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Old 02-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Do I NEED sway control??

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? Noone at the dealer even recommended it.

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Old 02-11-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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Sway control, yes WDH not necessarily.

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Old 02-11-2010, 07:24 PM   #6
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Sway control on the hitch yes, sway bars on the truck no.

You should add some cushioning to the hitch too before you shake your Airstream to pieces.
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wdh????

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WDH ?

Weight distrubting hitch.

Sway control?

Absolutely.

DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT.

What it does is give you an added degree of safety, for you and whoever may be in your truck.

Don't ever think, that a loss of control can't happen to you, just because you have a big truck. A Peterbilt would be safe for no sway control.

The investment for a sway control, is very small, when you consider the cost of the trailer, the cost of the truck, and the lives that depend on you when your towing the trailer with them as passengers.

Your question, is of the "UTMOST" in serious.

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Wait a sec. Sway bars are different from a sway control hitch.

Sway bars are torsion rods that connect the left and right suspension of the truck, usually for the front wheels.

A sway control hitch is something that reduces the incidence of trailer oscillation at the hitch in the yaw axis, traditionally through friction damping, though recent hitches use springs (Reese dual cam) or changes in the yaw point geometry (Pullrite, Hensley, Propride).

Now what is it we were talking about?
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Wait a sec. Sway bars are different from a sway control hitch.

Sway bars are torsion rods that connect the left and right suspension of the truck, usually for the front wheels.

A sway control hitch is something that reduces the incidence of trailer oscillation at the hitch in the yaw axis, traditionally through friction damping, though recent hitches use springs (Reese dual cam) or changes in the yaw point geometry (Pullrite, Hensley, Propride).

Now what is it we were talking about?
Sway Control hitch.

So I need one, right? Anyone tow without one?

My Airstream is 26'...well, 25'11".

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Big trailer go flip-flip boom-boom on highway without sway control on hitch...

Big truck may decide to follow suit... ouch-ouch..

Big expensive new trailer, btw... ;-) get 'em
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big trailer make flip

lacking sway control on hitch

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We pull our 25FB (7400#) with a 2500 3/4 ton Suburban. We have towed our Aistream over 50,000 miles in the last three years. We would not consider towing our Airstream without a high quality sway control/weight distribution hitch system.

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