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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

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Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount. Call 800-298-8924 to order Curt accessories and parts part number 17200 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Curt products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.


Features:

  • Friction-style sway control effectively fights trailer sway after it begins
    • Reduces side-to-side movement caused by winds, passing traffic, curving roads, or sudden maneuvers
  • Bar unit houses the sway control mechanism
    • Interior arm telescopes in and out as your trailer moves
    • Friction pads rub against each other to create resistance
  • Adjustable tension lets you set the perfect amount of control and resistance
    • Tension-adjustment screw easily turns in 1/4" increments to fine-tune tension
    • Built-in lever lets you disengage the system to completely release tension
  • Trailer-mounted ball lets you connect the bar unit to your trailer frame
    • May be mounted to either side of your trailer
    • Bolt-on installation with included self-tapping screws
  • 1-1/4" Hitch ball mounts on weight distribution system head to provide attachment point for sway control unit
    • Included adapter bracket can be welded to system head if there is no ball mount platform
  • Easy to remove - simply unclip the bar unit from each attachment ball using the included safety clips
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: Not for use on trailers with surge brakes. It is recommended that you remove this sway control unit before backing up/reversing and before towing in slippery conditions such as on wet, icy, gravel, or snow-covered roads.


When installing this sway control system, follow the included instructions and measure 24" straight back from the center of the coupler along the frame of the trailer to determine the location of the spacer plate and trailer-mounted attachment ball. To achieve proper alignment, the spacer plate may not be necessary in every application.


Curt Sway Control on Trailer Frame

One friction-style sway control can be used for trailers with up to 6,000-lb GTW. If your trailer's GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need 2 sway-control units, 1 on either side of the trailer. You will also want to use 2 units if your trailer is 26' or longer.



17200 Curt Friction Style Sway Control System

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Video Transcript for Curt Weight Distribution - Sway Control Only - 17200 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number 17200. This is the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System. Friction style sway control systems are going to bolt onto the trailer frame at one end and hook up to a small hitch ball that mounts to the system head at the other end, which is going to be this little ball right here. By attaching to both the weight distribution system and the trailer frame, the sway control unit can supply proper tension to help keep the trailer in line. It's going to feature an interior bar that telescopes in and out as your trailer moves, so as soon as your trailer begins to move out of line, the friction pads on the inside of the unit make contact with one another, and they're going to create resistance, and that's designed to help reduce any further side to side movement. This system is going to include the sway control unit, the trailer mounted attachment ball. The distance that we have from the center of one hole to the center of the other is going to measure 2-5/16". It is a square design, so that's going to be the same measurement all the way around. It's also going to feature the hitch mounted attachment ball, which is going to be this right here, part number C40093. That is included.

The shank length of the hitch ball, measuring from the base of the platform to the bottom of the shank, or the bolt post, is going to measure 1-7/8". It's going to feature a weld-on tab for left hand use, or for use without weight distribution systems in place, so if you want to attach this to a standard ball mount, that's what this is for right here. You're going to get the hardware, so you're going to get two clips, and you're going to get 8 self tapping screws, as well as a spacer plate. This is going to measure 6" by 3", and it's going to feature the same pattern for that right there, so those holes line up with one another. The spacer plate is completely optional, when it comes to installing it. Basically there's no rhyme or reason when or when not to use it. The only reason why it's included is that way you can achieve proper alignment. So keep that in mind.

You do not have to install that, but if everything does not align correctly, then if you have it installed, you may need to remove it, or if everything is not lining up correctly and you dont have it installed, then you may need to install it to achieve proper alignment. You can use this system on the left or right side of your trailer. All you need to do is pull the inside arm out, flip it over, and then re-insert it. Then you'll need to switch this portion right here. So basically, you just switch the handle with the bolt at the bottom, and it's just going to reverse everything. That way, you can use this on the opposite side of the trailer. The handle that I have in my hand, this is going to be the on/off switch for the unit, and then the bolt under the handle is going to be the tension adjustment.

