Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

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Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety. Call 800-298-8924 to order Pro Series accessories and parts part number 83660 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Pro Series products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.


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Pro Series Accessories and Parts - 83660

Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety.


Features:

  • Reduces trailer sway caused by winds, curving roads or sudden maneuvers
  • Lets you adjust tension for the perfect amount of control and resistance
  • Operates on the principle of "stiffening" the coupling between the tow vehicle and trailer
    • The degree of "stiffening" or friction is adjusted to suit various trailer weights and towing conditions
  • Installs and removes quickly and easily
    • Attaches to either side of trailer tongue
    • Removes with just 2 clips
  • Includes sway control arm, ball, ball plate and hardware
    • Sway-control bracket sold separately
  • Constructed of powder coated steel for durability and corrosion resistance


Specs:

  • Ball shank length: 1-1/4" (1" is threaded)
  • Ball plate assembly measures 6" long x 3" tall overall
  • 10-Year limited warranty


Ball Plate Assembly Dimensions

Note: Do not use with Class I trailer hitches. Cannot be used with surge brakes. For trailers exceeding 26' long use two friction sway controls or dual cam sway control.




Draw-Tite # 40660; Reese # 83660, Economy Friction Sway Control



83660 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 83660 Installation instructions


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Video Transcript for Pro Series Weight Distribution - Sway Control Only - 83660 Review

Today, we'll be reviewing part number 83660. This is the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit. This system is designed to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in multiple towing conditions. That's going to dampen trailer sway caused by crosswinds in traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety. It's going to include the sway control arm, the ball, the ball plate, and all the mounting hardware that you need. It's also going to feature friction adjustment for multiple towing situations. That way you can increase the resistance or decrease it, as well.

This portion right here, the more that you let off of the resistance, this arm is going to be able to slide out. That's built in there and it's got the friction pads on there. Again, it's all about safety, so this is all about making sure that you're safe out there when you towing, whether it's your trailer, or your camper, or whatever application you may have. Very easy to hook up and remove. It can be used on the left or right side of the trailer. It's also very easy installation.

The ball plate has 6 mounting holes. That's what the 6 screws are for, and then the 2 pins are actually going to hold the sway control arm on to the ball plate and onto the ball that's going to mount to the head assembly of your weight distribution system. The ball shank link, right here on the ball, measuring from the bottom of this portion here, to the bottom of the threads is going to measure 1 inch and a 1/4. The threaded portion is going to measure 1 inch in length, and then if we take a look at the ball plate assembly, it's going to give us an overall length of 6 inches and an overall width from edge to edge of 3 inches. The distance that we have between the mounting holes measuring from center of this one, to center of this one, that's going to give us a measurement of 3 and 1/8. The center of this one, to the center of this hole, that's going to give us a measurement of 2 and 3/16. From the center of the outer hole, to the center of the other outer hole, is going to give us a measure of 5 and 5/16ths of an inch.

Center on center going this direction, that's going to give us a measurement of 2 and 5/16 of an inch. When using this system, please keep in mind that you do not use with a Class 1 trailer hitch. It also cannot be used with surge brakes for trailers that exceed 26 feet in length. You'll want to use 2 friction sway control units, or a dual cam sway control system. Very easy system to operate and to get installed. Again, this portion here, is going to mount to your trailer frame.

That socket portion is going to go over that one right there. It's going to be held in place using the clip. It just slides through the grooves on the outside of that socket. The ball right here, is going to mount to the head of your weight distribution system. It's going to fit in that socket right there, and you're going to use the other clip to hold that system in place, as well. Again, it's all about safety. It's going to improve handling in multiple towing conditions and make sure that you're safe out there whenever you're towing. That's going to do it for today's review of part number 83660. This is the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit. .


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Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch - 83660

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (308 Customer Reviews)

Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety.

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Product was exactly as described. It worked great and I received the product in a short period of time. Thank You 559650



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As someone who works for the largest delivery service in the world. I see products everyday passed through my hands to the customer. etrailer from step 1 has proven not only can they deliver a high quality product but get it to the customer as fast as possible. My Pro Series Sway Control kit gets a huge thumbs up! 523335



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Very easy instal & works great with my ML500 & 20’ trailer! 440648


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It did it’s job but ultimately I switched to at weight distribution sway control hitch system. For smaller single axel trailers & SUV’s, I personally recommend it!

