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

Reese 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 Reese accessories and parts part number 83660 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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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.


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

Item # 83660

Installation Details 83660 Installation instructions


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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (343 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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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


Comments
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Excellent quality and great product that cut down on sway which was much needed while traveling with my TT in high winds in SoCal. 870418



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Easy to use and works well. 863555



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Still not installed yet, but with the video you made...I don't forsee any problems. Thank you for shipping so fast, especially with the Pandemic we are enduring. IT'S A REESE...WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THAT! 863484



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Everything was delivered with care and awesome packaging! Top quality and I was very impressed! 862506



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Big fan of sway bars and wouldn't hit the highway without them. A swaying 25 foot trailer at 65 MPH is a recipe for disaster. Been there, done that. Easy to install and worth every penny. I did some welding on the mount and installed two; one on each side. 861752



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Product has worked great so far. Easy to install. Great customer service and recommendations. Thank you etrailer! Used on 18' hybrid TT with 2"x3" A-frame. 829550



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Best accessory I have purchased for our 21 foot travel trailer. Trailer is light enough I don't need weight distribution control, just needed sway control and this did the trick. Easy to attach, easy to adjust, very effective. Would highly recommend if you only need sway control. 820012



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I've been using this sway control friction brake for the past year with no issues. It really helped with camper sway when turning off uneven driveways as well as when tractor trailer's pass at 70mph. It was easy enough to install and works as described. Hard to beat the price. 811248



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These worked great to install my sway bar kit. I will be buying another set to install another one for my camper. 815961



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We are very pleased with this sway bar. It seems to be strong, well made and built to last. Works perfectly on our older trailer hitch. This company shipped amazingly fast! Everything was packaged well too. Very impressed and will definitely be buying from them again, for our trailer needs. 804774



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Exactly what I expected when I ordered. Came on time and well protected in shipping. Instructions were easy to follow and with pre drilled holes it installed in 10 minutes. 803994



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Heavy and well built will be installing Thursday with a new class ll. Hitch I will let you know how it goes 801015



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Works great! I have a TAB 320 Boondock being towed by a Jeep Wrangler, It took all the sway away, and helps, keeps the Trailer behind the towing rig, Highly recommend for Smaller rigs towing! 797276



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Just received it, haven’t installed it yet. Shipping was fast and got exactly what I ordered. 774276


