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Old 11-26-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Smile antisway question

We just purchased a 2006 Scamp 16ft and tow with a 2004 Grand Cherokee and average 12mpg over hill and dale (fyi). I get a little tail wag when being pushed on the freeway at about 62 mph and am considering a antisway for a little more control.
Question-- Has any one had or know of anyone that uses Anderson Hitches new anti sway that uses chain and has a unique ball set up (the ball rotates with the trailer) It looks and sounds like a good system weighing only 60lbs. There is a video on there web site.
We would appreciate any input.
PS yes I know the speed limit, traveling with this set up is a change from traveling in a Mini (9,000 mi this summer cross country)
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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I had a Trillium that wiggled every time I hit 50 mph. A cheap friction bar was all it needed and never had another problem. You can do a friction bar for $50.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:42 PM   #3
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I have the Andersen and really like it, it does eliminate sway, but before spending $400 I'd try to address why you have the squiggle. What is your tongue weight? If too light you will have sway, is your unit improperly set up with too much weight behind the axle vs in front? Once you determine that you have adequate tongue weight (10-15%) and you are level, then we can address if there is any sway with a hitch set up. But first try the other method.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:26 PM   #4
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and then there is wind lol.

I was on a stretch in virginia and I looked down and realized i was doing 75 and getting passed and my ParkLiner was riding nicely behind me. Coming home around baltimore it was so windy I dropped down for a stretch to 50 and tapped my break controller a bunch of times because the ParkLiner was rocking...and that's with a cheap friction anti sway bar. Its a good idea to have something as a just in case.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
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We also have a Scamp 16 that sways. All the weights and packing are correct. Bought an Andersen and love it. Once installed and adjusted right its a breeze to use. Easy on and off and no pops bangs or sqeeks. Love it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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towing my Scamp with the Silverado had a draw bar that made it level, had a wiggle....went with a 2 in drop with a 1 in rise ball, no wiggle... amazed how much 1 inch made (approximately a inch)
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:34 PM   #7
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You should be able to tow your trailer at any reasonable speed without any sway.

If you use any add on to eliminate your sway you are only putting a band aid on the problem.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:50 PM   #8
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I disagree perry....I had zero problems driving to NC last weekend... coming back when I hit Baltimore area it was so windy it flattened the brim of my fedora to my head when I got out for gas. When the wind hit me from the side while driving I felt the sway.

I think for safety sake its a good investment.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:24 AM   #9
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I failed to add the qualifier, under normal conditions.
Terry said nothing about high winds.
I have been towing something for more years than I care to remember and have never felt the need for a sway bar.
If the speed limit is 70 as some areas in Arizona and Utah that's what I travel.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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I've had a multitude of trailers in a multitude of different lengths and weights and have never had any sway, with or without a wdh. I've been towing since 1962 all over the country so I have a fair amount of experience. I'd never spend the money on an anti sway device until I'd have exhausted every other possibility for eliminating sway.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:12 PM   #11
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I use a friction type anti-sway bar also towing my 16' scamp deluxe and find it very useful in cross wind conditions. Simply stop and get out to adjust the tension when traveling in heavy winds and when the winds are over I will usually get out again and release the tension....... not so much stress when turning corners. I personally would not travel without one. Even minor hardly noticeable oscillations bother me and the sway bar will put a stop to that. $50 buys cheap security.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #12
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You should be able to tow your trailer at any reasonable speed without any sway.

If you use any add on to eliminate your sway you are only putting a band aid on the problem.
KEY WORDS Reasonable Speed = Between 50 and 60 mph.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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KEY WORDS Reasonable Speed = Between 50 and 60 mph.
"Reasonable speed" is a pretty subjective term, and I would bet that if you ask ten members on this forum what that means, you will get a multitude of answers. My definition of "reasonable speed" would include some kind of statement saying that it would depend on a variety of factors including road conditions, speed limit of road you are traveling on, condition of tow vehicle and trailer, etc. Under good driving conditions, a reasonable speed for me is something close to (slightly under to slightly over) the speed limit of the road I am traveling on. In poor driving conditions, I will adjust my "reasonable speed" accordingly.

With my trailer and tow vehicle combination, and the manner in which I load my trailer, I have never experienced any sway whatsoever, and have never required the use of a sway control device.
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Old 11-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #14
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I have one I use towing 16 ft Scamp Deluxe my TVs a 05 Wangler Unlimited. I started to install a friction swaybars and the Anderson was recommended at a RV shop by a Tec that worked there and has/ using one. I have no regrets about it, I can adjust the loading up or down with a socket wrench. It costs more than friction bars, but it added more solid connection and safety (IMHO) I have been known to be in to overkill some things... 5 fire extinguishers, first aid kits ect. ect.
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