Dean E - 10/08/2018

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I have been an etrailer consumer for years. When I need a solid product in rediculous timeframes, they deliver 100% each and everytime. They now fall under my 'No brainer' category. This sway bar was exactly what I needed to replace my stripped out bar. The super fast shipping kept my camping weekends on schedule. Thanks!!!!! 437839


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Hi. Txs for checking in. You guys are my only go to online trailer parts store. I have bought several products from you over past few years and have yet to have a disappointing moment! Fast shipping, excellent products. This sway control, follows suite. Easy setup, excellent trailering with no sways. And we’ve done trip from Delaware to Pa in heavy wind/rain with zero problems. So thanks again!

John - 10/01/2018

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Lots of bang for the buck. We tow our 3k Travel Trailer with only this sway controller. Apply the friction snugly and sway is almost eliminated . Simple to install with a drill and some hand tools. Easy to pop on and off. No you cannot backup with it. 558480



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I can't say enough good things about this product! We have a large Coleman pop-up camper (3000lbs) that is miserable to tow. It's like putting a leash on a cat and walking it into the ocean. You could not tow it over 60 mph due to the horrible sway. I mounted this sway control kit on (not really expecting any miracles but hoping) and was blown away. Absolutely night and day difference! My pop-up tracks perfectly straight behind the vehicle and has Zero sway! I highly recommend this system for anyone with a pop-up camper or any smaller trailer that's having sway issues. For the price and ease of use, this thing can't be beat! 401196


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1 year later and it still works like a dream. This was by far the best money spent on a product. I never could have imagined what a major improvement it would make.

J.P. - 07/03/2018

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I installed this on the left side as recommend because of the length of my camper 32+ feet, Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit . It stopped the sway in the trailer I'm still learning how much tension to apply 144320


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Did one help control sway or do you recommend having right and left friction control for longer travel trailers? I pull ours with a Tahoe.

-- comment by: Brooke - 09/20/2014

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Yes you can use 2 friction sway control bars to reduce sway. For a longer travel trailer you might also consider a full weight distribution system that uses integrated sway control. To determine which weight distribution system is right for your needs you will need to know the fully loaded tongue weight of the trailer when ready to tow.

-- Rachael H - 9/22/2014


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Purchased this product to replace the same unit which lost one of it's friction pads during my last trip. Works very well. 112376


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No problems.

Terry E - 01/20/2015

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Easy install. Easy to adjust. Quick disconnect when backing into tight campsites. Got a second one, used, for left side. Pulling a 25' TT with a 2016 F150 SuperCab 6.5' Box. TT is quite a tall, 3 step stair. 575910



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This is the second product I have ordered from etrailer.com and not the last. When I order something in the morning I get it the next day. They are in the next state over but still very quick shipping. I purchased this because I have read that you should use 2 (one on each side) of these when pulling longer than a 26' tt. Mine is 32' and I have had a little sway with one. I do wish that the dealer I bought my TT from would of just spent a little more time and put 2 on in the first place. But I was able to get one fast from etrailer.com and now I feel confident that it will reduce the sway a bit more. 335910



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Purchased from etrailer super fast delivery and great price. Easy install. Excellent customer service, communication, and follow-up. Will use etrailer for my source of other needed products in the future. 541230



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Did not help a lot on my swaying problem. I think it is a leveling problem when I am towing. I am thinking about adding leveling bags. 574615


Comments

Many factors can affect whether a trailer will sway or not. You will want to tow the trailer so that it is within an inch and a half or so +/- of level. Make sure the trailer is properly loaded so that the trailers tongue weight equals 10-15 percent of the trailers weight. If the trailer is too light on the tongue, its more likely to sway. Make sure also that the trailers suspension is in good repair and that the axle is not bent. Also keep in mind that a friction sway control unit like this works best for trailers up to 25 feet in length. For longer trailer, using two friction sway units, one on each side of the trailer tongue is recommended.

-- Mike L - 10/15/2018

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Worked like a charm! I did find it easier, however to drill the first hole for my plate, install the first screw, and then drill the remaining holes using the plate to guide my bit, rather than trying to mark and tap the center of 4 holes at once as the instructions suggest. 203637


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1 year and still working great!

