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Old 02-12-2010, 08:59 AM   #29
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Just for the sheer joy of it I'll stick my neck back out on the ole chopping block. I do not see any evidence that you need sway control. My experiance teaches me the same. Load your trailer properly,balance your rig properly, drive within your skill set. Be aware of your surroundings and conditions at all times.
As for the legal/moral malarky,I'll say it again. As we speak trailers are being loaded for a drive event here at the Arizona Proving Ground.!0 plus cargo type enclosed box trailers. They are loaded from 10-15K. They will be towed all over Arizona's public highways next week. None will have sway control on the hitches.
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What hasn't been mentioned much is driving comfort. I towed my 25' Safari home from Indianapolis with no sway control or weight distribution with a 8,000 pound Ford Excursion. It handled very well but semi trucks passing me would indeed tug sideways on the trailer even with my big, heavy truck. That's just the physics of wind velocity.

Besides the safety aspect, having a weight distribution hitch with sway control will make the driving experience much more comfortable. The sway control will provide tension between the truck and trailer making it feel more like one cohesive unit. You won't be constantly making steering corrections to drive a straight line like you would be without one. The drive will just be much more pleasant and less fatiguing on the driver.
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:15 AM   #31
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Got a question for you...

My Airstreams are all 22'. One weighs 1300lbs, l one around 2500 to 3000 and then the heavy weight 21' Sovereign. I have always felt OK with only the friction sway bar connection. I do have a 750lbReese hitch but never use it...I guess I should..at least on the Sovereign. Will that hitch give any sway prevention or control? By the way...the 1300lb one is a pipe frame and I am just making up a friction sway connection for it now...I really don't see any way to make up a real sway prevention hitch mount. Again, any suggestions?
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Load your trailer properly,balance your rig properly, drive within your skill set. Be aware of your surroundings and conditions at all times.

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What's the proper loading.

How does a person know that it's correct?

What's the proper balancing?

How does a person know it's correct.

Driving skills vary all over the place. What works for one, doesn't have a chance with another.

Be aware of the surroundings? Why? What difference does it make if the surroundings are trees or desert?

Be aware of the conditions of what? The road?

What is a proper "SAFE" road?

Safety must never be compromised, unless a person could care less, about themselves.

Safety is never an issue, but it is a "MUST", at least for those that appreciate life.

As in any democracy, the majority rules, including proper rigging with safety maximized.

Those that choose to be in the minority, always make noise, and seldom make even common sense.

Daring to be different, has many rewards.

But daring to be different by ignoring maximizing safety when towing, has a reward most people don't want, under any circumstances, "EVER".

Most people, love to bust "butt", but not their own when it can easily and cheaply be avoided by maximizing safety.

Busting "butt" doing hard work and getting ahead in life, is a different, and a very positive matter. However, some people don't believe in that either.

There are 3 happenings relating to people.

1. There are those that wait around for things to happen.

2. There are those that say "what happened" as they don't have a clue.

3. There are those that "make" things happen.

Hooray for # 3.

Anyone else agree with # 3 ?

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Old 02-12-2010, 09:32 AM   #33
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My Airstreams are all 22'. One weighs 1300lbs, l one around 2500 to 3000 and then the heavy weight 21' Sovereign. I have always felt OK with only the friction sway bar connection. I do have a 750lbReese hitch but never use it...I guess I should..at least on the Sovereign. Will that hitch give any sway prevention or control? By the way...the 1300lb one is a pipe frame and I am just making up a friction sway connection for it now...I really don't see any way to make up a real sway prevention hitch mount. Again, any suggestions?
Friction sway control does not have a brain, in that it has no idea if your in a straight line or not.

Next, it exerts as much force against you when you try to return to a straight line.

Torsion sway controls, "do" have a brain.

Torsion sway controls continuously seek minimum torsion. When the rig is not in a straight line, the torsion increases, helping the rig to get back into that straight line, which is minimum torsion.

Torsion sway controls, within reason, will straighten out your rig, if you take your hands off the steering wheel. Try that with a friction sway control.

Friction sway controls offer resistance, but do not prevent a sway.

Torsion sway controls, within reason, prevent a sway from happening in the first place.

Amazing? No.

Just fact.

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Old 02-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #34
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Andy,

We opted to make sway not happen....

