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Grey Mountain

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Posted: 01/28/21 03:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there an anti-sway bar that can be attached to the trailer tongue without boring holes and bolting it on?f
My daughter and son-in-law, and my grandson have just started delivering travel trailers from the manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana, to destinations all over the US and Canada. My grandson is on him first trip as we speak without a sway bar.

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Posted: 01/28/21 04:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have them get a sway bar and swing by a welding shop. They should be able to fabricate some sort of clamp on option.

Would the dealer/manufacturer get upset if they scuff up the paint on the a-frames?


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Thanks for the reply. They may not be allowed to do even that. The trailers have to be delivered in pristine condition. But we'll check it out.

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Posted: 01/28/21 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The trailers will be at their lightest weight and most truckers that deliver them use more than the minimum truck. I have never seen any with sway bars.





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The trailer hitches that both my son-in-law and my grandson have mounted have an equalizer hitch and a sway bar. They cannot use the sway bar, but then, as mentioned above, it may not make that much difference. First trip for my grandson, fourth trip for my daughter.
May not be as much of a difficult situation as I thought.

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Posted: 01/29/21 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grey Mountain wrote:

Thanks for the reply. They may not be allowed to do even that. The trailers have to be delivered in pristine condition. But we'll check it out.


That's the problem, in order for the sway bars to do anything, they need to apply a decent bit of force to the a-frame and that's hard to do without at least scuffing the paint up.

Assuming they have a big truck (if they are doing it professionally), and the trailers are completely empty, good chance they will be OK.

I know going out I-80 from Indiana last fall, it seemed like half the traffic was RV delivery and none were using WDH.

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Answer is NO.
We can close topic.
Trailers do not need sway control unless they are wiliey, and a new one should be fine, esp unloaded.

If they are towing professionally then they likely have a big truck, 3/4 or 1 ton and it is heavy enough to not be swayed much anyway.

I have had WD hitch, but never ever used a sway control, never needed it on several trailers I have owned.
I have towed trucks on a dolly backwards and had sway issues, but this can be overcome or corrected with driving techniques.

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