Please keep in mind that for trailers that exceed 26' in length, you'll want to use two friction sway controls, or a dual cam sway control system. It's a very simple system to operate and to use. This portion right here is going to be screwed in to the trailer frame using some of the self tapping screws. It's going to connect to the socket back here, and then the arm is going to be held in place by inserting a clip through the holes. It'll just slide through like that. That's going to hold the arm on, and then the ball right here is either going to mount to the weight distribution head. If you're not using a weight distribution system, then you would weld this on to your standard ball mount if your ball mount doesn't already have this attached to it.

So you can weld that on. It's going to go through that hole, and then the socket is going to attach right over there, and you'll use the other clip to secure it, just like we did at the rear socket. That's going to do it for today's review of part number 17200. This is the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System. .


Customer Reviews

Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems - 17200

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (139 Customer Reviews)

Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.

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I purchased a Curt sway bar kit for my camper and have had great success with it. I have purchased items from etrailer in the past and always had great service. I will continue to order from them in the future and recommend to my friends and family. 641033



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FAST SHIPPING, I HAVENT OPEND THE BOX YET TO INSPECT IT. 372408



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I never thought I needed a weight disturbing hitch cause I had a 3/4 ton truck. I never realized how unsafe it was before. Stress free driving now. 448978



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We are pulling a 3800 lbs travel trailer with a 2014 Acura MDX. The sway control has made a world of a difference. You can barely feel the crosswinds and a semi truck passing by causes only minor side motion. Highly recommend this product. 291978



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Install was easy and it arrived sooner than anticipated. 350241


Comments
The advantage Ive found purchasing from etrailer is that I can buy only the parts I need for multiple trailers that I own. My two primary trucks have the hitches and sway bars in them. By buying the other parts from etrailer all six of my trailers can be connected without effort of moving clamps at any time.
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Bought this to use while pulling my 27 foot camper with my Chevy Tahoe on the interstate. Made all the difference in the world and is the best money out side of weight distribution bars I have spent on the camper. I will add I did recently spend the money to upgrade to a dual cam type weight and sway control system, but had I not wanted to spend the big bucks, this little guy does all you need. Giving it to my dad this weekend for an upcoming camping trip to Verona Va... 418238



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just as described 28579


Comments
Bought this not realizing my trailers frame isnt large enough for the mounting bracket supplied. My frame is 3 on edge, while the bracket is the same. That would put the holes and self taping screws uncomfortably close to if not through the edge of the frame. Am going to try to fashion some clamping mechanism to hold the bracket on. Worst case, it slip and I dont have sway control, but thats the situation Im in now anyway. This is on a 3500 lb. 6x8 utility trailer.
-- comment by: Doug R - 11/09/2013

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Rather than trying to fabricate new mounts, the ball plate can be welded on. A certified welder can complete the task and you will have the ball solidly mounted without risking the trailer frame and losing the sway control bar. The only downside of course, is that it won' be easy to remove if you decide you don't want the ball on the frame any more.

-- Patrick B - 11/12/2013


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The sway control kit I ordered went on the receiver of my travel trailer easily and fits well. I tested the turn radius to see how sharp of a turn it would make without "hitting" and it performed perfectly. I haven't had the chance to take it on the road yet but don't anticipate any problems. 485830


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Im so glad I ordered the sway control kit. Ive used it several times when pulling my travel trailer and it has made all the difference.
Justin - 03/17/2019

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Curt Weight distribution hitch assembly including dual Curt 17200 sway control bars for our heavy 30 foot RV. Purchased through Etrailer Corp. the information from Etrailer was fantastic on which hitch assembly was best for my application, the hitch, bars, sway arms were delivered exactly on time with no scratches or damage. My light weight 2010 pick pulled well and was level and handled winds and passing semi trucks in the wind a pleasure! Unfortunately I don't have pictures to show because I have recently bought a new F-350 and a new 40' -5th wheel trailer and from Etrailer purchased a Demco 18K Hijacker Auto Slide 5th wheel Hitch that works fantastically. Thank you Etrailer for best prices and service! 373934



