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Old 04-15-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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2 sway bars

Hello all:

I have a quick question. And for those of you headed out today for a trip, congratulations and have fun.

I have read more than once that if your TT is over 26' then using two sway bars is the recommendation, along with your WDH.

I would love to hear some feed back from those that use two bars. And also some feedback with 28' TT that only use one sway bar. Would also like to hear your pros and cons as to why or why not.

I do have sway that can be nerving at times while pulling my 24RBS, so if one sway bar is good, will two be better.

Please share your thoughts. I am going to get sway bar next week and still undecided on the one or two issue.

Thank you in advance.

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Old 04-15-2016, 10:03 AM   #2
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Hello all:

I have a quick question. And for those of you headed out today for a trip, congratulations and have fun.

I have read more than once that if your TT is over 26' then using two sway bars is the recommendation, along with your WDH.

I would love to hear some feed back from those that use two bars. And also some feedback with 28' TT that only use one sway bar. Would also like to hear your pros and cons as to why or why not.

I do have sway that can be nerving at times while pulling my 24RBS, so if one sway bar is good, will two be better.

Please share your thoughts. I am going to get sway bar next week and still undecided on the one or two issue.

Thank you in advance.

Giljmo
With the sway issue, there may be quick questions but there are no quick answers!

You already have sway with your 24RBS that that really concerns you... as well it should! At its worst, sway can cause a total loss of control and KILL someone.

Get the second sway control for your current hitch. It may reduce sway with your 24RBS to a safe level. It's quick and inexpensive to try. But be prepared because the second sway control might not be enough for safe driving.

To be safe, if you haven't already, you will need to research the weights and limits of your tow vehicle, trailer, hitch, and your tires and their inflation.

And this is just the beginning...
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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I run a single friction type sway bar on my 26' hybrid (Husky WDH hitch, nothing fancy there), but I've never had to battle sway in the 3 or 4K miles I have on it. I'd like to think it's because I have everything set up properly including weight distribution, and the trailer is 100% level (probably doesn't hurt that my truck outweighs the trailer plus it has electronic sway control, though that's never had to engage itself <knocks on wood>)

As oldmanAZ states...do your research, visit a scale, and verify your setup and you may find a second sway bar is not (necessarily) the solution.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:43 AM   #4
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Just to offer my opinion
If one is good two will be better. A lot of having sway can also be prevented by know what to do when the TT starts to sway. If you are experiencing sway when being passed by a big rig then I would do the following Keep as far to the right in your lane as safely possible. I also will press on the gas slightly to increase my speed by 1 to 3 MPH when being passed by the big rigs I wait until their door is about even with my door. This causes a rearward shift in weight and will help reduce sway. If sway does occur and as you slightly increase speed then gently use your brake controller by manually operating the TT brakes Again this will cause a drag on the TV. Most important is not to hit the TV brakes and also important watch your mirrors so you know what is coming from behind you. Again just my opinion and there may be others that agree or disagree. But the above has worked for me.


The above should be practiced when conditions are as perfect as possible That way you will get use to the feel and not panic when the really bad case of sway does occur which is hopefully never.


Also just operating the TT brakes while maintaining speed in the TV can be enough to reduce sway. Just don't over do it.
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:55 AM   #5
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I use two. No particular reason as one seemed to work fine. I figured for $35 off Amazon why not add a second. Probably don't need it but it does no harm.
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I use two. No particular reason as one seemed to work fine. I figured for $35 off Amazon why not add a second. Probably don't need it but it does no harm.
They can do harm when you get them too tight. I've had folks over tighten them, and what happens is when you turn the friction bar seems to resist and then break loose and you are now turning more that you expected. Obliviously you haven't experienced this, but I thought it was worth noting.
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They can do harm when you get them too tight. I've had folks over tighten them, and what happens is when you turn the friction bar seems to resist and then break loose and you are now turning more that you expected. Obliviously you haven't experienced this, but I thought it was worth noting.
You can improperly use one and you can improperly use two. There's lots of things you can do wrong but it has nothing to do with using one or two sway bars.
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Old 04-15-2016, 02:45 PM   #8
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Two Sway Bars

I tow a 2009 35.5' 32BHDS Jayco J Flight TT. I installed the 2nd S/B after fighting my steering wheel on a trip from Manning, SC to Sarasota, Fla. I tow with a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel. Have been using the 2nd S/B for approx 6 yrs and 12k plus miles with no incidents or difficulty. Wouldn't leave home without it. Works for me. Reduced most of the pull in and push out from Semi-Trucks passing you.
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You can improperly use one and you can improperly use two. There's lots of things you can do wrong but it has nothing to do with using one or two sway bars.
True. I guess my point was it is much easier to apply more force with two than one. More is not always better.
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I guess I thought the whole point of using two was to apply more force than can be applied with only one. Still, I suppose over tightening could cause a problem. I do tighten both of mine about as tight as I can using the handle on the SB. I don't use any kind of cheater bar or wrench though.

Probably towed 25K miles so far with two and no problems yet. I can imagine that over extension in tight turns might cause issues too.
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