The chooze is theirz....

unfortunately it can effect all of us.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:12 AM   #35
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You ask "Is sway control a necessity.? A /No. Is sway control Adviseable? A/Absouletly. We tow with an 8000lb F350 Diesel and an Old Style Straight Line Reese with 550 lbs bars.We get a smooth ride in truck and trailer,evidenced by the stuff left on the galley counter and table that is still there after a 300 mile trip.We are not prefect.We can load the trailer absoultely perfect or the truck. We travel alot of back roads cause the wife hates interstates,so we meet head on lots of different BIG RIG configurations,in varying wind conditions,without so much as a wiggle. Some will say you need a $2500/$3000 hitch,not so. I think I have about $200 bucks in my hitch,that I bought off Craigslist. Does the job just fine.
All that being said and the number of YES VOTES in favor of sway control. I think it would be a nobrainer. But sadly you will do what you want no matter what we say. We have been where you are and done that,and you get the benefit of our mistakes.
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At the risk of being 'put in my place, again and again' I offer the following. All hitches are not the same and all hitches do not do the same function. There are sway mitigation hitches like the Equalizer and sway control/elimination hitches like HA or PP. They do not work the same and do not provide the same end results. No hitch (or seatbelt or air bags) can replace good driving habits. Those having good experiences w/o sway usually are driving heavy duty long wheelbase pickup trucks, heavy compared to a Ford Explorer for example, and it is harder for the tail to wag the dog especially a one ton dog or bigger with six skins down. Add to that a fairly light trailer, well proportioned as to fore and aft weight loading and the possibility of an accident is lower. It does not go away.

Conversely, a heavy trailer, poorly loaded behind a light duty short wheelbase tow vehicle and that risk factor goes up.

I don't think scare tactics work. If they did everybody in America would exercise and eat right. Most don't. It is better to use data and carefully crafted analysis in assessing the risk factors in towing. In the end it is your choice, how much risk is acceptable/unacceptable. Your choice affects your family and those others on the highway.
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Conversely, a heavy trailer, poorly loaded behind a light duty short wheelbase tow vehicle and that risk factor goes up.
I don't thonk a 31 or 34 foot Airstream weighin in at 6000 to 9000 pounds, is a light load, even for the larger trucks.

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I don't think scare tactics work. If they did everybody in America would exercise and eat right. Most don't.
Bad eating habits, do not cause sudden and accidental injuries or death.

Bad choices regarding safety, can and does, every day, in all to many ways.

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sway control is essential

use it or lose it

Made me laugh out loud

Could not agree more with you

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I will tow my Airstream with a 2007 Powerstoke diesel Crew cab 4x4. It has the camper/towing package. But no sway bars. Is this required? Is it a necessity? No one at the dealer even recommended it.

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No, you don't, but then, you didn't "need" 4WD, expensive aftermarket tires and wheels and who-knows-what-else on that truck. Ever seen a rollover? The tail wags the dog in trailer towing. Driver skill has NOTHING to do with it . . the day will come even for the skillful. Please don't tell us you've never wandered into another lane, distracted, and then jerked back into your own. Proper hitch rigging keeps that trailer glued to the TV. The number of situations where you wish you had done the thing correctly is too long to list.

The best set-up is a sway-eliminating hitch, trailer disc brakes, and top-of-the-line brake controller. Those smart enough to move to them NEVER go back to cheap substitutes. The performance edge gained (in a manner of speaking) will give no end of satisfaction. And consider upgrading TV shock absorbers from oem, as well as replacing anti-roll bar bushings with polyurethane.

Do a search, this subject has been done over and over, here and on other forums. ("does Bambi need sway control" is a good one) And don't forget to read the threads on adequate TT insurance coverage; some folks didn't like the surprise they received.

You chose an excellent trailer (over the crackerbox-square SOB's) with fully independent suspension and aerodynamic shape needing less road horsepower to tow. The truck is the weak link (after the driver), with poor steering feedback and high center-of-gravity so think about this the other way: How can I compensate for a TV with dead-poor handling & braking characteristics?

I towed my trailer (34') w/o WDH and anti-sway as an experiment, running across the top side of D/FW on my way to Roger Williams Airstream in Mineral Wells to have a Hensley installed. I could twitch that trailer into either lane with the barest effort. With the H/A installed -- and jerking it violently from lane to lane, onto shoulder and out to median throttle-on -- I knew I'd never need the next 29.85 days of the money-back guarantee, as I could no more shake that trailer than I could my own shadow. (I'd get the Pro Pride were I starting today).
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Shane,
I would like to know who sold you that pretty new shiny trailer without discussing your hitch? I won't go there!
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