John S - 06/14/2016

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Received fast and in good shape. Everything was there and I had it installed in less than 30 mins. Thank You etrailer, now that's the way to run a business ! 231103


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Still outstanding, no problems to report. Ive used etrailer again. And family members are now customers too. Thank You, keep up the good work. You do business like it should be done. Quarity and service.

Jack F - 10/29/2016

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I purchased this sway control bar along with mounting bracket to mount on my RZR trailer that I pull behind my 26 ft bumper pull travel trailer. We get a lot of wind in Idaho and the light weight trailer would start to fishtail uncontrollably in high winds. Most of the other brackets for sway control devices either needed to be welded on my hitch or I would have to buy a totally new hitch with the bracket already attached. The sway control bar installed easily and the instructions were very easy to understand. The bracket installed easily and etrailer shipped fast so the problem was eliminated quickly. It worked so well that I purchased a second one for my travel trailer as well. Now I don't worry or hesitate to pull my camping train in the wind. Thanks etrailer and keep up the good work!!! 273006



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Has been in use for over a year and holding up well. I did have to mount it on the left side of the vehicle, due to a variety of issues, so the unit actually operates upside down from the photo. It makes no difference - it stills work fine. For what it's worth, my wife has no problem removing/installing the control. You do need to be prepared for the grease you will get on your hands from the clips that attach it. Fact of life. 282980


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No problems, but a few ideas. I installed a bracket on the side of the trailer frame, to the rear of the sway bar ball mount, so that we can just disconnect the control from the hitch ball, swing it rearwards and store it up out of the way. This means we dont have to remove and store the control while traveling and theres one less greasy pin to pull. Also discovered that the Curt Switch Ball Shank Cover covers the 1.25 ball on the hitch really well. I cut off the flared part of this cover and it works great.

Dave W - 08/12/2017

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Great product, keeps trailer from swaying in windy cond. 574854



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This part replaces a part that was broken during an accident. It is identical to the original at half the price. It is always used when I pull my trailer. 391676


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I have used it all the time I pull the 24 ft trailer. Wouldnt be without it

Bruce S - 06/10/2018

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Very easy install, I bought two and only took about 30 min to install both. Haven't pulled my camper yet but looking forward to a better ride. 199515


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Better than expected after a year in service, havent had a problem yet.

Mike H - 05/31/2016

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I received the sway control kit and inspected it. I have not used it as of yet but it looks like it should do the job it was designed for. Etrailer shipping was very quick. I am very satisfied with the product and etrailer service. This was my first order form etrailer and I will be ordering from them again. 124624



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If you already have a Pro Series weight distributing hitch (WDH) this is the stablilizer that goes with it and I am sure that it is acceptible for use with other manufacturers of WDHs. Installation is very easy following the single page of instructions; mark where you need to mount the plate on the trailer frame, drill six pilot holes, bolt the plate down and install the ball on the hitch and you are good to go. My Pro Series WDH came with one stabilizer, but after one long trip with high cross winds and heavily rutted roads I decided that I needed two stablilzers for my 32' long travel trailer as is reccomended here for any trailer over 26' length. These stabilizers, while simple in design, get the job done. 263125


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After one year of use and thousands of miles two stabilizers on a long trailer is the only way to go. Finding the correct amount of friction is still somewhat of a guessing game, but the units are still working great and making the task of towing such a long travel trailer much more manageable.

Matt - 06/21/2017

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Towed my travel trailer without an anti-sway device and when tractor trailers passed me the sway made me nervous. Installed this and towed my travel trailer, sway reduced immediately. Awesome product from Reese. 415316



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I bought the pro series anti sway kit for our 5000lb horse trailer because the trailer would begin oscillating sometimes when speeds were higher than about 50mph. The damper kit solved the problem I drove it up to 75mph after installing the kit and adjusting the drag according to the instructions. Installation was easy and the instructions were great. The quality was excellent. All the pieces we're included. 425420



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I drove 700 miles to Florida with a dancing 5 x 8 trailer, and vowed I was going to fix it. This did the trick - my return home, not one issue, and felt like it was the complete solution. I followed the video, not the written directions (probably not preferred). Product arrived timely, but was a little disappointed in the presentation of packaging I almost felt like it was ready to pop out of the box, or maybe it was a return - not a game stopper, but felt like this needed to be improved. Turning wasn't an issue and it did everything that I thought it would, and was advertised. Make sure you get the bracket for the hitch as well. 278428



