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Old 11-16-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Do I need sway control with my rig?

I have a 2005 F-350 4x4 Diesel Dually with the FX4 (off-road) package and have purchased a AirSafe Class 6 hitch. Does anyone think that I need sway control with this? I will be pulling a 1998 34' Excella from Arizona to Maryland.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
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If you have to ask, the answer is yes, and if you don't use it you won't know until it's too late. I remember one time I forgot to put it on and had to swerve to avoid something on the interstate, almost lost it. Cheap insurance!
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Why did you get that hitch?

the specs are way over kill, can you return it or did you use it?
I wonder if that will give you a stiff ride because it is about double your needs.
But with out WD or sway

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Hi, if your truck is thirty four feet long and weighs the same or more than your trailer, then you will be OK without sway control. Otherwise you shouldn't leave home without one.
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Yes.

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Granted your truck is big but unexpected things happen. Being prepared can make the difference.

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You have a honking big truck, but you also have a huge trailer. Do you need sway control? In a word, yes. For the safety of your family, For the safety of others on the highways, and lastly - for the safety of your rig (your Airstream AND truck). Sway can & does "get away from you & far beyond your abilities to control it" very very fast and usually leads horrible wrecks & broken bodies in some cases. Yes, you do need sway control.
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Why did you get that hitch?

the specs are way over kill, can you return it or did you use it?
I wonder if that will give you a stiff ride because it is about double your needs.
But with out WD or sway

2,500 lbs Tg Weight

20,000 lbs GTW


I have a AirSafe class 5 which will not give you a stiff ride for the trailer but considerably reduces it. That is why I got it and is what AirSafe hitches are designed to do. I use it in conjunction with a weight distributing hitch. The AirSafe and/or WD may have a minor affect on reducing sway but will not do much in a severe sway situation without additional sway control.
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I appreciate everyones input but could really use some guidance on particular brands/models that people have actually used with success! I know, no one can say what will work best for me or which one is the absolute best period.... but all of you out there trailering with a rig like mine can give me some "real guidance." I called REESE and the person on the other end of the phone said that I had to have a weight distribution system to be able to use their "dual cam" system....

I have purchased an AirSafe class 6 hitch with a double tabs for the balls for some sort of sway system but don't know if a weight distribution system will work with it. I'm not worried about cost - I am worried about safety! Again, I want a sway system of some sort but am not sure what will work for my rig and setup. Advice?
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