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Easy to install. I had to do a little welding, but nothing that I did not expect having read a lot about the product. It is definitely well made and I look forward to trying it out with weight on the trailer. I bought this a snowmobile trailer having had issues on the highway when a Tractor Trailer passes me. 585773



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installed but not tested on highway. Instruction manual (1 page) showed deceptive diagrams. 1 Install on right, but photos show on left and shows 2, both L & R. 2 Spacer plate is clear, but which holes to use for the sway control ball are mentioned. Either, it does not matter or it does. Say which is correct. 3 Sounds at first that my hitch should have a hole for the ball connection to car. But it does not, and most trailer hitches do not. I had the tab welded on. 4 Upon installing on the right side of trailer (as in right side of highway), the bar required flipping in order to put it over the ball. This possibility should be noted, so that I needn't worry if I had made a mistake. Support telephone staff were helpful. David 97352



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took the sway right out of my custom tag along trailer! 352380



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This was a great addition to my hitch I purchased 2 because of the length of my trailer and the weight that I tow.I have not had a single issue with towing in wind or letting off the accelerator to soon or going down hills. I highly recommend this is great addition to any hitch. 282089



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Great product. Installation instructions were clear and easy to follow. Everything pictured was in the package. I paired mine with the Curt ball mount receiver w/sway control tab 2" hitch item ID D320. Products work perfectly together to stop the sway. I would highly recommend this system to anyone looking for sway control. 575807



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Sway control system on my trailer 44143



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The anti sway bar works well and well worth buying and installing. There are 3 things I would say about it. 1. It has a 4 bolt mounting plate instead of 6. Disadvantage: poorer force distribution, Advantage: less drilled holes to weaken frame. 2.Could use better instructions on how to set it. It really is quite useless if you set it too loose. 3. Watch out for the front clip. Mine came off but the sway bar stayed attached (that's a good thing). I put a safety wire around the safety clip now. 481919



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Product arrived extremely fast! Easy to install. We are using this product as a second (drivers side unit) friction on our travel trailer, which means the adjuster had to be rotated, but it was SIMPLE to make that happen. I found answers to my questions about doing this in the Q&A section. The only thing I don't understand is the trailer ball side only has 4 bolt holes for this one, where as the one sent with the hitch kit we bought had 6 holes, otherwise its no different that I can tell. The camper towed pretty well with out any WDH or sway control the first time we pulled it home (which was 400 miles from the selling dealer), but we bought the extra for those really bad towing days (high cross winds) 268115



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I will say that this company (etrailer.com) is like no other that I have ever done business with, lightning fast shipping, emails from employees about my order are you kidding me? Patrick, Joe and George all kept me updated from receiving the order to shipping to ETA and after it was delivered, I am very impressed and I have not even used the product yet, I did make the time this evening to install the sway bar and ball hitch both Curt products look very nice and well made, the paint I believe is powder coated so I don't have to worry about rusting out later on. Installation was easy, I will say I was a little worried about the 3"x 3" ball mount plate fitting my Jayco frame, the trailer is new 184 BH, it has a pretty narrow frame, the plate did go from edge to edge with no room to spare but the holes drilled out fine no problem with the fit it's just the bolt holes will be close to the edge of the frame, I used red loctite on the bolt threads to make certain they don't come loose. All I can say is great job guys, makes me proud to be from Wentzville Mo though I now live in KC Mo. Hope I can come up with something else to buy from you all. Thanks Mike PS I will post some pics later if I can get back to edit the review. 79679



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I always use Curt hitch products. They are of good quality with good warranties. So far, I have never had to replace a Curt hitch product. This sway bar will be used on a 7,000 lb travel trailer, and I am confident it will be fine. ETrailer sells fine products and I always buy from them as their shipping is timely and at fair rates. 751500



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very nice product,seems well made for a China product 746385



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The sway bar works well. The retaining clip sometimes fall out of the tow vehicle end which could be a problem. I use 2 clips at that end. 736576



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Great product, have had no issues. Great to have a pick up/will call area as I live nearby. 736247



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I have purchased from Etrailer several times and have always been pleased with them 730541



