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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. 1-800-940-8924 to order Reese accessories and parts part number 83660 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Great prices 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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Reese Accessories and Parts - 83660

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Sway Control Parts
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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

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   (389 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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Works GREAT to reduce sway which is important as I’m pulling a trailer that’s a bit long for my SUV. First time I towed it home without the sway bar and felt every little breeze and got sway anytime I went over 60mph. This bar has totally changed that and made me MUCH more comfortable towing - thank you!




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I think the Reese Friction Control Bar is quite effective in reducing the sway. The only criticism that I have is the grinding/groaning noise it makes when making turns. I haven't been successful adjusting the tension, as recommended in instructions, to eliminate this prtoblem despite repeated attempts. Also, earlier during the installation process I had contacted customer service with a couple of questions, but did not receives a response.




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I’m so glad we purchased this and installed the day before our trip! What an amazing difference it made. Towing my trailer was tighter and no “wobbles” going over bumps! The sway bar was super easy to install and made for a much better ride for my recent road trip!!




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Easy unit to install on our 16' Scamp. On the first trip I noticed the difference immediately at higher speeds. Easy to take off when you get to camp and are about to back into the space.




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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.




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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.




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Made a Hugh difference in my teardrop towing experience, even with Santa Ana winds !!




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Pull utility trailer behind our fifth wheel trailer. This sway control worked very well. Easy to install and adjust




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Unparalleled excellence, etrailer’s continued customer support after the sale is why they should be everyone’s go to source for trailer parts and accessories.


Comments
It still works fine, 1 year later.
Henry - 03/17/2022


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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!


Comments
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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Great add-on. Easy set up and and insta llation.




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It has worked well for every trip including interstate and roads through the mountains




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can't live without this and a small trailer necessary item... is also weight distribution!




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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


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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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.




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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.


Comments
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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Towing my 19’ Jayco trailer with my Jeep Grand Cherokee without sway control was a bit of a challenge on the highway alongside tractor trailers. With a tongue weight of less than 300 lbs I didn’t need any load leveling assist so I opted for this economical solution. Mounting was straightforward and after a bit of adjustment to the tension, I was able to hit a happy point where the sway was virtually eliminated but the squeaking or groaning of the friction device at low speed was minimal. Highly recommend for trailers 3000 lbs and less.


Comments
After a year it continues to perform perfectly
Vic L - 08/04/2020


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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.




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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.


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.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 10/15/2018


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The Sway control kit was exactly what I needed when towing a long trailer with my short wheelbase truck. It is very well made and was easy to install.

etrailer is a great company to do business with, from their helpful staff, to vast inventory, great prices, to super fast shipping, and followup on the sale.

Ii will be doing business with etrailer again!


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Good morning, George! Im still enjoying both of those. I tow the trailer about once a month and use them both. The trailer is a tandem axle, 8W x 12L enclosed cargo trailer and has a GVW of 7,500lb. My 06 Tundra tows it beautifully, even fully loaded, thanks to the weight distributing kit and the mirrors allow me to see down both sides of the trailer. Thanks again for great products and great customer service!
Ed - 01/22/2019


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I ordered and received the ball mount and sway bar together. They were received very promptly and in excellent shape. They are very heavy, i.e., heavy duty. The bracket that was fitted to the trailer was about half a screw wider than optimal size for my smallish trailer but did fit. Installation was easy. The self-tapping screws functioned well. All-in-all, a 10 out of 10 experience.


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Great. No problems.
Ralph - 04/25/2017


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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.


Comments
Worked flawlessly on a few cross-country trips. Sold the trailer recently, the new owner should expect the same great performance.
Caryn - 07/09/2021


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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.


Comments
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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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!!!




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Excellent product, works well, easy install and hookup.


Comments
Great product easy install, no sway on trailer.
Leslie - 02/24/2022

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