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View Poll Results: Are Sway bars worth it??

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  • Yes

    15 88.24%
  • no

    1 5.88%
  • doesnt matter, its how you drive anyway...

    1 5.88%
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  1. #1
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    Default Sway bars for the Trailer

    Yes or no??

    I have a 2 horse BP and a nice Chevy truck and have no problems towing. I just worry about the trailer swaying as i drive around the beltway and the BIG TRUCKS that come flying by me.

    So i just need COTH help to determine if it's worth the money or not. Because they are going to be pretty expensive..

    But when it comes to hauling and my horse, safety first and i just want to make sure i have everything covered.

    TIA!!!
    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!



  2. #2
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    Totally worth the expense, do a lot more than reducing sway. They are actually an aid in weight distribution, changing total load on hitch to spread it over the tow vehicle. This is where your better vehicle control comes into play.

    They make a great difference in any bumper pull combination, use them every trip.



  3. #3
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    First off, sway bars is a misnomer. There is sway control, then there are Weight Distributing Hitches, and then the premium WDH with sway control built in.

    As for whether or not you need them, depends on the truck and trailer. A 2H BP really should not sway, it's almost impossible to load them wrong with the axles at the rear of the trailer. So generally sway control is not necessary. A WDH is another matter, a 1/2 ton (or smaller) probably needs the WDH to distribute the weight and 'stiffen' the vehicle's suspension. A 3/4 ton or larger probably not necessary. A 3H BP (or larger) is where a WDH and sway control really becomes a necessity.

    To answer your question;

    When I hauled with a Explorer, yes the Equal-i-zer (WDH and sway control) was well worth the money.

    Now hauling with a 3500 SRW Duramax, no I don't use it and it's not worth my money.
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  4. #4
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    Yep. Add them. The can't hurt, and may just help.
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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bee View Post
    When I hauled with a Explorer, yes the Equal-i-zer (WDH and sway control) was well worth the money.
    That's what I have and I love it! It's affectionately known as "The Monster Hitch".



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    Every time I hook up. I have a Dodge 2500 and a pretty small 2 horse but doesn't matter. It gives me peace of mind knowing they're there.
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  7. #7
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    Definitely worth it. They also have the added benefit of making it nearly impossible (if not impossible) to jacknife the trailer when backing up.



  8. #8
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    If nothing else, it is one more reassurance that the truck and trailer will stay connected. I've always used them myself.



  9. #9
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    I've had a trailer sway event occur twice: Full size p/u truck, steel 3H BP with two average QHs on board, in the front two slots.

    Headed down a long hill with very steep, grassy banks on both sides, semis coming at me loaded with coal. FUN!!!

    Next, leaving Chattanooga TN on 59 South with trucks and 3 lanes of southbound traffic and weeee the trailer's in charge again.

    If the trailer tires synch up juuusssst right with the tow vehicle tires, the trailer can take over and create sway. Esp going down hill. I don't CARE that you have trailer brakes. The trailer is pushing the truck.



    Now I knew how to fix it...bump only the trailer brakes with the manual deal on your controller. but most folks don't know that. and it was still scary as ****.

    neat article:

    http://www.title-3.com/Sway.htm

    The difference in the stability of the ride, AFTER we installed both a WDH and sway bars, was significant.

    once you've had a trailer try to take over, you don't want to be without them.



  10. #10
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    Thanks everyone for the replies!!

    So out of curiosity - what did everyone pay?

    I'll need to get the brackets mounts, WDH, bars etc.
    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!



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