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Old 01-06-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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Will adding left side swaay bar really help?

Have a 2012 Jayco Eagle 298 rls. Tow veh is 2011 gmc 2500hd w/internal sway control, tow mode,etc. WdH is huskey w/right side sway bar. Get some sway in winds or near misses by 18 wheelers. Will adding second sway bar help?
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Not with a trailer of that size, You need a dual cam, Equalizer, or something similar..
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I doubt that it would help much on a TT of that size. Personally I would get a good WHD with an integrated sway control. I have used both Reese Dual Cam and Equalizer, and like them both.

Currently I have an Equalizer WDH on our HTT. The only time I feel any vehicle passing me (traveling in the same direction) is a vehicle with a very large frontal area (Greyhound Busses and very large heavy duty Semis, you know the ones that look really old and have very large grills). Even with them passing me all I get is only a little wiggle for just a moment. On coming trucks passing me have absolutely zero effect on me.

I am not familiar with the Huskey WDH, I looked on their website but did not see an upgrade to be similar to the Reese Dual Cam setup. But it might be worth spending a few minutes looking.

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My understanding of the TVís integrated sway control is it applies your brakes independently to counter act sway.
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My trailer is every bit as big as yours, I tow with a 3/4 ton as well, no sway bars at all, I do have a WDH. I have no sway at all, my suggestion is to insure your trailer sits level when connected to your truck, and make sure your tongue weight is in check.

With one sway bar already there has to be something else out of balance, that's my opinion
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My trailer is every bit as big as yours, I tow with a 3/4 ton as well, no sway bars at all, I do have a WDH. I have no sway at all, my suggestion is to insure your trailer sits level when connected to your truck, and make sure your tongue weight is in check.

With one sway bar already there has to be something else out of balance, that's my opinion
I agree, something is not right. Your truck should handle that trailer with out any sway control.
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snip........Will adding second sway bar help?
It can, but a lot depends on whether your WDH is sized/adjusted correctly, and that your TV/TT weights are within specified limits. The same can be said for TV's with internal electronic sway control systems, they can't compensate for overweight or improper WDH adjustments. It should be noted that most WDH manufactures recommend adding a 2nd friction control sway bar when towing TT's over 25ft long.

However, I do agree with the other JOF members that a WDH with "integrated" sway control is an "up-grade" from a standard WDH with a standard friction control sway bar(s).

If you haven't already, I would take your TV/TT under loaded conditions to a CAT scale for weigh-in..., the results will confirm your WDH sizing/adjustments, and of course your weights.

CAT scale how-to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

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My trailer is every bit as big as yours, I tow with a 3/4 ton as well, no sway bars at all, I do have a WDH. I have no sway at all, my suggestion is to insure your trailer sits level when connected to your truck, and make sure your tongue weight is in check.

With one sway bar already there has to be something else out of balance, that's my opinion
Same here, I agree that something isn't right with your setup. If my drive is short sometimes I don't even put the sway bar on at all, just the w/d bars.
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We tow a Whitehawk 30Dsre with a long bed Chevy 1500. Equalizer hitch and both left & right sway control bars. While I agree a hitch with integrated sway is a better set up I didnt want to let go of $800 for a new hitch without first trying the lower cost route. Only need to buy a left anti sway bar for around $30 bucks...so far so good.
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I agree with everything on this thread. I think the 2 most common causes of sway are; too light on the tongue and the trailer being too high in the front. Your trailer has an unloaded tongue weight of 800lbs, so that's probably not the problem. When you're hooked up, the front of the trailer should be slightly nose down, if it's not, this could be the issue. [improper WDH setup]. This is a major cause of sway. I have the factory sway control in my truck as well and this does nothing to control the actual sway, all it does is sense when there is too much sway, the computer will slow the truck down.
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New to towing ( 4 months) with a round trip to south Tex under my belt. Had a 801-1200 lb WDH installed, with one sway bar, and the dealer and I set the before and after truck wheel measurements to less than 1/2 inch. Just the two of us, and I keep the load light and even. Travel with little or no liquid in all tanks. I hug the right side of road when I see a problem coming in my mirrors. Its higher winds and fast truck that hug the white line, that causes some sway. Not serious sway, but would be happier with zero. At 74, guess I may be expecting too much. Most of the time , the truck and I are unaware of something following behind. Will try the left bar before I change WDH. Thanks for all the info.
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