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Old 03-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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anti sway needed or not

69 24' Tradewind, first tow with 2009 Escalade, is anti sway hitch necessary?

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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Welcome Aboard....

Just my experience..

Yep...Top-o-line trailer, Classy tow vehicle why stop now?

Anything you can do to make the experience better/safer go for it.

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:26 PM   #3
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not if you never take it on the road, really that is the one corner not to cut.

Get it before your next trip
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:08 PM   #4
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Yes, a weight distribution hitch with anti-sway is necessary.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Even with a relatively light weight vintage trailer and a substantial tow vehicle, you still need a quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system is you really want to take your Airstream somewhere. If you are just going to park it in the driveway, you can disregard this message.

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #6
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Sway Control

All the trailer accidents/rollovers pictured on this website that I have seen were missing sway control of any type.
That being said, yes its necessary for a pull behind.
The only type of trailer that sway control is not necessary is a fifth wheel or goosneck because the pivot point is above the rear axle of the tow vehicle, not 3 to 6 foot behind it.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #7
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Thanks to all for your input... any brand/type over another?
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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"Thanks to all for your input... any brand/type over another?"

Ok...how did we know that would be the next question?

Most folks here have there own preferences, you will get many opinions, your mission, should decide to take it, is to do ALL the research and decide which is best for you. Good Luck.
Go with the best you can afford, this is not the time to cut corners, START HERE.

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Old 03-11-2012, 09:08 AM   #9
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Short answer: YES! In the Airstream mag. about 1.5 years ago, the physics of towing was discussed. In essence, the SHORTER the trailer, the more "whip" you can experience while towing, so the more need for an anti-sway hitch and WD hitch.

Think of two "switches" or branches, as from a cherry tree that are a half inch in diameter. One is ten feet long and the other is five feet long. If you try to whip them from side to side, holding the end, the longer branch will oscillate more slowly and the shorter branch will oscillate more rapidly. Probably not the best "non-physicist" explanation, but I hope the point is notable.

We have a " 30' " and a Propride......but there are a lot of great hitches. As mentioned above, don't try to economize on the hitch! Zigi
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there are many, I use Reese dual cam, I can do 75mph with semi's wizzing by both sides and stay straight
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For the price, a Reese "dual cam" full sway control load equalizing hitch, is tough to beat.

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Do some reading. This forum has gotten clogged with people asking the same question over and over . . tends to hide better threads among the same old, same old. Start with the link given above. Any thread on the subject (or post) by 2Airishuman brings together relevant links.

A WDH is a mandatory piece of equipment, which both Airstream and your GM Owners Manual will tell you. Anti-sway is a highly recommended addition.

On your truck, the tires and shock absorbers are worth your attention as well.

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Whether or not a weight distributing hitch is required can only be determined by reading your owners manual. Your trailer has a tongue weight of about 460 lbs... it is quite likely that one is needed to avoid exceeding manufacturer's ratings. Depending on the spring rate of your vehicle, and possible air leveling, etc. which some luxury vehicles have,
you may need one to keep your ride level.

Many people find anti-sway systems useful, some do not.

Remember that the primary causes of trailer accidents are improper loading, and excessive speed, esp. downhill.

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I agree with all the above, stating that a weight distribution, anti -sway control hitch is one thing you'll never regret.

Also agree there are several good units available on the market place.

Andy @ Inland RV, makes a good point, that the Reese "dual cam" full sway control load equalizing hitch is hard to beat.

Best of luck on your decision, and on many miles of safe travel with your WDH w/anti sway control.
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