Topic Sponsor
Towing/ Hauling/ Plowing Discuss all of your towing and/or cargo moving experiences here.
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Anti Sway Hitch or Rear anti sway bar ??

 
Old 06-17-2019, 11:48 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
LEBScrew13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MN
Posts: 135
Received 10 Likes on 10 Posts
Default Anti Sway Hitch or Rear anti sway bar ??

Been doing some research on anti-sway for my truck/trailer. Small back story I had a 13 Screw 6.5í 3.5 and noticed small trailer sway with that truck when it was windy, bought a 2500 Ram with the Cummins and obviously due to weight of the truck really never noticed much other than when it was really windy. Now I have a 2016 Screw 6.5í box thatís leveled with airbags and seen and read lots on these trucks being a little more squirrely because they are lighter, I feel thatís definitely the case and towing my enclosed trailer isnít as enjoyable anymore. I have always felt this trailer isnít the best towing trailer to begin with. Its an enclosed 14íx7íx7í with a 5í V Nose. Itís all aluminum and super tall and long V so itís almost too light and gets blown around super easy. At most this trailer gets loaded to 5k pounds.

So my question is would I be better adding a anti sway hitch/bar to my trailer or would I be better doing a rear sway bar kit? Both options are going to cost me $3-400 pending on the route I take.

I have done some reading on the Hellwig rear sway bar kit for the rear end of the truck. I have read many reviews and feel this would be a great option for me. However I do live in Minnesota and think it could affect my driving in the snow. So, this made me start reading on should I do anti sway hitch?

Pic of Truck/Trailer Combo


LEBScrew13 is offline  
Old 06-17-2019, 12:08 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 1,206
Received 215 Likes on 170 Posts
Default

The two have entirely different purposes and do not overlap much, if at all. You would want trailer anti-sway first and foremost, or possibly a WDH with sway built in like an Equal-i-zer. Then if you feel like you want the truck to corner better then you can throw on a sway bar and it may help when trailering as well.

A sway bar, like the hellwig, is simply meant to prevent the body from leaning in corners. I don't think your trailer is going to cause much lean as it moves around since the hitch is relatively low to the ground.

Last edited by mass-hole; 06-17-2019 at 12:11 PM.
mass-hole is offline  
The following users liked this post:
PerryB (06-27-2019)
Old 06-17-2019, 02:23 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 1,008
Received 209 Likes on 151 Posts
Default

Yes, at the very least you need a friction sway control bar for the trailer and maybe a WDH as well unless you are hauling light loads.
77Ranger460 is online now  
Old 06-17-2019, 03:38 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
LEBScrew13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MN
Posts: 135
Received 10 Likes on 10 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by mass-hole View Post
The two have entirely different purposes and do not overlap much, if at all. You would want trailer anti-sway first and foremost, or possibly a WDH with sway built in like an Equal-i-zer. Then if you feel like you want the truck to corner better then you can throw on a sway bar and it may help when trailering as well.

A sway bar, like the hellwig, is simply meant to prevent the body from leaning in corners. I don't think your trailer is going to cause much lean as it moves around since the hitch is relatively low to the ground.
Originally Posted by 77Ranger460 View Post
Yes, at the very least you need a friction sway control bar for the trailer and maybe a WDH as well unless you are hauling light loads.
The more reading I was doing it made sense these have entirely different purposes. I felt that the anti-sway function on the hitch first. I have done a lot of reading and trying to make sense of these anti-sway bars and WDH. I feel my trailer is on the edge of really needing a WDH mostly because 5k lbs is MAX of what i put in the trailer my guess is I will likely see an average of 3,500lbs. its a big trailer for such a light load inside. I currently have a Bulletproof Hitch and they offer a Anti-sway ball system along with the anti sway arms. I see people running just 1 sway arm and see others running 2. why only 1? that doesnt make sense to me.

here is what i would consider getting for my setup



LEBScrew13 is offline  
Old 06-17-2019, 04:38 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 1,008
Received 209 Likes on 151 Posts
Default

One friction sway control works fine. I use one similar to what you have pictured above.

I have read some people use two, but out of hundreds of campers I have paid attention to I have never seen anyone using two.
77Ranger460 is online now  
Old 06-17-2019, 06:00 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 1,887
Received 508 Likes on 335 Posts
Default

What people commonly call a sway bar is really an anti roll bar. Depending on how its linkage is built it can reduce the side to side flex in a leaf spring rear, but as others have said it primarily prevents body roll.
mikeinatlanta is offline  
Old 06-17-2019, 10:34 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
LEBScrew13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MN
Posts: 135
Received 10 Likes on 10 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 77Ranger460 View Post
One friction sway control works fine. I use one similar to what you have pictured above.

I have read some people use two, but out of hundreds of campers I have paid attention to I have never seen anyone using two.
Good to know. I see mostly single setups the more I look and read. Iím going to invest in one of these sway control bars.

My only other concern is that I have a very narrow trailer frame/tongue. Do you see any issues with this?



LEBScrew13 is offline  
Old 06-17-2019, 10:43 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 1,008
Received 209 Likes on 151 Posts
Default

It should fit fine on the right side.
77Ranger460 is online now  
The following users liked this post:
LEBScrew13 (06-18-2019)
Old 06-18-2019, 09:14 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
LEBScrew13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MN
Posts: 135
Received 10 Likes on 10 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 77Ranger460 View Post
It should fit fine on the right side.
awesome thanks for the all the help on this.
LEBScrew13 is offline  
Old 06-18-2019, 03:31 PM
  #10  
Grumpy Old Man
 
smokeywren's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Midland County Texas, just west of the star in my avatar
Posts: 2,985
Received 803 Likes on 636 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by LEBScrew13 View Post
here is what i would consider getting for my setup



Any WD hitch that uses sway bars for sway control is a cheap hitch. Probably okay for weight distribution but inadequate for sway control under extreme conditions. I would not want my grandkids to tow with a cheap WD hitch. Instead I would want them to tow with a quality hitch that has excellent built in sway control. Such as an Equal-I-Zer or Blue Ox SwayPro. As for the old man, I go to the other extreme, towing my TT with a ProPride kitch (if you've ever experienced uncontrollable trailer sway, you'll pay a lot to be sure it never happens again).

But installing any WD hitch on a V-nose trailer presents some challenges. Here's a link to an Equal-I-Zer page that tells how overcome the too-short tongue on a V-nose trailer: https://www.equalizerhitch.com/manua...allation-guide

Sizing your WD hitch:
You want the spring bars rated for at least the max trailer tongue weight (TW) you will ever have. Equal-I-Zer makes one with 600 pounds TW. That's a max trailer weight of about 4,600 pounds. But if your max trailer might be up to 5,000 pounds, then you need more than 600 pounds TW rating, but not near the 1,000 pounds TW rating of the next size of Equal-I-Zer hitch. Blue Ox to the recsue. They make one with 750 pounds TW rating. That's a max trailer weight of about 5,750 pounds.

Ignore the gross trailer weight rating of the hitch. That's based on only 10% TW, and your properly-loaded trailer will have more than 10% TW.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/store...ontrol-hitch-1

https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/categories/Blue_Ox_Sway_Pro_8000_lb_Hitches,1354

Ignore the MSRP prices in the links to the manufacturer. Check the discoynt price from eTrailer.com and Amazon.com before you buy one of those hitches.

Last edited by smokeywren; 06-18-2019 at 03:56 PM.
smokeywren is offline  
The following users liked this post:
LEBScrew13 (06-19-2019)

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Anti Sway Hitch or Rear anti sway bar ??


Contact Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: