Sway Bar??? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 08-26-2010, 07:37 PM   #1
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Sway Bar???

We're new to towing and recently bought a 17.5' Bigfoot trailer. Our TV is a 2008 Uplander (short), which is rated to tow up to 3500#. The Bigfoot is 1875# dry, so we are well within our limit. I've read about sway bars, and seems that only 1 sway bar should be needed, two seems to be considered overkill. My question is, do we need a sway bar? How beneficial would it be? And if so, is one friction type suitable? I'd like to hear from anyone who has towed or tows a similar set up and what type of sway bar you use or recommend.....Dot

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Sway bars are great for eliminating the momentary sway induced from a rough road or a passing semi.
You should be able to tow your trailer at freeway speeds under any conditions without a sway bar if your trailer is properly loaded. You should have a minimum of 10% to 14% of the total trailer weight on your trailer tongue.
I have towed 10,000 lb stock trailers, travel trailers and boat trailers all my life, I'm closer to 70 than 60, without the aid of a sway bar.
Presently I tow my 16' Scamp without a sway bar on Forest Service dirt roads and freeways. I love Arizona as the trailer speed limit is 70 mph.
I know I'm opening a can of worms when I say, if you NEED sway bar it is a band aid to covering up a serious, life threatening problem.
If it makes your driving more comfortable and worry free by all means use a sway bar, but first make sure you don't NEED it under normal circumstances.
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