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Old 05-26-2011, 06:20 PM   #11
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Love to here how your first trip goes.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #12
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Jay - I think he is taking about the standard friction sway bar, which is what I have.

When you back up (and even if you make very sharp turns), you can actually bend the friction sway bar if you are not careful. I always remove mine when I arrive to check in and put it back on after I get out of my campsite. That is one of the nice things about the better quality hitches - you dont have to mess with that....
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:49 PM   #13
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The one plus with the Equalizer, you can back with the bars in place. Rarely, but sometimes with a "pit stop" or gas stop while traveling longer distances, we may find ourselves having to back up for whatever reason. It's nice not to have to remember to disengage the bars
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:05 PM   #14
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You know I am still shocked that no one seems to have any sway problems. You do not want a friction sway control .I towed a 29 ft TT for the last four years and it ate me up everytime I towed. I towed with a 1/2 ton 5.4L Ford F150 and a friction bar sway control but I never could get the sway out of my trailer. I finally last year upgraded to the husky center line 4 point sway control and a 3/4 ton F250 PS and the last time I towed my old TT the complete change did noticeablly stop most of the sway. But one issue might have been that it was a Keystone product and not a Jayco. I also have a long trip planned next week and I must admit with the new camper and proper tow vehicle I am actually looking forward to the drive. The main advice I would give to someone new to Towing a Camper DO NOT SKIMP ON THE HITCH. You can do without some options on a camper but buy a good Quality hitch.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:25 PM   #15
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I used to tow my 27BH with a friction type sway control. I towed it for 2 years , the first year my TV was a 1500 Suburban and the second year I towed it with my Excursion. Sway was a concern so when we upgraded the TT I did my research and got the Reese dual cam. Once it is set up properly and dialed in it makes for a great tow. We did a trip from NY to Disney last summer and being the only driver I did not arrive at the CG all beat up from the drive.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:40 PM   #16
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There is no problem backing up with a Dual-Cam sway control system. They work very differently than the old friction bars and will not bind like the friction bars.

yddad45 I have been towing a 29FBS with a F150 5.4L for the last 5 years and have no sway problems with the Dual Cams. Once in a while I feel the aerodynamics of speeding semis passing me. Again I prefer the Dual Cam system basically works to return everything "to center".
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That's why I went with the husky center line, it also has the active sway control. I understand the Dual Cam has a good active sway control. I know it's tempting to try to save money on purchasing a less expensive hitch, don't.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:23 AM   #18
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I just brought home my 26BH last Saturday and am heading out today for the first long weekend. I never used sway control before, and a friend GAVE me the friction style sway control bars. The dealer did install them, and I had no issues driving the 60 miles home. That being said, the staff member at the dealer told me that they are not his personal preference, and between him and I, he would not even bother with them, if I had no issues than so be it, but he felt I would need to upgrade to the (and I dont remember the name here)style that have "hydraulic pistons" on them....
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You know I am still shocked that no one seems to have any sway problems. You do not want a friction sway control .I towed a 29 ft TT for the last four years and it ate me up everytime I towed. I towed with a 1/2 ton 5.4L Ford F150 and a friction bar sway control but I never could get the sway out of my trailer. I finally last year upgraded to the husky center line 4 point sway control and a 3/4 ton F250 PS and the last time I towed my old TT the complete change did noticeablly stop most of the sway. But one issue might have been that it was a Keystone product and not a Jayco. I also have a long trip planned next week and I must admit with the new camper and proper tow vehicle I am actually looking forward to the drive. The main advice I would give to someone new to Towing a Camper DO NOT SKIMP ON THE HITCH. You can do without some options on a camper but buy a good Quality hitch.
More tongue weight.. a lot of sway is caused by too much tail weight or not enough tongue weight. I always thought that my last TT was well behaved behind my tow vehicle.. then I got a HENSLEY ARROW almost given to me and what a difference..
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You know I am still shocked that no one seems to have any sway problems. You do not want a friction sway control .I towed a 29 ft TT for the last four years and it ate me up everytime I towed. I towed with a 1/2 ton 5.4L Ford F150 and a friction bar sway control but I never could get the sway out of my trailer. .
We've never towed the 26bhs so can't comment on that. But like with your 29', we did have major sway problems with our new tt when dealer installed Huskey with one sway bar (learned from Huskey our length/weight tt should have had two bars). Dealer removed the Huskey and replaced it with the Equalizer 4 point sway system. What a difference.

The other thing we have been careful of from day one is how much tongue weight we had/have. It goes up when you start stuffing stuff into the cubbies/cabinets at the front of the tt.
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