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  • Recommended Sway Control Without Weight Distribution
    In my opinion you have the best sway control utilizing your current system, so I personally would stick with what you have. The dual cam with spring bars keeps the trailer in line by actively fighting sway. It does require more setup but based on the photo you have that done well. There are other options you can consider if you simply don't want to utilize the weight distribution system. You can use two of the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660. This uses an adjustable friction...
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  • Troubleshooting Ball Broken from Friction Sway Control Unit
    Is the system possibly tightened too much which is causing too much pressure on the ball? Or is the trailer not sitting level which is causing undue stress on the ball around corners? This is the first time this has come up for us so I'd suspect either the ball was faulty or there's something unusual about your setup. The replacement ball would then be the part # RP58060.
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  • Recommended Sway Control Option for Small Trailer
    Sway control is beneficial in towing conditions such as crosswinds or a large truck passing; the system will allow you to have greater stability and control than otherwise. There is a sway control bar that could work for you, the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660. This kit uses friction as control, as the cam system is for use in weight distribution systems. The Reese attaches to either side of your trailer tongue, and mounts with a sway-control bracket, either # RP26003 for Class...
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for 2017 [email protected] 320-S
    For sway control on your 2017 [email protected] 320-S I recommend the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 because it will keep your [email protected] stable and allow you a more comfortable towing experience. Using the Reese kit gives you control over your trailer and reduces the stress you encounter whenever you feel it drifting from side to side. I have added a link to the instruction manual for you to check out so you can see how it installs. The only other thing you will need in order to use the Reese Sway...
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  • Friction Sway Control For 11 Foot Northwest Coach Lil' Dipper Camper
    The Reese Friction Sway Control kit you asked about, part # 83660 would work great with your small camper, and any camper up to 25 feet in length. You'd also need a ball mount with a sway control tab on it for mounting the ball that would connect the sway control unit to the ball mount. The Curt # D320 can be used in the rise or drop orientation, and will provide either a 3/4 inch rise or a 2 inch drop. If that isn't sufficient, there's an adjustable ball mount available part # 7390...
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  • Can Sway Bar be Used with Trailer Hitch for 2018 Audi Q7
    Based on my research, your 2018 Audi Q7 features a 7,700 pound towing capacity if you have the 3.0L engine. If you happen to have the 2.0L engine, the towing capacity of the vehicle is 4,400 pounds, so I do recommend verifying the limits of the vehicle by checking the owner's manual or asking the dealer you are working with. You will need to adhere to the weakest component in your setup, even if the trailer hitch itself has a higher rating. In cases when a weight distribution system...
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  • Recommend Sway Control System for a Rockwood Geo Pro
    I have two excellent options for you to help keep control of the trailer at highway speed, a friction sway control bar like the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit part # 83660 with the Sway-Control Bracket part # RP26003 or an electric sway control device like the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System part # HA81775. These systems will both do an excellent job of helping to keep the trailer inline at highway speed. That said, the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System...
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  • Question About a Product
    If you are not experiencing sag then you can start with just the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit part # 83660 and the Reese Sway-Control Bracket for 2" Ball Mounts part # RP26003. There is no good way to attach this other than welding to avoid putting holes in the frame. I know it is not much better. If this does not get the results you are looking for a weight distribution setup with built in sway control can be a very effective way to resolve it completely.
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  • Does Friction Sway Bar Have to be Installed Exactly 24 Inches From Center of Hitch Ball
    We have an option for sway control, though the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 as well as the Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 both require an exact 24" measurement from the hitch ball to the trailer frame in order to mount the ball plate. If there is no way to clear this space due to your propane cover hold down, the option I highly recommend is the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System # HA81775 because it will give you the ability to control the sway on your trailer...
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    For your NEO NMS2685TR with the enclosed V-nose, the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 is the best option. Because of the length of your trailer, two are recommended. You can use the Reese Sway-Control Bracket for 2" Ball Mounts # RP26003 for one side and you will need to weld a tab like # 3442 onto the other side of your ball mount. I've attached some videos and an article to further assist.
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Bar for 24 Foot Enclosed Trailer with Limited Tongue Length
    For your short tongue on your new trailer, I recommend the Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution systems with sway Control. This will give you the friction sway bar that will help control sway, but will need to be disconnected prior to backing up. I've attached an article to assist. If the hanger locations won't allow the brackets, you can use the Chain Hangers for Curt Weight Distribution Systems - Bolt On # C17005 as the hangers. Curt Short-Arm Weight Distribution System with Sway...
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  • Recommendation for Adding 2nd Friction Sway Control Bar to Trailer
    To add a second friction sway control, you will need the second Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 and you'll need to weld a tab onto your trailer hitch ball platform like # C45822. The friction bar will simply be inverted on the left side, but that will not impact the function and is designed for use on either side. I've attached an article to assist and 2 bars are recommended on trailers over 26 feet long or if you simply want more sway control. The other option is to use a weight...
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  • How To Mount Two Friction Sway Control Bars On a Ball Mount
    In order to use two friction sway control bars like the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit part # 83660 you'd need to have two of the friction sway control tabs like the Weld-On Sway Control Tab part # C45822 welded to the ball mount. The other options would be to use the Curt Ball Mount part # D320 assuming it has the correct rise/drop for you needs and only have one friction sway control tab welded on.
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  • Replacement Ball-Plate Assembly and Mounting Hardware for Reese Friction Sway Control Kit