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I'm glad I went to etrailer. Should have done it earlier because there are so many wrong parts to order out there. It was much easier to tall to Steve and find the right parts. Shipping a free and quick too. Just in time for Thanksgiving. 727454



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Product as described 726555


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  • Sway Bar Compatibility With Straight Tongue Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems # 17200 cannot be used on a straight tongue trailer. Your best option would be to use a weight distribution system pole tongue adapter and then a weight distribution system with integrated sway control. I recommend the Pole-Tongue Adapter for Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Systems # EQ95-01-5950 and then the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Trunnion # FA92-00-0800 which is rated for total tongue...
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  • Reducing Sway with Existing Weight Distribution System When Large Vehicles Pass On Highway
    The type of sway you're describing is certainly something that a weight distribution system (with integrated sway control) can help reduce or quickly resolve but it's also something that's hard to avoid when towing. Any time you get passed by a big semi-truck on the highway or you experience high crosswinds, trailer sway/movement is an unfortunate inevitability that components like your WD system can work to limit but not ultimately prevent altogether. With that being said depending...
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  • Recommendations for 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Towing a 5x8 Hiker Highway Deluxe Trailer
    Trailer Brakes are not required on most trailers under 3,000 lbs unless otherwise stated by the local authorities. This should not be an issue with safety behind your 2014 Subaru Outback, but you can add them if desired. I would just need you to pull a hub and let me know the number on the grease seal and the face of the 2 bearings in that hub. With that info I can get you the parts needed for the upgrade. The bigger issue with a trailer this size and weight is sway caused by wind...
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  • Weight Distribution System Vs Friction Sway Control Bar
    A weight distribution system with integrated sway control like the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System will do a much better job of managing trailer sway than an independent sway control bar like the Curt Friction Sway Control part # 17200. Therefore, I recommend using the weight distribution system you have now instead of using a sway control bar. The sway control bar will however be a bit easier to set up each time but as mentioned will not manage trailer sway as well as a weight...
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  • How to Use Weight Distribution/Sway Control on Pole Tongue Trailer
    Friction-style sway control units like # 17200 from Curt can be used on a-frame trailers but not on a straight pole tongue trailer due to interference with turning clearance. On a pole tongue trailer it is possible to add weight distribution systems that have integrated sway control, rather than a separate friction unit, by using a pole tongue adapter like # RP3280 or # RP58393.
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  • Recommended Friction Sway Control Bar for Weight Distribution System
    The Anti-Sway bars are a nice addition to weight distribution systems that do not have a built in sway control function. I'd recommend the Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems, # 17200, which is an easy to use option that uses friction pads as resistance against a telescoping interior arm. This is an independent sway control system that works to resist sway once it has started. The tension is adjustable to meet your specific needs. If the shank of your weight distribution...
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  • Torque Specs for Hitch Ball on Curt and Reese Friction Sway Control Units
    I called my contact at Curt and asked about the torque needed for the ball that the sway control is attached to on the trailer hitch. They told me that there has never been a torque listed but if you would torque it to about 150 ft-lbs it will have no problems. There is no torque value in the installation instructions. The Reese kit part # 83660 requires 100 ft lbs of torque for the install of the ball.
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  • Can the Curt Friction Sway Control 17200 be Mounted on Driver Side
    You can use the Curt friction style sway control, # 17200 on the left or right side. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of...
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  • Replacement Self-Tapping Screws for Curt Sway Control and Adding Second Arm to Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 referenced in your question includes six 3/8 x 12 x 1 inch self-tapping screws. We also have the Replacement Ball and Plate Assembly # C17201 available that includes 4 replacement screws. If you are having issues with the screws breaking, then installing a second Sway Bar # 17200 is definitely a good idea. In addition to the tension that seems to be being put on the system, Curt does recommend two bars whenever a trailer is 26 feet or longer. Since...
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  • Sway Control Only for an R-Pod 172 Trailer
