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Old 06-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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anti sway bar

A friend suggested that I install an anti sway bar on our Lil Snoozy before our upcoming trip.
Any thoughts on this. I am not familiar with them?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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A friend suggested that I install an anti sway bar on our Lil Snoozy before our upcoming trip.
Any thoughts on this. I am not familiar with them?
Thanks and
Happy Trails...
Do a search, you will find many comments and threads on the subject
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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My thoughts. It depends on your tug and if you're capable and willing to load the trailer properly.

They're not expensive, if that's your concern.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #4
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We've had an anti sway bar for a number of years. Like you, I asked when I first started towing. I was told you'll probably never need one but in an emergency you'll be glad you have one. They cost little and take less than an hour to install. We've been on the road for approaching 3000 days, on two of the days we were glad we had one, and not to resolve sway but for two emergencies where I suspect it helped.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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A lot of people use anti sway bars as a band aid for a serious, dangerous sway problem.

Make sure you don't have any sway problems under normal driving conditions.
If you have no problems them install one to eliminate the mild sway of passing large vehicles, wind or bumpy roads you may encounter.
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:25 PM   #6
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You might try searching for "friction type sway control device", since in the automotive world an "anti-sway bar" is an entirely unrelated item, part of a suspension system.

I have no intention of ever using one of these devices.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:43 AM   #7
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We rented a U Haul trailer before buying our Casita. Just wanted to see if my husband and I would be comfortable towing. Seeing it bounce around on the road, we opted for the anti-sway bar as a caution. It takes seconds to put on and take off and gives me the confidence that it has less chance of swaying. Only lesson we learned...you cannot back into a spot until you loosen or remove it!
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:02 AM   #8
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We never loosen our anti sway bar when backing up. You do not want to over tighten the anti-sway bar. It needs to be able to slide to work properly.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:19 AM   #9
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After a very windy trip in Pa in early April I added the anti sway bar and the ParkLiner tracked behind me fine the last time I was on the highway and the wind was really blowing. Yes haveing a proper 10%+ tongue weight watch the weight on the rear. I travel with a full water tank just cause its easier...but the 95 lb generator up front helps keep my tongue weight good lol.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #10
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The first time I had a semi tractor trailer pass me at 70mph besides scaring the crap out of me, it pushed and pulled my pop-up all over the place. Fortunately I knew when it sways is to not hit the brakes but to go faster to snap it back in line. My next purchase as soon as I got home was a sway bar. No more problems with trucks!! JMO
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #11
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Coming home from getting the Scamp we hit winds in Montana and North Dakota. (This is with a pretty much empty trailer.) It was WHITE KNUCKLE CITY!!! Stayed the night in Billings, MT and called around. A place called "RATCO", although full of jobs, got me in. Told me to go get Breakfast (if you are in Billings go to The Hog Wild Cafe for breakfast, its great Hog Wild Cafe Home ) an hour later he called and we picked up the Scamp and it was a dream to tow! Best $175.00 I have spent in a long time!
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:23 PM   #12
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If I felt that I needed a friction-type sway control device, I would try to fix the problem instead. Wind and big trucks are no problem.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:09 AM   #13
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If I felt that I needed a friction-type sway control device, I would try to fix the problem instead. Wind and big trucks are no problem.
It's not about need,it's about excellence.
It's about taking the best and making it better, which includes the friction sway control. The taillights work fine too, but I like the extra LEDs up by the windows. There are dozens of other examples where good can be made better.
BTW; the same goes for the TV, the house, the bikes etc!
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I got one at Harbor Freight, then bought an adaptor to install the small ball needed on the ball mount off the web (did not want to weld anything if I could help it). Didn't take long to install and does a good job of removing the very minor sway we had at speed in windy conditions. Any sway makes me very nervous!

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