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Old 03-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Differences in friction sway controllers?

We picked up a Reese WD hitch recently, but it didn't come with sway control. I have the mounts already and would like to add a friction sway control before our first big trip.

Does anybody have any recommendations or experience on different brands of sway control?

I found a Curt for $50 and a Reese for $100. Any significant differences?

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Old 03-07-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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Differences in friction sway controllers?

Greetings Ian!

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We picked up a Reese WD hitch recently, but it didn't come with sway control. I have the mounts already and would like to add a friction sway control before our first big trip.

Does anybody have any recommendations or experience on different brands of sway control?

I found a Curt for $50 and a Reese for $100. Any significant differences?

Thanks!
Ian
I don't think that there is a huge difference in friction sway controls. I have had two, one a Reese and the other a Draw-Tite and both had almost exactly the same operational instructions regarding initial adjustment and changes that are necessary if prevailing wind increases/decreases, if pavement becomes slippery, etc. I became disenchanted with the friction sway controls and switched to Reese Dual Cam sway control . . . once properly setup, the only time that it needs adjustment is if trailer loading changes considerably (it is available as an "add-on" device from Reese dealers . . . my experience is with the original Dual Cam, I am not familiar with the newer high performance Dual Cam).

Good luck with your investigation!

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I think mine is a Drawtight or Reese Etc. They all work about the same. I was somewhat skeptical at first but it seems to do what it is supposed to do. If you are going to cruise at 80 MPH you might need something better. You can get the whole hitch and sway bar pretty cheap on craig's list and if you don't like it, you have not lost much.

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We found the hitch on craigslist and it was about half the price of a new one. The trailer came with a welded WD hitch but it was too low. I might have it rewelded if it moves the ball closer to the bumper.

Neither had the sway control and most I have seen on CL look pretty beat up. I'm willing to spend $50 on a new one rather than drive across town to try to save $20.
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We use a pair of Drawtite friction bars that came as part of the hitch set up. It took a whole season for the friction material to bed in and stop howling - cheap materials according to the dealer. There are better models, apparently, and the dealer did offer to swap ours out for a quieter pair, but we'd broken them in at that point and they work fine for us.
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The sliding bar designs are probably made the same no matter whose name is on them. I've had good luck with several different brands. They all work well for me.

I'd get the $50 units, which is about what I paid for mine.
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There was a friction anti-sway bar that came with my hitch and it is in my basement, never used. I have never felt the need for it at all. You might try a trial run and save $50.00 or $100.00.
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We didn't have it hooked up on our drive back from the coast. But I was going pretty slow on 2 lane roads, which is all there is heading from Portland to the coast.

Since we'll be traveling with my two girls in the truck, I'll spend the $50 for the sway control just to be safe.

Thanks all of you for the opinions!
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