    When using a friction style sway bar such as # 17200, as long as you are backing up in a straight line on level ground you can leave it in place. But If turning while backing up or on uneven terrain you would want to disengage the unit to avoid damaging it. So a good rule is just to disconnect it. You will not have to disconnect the trailer and taking it off is quick and easy. Just release the tension then pull the pin on the trailer end bracket holding the bar on. Then pull it off. This...
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  • When Does Trailer Sway Control Allow Backing Up Trailer
    If a trailer uses a friction-style sway control mechanism like # 17200 it cannot be backed up until you disconnect or release the tension on that device. On the other hand, trailers with weight distribution systems that have integrated sway control, such as the Curt TruTrack # C17500, can be backed up without issue. Being able to back up is only one advantage of the integrated systems. Their main benefit is that they shift trailer tongue weight back onto the vehicle's front axle. The...
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  • Installation Instructions for Curt Friction Bar Style Sway Control 17200
    The spacer plate and ball plate on the Curt friction sway control # 17200 need to be mounted to the side of the trailer frame at a specific measurement so the unit can work properly. If you measure from the center of the cavity in the coupler where the hitch ball would go back along the frame rail 24 inches, that is where the center of the ball on the spacer plate will need to be. The images in the instructions show a lot of top-down views to give you a better look at how the measurement...
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for a 30 foot Bumper Pull Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control part # 17200 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for your trailer. Since it is longer than 26 feet you would want to run a unit on either side of your trailer. The best way to fight sway is proper trailer loading though. Sway is usually caused by having too much or too little tongue weight on the trailer. If you can get your tongue weight to be between 10 and 15 percent of the total trailer weight the trailer shouldn't sway under normal circumstance...
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  • How Tight Should Curt Bar Style Friction Sway Control Be
    How tight to make a friction sway bar such as # 17200 is going to depend on the trailer. Some trailers require more tension than others. The only way to know is to test it out and adjust as needed. If it is too tight and you make a sharp turn then the system will not have enough give and it can lead to problems like you have experienced.
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  • Can the Curt Friction Style Sway Control Bar be Used on the Left or Right Side of a Trailer
    You can use the Curt friction style sway control, # 17200 on the left or right side. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of the...
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  • Which Side Should Friction Sway Control Bar Be Installed On
    Typically, you want to mount the sway control bar, like the Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 that you referenced, on the passenger side of the trailer. This is so that if any maintenance needs to be performed on the side of the road, it can be done safely, with you on the other side of the trailer from the traffic. The Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 does come with a weld-on plate to install the sway control ball. However, if you do not want to weld the bracket to a ball mount,...
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  • Purpose of Spacer Plate Included with Curt Friction Sway Control Unit # 17200
    I spoke with my contact at Curt Manufacturing, and was told that the spacer plate you describe is typically used if you are planning on bolting the ball to the trailer frame (instead of using the self-tapping screws). The ball would be stacked on top of the spacer plate then bolted to the trailer frame. It is not necessary to use the plate, you can use the self tapping screws to attach the ball directly to the trailer frame, or you can weld the ball plate to the trailer frame if you...
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  • Recommended Sway Control For Trailer Without Weight Distribution System Installed
    Typically, when a statement like shank not included is mentioned it is pertaining to a weight distribution system. Since you said you do not have a WD system and only want to install sway control it would not be needed. If you choose to install a sway control unit like the Curt Friction Sway Control, part # 17200 without a weight distribution system installed you will need a bracket that attaches to your ball mount. If you have a 2 inch drawbar I recommend part # RP26003, and for a...
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  • Recommended Sway Control for 4,200 Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems # 17200 is a good option to assist with sway control if you already have a weight distribution system or if you have a ball mount that is able to use Sway Control # RP26003. A better option would be to get a weight distribution system with sway control like the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control # FA92-00-0800. This is rated for total tongue weights between 400 and 800 lbs. That total tongue weight is...
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  • Will Curt Friction Sway Control Work Without Weight Distribution System?
    The Curt Friction Sway Control, # 17200, can be used without a weight distribution system like you mentioned by using the Reese Sway-Control Bracket you referenced, # RP26003. This system helps to fight trailer sway, but only after it begins by adding friction to the sliding bar to stabilize your trailer. This is a reactive system that will help with your trailer sway after it has started and has adjustable tension. This is a great cost effective option for limited sway. It does however...
