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Old 10-18-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Help! Broken sway bar

One of the cradles for our right side anti sway bar snapped. Is it safe to drive home with one anti sway bar. We are 135 miles from home. Driving a 2008 land cruiser and towing a 2006 25 ft safari
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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Wow.. Are you talking about where the chain connects from the bar??
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:37 PM   #3
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Pics please. Hitch type, etc
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:42 PM   #4
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Sorry , should have sent pics. It's a Reese hitch circa 2006. I think it could be welded but not sure Click image for larger version

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If possible, I would find a replacement before towing. While it might be relatively safe, I would not attempt unless necessary. If I did tow, I would reduce speed and begin carefully. There is no telling what might occur so be prepared to react!

Also, tie or Bungie the broken part below where it should belong so that it does not swing into other parts of trailer or car.

Bottom line... Your car...your trailer... Good luck.
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:34 PM   #6
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That should be able to be welded to stronger than original. Double V groove weld, probably a 80 or 100 series stick. Not a pipe weld rod.
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #7
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You should be able to find a replacement part. I would not run with one bar. Those are load bars not sway bars but I believe you have a dual cam setup which also acts as sway control. Running with one bar would be worse than none. I would not weld that piece. It is almost impossible to make a weld as strong as the parent metal.

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Help! Broken sway bar

If you need to get home, you can remove the other cam arm, attach the chain directly to the spring bars using the existing holes. You will now have just weight distribution, but zero sway control. 130 miles is a long way at 45 mph, but at least you're not hanging around for a part!
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Ok sounds best to look for a replacement part. Any suggestions other than an rv shop where I might get one? We are in Julian ca. Airstream LA is about 2 hr away I think in worst case scenario. Thanks for everyone's help.
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Help! Broken sway bar

Camping world, no they don't stock those, google reese/draw tite near you.
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A 26 footer is delivered by the factory hired drivers without sway bars......all over the country. Many folks tow without as well. For a short trip of 135 miles, at reasonable speeds and conditions I, personally, would not worry a bit.
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Call Abe Hernandez in Ramona California, just a few miles from Julian. He's the repair expert in So Cal, and he's mobile.
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One of the cradles for our right side anti sway bar snapped. Is it safe to drive home with one anti sway bar. We are 135 miles from home. Driving a 2008 land cruiser and towing a 2006 25 ft safari
I would do exactly what Atomic 13 said. Take off the other cradle, ( one that's not broken) and put your normal tension on the trunnion bars. drive a little slower, and pay attention to your driving.
The only difference is that you won't have sway control, but you will still have weight distribution....
If you don't feel comfortable with that, see if you can find a local welding shop, and have it welded.

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I'm doing as atomic 13 and Larry C suggested, also talked to Abe Hernandez who's at Toronto airstream show but verified. Only final question is whether to leave good cam on the other side with less tension to match my broken side setup? Click image for larger version

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