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Old 10-23-2017, 03:09 PM   #1
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Does our BaseCamp need a sway bar?

Just purchased a 2018 Base-Camp. Our dealer says there is no need for a sway bar. The owners manuel says to get one. Is it necessary? What brand/type of sway bar do you recommend installing? Thank you for your help.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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I would buy a cheap friction away bar. They are all basically the same. Having one won't cause any harm.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:31 PM   #3
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I personally would add one.

Additional margin of stability is always good when it comes to articulated vehicles. By nature, bumper towing anything reduces the stability of the tow vehicle, sometimes dramatically so under the wrong setup and conditions.

What type of car are you towing with? The base-camp itself is about the weight of a small car. So if your vehicle is on the smaller end, then the more reason to get an anti-sway setup.
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Old 10-23-2017, 04:42 PM   #4
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Welcome Campergirls (no real name given). For such a light tongue weight I would go light weight and simple to adjust and use. To me only one really fits those requirements, the Andersen WD system.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:17 PM   #5
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I would buy a cheap friction away bar. They are all basically the same. Having one won't cause any harm.

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Our first, 63 23' Safari, single axle needed anti-sway. It came with one friction bar.

I ended up adding a second. A single axle is more susceptible to sway.

Your BaseCamp should be fine with one.....KISS

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Just purchased a 2018 Base-Camp. Our dealer says there is no need for a sway bar. The owners manuel says to get one. Is it necessary? What brand/type of sway bar do you recommend installing? Thank you for your help.


Yes. Get a friction bar st a minimum.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:46 PM   #7
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i would not pull anything without an anti-sway bar
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:32 PM   #8
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Welcome Campergirls (no real name given). For such a light tongue weight I would go light weight and simple to adjust and use. To me only one really fits those requirements, the Andersen WD system.
I like the recommendation a lot. For a couple reasons.
1) I've had the pleasure of using this system when I rented a 23D. Effortless setup, lightweight, and certainly did the job with no sway or porpoising to speak of.
2) It's also weight distribution. Stability come from good weight distribution as much as good sway control.
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The Anderson is a little pricey, but easy to manage when not much weight transfer is required. It will be a fair solution in the Basecamp application.

Alternatively, suggest you get an Eaz-Lift WDH matched to your tongue weight with one friction sway control strut.

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Old 10-24-2017, 12:48 PM   #10
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I own a basecamp and I have a blue Ox, suggested by my dealer, just did 3000 miles to New Mexico and back. Would never drive without it. My tow is a 4 door Wrangler, Manual.
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Hi

What are you towing the trailer with?

Both anti-sway and weight distribution are helpful in keeping a trailer "happy". They may not be *required* simply to pull out of the parking lot. I have a WD hitch. In some cases I don't latch it up. I simply tow in non-WD / non-AS mode. If I'm going a half mile to the dump station and back, that makes a lot of sense to me. The WD/AS in my case is not *required* to be there. I would not tow long distances without it.

Why does your TV matter? In some cases the tow is simply not going to benefit from a WD hitch. Towing a Basecamp with an F-350 would be an extreme example. On the other end, a small sedan might well benefit.

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i would suggest asking this question in the Basecamp forum:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f404/

. . . where you will have a more focused audience and better visibility.

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Is the Andersen compatible with the factory installed coupler on the Basecamp?
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Don't forget that friction sway control devices must be loosen in slick driving conditions just when you need them the most. I would recommend Hensley's cub or ProPrides equivalent.
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