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  • Can Two Friction Sway Control Units Be Used on a Camper Trailer
    You can install friction sway control on both sides of a trailer like the part # 17200. The only recommendation I would make is to be aware that when backing the trailer in tight situations you should probably remove the sway controls. This would be true for one as well as two sway controls. 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...
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  • Are 2 Sway Control Bars Needed for a 27 Foot StarCraft RV Trailer
    You are correct, adding a second sway control bar, like the Curt Friction Style Sway Control, # 17200, is recommended for trailers over 26 feet long. I might start out conservatively if the sway you are experiencing is not too bad, and order one sway control bar. A second can always be added if needed. If the sway you are experiencing in high winds or passing large trucks is causing the trailer to push you around quite a bit, you should go with two from the start. If you are experiencing...
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  • Will Installation of Curt Friction Sway Control System # 17200 Affect Strength of Trailer Tongue
    To install the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System, part # 17200, to your trailer will require drilling holes in the trailer frame. Drilling the few holes that are needed in the side of the tongue for installation of the sway control will not weaken the trailer tongue. I am including a link to the instructions on the friction sway control system. I would recommend to check with the trailer manufacturer to determine if the drilling of the holes in the frame will void any warranty.
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  • Does Curt 17200 Sway Control Need to Be Removed To Back Up Trailer
    If using a friction style trailer anti-sway control mechanism such as # 17200 it is necessary to release the tension on the arm, or better yet, disconnect it completely from the sway control balls on the hitch and trailer. For many maneuvers releasing the tension will be enough but for reversing when making sharp turns it is better to disconnect it, to be on the safe side.
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  • Is It Necessary To Disconnect Sway Control When Towing On Wet Pavement
    The instructions included with the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System, part # 17200 state that when you are towing in wet, icy, gravel, or snow-covered roads, the sway control MUST be removed. I am only passing on the information included with the products we offer. The reason is that the sway control can make the system too stiff when you face road conditions like those mentioned, and if traction was lost for the trailer it would push the towing vehicle and be very dangerous....
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  • Can High Rise Hitch Ball Be Used with Friction Sway Control Unit
    That hitch ball you have has quite a bit of rise built into it. That's by far the tallest one I have seen. As long as you can mount the # 17200 on your trailer so that it is level your tall hitch ball would be fine. This may require you to mount the mounting plate of the unit lower on the trailer frame if available. Otherwise you would have to use a ball mount that has the drop you need and go with a standard hitch ball.
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  • Using Sway Control in Slippery Conditions, Wet, Icy or Snow Covered and Gravel Roads
    It is not recommended to utilize sway control when towing in slippery conditions - such as on wet, icy, or snow-covered roads or on loose gravel. It's recommended that you turn the on/off handle of the sway-control unit counterclockwise until all tension is removed from unit. Failure to do so could prevent the tow vehicle and trailer from turning properly. The Curt # 17200 you referenced, is a friction style sway control. For an example, as soon as your trailer begins to move out of...
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  • Troubleshooting Toy Hauler Sway on Trailer When UTV is Loaded
    The friction sway control units like the part # 17200 are great for helping with sway that gets induced by high wind or passing semi-trucks, but if you are getting sway that wants to occur at all times then friction sway control will not help you. Since most toy haulers have their cargo area in the rear I can almost guarantee that your problem is that you have too low of tongue weight relative to the overall weight of your trailer. You will want the tongue weight to be 10-15 percent...
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  • Bent Friction Sway Control Bar After Taking a Turn While Towing a Trailer
    If the tension was set aggressively then the sway bar cannot move well and that could cause it to bend. Also, if the turn made was when backing up that could have caused it as well. With friction sway bars like # 17200 they really need to be disconnected when backing up. If the metal is stressed then I do not recommend continuing to use it. Even if it appears to be fine I strongly recommend replacing the entire unit.
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  • How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200
    The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control. Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control...
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