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Old 12-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Sway Control or Coil Sumo Springs?

If I only $150 to drop before my next trip, which of these 2 items will give me more stability on my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ WD hitch.

1. Draw Tite Sway Control

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2. Coil SumoSprings

Thanks for any help! I am also adding a Transmission Cooler to mix. Any other recommendations are welcome.

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Neither of them are used anymore, there are better ways of getting a stable rig. Without more details of tow vehicle, trailer, hitch, etc it is impossible to comment further.

Suggest you read some of the threads on hitches and setting up a rig.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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All of those details are listed in the post.

1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 6 cyl.

Drawtite WD Hitch

1976 22' Argosy

I am only looking for improvements on this setup. not a recommendation on a new vehicle.
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Old 12-13-2013, 08:03 PM   #4
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Hi Chris

Is your Argosy a rear door model? You should not need any springs with the Jeep, if it is low at the back when you are towing you likely need to reconfigure your weight distribution not add springs. A friction sway control would be a good idea on this combination.

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No, it is not too low in the back of the jeep. In fact the whole rig is almost even. I was only trying to improve handling and since this is my first experience with heavy towing, I was unsure what to use or add for a better ride and handling.
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If I only $150 to drop before my next trip, which of these 2 items will give me more stability on my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/ WD hitch.

1. Draw Tite Sway Control

or

2. Coil SumoSprings

Thanks for any help! I am also adding a Transmission Cooler to mix. Any other recommendations are welcome.

Thanks!
Chris
Hi Crabby,

Have you towed the rig yet at all? If you did, did you notice any problem in particular? If you didn't, maybe tow it out for a test drive. Keep your speed down to 55 until you are sure how it is handling is comfortable for you. \

Some type of sway control is usually a good thing. Good luck on your trip!
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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Yeah, I have had it out on 4 separate trips. It tows great but it does have sway issues especially when larger vehicles pass or when I hit large bumps. I always stay around 55-60.
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The sway control may be a great way to spend the $150 then. I hope t helps.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:39 PM   #9
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Absolutely. I would like to hear what Ganaraska has to offer since he says that both methods are outdated...
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If your 22 Argosy is a rear door model it has the wheels moved forward to allow space for the door behind the axles. The result is a hitch weight that is too light for this size trailer. You can help mitigate it by always towing with the fresh water tank full and any heaveir articles you are carrying towards the front of the trailer.

When we encounter these today we put a little twist in the rear axle mounting so that more weight is carried on the rear axle, the rear axle has plenty of capacity to carry a little more.

Since the hitch weight is so light on this trailer a friction sway control is the best way to go for sway control.

If you like take a picture of your weight distribution set up and we might be able to suggest some tweaks.

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I use that sway control because I do not use WD. It works fine. You can also use two if you have a heavy trailer, one on each side of the hitch. Jim
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Modern weight distributing hitches have built in sway control. If you do not have WD and don't need it then the friction sway control is a good addition.
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Here is a photo of my rig on the road. It is not a rear door model. I know this photo does not have a lot of detail but at least you can view you how sits. I do not have a close up of teh hitch setup but I will grab one next time out.
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I read somewhere that the Sway Control Bar doesn't stop sway but it lessens the effects of the sway once it happens. Is there a product that actually can prevent sway?
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