and am impressed with the level of discussion on my question. Thank to everyone who commented.
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I am new to both AS and the Forum and am impressed with the level of discussion on my question. Thank to everyone who commented.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #27
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depends on which equalizing hitch you have installed. i asked about this specifically when the dealer recommended the blue ox and was told this equalizer does not benefit from a sway control arm. there are equalizing hitches that could probably benefit from this addition but it really depends on what you are using.
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I don't have a "dog" in this hunt, this is my second SwayPro since I let my first one go with sale of our 08', 25' FC. With the new FC this year, we purchased the new Sway Pro. You can read and talk with folks who like other brands obviously in this thread and even "beat the horse" as mentioned. This video from their web site answers most questions about sway control, and equalization features...and makes sense to "me"; aside from others having brand loyalty, I liked the BO reputation and price also.
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