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Old 09-09-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Stabilizer arm for a Eagle 240 sl

I just purchased a 1995 Jayco Eagle 240 SL. It came with a stabilizer arm included with the TT.
My question is do I really have to use it? The thing weighs a ton. I see campers with stabilizer arms and some without.
When is one recommeded?
I will be pulling it with a Ford F250 5.4L engine. Thanks Tom
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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Are you referring to a " Sway-bar" ???
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:13 AM   #3
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Stabilizer bar = sway arm= weight distribution hitch

I'm not sure but I think these are all the same. Tom
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You are Correct about a Stabilizer also being referred to as a Sway Bar, but the Weight Distribution is a totally different animal.

While towing if you experience side to side trailer sway then the "Stabilizer" would help.
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I never used a sway bar on my 2009 28bhs

But my new 2011 32bhds it is a different story ,I get a lot of sway with out the sway bar

With the sway bar on it pulls like a dream

We always pull in high winds and it really makes the difference with the new trailer , we don't even feel the semi's going by


You will have to see how you trailer acts going down the road, take it easy to start with to see how it acts , it varies by trailer and by tow vehicle and by driver and driving conditions if you need a sway bar or not .

they vary in cost depending on where you live and manufacture of the sway bar

also be carefull of balanceing the weight of cargo in your travel , from side to side and front to back

if you have more weight on one side than the other side it will cause sway or if you have more weight in the rear of the trailer it drops your hitch weight and can also cause sway , same as more wieght in the front , never mind you could cause a tire to over heat and fail, you can google balanced weight in trailer for a better explanation and hitch weight and sway

Hope this helps


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On the highway at speed I'd never go without the sway-bar. If you stick on secondary roads where passing trucks, heavy winds or high-speed driving is out of the question, you probably don't need it....however - I'd rather have it on and not worry about it than not have it on and wish I did. It's just another added safety feature that you'll get used to using, I think. My opinion, anyway!
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