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Old 10-31-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Sway control for 3,000 lb trailer

We are moving down from a 26BH to a smaller trailer that weighs less tha 3,000 lbs., and 20' long. Just wondering if all I would need is a sway control bar? TT will have brakes and I will be pulling with a 2010 GMC 1/2 ton crewcab. I also have a vintage trailer that I have not weighed, but am guessing around 2,000 lbs. and I do not even know it is back there. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 10-31-2014, 06:21 PM   #2
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Just passing along what seems to work OK for my setup. I have the 2010 Ford F150 with 5.4 gas with 3:73gears and it tows my 4200 lb loaded POPUP trailer with single axle without a sway control bar setup just fine. Have made a couple of emergency stops with excellent in-line braking results...

My truck doesn't seem to know my trailer is being pulled as reflected with MPGs. It gets roughly the same great gas mileage whether I am pulling the trailer or not.

It could be my truck tow package has built-in sway control...

My brother-in-law who has the DODGE model truck and similar size POPUP trailer started out pulling his POPUP without a sway control bar and decided to install one later on. He indicated he just felt better having one... We have traveled together on many camping road trips up and down I-81 between here and Gatlinburg TN...

So it must be one of those "who knows" what is needed...

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Old 11-01-2014, 05:25 PM   #3
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We tow a 3000# trailer and it pulls better with a sway bar. We use a Reese friction sway control and it does a good job.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:36 PM   #4
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I would use sway control, it will track a whole lot better. I pop up doesn't catch any wind with the top below the truck
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