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Old 06-14-2016, 04:09 AM   #1
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Sway control setting

Hello,

I wish to install the Sway control and I've seen I need 24" between the ball from the mount ball to the ball from the trailer.

But for the setting... ?

I have a Curt sway control

https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar..._17200_INS.PDF

But I don't understand how I have to tighten the handle... very strong ? (I think they say "tighten firmly")

Can you help me ?

Thank you very much,

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Old 06-14-2016, 05:23 AM   #2
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I tighten mine very tight. Try to get the handle parallel with the unit. The tension is adjusted with the tightening screw as the directions say. The handle is used to loosen the device so it can be removed and installed easily. I have a large trailer so I increased the tension on the screw. I also have two sway controls, one on each side which is recommended for trailers over 25 feet. So to answer your question I tighten the handle very tight by hand only and try to leave it parallel to the sway control. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:44 AM   #3
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The fellow at the dealership doing the predelivery inspection with me, said to tighten it as tight as you can get it, using one finger. This is more than snug, but less than if you used your whole hand.

I've had the same questions as you--what's the right way to do this?
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:18 AM   #4
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I've always used my whole hand and tighten it very firmly.
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I tighten as tight as it will go while still leaving the handle close to parallel to the body.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:20 AM   #6
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ok, thank you very much, I'll do as you say, so very tight.

Here, nobody can advize me... ! No dealership...

It exists 2 or 3 airstream restoration garage but... they repair Airstream as they think.... no necessarily as original or by the right way.
And the last year a dealership for new airstream but I'm not sure they know many things about it...

Thank you again.
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I've always tightened the handle about as much as I could by hand, then leaving it parallel to the bar. I think the handle is not large enough to overtighten it by hand as long as a cheater pipe isn't used to twist it some more. The part with the handle is only to secure the top part of the bar to turn it "on" or "off" as it were. As noted above, the actual part that is supposed to increase the anti-sway pressure is the adjusting nut on the bottom, which the manufacturer usually says to leave alone because it is tightened properly at the factory. However, as the friction brake material is worn down, it may take some adjustment (tightening) a lot of miles later.

I, too, use two of these sway bars on my 28-foot trailer, which completely eliminates any uncomfortable push/pull caused by 18-wheelers flying by me at 80 mph on the Interstate.
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These devices "resist" sway starting, granted, but they also resist the trailer returning to center.

A pair is better than one.

So when one finally gets a decent hitch the pair make good doorstops, inside and out.
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These devices "resist" sway starting, granted, but they also resist the trailer returning to center.

A pair is better than one.

So when one finally gets a decent hitch the pair make good doorstops, inside and out.
It's amazing how some folks who've invested a few grand in a superhitch can't stop casting aspersions on traditional hitches which cost a small fraction as much.

Yet, the simple, proven designs of the traditional hitches contunue to dominate the market by providing excellent towing capablities without the additional complexity and expense.
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Why buy an expensive trailer and tow vehicle then miss the boat by purchasing an obsolete hitch?

Focus on price is intentionally misleading. Indeed, it is that old saw, "knowing the price of everything, and the value of nothing".
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Why buy an expensive trailer and tow vehicle then miss the boat by purchasing an obsolete hitch?

Focus on price is intentionally misleading. Indeed, it is that old saw, "knowing the price of everything, and the value of nothing".
Some of your comments are really demeaning.
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99% of the hitches on the market seem to be of the "obsolete" type. The owners seem to be happy though and get a safe and comfortable towing experience. I am personally tired of a few PPP hitch owners' incessant pitch for what they own. It's certainly not helpful, and, IMO, creates a bad image for the product they are advertising.
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Bob, you shared experiences with the Hensley/ProPride design, as well as the satisfaction of many other members led us to get this hitch for our Airstream.

Thanks to all who recommended it, best money we have spent on our Airstream.
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