    Yes, the ball-plate assembly for the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 is available as part # RP58062. This comes with the ball mounted to the plate as well as the 6 mounting screws needed for the installation.
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  • Best Sway Control Bar for a 2015 Dodge Durango Towing a Lightweight Travel Trailer
    The sway control bar that I recommend for you is the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit, # 83660 because it is our most popular and highest rated sway control bar. A weight distribution system is not required to use this kit, but it will work with a weight distribution system if you decide to add one at a later time. To use this kit without a weight distribution system, you would just want to add the sway control bracket # RP26003 to your existing ball mount. If you want to add a weight...
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  • Will Friction Sway Control Bar be Effective for 27 Foot Trailer Pulled by Ram 3500
    Adding a simple friction sway control bar is a great idea for when you are traveling down the highway; it will make towing your trailer in crosswinds less of a white-knuckle situation. Since you mentioned a 27 foot trailer it is recommended that you use two of the Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 for optimum stability; a pair of these kits is going to give you the best amount of sway control. Using just one kit on a 27 foot trailer like your Coleman won't be quite enough. To use...
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  • Will Reese Friction Sway Control Kit Fit on 2-3/4" Tall Trailer Frame
    The Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 will fit great on your trailer frame! The mounting holes for the plate are 2-5/16" apart on center so you won't have any issues when it comes to fitment!
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  • How Can I add Sway Control to my 2019 VW Atlas Without Weight Distribution
    While there is no way to attach an anti sway system to the Glyder for Gen-Y part # 325-GH-12005. I do have a solution for you. You can use the Convert-A-Ball Dual-Cushioned, Adjustable Ball Mount part # CAB-UM which isn't as clean looking of a product it is very effective and will accomplish the same goal as it is cushioned. Check out the video on it linked I have linked for you. To that you can add the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy part # 83660 and the Reese Sway-Control...
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  • Can Friction Bar In Reese Friction Sway Control Kit Be Replaced
    The friction bar that is included with the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit, part # 83660 is not available as a separate item. If the bar or any part of the anti-sway kit was damaged the # 83660 kit will need to be replaced. I verified this with my contact at Reese.
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  • Sway Control for 2005 Honda Pilot That Cant Use a Weight Distribution System
    Our most popular sway bar is the Reese # 83660. I definitely recommend it to keep your trailer from swaying. It's a great, cost-effective solution when a weight distribution system isn't an option. For the ball mount bracket you can use # RP26003 and for a hitch ball # 63845. I've linked a video that should eliminate any surprises for you.
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  • Recommended Sway-Control System For 2015 Range Rover Towing ATC Trailer
    We do offer anti-sway bars as a separate item. I recommend the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit, part # 83660. This sway control system can be used on either side of the trailer. This is a sway-control only unit and is not a weight distribution system.
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  • When Should A Trailer Use 2 Friction Sway Control Units
    Due to the length of your trailer I would recommend 2 sway control units like the part # 83660. Typically we recommend two sway control units when the trailer is over 26 feet long. I would like to point out that your best defense against sway is proper trailer loading. Sway is usually caused by not having enough tongue weight.
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  • Is Sway Control Recommended for a 27 Foot Trailer Weighing 5,000 lbs Towed by a 2010 Toyota Tundra
    With a trailer 27 feet long and weighing 5,000 pounds you would benefit from sway control. We have different types of sway control systems you can add to your system. The easiest to add would be a friction bar like # 83660. Since your trailer is 27 feet long, using 2 bars, one on each side, would be beneficial, but you could always start with one and see if that suits your needs. If you had a Reese system with spring bars that have the cam ends, using the Dual-Cam system, # RP26002...
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  • How to Prevent Trailer Sway Without Using a Weight Distribution System
    The best way to prevent the sway you are experiencing without having to buy anything or deal with a cumbersome weight distribution system is to move as much weight as you can forward in the trailer to increase tongue weight and also make sure the trailer is sitting as level as possible. To prevent sway that starts from wind gusts or passing semi trucks a friction sway control unit like part # 83660 is a much simpler way to help. I attached a review video for this for more info on it as well.
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  • Friction Sway Control Kit Distance Between Hitch Tounge of Trailer for the Sway Bar
    The sway control ball must be mounted on the trailer frame 24 inches from the center of the coupler. I hope this answers your question. For your review I have also included a link to view the actual installation instructions for this Friction Sway Control kit.
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  • Integrated Anti-Sway vs Friction Bar Anti-Sway with Weight Distribution System
    The free-standing friction anti-sway devices like # 83660 can help control trailer sway once it has started but as you note they do NOT allow you to back up the trailer without first releasing their tension control or completely disconnecting them. These also DO NOT provide the same anti-sway effectiveness as the weight distribution (WD) systems that have this feature built into their design. The better systems available today actually operate to prevent sway from starting, rather than...
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  • Sway Control System Recommendation for 30 Toy Hauler 13,000 LBS
    The wear that you are experiencing on your sway control unit could be due to the fact that only one unit is being used on your trailer. Since your toy hauler is 30' long, we recommend using 2 of the Reese Friction Sway Control Kits, # 83660. This unit reduces trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety. It's also a customer favorite because it is economical, very easy to use, and can be installed on the left or right side of the trailer....
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount that Can be Used with Friction Sway Control
    You can use sway control only with an adjustable ball mount in one of two ways. First, you could use sway control bracket # RP26003 which will fit a ball mount platform up to 2.610 inches wide. It also has a 1 inch diameter hitch ball hole. The other option is to weld on a sway control bracket # 3442. Welding should be performed by a qualified professional welder. For an adjustable ball mount that already has a sway control portion on it we have # 7390. It is rated for 6,000 pounds...
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