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Old 02-27-2021, 06:10 PM   #1
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Ford F350 Dually + Bambi20 Anti Sway needed?

Towing a travel trailer is totally new for us but lots of time with boats and glider towing.

With the F350 is anti sway required? We have oversized E rated tires on the truck. And we are in the Southwest, so wind is an issue at times.

A friend is picking up the Bambi and bringing it to us with an F550 based Earth Roamer

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Old 02-27-2021, 06:21 PM   #2
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Towing a travel trailer is totally new for us but lots of time with boats and glider towing.

With the F350 is anti sway required? We have oversized E rated tires on the truck. And we are in the Southwest, so wind is an issue at times.

A friend is picking up the Bambi and bringing it to us with an F550 based Earth Roamer

Thanks.
I will let others answer the sway question but just letting you know we expect pictures of the Earth Roamer
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Old 02-27-2021, 07:05 PM   #3
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Old 02-27-2021, 10:22 PM   #4
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I can assure you, you won't need anti sway for a bambi on an F-350 dually
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Old 02-28-2021, 08:22 AM   #5
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Just strap that bambi down in the bed of the truck, no worries
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Well, IMHO your F-350 is way to small for towing with that massive trailer - I have great concerns that the trailer will not be able to tow that truck up hill.
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:16 AM   #7
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I think you can probably relax in terms of sway control for your Bambi. Now, as for sway control for your F-350 dually, that's another question that deserves due consideration.
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:51 PM   #8
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Towing a travel trailer is totally new for us but lots of time with boats and glider towing.

With the F350 is anti sway required? We have oversized E rated tires on the truck. And we are in the Southwest, so wind is an issue at times.

A friend is picking up the Bambi and bringing it to us with an F550 based Earth Roamer

Thanks.
Absolutely not! The trailer is not capable of driving the tow vehicle.
Example- Watch how I do this
If a wrecker arrives on the accident scene ( say a combination vehicle rollover) involving a RV trailer and too small of tow vehicle ( like a little SUV) when the wrecker driver drops the trailer on the ball of wrecker, no anti sway gimmick hitch is involved.
Just the ball attached to the wrecker.Away it goes, following Big Daddy.
Your F-350 playes the role of wrecker in my example, towing that Baby Bambi.
Its physics...
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Old 02-28-2021, 07:48 PM   #9
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I have a 28' Flying Cloud behind my F350 Dually. I don't need a weight distribution hitch or sway control. It tows like it is on rails...
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I have a 28' Flying Cloud behind my F350 Dually. I don't need a weight distribution hitch or sway control. It tows like it is on rails...

Interesting......I'm coming from a 42' toy hauler to a 2021 GT27"FBT. My TV is and will continue to be a 2018 F350 DRW. I've seen several threads on here about this and most all say that a weight distribution hitch or a Hensley/Propride are required or a least preferred. I'd really like to hear more about not needing anything. Let me know what you dually guys are using. Thanks
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What counts is what is printed in your owner’s manual. Everything else is conjecture.
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Old 02-28-2021, 10:08 PM   #12
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Absolutely not. You're good...easily.
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:47 PM   #13
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If that rig sways (at speeds below 60-70 mph) it will be due to incorrect loading - or too-low tow-vehicle rear tyre pressure. It is unlikely to need any anti-sway gear but if you do a Hensley type hitch should suffice.

Do be aware however that any trailer towed via an overhung hitch will have a limiting sped before it sways. The only 100% solution is a fifth-wheeler (that has no overhang).

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Not necessarily.

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Old 03-05-2021, 05:22 AM   #15
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I think a light anti sway might be nice.

Your huge rig ain't going to stop the trailer from swaying.

It will make less of a difference to you though.

I used a Fastway E2 for years that eliminates sway entirely on my 20' FC.

Inexpensive and easy to set up.

Winds or tractor-trailers blowing by me make no difference.

Friction bars (round on the Fastway) make a huge difference.

You can go with very light bars as you won't need them for weight distribution.
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An F350 can tow any Airstream trailer currently in production without the need of any weight distribution or anti-sway.
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Old 03-05-2021, 06:09 AM   #17
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I've skimmed the thread and I may be going against the current here, but I might still be inclined to add a friction sway bar to the setup. I do agree that in terms of truck, it could safely pull any Airstream that I can think of, which brings me to my second thought.

That this is going to be one harsh ride for that Airstream. 1 ton pickup might not be an issue for a 34' slide out given it's got some weight, but a 20 is like a flea riding on an elephant. I would consider a very entry level airsafe hitch or equiv. Now I would caution you, a lot of people...myself included, buy the cute small Airstream, then realize you know, I really shoulda gotten a 25 or 28. If you have ANY thought at some point on getting a larger Airstream (or other larger trailer) get a bit larger Airhitch than you need. Yes, it does push the connection back about a foot, but the ride is very smooth. You could use a Class 4 with what you have and have a bit of room to spare. I have the Class 6 and it's a monster and a PITA to get into the receiver, but my ride quality was unbelievably better and I stopped popping the occasional rivet after going to it.

https://airsafehitches.com/receiver-hitch/
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No worries on the F350...Send pics of the Earth Roamer!!!
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Towing a travel trailer is totally new for us but lots of time with boats and glider towing.

With the F350 is anti sway required? We have oversized E rated tires on the truck. And we are in the Southwest, so wind is an issue at times.

A friend is picking up the Bambi and bringing it to us with an F550 based Earth Roamer

Thanks.
NO...You need a Freightliner for that monster.

In addition to what PanA said.....

Well actually...ANY single axle AS will benefit hugely from good sway control.
Consider....The trailer is swaying dramatically and the 550/350 doesn't move until the little AS is on its side.

FACT...The tow vehicle won't PREVENT trailer sway.

Disclaimer...I only have 18 Seasons of single axle AS towing.

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I would suggest a big heavy duty load equalizer setup, then with the Bambi suspended up in the air, you will save big-time on tire wear.. ;-)
Actually, seriously; bonus, you can go longer on your hitch and minimize the jack-knifing hazard.
Enjoy, you won't know it's there.
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