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Old 12-25-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Do I need a sway bar?

I am going to pull a 31 with a M2/106 Freightliner. Do you think I will need a sway bar? If so what one. Do not want to push to much into the trailer from the truck. I will also be using an airsafe hitch.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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A sway bar would be a good thing. With what you will be using as a tow vehicle, a simple friction sway bar will suffice. They usually run about $50, and are cheap insurance.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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I doubt you will need any sway control.I don't know the weight or cab and wb config of your truck.I have pulled one with my truck without and was fine
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #4
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The trailer can sway no matter the size of the tow vehicle so it would be a good idea to have sway control. If you keep it under 60 you will probably be ok without it. You can take it out for a test run and see how it responds to lane changes. If it tends to wiggle a little the sway control would be a good idea.

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Old 12-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #5
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Sway control. . . I think I use my friction sway bar too tightly adjusted. This is what happens. I have no sway whatsoever but when a big truck approaches from the rear in the left lane it pushes the AS to the right but steers the TV to the left. Think "solid coupling" with no articulation. Is my thinking off on this? Have others felt like you used too much sway control?
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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I'm currently using a FL60 to drag my EB around (see gallery).
2 1/2 hauls Morro Bay to Parker & back and one to Yosemite, no issues of sway.
My truck weighs 11,630. trailer less than max @ 7,800. Speed tops out @ 73 on the truck, sweet spot @ 65.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:55 AM   #7
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hentom, my 40' Alfa @ 18,000#s has a 12' overhang from the wheels to the back bumper. This has the leverage to push my truck as you describe. I've seen this happen to MH's and loaded semis, but not the AS so far, , ,
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On my next trip I will leave the sway bar less tight. I have only made one trip since I purchased my 23ft FB AS, to the beach in Nov. I may have been using more sway control than I needed. What is the most high-tech form of sway control?
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:13 PM   #9
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On my next trip I will leave the sway bar less tight. I have only made one trip since I purchased my 23ft FB AS, to the beach in Nov. I may have been using more sway control than I needed. What is the most high-tech form of sway control?
The most high-tech form of sway control would be a trailer sway control module.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...le-114178.html

The most high-tech sway control hitch would be a ProPride pivot-point-projection hitch.
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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Also, Hensley is excellent and has been around a long time. We have a Hensley and found a HUGE difference in towing. No sway. Ever. The truck and trailer work as a unit.
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The same can be said about the Andersen with the right TV/trailer combination.
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QUOTE: "Sway control. . . I think I use my friction sway bar too tightly adjusted. This is what happens. I have no sway whatsoever but when a big truck approaches from the rear in the left lane it pushes the AS to the right but steers the TV to the left. Think "solid coupling" with no articulation. Is my thinking off on this? Have others felt like you used too much sway control?"



I use two classic sway bars on my 27 footer and have no sway whatsoever.

However, if the bars are not tighten up enough, I can sometimes feel approaching heavy trucks and buses as they pass me up. But, if I tighten the bars as they are designed to be used, I feel no such push/pull sensation, at least none to write home about.

In my experience, you don't want the vehicles articulating in the middle when being passed by the tornados otherwise known as trucks and busses. You want a solid unit that may still be affected a bit by the passing storm, but it's not flexing in the middle which will make the push/pull effect worse.
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