Originally Posted by bryanl
No you do not need sway control.
What should guide you is your driving experience.
Sway control will not prevent accidents and may or may not provide a handling edge when you need it.
You say a sway control may ot may not provide a handling edge. But you also state that you don't need a sway control.
In the same light, a doctor, "may or may not" save your life.
Good brakes "may or may not" save your life.
Good tires "may or may not" save your life.
Seat belts "may or may not" save your life.
Proper medicines "may or may not" save your life.
Sensible towing speeds "may or may not" save your life.
When it becomes a question of "what if" most people will do what society mostly does, and they do everything that they can, and eliminate as many negative chances as they can.
Some people like to lean over the cliff. Most don't.
A "good" sway control, basically stops the sway from happening.
Trucks are no magical towing vehicle, semi-trucks excepted.
Anyone, that chooses to tow without using a sway control, at least a good sway control, is begging for trouble, and sooner or later, that trouble will find them when they least expect it.
Additionally, attorneys being what they are today, will sue the devil out of someone that lost control of their rig that caused property or bodily injury or death.
The RV industry, promotes the use of sway controls. That's common knowledge.
But, sdince we live in a free country, each of us can make choices of how we live our lives. If a person chooses to ignore safety issues, and then hurts something or someone, there is no question in any court of law, that they are liable for their actions, or lack thereof.
I have been there and done that representing an insurance company.
Why do we have insurance for anything?? In case something goes wrong, is the best answer there is.
If nothing goes wrong, then the insurance premium was a waste of money, but having the piece of mind, makes that expendature easily justified.
Spending many thousand of dollars on a tow vehicle and and even many more dollars on an Airstream, is a huge investment. Protecting that investment, as much as a person can do, is the usual way of American life.
But, that choice and risk belongs to the individual that made that decision.
For the vast majority of travel trailer owners, that risk is not worth talking about.
Therefore, a good sway control is "IN, and poor decisions regarding not using sway controls is "OUT".
Take a poll, and see what most everyone does to maximize towing safety, for themselves and for all their passengers.
We proved many years ago, that the lack of using a decent sway control, caused about one third
of the loss of control accidents.
A good sway control, does exactly that. It stops a sway from starting in the first place. No if's ands, or buts.
There are way too many risks in life today, and it's sort of silly to subject one's self to any more than is absolutely necessary. And, especially when the cost to avoid a risk, such as using no sway control, is very small peanuts compared to the overall investment.