Sway bar - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-11-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
I'm ordering a sway bar for my 2000 Casita and would like to know which one is recommended.
any info is appreciated
__________________

__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 07:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
I assume by "sway bar" Phil means a friction-type sway control device. While this may seem like a picky distinction, there are several devices in automotive suspension and towing equipment with similar names - and misused names - which has caused significant confusion in the past.

Friction-type sway control devices all look the same to me... interchangeable in design, operation, and function. I would not likely use one, but if I did I'd just buy the cheapest one with a reasonable mounting pivot and bracket I could find. There's not much to them.

Examples (with manufacturer part/model numbers)... and your local discount auto parts store probably has more obscure brands.

If the intention is to refer to a weight-distribution system (the spring bars are often incorrectly called "sway bars"), then it's an entirely different matter.
__________________

__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 08:24 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
Right on Brian. . i was just wondering if there was popular brand that most people were using..

this is the style sway bar i was asking about..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Trailer-SWA...sspagenameZWDVW



I've also notice how the term is misused from time to time..


I'm a Senior Master Tech at the Ford Dealership, and i hear all kinds of misused names of parts when customers come in.. LOL
__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 08:26 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
the Reese "Friction Sway Control" unit you posted looks like a nice on as well..

i was gettin some flack on one of the other message boards for not having one.. so i figured they were cheap enough, ill just buy one and install it...

I figure it couldn't hurt..
__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2007, 08:43 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Steve L.'s Avatar
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: 2003 Casita 16' SD
Michigan
Posts: 1,690
Registry
I call the friction devices "Anti-Sway" bars.
__________________
Quando omni flunkus, moritati
Steve L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 12:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
John Perry's Avatar
 
Name: John
Trailer: 1996 13 ft Scamp
California
Posts: 471
Send a message via AIM to John Perry
Quote:
I'm ordering a sway bar for my 2000 Casita and would like to know which one is recommended.
any info is appreciated
Hi Phil,

I am going to open a can of worms again and ask if you are having a problem with sway. If you are then you have a problem with your trailer that needs to be corrected.
In my opnion a sway bar is a band aid used to cover up a serious problem.
I have been towing RVs for 40 years and have had only one trailer that swayed, It was a Trillium 4500 that I bought earlier this year and it swayed at 50 MPH. The previous owner had the battery on the rear bumper and had cheap 2 ply automotive tires with on it. I moved the battery forward and replaced the tires and the sway stoped and eliminated the need for a sway bar.
If you have a sway problem correct it before you install the sway bar.

Merry Christmas,
John
__________________
John Perry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:05 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
No problems with sway, im towing a 2000 17ft casita .. with a crew cab 2002 F-250 diesel ..

We also haul our race cars all over Texas and Oklahoma with two different type of trailers open and enclosed , neither of them have a sway bar..

Its just that others on another message board are swearing by having to need one... Im not new to towing, probably tow the the race cars 6k miles a year going to races... But we are new to towing a single axle fiberglass camper.. Like i said it doesn't sway or wonder, tows nice and smooth

Im open minded let me know what ya think...
__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:22 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
John Perry's Avatar
 
Name: John
Trailer: 1996 13 ft Scamp
California
Posts: 471
Send a message via AIM to John Perry
Quote:
Im open minded let me know what ya think...
I have towed most everything in 40 years from 10000 lb. 6 horse trailers down to my little 13' Scamp that I have now and have never had the need for a sway bar.
I do not think they are needed if you balance your rig correctly and it is in good mechnical condition.
Sway bars are a band aid!

John
__________________
John Perry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:26 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Bigfoot Mike's Avatar
 
Name: Mike
Trailer: Bigfoot 25 ft
Posts: 7,317
It has been my experience that as long as you keep the tongue with 12% to 15% of the trailer weight on the 17' Casita, you won't have a problem. If you overload the tail end of a 17', that could be a different story. Some people that have added a cargo box on the back bumper have reported problems.

As I've been reading these forums for years, the 16' seems to be more prone to a sway problem. Once they get a sway bar, they become sway bar evangelist.

Don't get me wrong, it is cheep insurance. I have not needed one on either one of my 17' Casitas. I think you are suppose to disconnect it when you back. Also, if you drive in the snow, you are suppose to disconnect. Others may have more details on this.
__________________
Bigfoot Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:26 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
thanks John, i appreciate your post...
__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:28 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
Quote:
Once they get a sway bar, they become sway bar evangelist.
lol,

Keep the post coming.. this is good info
__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 07:28 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Roger H's Avatar
 
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Iowa
Posts: 5,000
Phil,

Here are some older threads you may find enlightening!

What is "sway"?

Towing a 17'... swaying and rocking

Excessive trailer movement

Reese Dual Cam sway control

Sway Bar: Opinions please!

I'm sure there are more, but these are some of the more recent that have some interesting information in them.

Roger
__________________
Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 01:43 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
Quote:
...this is the style sway bar i was asking about..
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Trailer-SWA...sspagenameZWDVW
Yep, same as all the other ones...

This one does have an interesting feature: the on-off handle is in the hole which is labeled LESS --> MORE, and the clamping force adjustment is in the hole which is labeled ON <-- OFF. Looks to me like the label (or the hardware) is backwards. Not great, but as I said they all look like the same design and probably function (you may notice that I didn't say "work") the same way.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2007, 02:25 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Phil Underwood's Avatar
 
Name: Phil
Trailer: Bigfoot 21ft (25B21RB)
Odem,Texas
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Phil Underwood
thanks for the help and replys ...
__________________

__________________
Phil & Denise Underwood
1997 Bigfoot 21 RB
2002 F-250
Phil Underwood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sway Bar Parker Buckley Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 17 07-24-2010 01:36 PM
What is sway? Ron Davis General Chat 43 07-09-2007 03:13 PM
Sway bar again! Chris Z Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 27 02-06-2006 07:36 AM
Sway Bar Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 07-17-2003 08:24 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.