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Old 11-15-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Sway control on TV vs. sway control on WD hitch

Hello all. I have a question that I'm hoping someone can answer for me. I recently upgraded to a 2012 Silverado 2500HD and one of the features it has is an anti-sway built into the vehicle itself. My question is this...does the presence of a built-in sway control device on the TV eliminate the need for an anti-sway WD hitch? This is a new feature on a vehicle for me so I am totally lost as to the reliability/trust factor involved when talking about a built-in sway control.

Your input is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #2
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Sounds like they use the ABS braking system to help with sway that is detected.
Seems like buying a WDH with anti-sway control would still be an advantage, along with setting your trailer up correctly.

Just MHO,

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My 2010 F-150 has the factory anti-sway, like stated above I was told it works thru be brake system. I use it along with my WD hitch towing a 298RES. Very little sway for my setup when towing.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:52 PM   #5
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snip...... My question is this...does the presence of a built-in sway control device on the TV eliminate the need for an anti-sway WD hitch?......
IMO, no.

Take for example the Reese HP Dual Cam WDH with integrated sway control..., which by design is actively suppressing a sway event from becoming a reality.

The incorporation of a sway control device (no matter what kind) with a WDH can only enhance the handling of a TV should a sway event surface.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
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Check the owners manual. I have a Tundra with that built in, but the manual specifically says anything above 3K you must use a WD hitch. I would bet most other manufacturers have something similar.
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I still use a w/d hitch with sway control with my 3/4 ton, even though it has sway control. The built in sway control uses the truck and trailer brakes in combination with the trucks stabiltrack to help control sway.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:43 PM   #8
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@ MrKong...I realize that you would still require a WD hitch but was curious to know if one with anti-sway built into the hitch would be necessary. I already have a WD hitch but not one with any anti-sway. I wondered if the trucks device was enough to ensure no sway would ever occur.
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snip....... I wondered if the trucks device was enough to ensure no sway would ever occur.
I'm not aware of any device on the market (including a TV integrated device) that could "ensure no sway would ever occur"...., but I'm willing to learn if there is.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe you meant to say will the TV's built-in sway control device eliminate the need for an anti-sway control device attached to/or integrated to the WDH , which is a good question (referencing your original post).

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Personally I would still use some kind of sway control WD hitch. Your truck surely has some sophisticated electronics and probably some old school (but very effective) anti-sway bars attached below which help keep the truck from swaying, but for me, sway control built into the first half of the length of your rig can only be helped by a sway control WD hitch that helps with the back half of the rig. It certainly can't hurt anything, and I'd always rather be safe than sorry.
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