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Old 08-11-2015, 09:13 PM   #15
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When in doubt about what is required on your vehicle and trailer for towing, your best bet is to check into the regulations of your state. (And any state you plan to travel in.) If your trailer is over a certain weight you may be required to have a hitch system on it for sway control. Never mind what a sales person tells you, or the rest of us, for that matter. You can pretty much bet "the law" will have the last word.

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Old 08-12-2015, 10:44 AM   #16
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I pull with a 2014 F-150 with an equalizer hitch. The sway control feature on the truck is the default and I leave it on when towing. Last week while traveling north on I-25 in Longmont, CO, I was in the right lane doing 60 mph. Both lanes of traffic to my left were doing 75+. A Jeep Wrangler in the far left lane moved into the middle lane, I guess without looking, and smashed into the car in the middle lane, which sent it fishtailing into my lane. I braked hard, swerved to the shoulder and sent Yertle into a sway that I was able to control until I could get stopped. A very scary experience, but I assumed from that experience that everything worked as it should have, and that the two systems did not work at odds with each other. Would you agree?

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Old 08-12-2015, 11:08 AM   #17
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The Hensley/ProPride design eliminates the possibility of sway with our Airstream. The truck's electronic system may be useful when towing the boat or utility trailer.

I wish the Blue Ox rep would explain his statement about hitch and electronic sway control fighting each other, not the first time I've heard it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:14 AM   #18
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This last trip I made an instinctive jerk to the left on my steering wheel when I noticed I was drifting over to a construction barrier on the right. I have a WD setup but the truck flashed the Sway Control being activated before I even knew I should take any action to corrected it.

I have a 2013 F150 pulling a small 16' Interstate so I really didn't think I needed any additional system to control sway. So I think the WD hitch did its job and the truck took over by itself when I needed more than what it could handle.

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:34 PM   #19
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E. Hemingway warned us of THIS

I've used my '10 Tundra w/hitch sway controllers AND OEM electronic sway control. Have NOT had problems!! This forum would have caught fire if any of what was told you was true. It's like saying your tow vehicle's brakes will not work with your brake controller!
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #20
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Unfortunately Ford's description of how this anti-sway feature works is very limited other than giving me the impression that it has control of individual wheel braking. I know GM had a feature called Stabil Track that was on their vans that was introduced back on 2004 per 2005. It also did individual wheel braking. I'm wondering if the Ford system interacts with the trailer brakes?

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:58 PM   #21
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I have some magic beans I would be willing to sell a number of you. Please PM me for details.

Like I said folks, traction control/electronic stability control for your trailer.
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:10 PM   #22
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I just got of the phone with Blue Ox. Talked to two different folks. Told them what was posted here and they did not know what I was talking about. In fact both said it was a totally incorrect statement. They would like to know the name of the employee the OP talked too. Sounds like they have a training refresher in mind for the employee.

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Old 08-12-2015, 01:37 PM   #23
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Thanks for all the replies

Thanks Awchief for making that call to Blue Ox. That is hard to believe that their "Tech Support" was so misinformed.
and thanks to everyone else for the assistance as well!
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Before I worked down through all the posts to see AWCHIEF's report of a conversation w/ the Blue Ox rep, I was going to ask if you perhaps talked with him right after their lunch hour, perhaps he's old school and did the 3-martini lunch.

To their credit, Ford's info says a tendency to sway probably indicates that your trailer is improperly loaded or you're going too fast, and suggests you correct that rather than relying on their system completely. They don't seem to claim to do anything with the trailer brakes, just the truck brakes. I'd say that a hitch that reduces sway coupled with the anti-sway braking system would be a GOOD combination, someday when I buy a newer truck I'm still going to use a sway-reducing hitch.

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I had a 2012 F150 (Ecoboost) and currently, a 2015 GMC Sierra 2500. Both have the sway control that work by rapid, selective pulse braking when the need arises (or so I've been told). Fortunately, I've not been in a situation where I've needed panic sway control...

My understanding is that the two systems work together in a complementary fashion to straighten out the truck & trailer in the event the trailer begins to sway and the truck begins to fishtail.

Whatever the mechanism, I'm glad the setup is so equipped!
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:07 PM   #26
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I have a 2014 F-150 with sway control and a Blue Ox hitch, and they both work well. The F-150 sway control has kicked in briefly twice, and it seemed to do exactly what others have said. I tow a 2014 26FB Flying Cloud, and I am satisfied will all parts of this rig.
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Read Andrew_T s review of the TUSON trailer mounted electronic anti-sway. Comes in faster than the OEM (Ford). See CAN AM RV website and links to Hitch Hints column.
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Read Andrew_T s review of the TUSON trailer mounted electronic anti-sway. Comes in faster than the OEM (Ford). See CAN AM RV website and links to Hitch Hints column.
Of course it does. Vehicle sway control comes into play after trailer sway starts. The vehicle yaw sensors have to see a sway condition at the rear of the truck (waddle) in order to take action. If the 1) hitch system does it's job, neither system will engage 2) if trailer sway starts, I would hope the trailer system is fast enough to stop it before the truck sees it 3) If neither of the above stop sway, the truck system would do it's thing.


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