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Old 11-11-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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Sway Bars

I'm curious what everyone who is towing (with an Equilizer bar set up), is using for weight bars on their rig / trailer setups?

I was reading about flex, I believe Andy mentioned in another thread about getting 3" of flex out his sway bars. My thought after reading these threads is the more flex the better (to a certain degree). I have a 28' 97 Excella, being pulled by a 2006 1/2 ton Chevy with a 410 rear end, I thought I had 1000lb bars on the Equilizer, but noticed the other day (while I was storing the bars) they said "1200 lbs". Is this overkill for the setup I have? I have been towing with these bars for 3 years now and I don't seem to have any problem yet, but I have read that problems with bars too stiff could cause problems not only with the truck hitch but problems with the trailer. Also, how does one know how much flex they are getting, do I put the trailer in a sharp angle and measure this somehow?



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Old 11-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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You could probably get by with 700-800lb bars. Measuring your tongue weight would help you to determine the proper bars.

I use old technology load bars and friction sway control. It seems to work fine. I have never had issues with sway. I have some porposing issues on really rough interstate congrete slabs but I would rather have that than beat the trailer to death. My solution is to slow down. These are the same sections of interstate that bounce around any vehicle trailer or not.

I could use some new rear shocks. The redneck solution is to get bigger springs for the truck and air shocks and throw away the load bars. This makes the truck ride level but handle badly.

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