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Old 10-17-2016, 07:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the feedback. I bought a friction anti sway bar. Haven't installed it yet, I wanted to do without for first half of trip, then use it on second half to see if I notice a difference.

I also never had any away with my 19, but *think* I can feel a very subtle bit of wiggle occasionally with the 23.
Maybe install the SC ASAP, and then test the "without it" function later? Why keep what may be a crucial tool locked in the tool chest?



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Old 10-17-2016, 08:21 AM   #16
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Maybe install the SC ASAP, and then test the "without it" function later? Why keep what may be a crucial tool locked in the tool chest?



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The ball mounts are already on--sway bar going on when I start my long drive tomorrow!
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:35 AM   #17
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No special considerations except inexperience towing a trailer. This is proof that sway can happen with an Airstream, even a 23 in like-new condition. He had even upgraded the wheels and tires. Certainly there are things that could have ameliorated or eliminated the sway, but not recognizing it early enough and applying the truck brake aggravated an already bad condition.
They now have a brand new 23 with a RAM ecodiesel 1/2 ton and a ProPride hitch. It will never be a problem for them aagain.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:27 AM   #18
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Interesting that they rolled a 23. I guess I'll look harder at pulling it with the fresh water full. Glad they are back in business though. I would have thought the Frontier was enough truck for a 23. I'm sure there's more to it than the TV. Hopefully putting 15" tires vs the 14s that come on it didn't contribute. I'm going to 15s when my GYMs get old.
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I cannot see how 15's would contribute. I would suggest most anything will pull a 23 but the question becomes what tow vehicles are better if sway is an issue.
I always tow my 25 with full water; it just seems to tow better.
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I also tow my 25 with a full tank. I agree that it seems to tow better. Basically, you have a ballast between the axles.
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Heck. You live in Durango! You've got great camp sites within site of your house. Sorry, I couldn't resist. We do have a small amount of water in the tank. I'll have to try it full. That would certainly increase the weight forward of the axles. I can see where it would increase stability. I haven't done the calculations to determine the added weight with a full fresh water tank, and full hot water heater. I would think coming down some of those Colo passes you'd know it was there..

So true! Yet we have done 10K miles/yr. roaming between the Fl Keys and Olympic NP. So much to see and enjoy! Yep, I'm keenly aware of that 5675 lbs hitched behind me me when coming down the passes - particularly with a bit of snow or ice on the road.

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