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Old 02-26-2010, 08:33 AM   #1
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Is Straight-Line Overkill?

Hi All,
I will be picking up a new 16' sport in the coming weeks and have a burning question. Is a Reese Straight Line Hitch overkill for controlling sway in a light trailer (3500# Max)?
Should I consider an Equal-i-zer or friction sway control instead?
Are there any other options I am not mentioning?

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Old 02-26-2010, 08:51 AM   #2
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Why don't you try it with a regular hitch first? If it was 25' I'd say go for it.
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So your thinking try it with no WD or Sway Control?
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Hi All,
I will be picking up a new 16' sport in the coming weeks and have a burning question. Is a Reese Straight Line Hitch overkill for controlling sway in a light trailer (3500# Max)?
Should I consider an Equal-i-zer or friction sway control instead?
Are there any other options I am not mentioning?

Thanks
Torsion sway controls have a brain. The friction models do not.

The torsion type, help you to return to a straight line. The frictions cannot do that.

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Depending on what you are towing with you may get away without a WD hitch.

A single axle trailer will have a tendency to sway but if the TV is heavier than the trailer you might be OK. A full size pickup, Suburban, or equal. NO SUV.
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I should have put what my TV is. I will be towing with a Tacoma, 6cyl., 4x4, 6500# rating, 4130 Curb Weight.

Pulling 16' Sport 3500# GVWR

So, my vehicle will weigh more, I am definitely going to get WD, but have been told I could go without sway control by dealers.
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We once saw a Ford Excursion towing a pop up. The pup up was waggin back and forth like a happy dog waggin it's tail.

The size and weight of your TV may or may not have anything to do with having a safe combination depending on circumstances.

The Reese SL is a great hitch and IMHO would work well with your TV.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:40 AM   #8
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The type of tires (p metric vs LT {sidewall stiffness}) I have personally found afffects the tendency of the trailer to break into oscillation (sway).
My first van had P Metric radials on it and I almost lost it. LT tires took care of part of it, two friction type sway controls (one on each side) took care of it.
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If ya have the hitch use it. Do I think its over-kill A: NOPE
Like some one said short single axle trailers tend to walk around more than tandems, I would rather have the hitch and not need it than need it and not have it.
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If you're already getting WD, it's really not a big deal or expense to add a friction sway control device - even if you don't go with the Straight-Line.

I don't have any complaints about towing my 3000 lb (loaded) 20' Argosy with an Eaz-Lift WD hitch and a friction sway control.

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...So, my vehicle will weigh more, I am definitely going to get WD, but have been told I could go without sway control by dealers.
the term overkill makes me cringe...

dead is dead.

UNDERkill is the issue.

the notion that heavy truck=control isn't sound or backed by reality.

see for your self....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...rol-17986.html

i realize money may be an issue and towing HOME on the ball is often done,

but that didn't work out too well, in the example above, and there are 100s of outcomes like that.

these threads may help u,

different rig (with a MUCH better handling tv) but u r in the same stage of processing info and gathering the tools...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-do-21015.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...-ii-21000.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ons-22445.html
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there are 1000s of combinations and a seemingly endless spectrum of people towing with off the wall set ups....

and 100s of threads here on THIS one issue (do i need sway control?)...

the discussions are often HEATED and tangential but ALL of the useful info is there somewhere IN the hitch/tow vehicle forums.

the short answer is YES u do.

but many things contribute to that sway control

starting with tv tires and inflation, then moving right UP the equipment chain and out the back into the tongue and trailer...

and including the wingnuts behind the wheelz, who pack the trailer, hammer the pedals and steer the combo...

there is NO short simple cheap 1 stop catch all answer or solution that WORKs for every1.

do the background work, take NO shortcuts on the basics and assembly the tools for the task.

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So, my vehicle will weigh more, I am definitely going to get WD, but have been told I could go without sway control by dealers.
A GOOG RULE of THUMB is never believe anything a used car salesman tells you. RV dealers are just used car salesman that lost their auto dealership they worked for.
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Why don't you try it with a regular hitch first? If it was 25' I'd say go for it.
Sure try it. What's the worst thing that can happen?

I'm not sure the trial by error method is the best way to go about this.
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Find a table top model to fool around with. That will surely show you real life. Adios, John
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