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All items were received with the order. The order was quickly shipped and arrived quickly as well. My interaction with Customer Support was also much better than received from your competitors (basically I received no support from your competitors, I only received a form letter as a response to my questions). Installation was simple, although I broke/ stripped out 2 of the screws that hold the friction mount to the trailer (I would think that stronger screws would be included, but the problems were partially my fault as well). I am very satisfied with the products and service received from eTrailer.com. Thank you, dp 43043



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This is my second Pro Series Friction Sway control I bought from etrailer, the first one is still good and in use on my Jayco camper. I bought a second one for my 1969 Yellowstone Camper 18S, it pulls great, but like how these work, so I thought it would better to have it, then not. With my Jayco it was all over the road, even when loaded right, these helped out great. They are easy to put on and off, the cost is really nothing, compared to being worried about the sway as you drive, it makes your trips more relaxing. 207584


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Thanks for following up, after using it now for a years time, with 17 camping trips and almost 3000 miles using it, it is still like new, working great, was a big help in South Dakota with the wind. For little money spent, a extra couple of minutes putting it on every time I hook up it has paid for itself. Just remember to clean the slide bar after it rains to remove any surface rust and I keep a little bit of grease on each ball and I always take it off when backing up so it does not bend on you. Would not leave home without it.

Steven - 06/25/2016

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Needed and additional sway bar complete setup and Etrailer had the best price, shipping and service. AAA++++. THANK YOU. 639934



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Works great still. Perfect for our pop up camper 639782



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All items worked as per product details 629120



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We have had no problems with your product. Works as it is supposed to. 629058



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Sway bar used to tow 23 foot bumper pull rv trailer. Have towed RV 20+ times with no sway issues. Easy to install, need to watch various you tube videos on how to tighten/set the friction tightness as words/instruction kind of fuzzy. But after watching video it made common sense. 595254



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Great Product, Good Price, easy to install, works awesomely, easy to order and got it quickly!! 591636



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Still works as intended after one season of use. Drilling the holes to initially install it was the only hard part of using this sway bar! 591434



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HEAVY DUTY PARTS WILL INSTALL AND USE NEXT TRIP OUT HAD ONE DID AGREAT JOB THE SECOND ONE WILL MAKE IT EVEN BETTER 585607



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Has been used a lot. Works great and with no problems. Would recomend this product. 581863



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This is a well made heavy bar. Easy to install. 581065



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Trailer sway control bar met expectations. What greatly exceeded expectations was the two day expedited delivery and the extraordinary customer service from Heidi. 575321



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works great. Only difficult part was drilling the holes in the trailer to mount the connecting plate. Directions were clear and easy to follow. 573528



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Seems like a quality product, I wont install for a few weeks. I will review again once installed. 562028



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I put this on my 2015 R-Pod. the instructions were clear and well written so installation was a breeze. It made a big difference in the feel of the trailer on the Interstate. I've towed the trailer in winds a between 20-25 mph and it definitely helped. 561289



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Good shipping time and very good customer service. 560426



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Fit and works great 546237



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Great quality 544913



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This item works great really helped reduce sway. 544855



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Great product fast shipping and my goto Web site for all my truck and trailer needs. This is our 2nd sway control. I got one with the camper when we bought it and upgraded to running 2 since the trailer is over 30'. Our last camper was 24' and 1 was all it needed. Simple install and took me about 30 minutes. 542888



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product worked well as described easy to use and very inexpensive compared to what general rv wanted to sell us. Most valuable was sales persons product knowledge and time devoted to finding the right product. I give it all five stars. 539462



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Fast courteous service. Good quality product. Clear informative instructions and easy installation. Have used etrailer before and will keep them at the top of my contact first list. 539059



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The product was delivered and we’ve not used it yet. We will be leaving YpsilNti in Couple days and then can let you know how it worked. Thank you for the service. 529355



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Fast ship. Have not installed yet, but with all the videos, downloads and online help how could we go wrong. Very pleased to find this site. 527622



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Heavy duty and works as stated 525379


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  • When a trailer weighs more than half the weight of the tow vehicle, quite likely in the case of your 4000-lb trailer, there will typically be a need for sway control. There are two types of sway control, the stand-alone friction bar style like # 83660 and those shown on the linked page, all of which use controlled friction to help stop trailer sway, and the integrated type of sway prevention that comes with weight distribution systems (WD/SC). These systems both equalize the load on...
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