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Old 08-03-2016, 07:42 PM   #41
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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa...pump the brakes fellas. Are ya'll telling me that I need that setup for my 3,000 lb., 18 ft. Jay Flight 7. I pull it with 2008 Explorer BTW.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:49 PM   #42
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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa...pump the brakes fellas. Are ya'll telling me that I need that setup for my 3,000 lb., 18 ft. Jay Flight 7. I pull it with 2008 Explorer BTW.
I would. But I am paranoid about sway, and a basic e2 WDH with 2-point friction sway control is only a couple hundred bucks. Even a light travel trailer has a pretty big side profile for the wind to catch.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:50 PM   #43
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the point of the sway bar to damp yaw so that it doesn't escalate to sway? By the time the truck's electronic sway control kicks in, you're in a full sway event and the only thing keeping you on the road is the truck working some magic -- great, but still means new underwear, and I wouldn't want to depend on it I guess .


I had my truck's antisway kick in during our current trip. I swerved to avoid something on the road but overdid it and was about to hit gravel shoulder, but yanked it back. On the second yank, the truck said "that's about enough of that" and killed the cruise and applied trailer brake to get back in line.

Worked beautifully but only comes on in that kind of situation. Sway control on the hitch takes care of passing semi's and wind.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:32 PM   #44
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I haven't seen any one mention that (afaik) 1/2 ton truck hitches (like my F150) are rated for 500lb tongue wt and upto 5000lb trailer wt with out wdh and 1050lb tongue wt with upto 10,000 lb trailer wt. with wdh. So if the op's trailer is under 500/5000 he doesn't need a wdh. Now that being said Ford rates my truck configuration rated to tow 9200lbs. So it also depends on your OEM specs.

So the short answer is that it depends on the op's tow vehicle and trailer whether he should be using them or not.
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Old 08-04-2016, 04:00 AM   #45
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We had a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel) and the max hitch weight was 750# and max towing of 5000#. Our Aerolite TT hitch weight at max GVWR was 400# HW, we didn't use a WD hitch as the vehicle remained level and handled well. The Jeep was replaced with a 2013 Nissan Frontier with a hitch max weight of 650# and max tow of 5900# (it's a 4Door & 4WD with the Value Package option which add 196# to the truck, options reduce the towing capacity of any vehicle). The Aerolite TT when hitched to the Frontier the rear sank by 3 1/2" and the front went up 3/4", to level the truck it was time for a WD hitch.
The Reese SC hitch we have uses the 600# spring bars, I had the stem on the hitch shortened by 3 1/2" to move the pivot point closed to the truck, this improves the handling of the rig. I'm not going to work out the math here but to say the least, fully loaded we are within the limits of the GCVWR of the truck and still have a level, well handling rig. Our new Hummingbird 17RK, weights 187# more than the Aerolite, most of which is a roof mounted air conditioner, max. hitch weights are a bit higher than the Aerolite, but the GVWR of the Hummingbird is 1200# less.
JoeTampa is right, depends on your truck and trailer combination. If we had a trailer over 24' I would only tow with a 3/4 ton or larger truck.
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:26 AM   #46
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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa...pump the brakes fellas. Are ya'll telling me that I need that setup for my 3,000 lb., 18 ft. Jay Flight 7. I pull it with 2008 Explorer BTW.
I would have some form of sway control on any trailer I towed. Why even risk it? Same reasoning behind having an EMS, water pressure regulator, and chains - you don't need any of them.... Until you do. Much better to have and never need then to need and not have.
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With our Jeep Liberty we use a friction sway control. I worked OK, but we had to loosen it every time we wanted to back up it was a pain.
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I have been towing a TT as well as car trailer and stock trailer since 1972 and have never had to remove or loosen my sway control. In 44 years I have back in many tight spots on site side as well as blind side. If your hitch is set up right, why remove it.
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:05 PM   #49
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With our combo we need neither. The TV back drops 1.5 inches
The TT sway command kicked in way before twitch became sway.
We just put in another 2000 miles in Ontario with no incident. But only passing transports. No high crosswinds . No sway at all noticeable.
Sway on a logging road one lane bridge would mean death. But I am confident it won't happen
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