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Old 05-08-2016, 09:29 AM   #43
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It could also be that Airstreamers are well read and know more.

I was quite shocked when a friend of mine, who is a mechanic and tows all manner of goodies behind his various trucks and vans, didn't know the difference between a sway bar and a WD system. He genuinely thought that they were one and the same thing.

I think that there are many out there that really don't know what a WD, or sway, system can do.
Both he and your post prove that you don't need all that stuff as much as it does that you do.
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Recent visit with an Airstream dealer. When asking him about different WD/Sway hitches they had, his comment was "Airstream is the most aerodynamically produced trailer. I do not know why anyone wants to spend all that money on a sway control hitch". Cant wait for this dude to hook up my trailer.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:37 AM   #45
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Any idea what the folks that deliver the new trailers from factory to dealer use for WD/SC?
Those that I have seen use heaver pickup trucks and just the ball. Even if the wanted to use a WD system that would mar the trailer tongue. Keep in mind that those drivers tend to be professionals.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:41 AM   #46
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Can't believe debate goes on . . .

Safety, redundancy, minimize liability exposure, self-preservation, and the list goes on . . .

Grab the sharpest tool in the tool bag . . .

WD and SC.

No brainer IMO.

PS -- RV trailers differ from all other trailers, with their 3 large tank liquid weights distributed far from the center of motion, plus the liquid in a half-full tank sloshes around with its own internal resonance, with no internal baffles in the tanks. Hmmmmm . . .

Swing a pendulum with a large weight on the end, and then pinch the narrow end with two fingers to try to stop the swing. Hard to do . . .
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Sway control/Weight distribution?

The day this photo was taken began at about 70...then slowly this unexpected blizzard came in, cross winds maybe 30+mph. Trailer at one point was at 45 out to the left side, then I slowed to 35 mph and had six semi's following at 35 mph the remaining 75 miles into Laramie, Wyoming.

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AirstreamREV_2009_Int_27FB_Snow_04.2010-3 by Tommie Lauer, on Flickr

I have also been in rain storms where sudden wind gusts lifted the wipers off the windshield of my TV.

My Reese dual cam WD hitch is probably not necessary, except in these critical situations. Then, I suspect, the SC/WD hitch was helpful. This is kinda like seat belts. Not necessary....except in rare situations where an unexpected event occurs....then life saving.
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Can't believe debate goes on . . . .
As long as there are differences of opinion, as long as some do not fret and worry unnecessarily and as long as I am here the debate will go on.
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My take is that most 3/4 ton or all1 Ton tow vehicle do not need weight distribution to tow an Airstream. The load really isn't that much, but in my experience, the two Airstreams I own do need sway control to be towed comfortably and safely at over 60 mph.


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I'm always slightly bemused when this debate crops up.

I can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to help their TV, no matter how big it is, by spreading the load a little with a weight distribution system. Why would you want to hang all that weight on a single point some distance from the rear axle when there are cheap and effective WD setups that will put some of that load on all of your available axles, including those on the trailer? It just seems like common sense to me.

If your WD system of choice doesn't already come with sway control or sway elimination then why not add a very cheap friction bar or two, just to seal the deal? Added insurance and a better towing experience. Again, it all seems to be such a simple and cheap method of reducing your towing risks.

Of course people tow without WD and anti-sway all the time, and good luck to them, but I can't understand why you'd want to cheap out on such things when you're towing a very expensive travel trailer.




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My take is that most 3/4 ton or all1 Ton tow vehicle do not need weight distribution to tow an Airstream. The load really isn't that much, but in my experience, the two Airstreams I own do need sway control to be towed comfortably and safely at over 60 mph.








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Which ones do you use? Are they stand alone sway only?

Anyone else use sway control only? If so which one and do you recommend it.
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I use sway only, two of them. Available from harbor freight, Reese, eazlift, etrailer. Must have hitch head with holes for small hitch balls to attach sway to.
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Planning not to use WDH, bad idea?

I use a 1/2 ton with sway and WD, but for a time I used neither. I found myself needing sway a lot more than WD because I cant drive 55.

I really cant say that I NEEDED weight distribution even with my 1/2 ton.

I have been running a Hensley for some time now.




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The main advantage to the weight distribution function is that it puts some of the tongue weight back on the front axle of the tow vehicle. This helps steering, especially in wet driving conditions. Insufficient weight on the front axle can create a hazardous driving situation.

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Well, I imagine some folks go without because of cost. I had to add $900 to the cost of my AS for an Equalizer hitch. That's a lot of money. I would have rather bought a couple of glass mat batteries. But decided towing is not something to go on the cheap.
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Well, I imagine some folks go without because of cost. I had to add $900 to the cost of my AS for an Equalizer hitch. That's a lot of money. I would have rather bought a couple of glass mat batteries. But decided towing is not something to go on the cheap.
I too was thinking about cost and safety when I purchased the truck. Long wheel base, DRW, exhaust brake. I tow many different trailers and have owned many trucks. If I never came across Air Forums, the thought of sway control/WD would have never cross my mind.
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When I drop the trailer on the ball, the rear drops about two inches and the front if the truck raises an inch, hardly making it necessary for a WD hitch. I realize this us unusual but not unheard of.
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