SWAY CONTROL

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by Beekeeper1, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Beekeeper1

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    I have a 280 Palomino Pony. Total weight is 1285 empty. TV is 2004 olds bravada. Towing capacity 3500 pounds. I purchased a Curt SWAY control kit. Now I am wondering if I really need to install it on such a light trailer. Any thoughts or advice ?
     
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    Since you have the bar, go ahead and install it
     
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    giadiep Active Member

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    I would not bother. Your tv weighs at least 2x the trailer. If leveled properly, you won’t experience any sway.
     
  4. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Try towing the unit first with the load you will carry and speed for when you go camping. If there is no sway then don't worry about installing, if you get any sway then install it. Good Luck and happy Camping
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I wouldn't bother unless you experience sway, which you likely will not. You have to remove it to back the camper, so just adds to the list of things to do/forget.
     
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    Why would the weight of the TV matter of you get sway or not?
     
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    A 1500 lb trailer has less effect on a 5500 lb tow vehicle, than a 3500 lb vehicle. I want my dog to be bigger than its tail.
     
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    You are talking about controlling sway. My question was why a bigger TV would prevent sway from happening. Two very different things.
     
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    A larger tow vehicle does not allow the sway to start, preventing sway.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I see plenty of small trailers swaying behind large vehicles.
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    Sure, due to being loaded wrong, frame issue, or axle alignment issues. Even a large vehicle can't make up for some equipment. I'm referring to normal properly loaded trailers. A large vehicle will control a trailer better than a small vehicle. I see some people tow a huge boat behind a small pickup and wonder what they were thinking.
     
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    You are again going back to a larger vehicle can control the trailer better. That is not disputed. At least not by me. What I am saying is if you have the set up down you don't need a larger truck because you won't have any issues.
     
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    We are pretty much saying the same thing. Most people here are pulling pop ups, and we benefit from a larger vehicle for trailer control so we are not borderline if something happens quickly.
     
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    I wouldn't install them, our tent trailer is 1600 pounds dry and we've never had a problem with sway. I see the sway bars on travel trailers that are heavier and less aerodynamic than a tent trailer.
     
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    chefaleslie Always looking for a great MOD

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    I have one, and use it. Better to have it and not need it....
     
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    bols2Dawall S.W. Ontario

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    Totally necessary , take it back
     
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    I went with the Andersen. It’s a sway control WDH that only weighs a very little bit and has no issues with backing in.
     
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  20. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    My personal thought, put it on. You are better to have and not need than to need and not have. I ran sway bars on both my pups, the cost and time to install/remove are minimal and when compared to the situation you could find yourself in if you don’t have it, and I towed mine with Suburbans, not little undersized vehicles. You already have it, use it.
     
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