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Old 06-30-2018, 09:27 AM   #1
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Need Sway Bars

Friends are about to rent a 33í bumper pull TT prior to purchasing a 5th wheel. They are pulling it with a Ram 2500 diesel and heading out West. The rental company tells them they donít need a WD/sway hitch.

With the winds and passes theyíll encounter, it concerns me that a sway hitch is needed. Can someone help with another opinion? Thanks!

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Old 06-30-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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Need Sway Bars

Iím not willing to pull my 22 footer out west without antisway of some sort, never mind anything bigger!!!
Gusty winds at the edge of mountain passes and terrain changes are real good at getting sway started. And if itís a tall trailer, sway can easily start.
Iíd be checking on insurance coverage from the rental outfit. That advice, IMHO, is foolhardy at best, deadly if they get into a sway situation and canít get it stopped by hitting trailer brake hard and getting on the gas hard at the same time.
Iíd rather have a good antisway and weight distribution hitch on the rig.
I will freely admit my Hensley designed hitch may be overkill, but I have had sway start real easily in the wind, heading downhill in a mountain pass on a windy day. I got it straight and slowed down radically to get the rest of the way down the pass. Any antisway system would have helped sort that out better. More risk and white knuckles than I wanted...

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Old 07-01-2018, 05:55 AM   #3
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Thanks so much. Iíve already forwarded this to our friends.
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