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ericpatt

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We're leaving on a long trip(16+hrs) in a couple weeks. Currently have an equilizer hitch with 1200# bars. TT is a Salem 30KQBSS towed by a 2012 Surburban 2500. The equilizer works pretty well but I still get a little sway with heavy cross winds or when a semi passes. Usually cruise 65-70mph. Was thinking I needed bigger bars(1400#) to eliminate the sway. Called dealer and they advocated for me to switch to a Blue Ox Sway Pro. New bars are $2-300. New blue ox is close to $800.
What would you do?
Trailer dry weight is 6900#. Tongue weight, unloaded 900#. Loaded, I'm thinking it's closer to 8500# and 1200 tongue although I've never had it weighed. When connected, the truck & TT are level so I don't think its a set up issue...

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Nothing is going to fix it. That trailer is a long sail moving at 55 mph.

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The Blue Ox will ride better because of its tapered bars. And it doesn’t make noise. But it won’t control sway any better.

If you’re really 8,500 loaded you probably need more to tongue weight.


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Posted: 02/25/21 03:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In strong cross winds or semis passing fast, trailers will sway a bit. The question is...is it excessive.

Based on your numbers, it sounds like you have the correct hitch setup but you don't know for sure.

If you can take it to a nearby truck stop and weigh it. It's something like $14 to weigh and then $2.50 for a reweigh (so should be around $20 total). Go loaded as if you are heading out on a trip.
- Make the first pass fully loaded an hooked up.
- Do a reweigh with the bars disconnected (ideally on the Aframe but not a huge issue if you have to put them in the back of the truck.
- Then park the trailer and weigh the truck.

Now you know all the weights and you don't have to guess.


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I've used both and neither is any better. I'm currently using a BO with a 31' 9600 lb TT with a 1350 lb tongue weight. Towing with a 3500 SRW. I still get some wiggle.

You TT is a big load for a 2500 Burb.
$800 is too much for the BO. You can buy one off Amazon for $630.
I'd buy the 1400 bars and crank em down till you get the front of the Burb right.

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If you want no sway you will need to step up to a Propride or Hensley
Both are expensive but they work. No sway is attainable with those premium hitches.
Friction based hitches really don't compare if you are truly seeking no sway.


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I would look onto packing and weight distribution first. Then tires and pressures in the TV and the trailor. Dosen't sound like that much weight, but some things sway more then others depending on how there built. A little push now and then from a 18 wheeler isnt that bad, as long as its just a little.


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Posted: 02/26/21 09:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lantley wrote:

If you want no sway you will need to step up to a Propride or Hensley
Both are expensive but they work. No sway is attainable with those premium hitches.
Friction based hitches really don't compare if you are truly seeking no sway.


Even with the top of the line hitches, you can feel some sway. Even 5th wheels and MH's get some in a strong cross wind.

The question for the OP is the sway normal or excessive. A little sway isn't a big deal and is to be expected.

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I felt no sway with my Hensley I feel no sway with my fiver. sway is not merely feeling the wind.
Sway is when the trailer reacts differently than the tow vehicle. The motion or different reaction of the trailer impacts the tow vehicle.
With a Hensley the trailer and TV move as one unit there is no wiggle or sway involved.
When the wind blows or a truck passes there is no wiggle or impact felt by the driver. Which is why Hensley makes there no sway claim.

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Personally I'd stick with the Equali-I-Zer hitch and nail down loading and tongue weight. I don't think you're going to gain anything by switching out hitches. If you were using the old chain and sway bar set up I'd say to upgrade.


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