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Old 10-14-2014, 12:34 PM   #11
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There are a lot of people that use the Friction sway control and dont have any problem with them I used one on three different trailers with out any problem as long as the trailer was level or a little lower at the tongue there might be a little sway from time to time but not bad. With the new trailer it is longer and a lot heaver so I went with the Reese dual cam and now I dont feel any sway at all.

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Old 10-14-2014, 12:40 PM   #12
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I have a similar TV/TT as yourself. I have a Reese WDH with the Dual Cam sway control. It works great in heavy crosswinds (as I experienced driving across the prairies this summer).



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Old 10-14-2014, 03:15 PM   #13
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Thank you for all of the great discussion and input. Several months ago we did visit a Cat Scale with the trailer loaded for a trip and followed the procedure outlined by a post from Rusty Eagle. I would need to dig the tickets back up to get specifics. The summary is I netted out with getting the front axle weigh back to it's unloaded weight by going up a link on the WDH and also getting 14% of the TT weight on the tongue by shifting storage around in the TT. Also, for truck upgrades we have Roadmaster RAS. We have taken 3 trips , approx 1500 Miles total, prior to this one and have never had a problem with sway at all only some initial bounce that was cured by the RAS.

One thing I did realize that I didn't post previously, is that we weren't able to dump the black and grey water tanks before we left the campground. The black tank was full and both grey tanks were 3/4 full. We dumped at a Sanidump located at the TA Truck stop outside in Corning, CA. After we dumped we didn't have any problems with sway at all.

From the discussion of tongue weight though, logic tells me that this could have been a big part of the problem I had. I know that at least the black tank is located behind the rear axles and I am not sure about the grey water tanks. The bottom of my Whitehawk is covered so I would have to remove the covering to determine the exact location.

Regardless, I am still looking at upgrading my hitch setup from the discussion. I don't have a close up picture of my current hitch but here is a picture of in a parking lot loaded for travel.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:28 PM   #14
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Oh yes, having the rear waste tanks full of water throws everything off as a tongue light trailer is much more prone to sway.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:41 PM   #15
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What Crabman said.
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:56 PM   #16
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Yeah that is 500 to 600 pounds of sloshing liquid and other stuff added to the rear of the trailer now that I really look at it. I don't know why I didn't think about that the first time I posted.

Dumping the tanks ASAP is now on the priority list.

Also as I side note. The newer F150s tell you if the system is kicking in to control sway. It flashes on the info screen between the gauges. I don't want to see that message ever again if it all possible.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #17
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All that water sloshing around can make a big difference in handling.

Out of curiosity, when Ford’s sway control kicked in, did it engage the trailer brakes at all?
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:25 PM   #18
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No it doesn't. It only controls the truck's brakes when the system engages and will apply braking to one side of the truck or the other to control the sway.

I reached down and grabbed the trailer brake myself to pull it straight and slowed way down as well. I was going between 55 and 60 and trying not to go to 65 or 70 to get passed the semi when it happened.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:07 PM   #19
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Another thing I have experienced, which one other poster mentioned, is tire pressure. During our current trip heading south when we reached the warmer air temperatures, I started to experience more handling problems in passing situations. I checked the TT tire pressures with a manual gauge and found one tire 5 lbs higher than the other 3. I let out those extra 5 lbs, and it made a big difference in handling during passing situations.

ON EDIT; the other 3 were at full spec for pressure, the one was over spec.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:48 PM   #20
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I have the same hitch as you. I have the #800-1200 bars and one friction sway control. I have never experienced any sway. Not to say that I might some day down the road.

Many folks recommend having two friction sway controls for a trailer as long as yours.

One works just fine for me. I have though about getting another brand of hitch, but why spend the money if what you have is working well.

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