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Old 07-21-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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Sway Command

As I wait for my trailer to be built I periodically review the Jayco website for changes. Noticed today that there is no mention of Sway Command as an option any longer. Anyone heard about why Jayco dropped this option?

I ordered my trailer with it, but wasn't sure how well it really worked. Anyone able to provide insight on whether or not I might miss it?

Finally, before anyone replies that Jayco has a right to make changes... I know that and I'm not complaining. I'm just curious as to if anyone knows why they made the change.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:53 PM   #2
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It worked for us on the High Plains.. Not sure if its offered on 2017 models
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #3
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As I wait for my trailer to be built I periodically review the Jayco website for changes. Noticed today that there is no mention of Sway Command as an option any longer. Anyone heard about why Jayco dropped this option?

I ordered my trailer with it, but wasn't sure how well it really worked. Anyone able to provide insight on whether or not I might miss it?

Finally, before anyone replies that Jayco has a right to make changes... I know that and I'm not complaining. I'm just curious as to if anyone knows why they made the change.
If I had to speculate, I read they were having some compatibility issues with some OEM truck brake controllers and they might not have been able to correct that successfully. Then there is always the possibility that there just wasn't enough interest from buyers in general to keep offering it.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:50 AM   #4
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It worked for us on the High Plains.. Not sure if its offered on 2017 models
When you say it worked for you, did you actually experience a sway issue that was severe enough to cause it to engage?

I was under the impression that it only activated when sway became really pronounced and outside of the range of normal sway control devices. Is that not true?
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I just purchased a SLX195rb that came pre-wired for Sway Command. As I have experienced sway before that on the edge of out of control I am having it installed before delivery. Would love real world experience reviews like the previous reply. as I still have time to cancel the install.
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When you say it worked for you, did you actually experience a sway issue that was severe enough to cause it to engage?

I was under the impression that it only activated when sway became really pronounced and outside of the range of normal sway control devices. Is that not true?
Yes it activated but it was not under extreme sway. It was before extreme sway..
We do not have sway bars. The dealer told us they were unnecessary and he was right

It was swaying about four inches to either side in 60 mph crosswinds.

So no its not true that it is activated only under catastrophic circumstances

Your rig may differ if its heavier. You might need sway bars but ours is a relatively light unit.
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I hope I could find a place to park if 60 mph cross winds are out there.

I'm not sure what the wind speed is, but high winds, and I suspect 60 mph would fit, causes the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from Virginia's Eastern Shore to Norfolk to close for RV's and 18 wheelers.

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Yes it activated but it was not under extreme sway. It was before extreme sway..
We do not have sway bars. The dealer told us they were unnecessary and he was right

It was swaying about four inches to either side in 60 mph crosswinds.

So no its not true that it is activated only under catastrophic circumstances

Your rig may differ if its heavier. You might need sway bars but ours is a relatively light unit.
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Here's a quote from one of Lipperts VPs that seems to indicate the Sway Command unit is not really intended to control "routine sway" but is designed to control "extreme" sway events beyond the capability of normally installed mechanical sway control devices. I guess 60MPH cross winds fall into the "extreme" category. Doesn't really sound like the system is designed to replace historical sway control devices but is designed to augment those systems during extreme conditions and maneuvers. Hope to hear the experiences of others who are actually using the system.

LCI VP of Electronics Rob Ford explained that Sway Command, coupled with a good weight distribution hitch system, can greatly reduce trailer sway during emergency maneuvers to avoid traffic accidents or other road obstructions. "Using a weight distribution hitch with sway control bars will handle minor sway events, but that alone isn’t enough to handle extreme sway events that can send the trailer into a potentially dangerous situation," said Ford. "These systems may give drivers a false sense of security, causing them to overcompensate when an extreme sway event occurs and make the situation even worse. Sway Command helps drivers by sensing a sway event before they can, operating the trailer brakes to deter a potentially dangerous situation."
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I hope I could find a place to park if 60 mph cross winds are out there.

I'm not sure what the wind speed is, but high winds, and I suspect 60 mph would fit, causes the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from Virginia's Eastern Shore to Norfolk to close for RV's and 18 wheelers.
Better get used to those . Not abnormal on the Great Plains

Have been over the CP Bay bridge system. I can see where there is no room for error and an error will muck up traffic for hours
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SC also probably engaged when we were in the high speed lane and the person on the left shoulder started backing up into the left lane on OK City
I just wanted to stop but not sure if SC engaged. It was subtle in our high wind occurrence
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