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Old 09-25-2007, 11:30 AM   #1
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Weird Sway setup

We have a 72 International (31ft) and have a sway connect on the side of the tongue that is unlike anything I have ever seen. It looks pretty cool and has some adjustment features. But it is set at an odd angle to the truck hitch and won't take a normal tesion bar. It actually looks a little like a sundial with marks around the perimeter for adustment.
I would love to see if it works, but have no idea what it is, if I can get a tension bar that fit, or if it even works at all.
I'm hoping with the vast knowledege on airforums, someone might give me some insight on this mystery.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Sway Bar attachment?

Blue Boy (some place to hang blue boy to drag to dump)?????
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:18 PM   #3
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Sway Bar attachment?

Blue Boy (some place to hang blue boy to drag to dump)?????
I have seen an anti-sway add-on that looks like a shock absorber that attached to a small ball on each end.

Although, maybe it's where the bicycle attaches to pull the AS .
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Is there one of these on each side of the tongue?
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Ask Andy (Inland RV), he will know.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
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It is only on one side. (And for Phil and Sue, when I was pulling the AS uphill with my bicycle, it still swayed.

Any thoughts?
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I would guess it is a friction sway device. Instead of the fiction piece being built into the arm that attaches between the TV and the trailer.


The friction is built into the ball where it attaches to the trailer.
Same function, different design.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:33 AM   #8
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Thanks to all who repsonded. I was hoping someone might know who manufactured this setup so I could see about getting a friction bar that fits. Normal ones (like what azflycaster showed) don't work, since they are designed for the vehicle ball to be vertical and the trailer ball to be horizontal. If anyone knows who the manufacturer of this is, maybe I could run something down.
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Flyin, that does'nt work like an old friction shock abssorber, does it? Just a thought. LJH 6196
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Thanks LJH,
I'm really not sure. I didn't get any kind of friction bar, or shock absorber with it. That's what intriqued me. Was hoping someone could tell me what was used to connect it up. Might just be a mystery I'll have to live with.
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Thanks LJH,
I'm really not sure. I didn't get any kind of friction bar, or shock absorber with it. That's what intriqued me. Was hoping someone could tell me what was used to connect it up. Might just be a mystery I'll have to live with.
It looks ike it would take a rigid bar with 2 ball ends that has a certain length in the trailer/tow vehicle's straight position. The round discs and tension on the center screw determine the amount of sway control. If you can get your hands on some 1"ball ends, then you can have them welded to a straight rod and use the device.
I must add, though, that I removed my friction sway device from a previous trailer, because it did not perform very well, demanding constant adjustments, and eventually getting on my nerves more than a little sway did.
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thanks everyone for your insight. I think I will take UWE's advice. I have a tension bar that I can cut and weld to see if it works.
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From your picture the WD brackets have been removed from the trailer. At this point I would focus on that first. If you get a WD setup that has sway control, remove the thing you are asking about.

I would be concerned about turning. If you attach a staight bar to the unit and then make a hard left turn, will you max out the pivot on that thing? If you do, it may not rotate back, or even worse pivot in the other direction causing you to be a jack knife. Friction sway is not the greatest to begin with, I use one and think it works ok for me. If you want to use friction sway, why not remove that thing and get a new one. Mine (Husky) cost under $50 from a guy on ebay. I am not sure I would risk the safety of my family and my trailer on something we think should work that way. The down side is just too great. Just my opinion....
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Before you get too far into it, be sure to check the friction linings in the anti-sway device. There should be two round discs of material like big washers. If they're not in good shape or the plate with the ball is rusty and rough, it may not be worth the effort to re-connect it.
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