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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
  • Reese

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   (405 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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Have waited until after a couple of trips to evaluate this Sway control product. VERY pleased at the additional control over the Sway caused when tractor-trailers pass by. Virtually eliminated. Installation instructions were OK, but drilling the holes did require some work. Most would probably have a trailer place do it for them.



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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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Just came in, everything looks good and I don’t see any installation issues. Shipping was great as always etrailer is the only place to get you towing stuff.



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

Louisa

5/21/2023

A fabulous alternative to the large trailer swaydistribution bar. Keeps tongue weight down and works FABULOUSLY! Dandy item and what eTrailer is ALL about. Safe, easy to install and worth it.



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Seems pretty solid & a direct fit for the 1 I replaced. Last 1 busted as the threads on the adjustment lever stripped. Shipping was lightning fast!



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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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Recieved the stabilizer & I can’t wait for my next road trip. Bought it to eliminate sway when our Scamp is loaded & bike rack on the rear of the trailer.



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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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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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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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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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Currently using one friction sway bar. On our last trip I experienced sway on our 30’ trailer due to gusty crosswinds. Adding additional bar to correct issue. ETRAILER had what I needed as they usually do, with expert advice also.



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Fast, personalized service - I had questions about a specific piece, that was on back order, and they tried to figure out an alternate method of getting me the part.



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

Henry

7/21/2023

Still completely happy with the performance. Trailer very stable towing under all conditions Great product



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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.

Matt

6/21/2017

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.



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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!

J.p.

7/3/2018

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.



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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.

Vic L.

8/4/2020

After a year it continues to perform perfectly



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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.

Ralph

4/25/2017

Great. No problems.



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Went on easy



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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!

Ed

1/22/2019

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!



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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.

Steven

6/25/2016

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.



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Items arrived on time, the price was Competitive and the quality of the iems seems great so far.



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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!!!!!

John

10/1/2018

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!



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I am yet to install the unit, but it arrived as described, and e-trailers was fantastic to work with.


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  • Why is Sway Control Bar Making Noise
    A sway control like # 83660 uses friction to do its job. This friction can often make quite a bit a noise. Unfortunately, there's no way to make them quieter and still have them function properly.
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    Friction sway control units like # 83660 do need to be either disconnected or to have their tension control released when you reverse the trailer. Otherwise the unit is likely to be damaged. In normal operation these devices will make some grinding noise since they use metal on metal friction to control trailer sway. If your anti-sway device makes a popping noise or anything other than a grinding sound (from that friction) then it may have been damaged if you left it in place while reversing...
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  • Is the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit a Viable Option for Traveling in the Mountains
    Yes, the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 does help and is a worthwhile endeavor. The Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 reduces trailer sway caused by winds, curving roads (like you'd find in the mountains) or sudden maneuvers. Your hitch is already set up to use the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 and the control kit will include the bracket needed for the frame of your trailer, so it will be a pretty straight forward option for you to gain that extra stability.
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  • Where Does Reese Friction Sway Control Ball Mount to the Trailer Frame
    The 24 inches is correct but make sure you are measuring in the correct place. You will measure diagonally from the center of the ball cavity on the trailer coupler back 24 inches along the trailer frame. This is where the center of the ball on the trailer frame will be. I have included a link to the instructions and I have included a picture that will help with this installation.
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  • Should Tension of Friction Sway Control Be Released or Should Unit Be Removed When Backing Trailer
    Most of the time releasing the tension is the most you'll need to do. However, if you find yourself in a situation where the trailer could jackknife, removing the entire unit would be your best bet. Removing the unit is very simple, all you need to do is remove the two clips and pull the unit off.
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  • Can Electric Trailer Brakes be Used with Friction Sway Control
    Yes the Reese Friction Sway Control part # 83660 is perfectly compatible with electric trailer brakes like you have on your travel trailer.
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  • Friction Sway Control Recommendation for Use with Reese Weight Distribution System
    If you are looking for a friction sway control system to go with your Reese weight distribution system you can use any of them. The Reese part # 83660 that you referenced would be a great choice as it's just as good as the other brands but doesn't cost quite as much. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Purpose of Small Ball Mounted to Side of Trailer Tongue
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  • Best Ways to Prevent Trailer Sway
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