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Old 08-08-2017, 09:08 PM   #1
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Anti sway bar

Hi,

I have a 27 footer that i tow with a 1500 ram. I've only towed the camper home and trying to figure out the extra parts ill need. I will be getting the tokansha brake controller but from reading an anti sway bar looks like a need as well. I drove it an hour home with no problems but it cant hurt to have one.

I was looking at the pro series friction bar. Has good reviews. I notice my trailer has the plate already drilled onto it for a anti sway bar. Can i use this if i get the pro series? Are they all the same? There is no name stamped on it that i can see.

Another question is about the truck hitch side. I use a 3 size ball hitch.. is there any way to hook an anti sway bar to these? Or do i need to get a different hitch?

Thanks for all the help
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:37 PM   #2
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In my opinion with a TT that length/weight a weight distribusing hitch with the sway bar would be very beneficial.
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:42 AM   #3
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I thought about a weight dist setup. Online it says the trailer only weights just under 4k... but i found a scale sicker in the trailer that says a little over 5k. I woukd error on the side of 5k. Woukd i need a weight dist setup for that weight?
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Old 08-09-2017, 06:00 AM   #4
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Who can recommend a good weight dustribution and anti sway kit? There are so many options out there, i dont even know where to begin?

Is curt a good brand to go with?
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:24 AM   #5
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We had a 35' Heartland before this SS26 and I used a Reese Straight Line with the dual cam sway control. It worked so well, I had the dealer include the swap to the new TT.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:34 AM   #6
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Towing the trailer home from the dealership is not an adequate sample size to determine if you need a WDH which you have alluded to in your post, so your going down the right path here.

The main purpose of the WDH is to reduce tongue weight. The sway bar is usually part of that setup. Look at the ratings for your TV compared to 10-12% of your actual trailer weight (on a sticker either in the trailer on/near the door you found) plus the weight of all your "stuff" loaded and if there is a delta, yes you need a WDH.

If your towing with 1/2 ton, I'd bet your probably close/over fully loaded on a 27 ft travel trailer and need the WDH. Err on the side of safety.

The sway bars help immensely and I wouldn't tow a pop-up without them, but that's me.

To answer your other question, the sway bar/WDH setup is all bolt on except for those plates, so not sure if the holes already on the frame will work , but no worries I've installed a couple WDH hitches and its pretty straight forward and I've installed in my driveway on a Saturday with no issues and I am by no means a professional mechanic.

As far as brands/recommendations, the other posters have made recommendations. I've had Reese and currently use a ProPride setup. Both have worked for me. ProPride is awesome for sway control, but pricey. They run 2K bucks but I've driven is really heavywinds out west and never had the trailer sway (knock on wood).

Good luck and welcome to the forum

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Please post your trailer model and year as well as the info on your TV.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:58 PM   #7
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Installed on every camper we have had. Love it.
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:24 PM   #8
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These folks have always been helpful. https://www.etrailer.com/
Good prices too.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:20 PM   #9
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Hensley Arrow pricey but worth every penny, will tow and back just like 5er.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:36 PM   #10
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ProPride is a 'newer' design from the person who originally did the Hensley Arrow. I would say that these are the top two options for eliminating sway from even happening. If you want the absolute best, research these two. I don't think I've read much of anyone complaining about them other than the cost.

Personally I decided that they were too much $$$$ and I went with the Husky Centerline. I felt that this was a good compromise in that it offered the next best level in eliminating sway, but at less than half the cost. I determined that I'd use it for a few years and if I ever felt that sway was a problem I'd 'upgrade' to the ProPride. Haven't done that, yet!

The drawback of the Centerline is that you need to be very close to being in a straight line (TV & camper) when hitching/un-hitching. This has only caused me a minor inconvenience once when space was really really tight, but I got it done!

There are many other options out there, often at significantly lower costs. You will also find many opinions too. The above just happens to be mine!! I would recommend you do get a WDH and something to either manage or eliminate sway. Do your research and make the decision you are comfortable with. The hitch set up is an important component and isn't really a decision you should leave to chance.
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