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Old 08-25-2020, 08:00 AM   #1
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Do I really need a sway bar for my 2015 Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB

Do I really need a sway bar for my 2015 Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB which is pretty light. I was told by the guy we bought the trailer he never used one and never had a problem.

2015 Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB Specs:
https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2015-...n-14rb-tr22027
Dry Weight 2,390 lbs.
Payload Capacity 810 lbs.
GVWR3,200 lbs.
Hitch Weight 255 lbs.
Dimensions
Length 16.5 ft. (198 in.)
Width 7.08 ft. (85 in.)
Height 8.42 ft. (101 in.)
Interior Height 6.08 ft. (73 in.)
Wheelbase 11.25 ft. (135 in.)


I will be pulling it with a:
2014 Ram 1500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 5.7L V8 Hemi 395 HP
8-Spd Auto 8HP70 Transmission
392 Rear gear ratio
Trailer Tow Mirrors and Brake group
Trailer brake control
Trailer Receiver: 10K lbs gross weight / 1,000 lbs tongue weight
12,000 lbs weight "Distribution / 1,200 WD Tongue weight
Heavy Duty transmission & engine cooling system
Flowmaster exhaust system, K&N air filter system.

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Old 09-01-2020, 11:03 AM   #2
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I wouldn't think so
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Old 09-01-2020, 12:22 PM   #3
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Sway control isn't needed until you need it. In other words, never say never. It's for the times you cannot predict.

In the 28 years I've been towing trailers I only had severe sway once. We were returning from a trip and it was raining. This was a 17ft hybrid trailer that weighed less than 3500#. We were 15 minutes from home. I hit a slick spot and the rear tires of my truck slid sideways at least 6 inches or so. The trailer went bonkers. I thought I was going to lose it. I had the sway control bar on. I still believe that had I not had it I would have dumped the trailer. That was the longest 10 seconds in my life.

So you need to ask yourself, is it worth it to spend that extra $100 on a sway control bar? I'm certainly glad I had it.
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Old 09-01-2020, 12:24 PM   #4
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Do I really need a sway bar for my 2015 Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB which is pretty light........snip
Depends on your personal loading habits and towing expectations, but single axle TT's tend to 'wiggle' a little more than a dual axle...., especially in less than ideal towing conditions (weather, sudden maneuvers, road conditions, etc.).

A friction sway control arm is a good investment, I'd install one.

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Depends on your personal loading habits and towing expectations, but single axle TT's tend to 'wiggle' a little more than a dual axle...., especially in less than ideal towing conditions (weather, sudden maneuvers, road conditions, etc.).

A friction sway control arm is a good investment, I'd install one.

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X2,

You don't need a wdh, but sway control would be a good investment. Especially if you accidentally load a bit tongue light.
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Old 09-01-2020, 03:02 PM   #6
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I agree on the sway bar. One thing to remember with them, is you need to remove it before you back up. It WILL bend the ball mount on the TT frame. Now, if you're considering a larger trailer in the future, ( 2 foot-itis) you could get a WDH with sway control now, and then you'll be equipped for that new one already.
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OK, after reading through all the post (and thanks for those!) I decided to play safe and add both, WDH with sway control. My Trailer is at the RV shop having a thorough checkup and they will install the WDH with sway control when I pick it up on Thursday. I knew I liked this forum!!!
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Old 09-01-2020, 04:38 PM   #8
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Look at Andersen which includes sway with weight distribution in one lightweight and easy to install and get on and off. y Also lightweight and easy to carry when not installed. No heavy bars to pry into place and take off either!.
Watch a youtube on it.
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