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Posted: 08/14/02 04:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use no sway control, but do have weight distribution (not optional, in this case).

Factors in my favor:

Smaller trailer (20')
Trailer is fairly light (under 3,500 lbs loaded)
Decent wheel base (118.9")
Very short overhang (I don't know what it is, but it's 25.6" less than the extended van)

So far the ride has been rock steady. I hardly even notice the trailer, except for uphill and stopping distance, of course. Only once have I felt anything remotely like sway, and that was a little side push in high winds. I think it's about what I would have felt in the van without the trailer.


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Chuck,

I do believe that Les meant sway control on the hitch, not a sway bar on the tow vehicle.

And yes, length of the TT does play a factor, but it's not the only factor as Les pointed out. It's simple physics...an object in motion tends to stay in motion. A longer TT will be harder to correct from a sway situation than a shorter one.


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I'm in the process of evaluating which way I want to go between the Equal-i-zer and the or Dual Cam. Right now I don't have any problems, but I'm looking for a safer, more effective sway control for those emergencies that probably won't happen, but could.

Currently, I use the Reese friction sway control, but it really doesn't do anything for me. I've tightened it and loosened it by varying degrees, never noticing any difference at all. I'm certain it's because a single friction sway control is not enough for my length of trailer.

On occasion, I've swerved in a controlled manner to intentionally start sway, but the trailer immediately tracks right back behind our truck - with or without the sway control. I haven't taken my trailer on a slinging ride like in the Hensley tape, and don't plan to.



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When I got my TT (novice that I am), I was told that I didn't need sway control and that it wouldn't be a problem. After driving from Atlanta to Michigan and back, my first stop was to get a sway bar... the dealer lied!! I have never been more uncomfortable than during that drive.

Now I have a Equal-I-Zer and I could't be happier (unless I got the Hensley, which I can't afford at this time).


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tluxon:

If you already have the Reese WD system, upgrading that to the Dualcam would be less expensive than the Equalizer which, imo, is a very comprobable wd/sway system hitch.

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Posted: 08/14/02 10:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agree with Kus, you can usually upgrade to the dul-cam for about $150, while keeping the other pieces of the Reese hitch.

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Have to agree with Burbman, Found out the hard way on 8/4. Even with W/D and dual cam sway bars
began to "sway" due to rough construction pavement and semi-trailer wind suction.
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closing I294. Have trailered for 25 years with no problem, however happened in an instant. Definately not wasted investment or weight.
Trailer/Truck total loss. Lucky to be alive/looking into a fiver.

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cuts and bruises to show for it.

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yes they all sway. I pull a 20 ft. enclosed with a grand jeep in side ,a couple quads, and other things inside gvwr 10,000 and I wouldn't be with out. and if the wind is up you better have sum kind of anti sway.

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So.....in the oneleg1 case, sway control did nothing for him. Now I'm more uncertain about the effectivness of sway control.

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As a Equal-i-zer owner, I would still agree that if you have a good reese wd, then the dual cam would be cheaper and from all I see work just a well (well almost as well [emoticon]) for 1/3 the price.


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