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Old 11-08-2014, 10:30 PM   #15
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I had a lot of sway with it on, which makes me wonder what is set wrong! I towed 300 miles without the sway bar & had no issues ( when I bought it). I had a lot of wind & 18 wheelers this time, but also had the sway bar on ( for my own peace of mind, I thought!). I got sucked over by just about every truck that passed me. I thought I heard or read that the sway bar actually works against the friction of the WD bars. Was I dreaming that?


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Old 11-08-2014, 10:55 PM   #16
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Understand that weight distribution has absolutely nothing to do with suppressing or preventing sway. There are hitches that control sway. Reese dual cams are one. ProPride and Hensley are another approach.

I use a ProPride on my 22 foot AS and am convinced it's the only way to go. Others will have differing opinions. I do know that sway no longer happens, and passing big rigs, and wind do not get my blood pressure up, because nothing happens--the trailer tracks properly all the time.

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Old 11-09-2014, 03:18 PM   #17
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Becky, I would try another notch on the wd bars and really tighten the sway control down - I don't think you can over tighten it by hand. See if that helps.

I've towed my 31' Sovereign almost 60000 miles with pretty much the same Reese set up you have and have never had any sway issues so it should be just a matter of dialing it in.

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Old 11-09-2014, 04:01 PM   #18
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We have a friction sway and I've noticed it's touchy - a bit too loose, and the sway control is lacking. A bit too tight, and the rig feels like something major is wrong. You'd think it'd be easy to tighten it to the same place each time, but so far I've had a lot of variation even when I'm trying to be careful.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:17 PM   #19
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Really, that's the main issue with friction ant-sway systems. ProPride and Hensley work with geometry to prevent sway before it can start.


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Old 11-09-2014, 07:50 PM   #20
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Still using my 1200 lb bars from my old SOB, a little over kill for our 23fc but with set up procedures followed I Have no complaints.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-09-2014, 08:02 PM   #21
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The best test to determine the correct Reese bar rating is very simple.

The bars should bend an absolute minimum of 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

The greater the bend, to a point, the greater the sway control.

My Reese bars bent 3 inches. I could tow all day long with 2 fingers on the steering wheel.

Reese bars are tested to a 5 (five) inch bend. If the bar does not completely straighten out when the pressure is released, the bar is rejected. I watched them do those tests.

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Old 11-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #22
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I probably don't have my bars tight enough from what I'm reading. I'm going to tighten them up a link & try running without the sway bar. It was from a set up I had on another trailer that was an EZ lift system. I'm really not sure if it is compatible with the Reese WD bars I have. I am down in Destin, FL and seriously considered getting a propride from a guy not too far away, but don't have anyone to install it for me. I towed this trailer before without the sway bar without issue. It seems that that is the only different variable in the mix. If things get dicey, I can always stop & throw it on.


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Old 11-09-2014, 10:58 PM   #23
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ProPride can be installed by a 60+ old fart and 18 year old daughter, assuming you have the manual and the right tools. Only hard part is lifting the bigger bits into position under the tongue. It's not too hard...


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Old 11-09-2014, 11:10 PM   #24
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You don't understand that I'm 900 miles from my tools that would be needed for installation. I'm a pretty capable woman, but I'm not willing to install something that connects my TV to my trailer (with my sister following behind me) without the over site of someone who is more knowledgeable about their installation than I am ( which is a big fat goose egg).


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Old 11-09-2014, 11:44 PM   #25
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Fwiw, when I was towing on the ball I never had sway events below about 62 MPH.


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Ah, understand being separated from tools is the issue. Consider getting the ProPride if you can at a decent price...it should tow a lot better when you can get it installed.


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Old 11-10-2014, 07:03 AM   #27
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I have Reese wd bars on my 30' Avion. Should I also have a sway control bar? I have one & the trailer has a ball mounted to it, but I'm not sure if it works against the wd bars. I'm down in Florida & had some pretty bad sway episodes on my way down & used the sway bar. Wonder if I should go up a notch on the wd chain & skip the sway bar. Not excited about my 900 mile trip home!!


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First of all, do you know what model Reese hitch you have? If you have the Dual Cam, or the Straight Line, I agree with Andy, you need to increase tension on the bars.
If yours is a Reese weight distribution hitch only, you need to buy the addition sway control parts that go on the trailer tougue. Make sure your bars are not too heavy for your trailer. I would think 800# bars would be right for your Avion...
If there's any chance you are in northern Florida, we live about 20 miles west of Pensacola, I would be glad to help.

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Fwiw, when I was towing on the ball I never had sway events below about 62 MPH.


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