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Old 01-12-2016, 01:29 PM   #1
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Do I need a sway bar?

Just purchased my first TT in early December and have not actually towed it anywhere except home from the CW dealer. It is a 2016 Whitehawk 27DSRL. I tow it with my 2010 Ford F-150 Supercrew, 5.4L V8, 6.5' bed, Max Tow Package, 3.73 axle ratio. When I picked up the TT from CW, I asked both my sales person and the tech installing my WDH, (no integrated sway in WDH), whether I also needed sway bars. They both said it wasn't necessary, so I didn't have any installed. I'm really re-thinking that decision, but don't know the answer. I had no issues towing it the 24 miles home on the freeway in the pouring rain. So, do I need sway control bars and, if so, one or two?
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:38 PM   #2
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... my WDH, (no integrated sway in WDH), ... So, do I need sway control bars and, if so, one or two?
Hi WyEm,

You didn't say what type of WDH have, but you did indicate that your WDH doesn't have integrated sway control.

From the Jayco web site, it states that you're trailer has a 31.5' exterior length.

Even though your trailer has the Tracker-Wide axles, I would still add some type of sway control to your WDH. I would start off with one and see how it handled.

Better to have it then wish you had it.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:42 PM   #3
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Most WDH's have integrated sway control.
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What model WDH do you have?
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Just purchased my first TT in early December and have not actually towed it anywhere except home from the CW dealer. It is a 2016 Whitehawk 27DSRL. I tow it with my 2010 Ford F-150 Supercrew, 5.4L V8, 6.5' bed, Max Tow Package, 3.73 axle ratio. When I picked up the TT from CW, I asked both my sales person and the tech installing my WDH, (no integrated sway in WDH), whether I also needed sway bars. They both said it wasn't necessary, so I didn't have any installed. I'm really re-thinking that decision, but don't know the answer. I had no issues towing it the 24 miles home on the freeway in the pouring rain. So, do I need sway control bars and, if so, one or two?
Hi WyEm,

I had a Whitehawk 30DSRE and towed it with a 1/2 ton. It was a little longer and heavier than the 27DSRL but even with the wide stance axles I found that the anti sway was a blessing in windy conditions. I had the Andersen hitch which incorporated the anti sway but I would get two if your hitch will allow.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:03 PM   #6
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I'd say it's probably good to consider getting one. That's a pretty long trailer and susceptible to sway.

If it were me, I would learn as much about the WDH you have (reading the manual/watching youtube/etc). Once you have a good feel for what it is and how to make adjustments to it, then I would head down the road a bit to see how towing goes.

Then make your decision.
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My WDH is the Eaz Lift e-lite round bar weight distribution hitch
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Yup it's built in to yours. No need for external sway control.
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Hey Docbrown are you sure about that? When I looked up the eaz lift elite it just showed WD not sway control. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong one. I just want to be sure that we are giving the OP correct information.
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Yes..., and due to the length/weight of the 27DSRL most WDH manufacture's will recommend having two friction control sway bars (one on each side) with a standard WDH like the Eaz lift e-lite. The standard WDH spring bars are not designed to provide sway control.

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