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Old 12-11-2010, 11:20 AM   #11
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Hi RockyRoads and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum. Enjoy your new tt!
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:25 AM   #12
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Your dealer did not consider cross-winds, wet road, or semi's blowing by you. I just drove across West Texas not using the anti-sway bar because I had lost one of the retaining clips. I noticed a difference.

The sway control on the truck only assists the truck by applying different braking pressures to the rear tires. It has no affect on the trailer brakes since that is a straight 12V feed to the entire braking system. Once the trailer begins to fishtail, there's nothing to stop it until it's ready. If it breaks loose, your only hope is that the break-away switch is working.

Given what you paid for your tow vehicle, TT, and WD hitch system, is the anti-sway bar really that much of an expense, given the amount of protection it affords. Some one will surely jump up and say they have been towing for years without one. Maybe they're lucky, maybe not. I would really think that I was responsible for an injury or fatality over saving a couple of hunderd bucks. Towing is serious business.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:26 AM   #13
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Well said Bob.
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[QUOTE=The sway control on the truck only assists the truck by applying different braking pressures to the rear tires. It has no affect on the trailer brakes since that is a straight 12V feed to the entire braking system. Once the trailer begins to fishtail, there's nothing to stop it until it's ready. If it breaks loose, your only hope is that the break-away switch is working.
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The above statement is incorrect.
The Ford F-150 uses a more sophisticated trailer sway control system. By taking advantage of its integrated trailer-brake controller and roll stability control, the F-150 can apply both its own brakes and a trailerís electric brakes without the driver's intervention to stop sway when the vehicle senses excessive rear yaw input from the trailer.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:05 PM   #15
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I'm not an expert on the F150 so I won't argue those points. I'm only saying that the truck can only apply trailer brakes to both sides simultaneously because there's only one brake wire going through the 7-Way plug. That's no guarrantee that it will have much effect on a trailer that's in a fishtail. I agree that it may help to control sway from the rear of the truck.
I still contend that regardless of the level of sophistication in the 150, an anti-sway bar is still a cheap investment for the amount of trailer control it affords. My Tundra has the same type of anti-sway system and I still use the AS bar set-up.
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I'm not an expert on the F150 so I won't argue those points. I'm only saying that the truck can only apply trailer brakes to both sides simultaneously because there's only one brake wire going through the 7-Way plug. That's no guarrantee that it will have much effect on a trailer that's in a fishtail. I agree that it may help to control sway from the rear of the truck.
I still contend that regardless of the level of sophistication in the 150, an anti-sway bar is still a cheap investment for the amount of trailer control it affords. My Tundra has the same type of anti-sway system and I still use the AS bar set-up.
Scroll down and watch the video. http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/04...uper-duty.html
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Interesting video. I still choose to use an anti-sway rig. If you choose not to, then that's your call.. have a nice day.
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:51 PM   #18
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Thanks all for the information.
I am aware that the New F-150 does apply control to the trailer
brakes to control sway. It is true that this occurs after the sway has started and it will keep it under control. On the other hand a sway bar will assist in stopping sway before it starts. With that said I will probably go for a sway bar to work in conjunction with the Ford trailer anti sway system. I believe that is as close to a fail-safe system as one can get. I have experienced driving a high profile vehicle in severe cross winds and it is not any fun.
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A great video and thanks for it! A wonderful "visual".

We have the new F-150 with the integrated brake control and anti-sway. Although we have the 29 footer tt, we originally had a Huskey (not what we payed for) with a one side sway bar. We white-knuckled it several times on a cross country trip back to California on our maiden voyage; ultimately the dealer in Cali installed the Equalizer hitch with 4-point sway control and no more intermittent sway probs*relief*.

I read somewhere if you have a trailer with 2500lbs or more, you should *seriously* consider a sway bar. Over 4500lbs, make sure you have a double sway bar (or Equalizer hitch). We found that to be true. (of course packing the tt correctly helps too).

Just our experience
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All we sell is the Equalizer with 4 point SC. It's a fantastic system.
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