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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

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  • Sway Control Only
  • Curt
  • Does Not Allow Backing Up
  • Reduces Sway
  • Electric Brake Compatible
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. Lowest Prices for the best weight distribution from Curt. Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems part number 17200 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Weight Distribution - 17200

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   (104 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 love the way that you do business. I tell everyone I know how great you are and to buy from you. 596787



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Excellent Delivery. Arrived in just a couple of days. (today) I haven't even unpacked it yet as I bought it against a future trailer purchase and know that I will need it for Sway Control. My previous one went with my last trailer when I sold it. (mistake#1) Mistake #2: Selling the trailer. I'm having a problem finding a suitable replacement. 590364



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The product is excellent, the quality is also excellent. I like the heavy duty construction and high quality welding; the finish on the parts is also top notch. This product is a real good value. I plan on installing this on my travel trailer; it will eliminate any sway due to high speed. I have ordered several items from etrailer over the past few years; their prompt delivery and high quality product is why I continue to purchase from them. etrailer is on the top of my list when shopping for anything related to towing my boat or travel trailer. 583137



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



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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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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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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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The sway bar stabilizer has worked great and I’ve had no problems in using it and highly recommend it for safety and ease of towing. Also very easy to install. 484442



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I was so pleased with the first Curt Friction Sway Control I had for my last trailer, that I just purchased another unit for my new trailer. From many years of experience and a lot of use, I know this sway control works as promised. I look forward to the same experience from this unit. When I have a choice, I prefer Curt products, because the quality is excellent and if they are not the price-leader, their cost is always very competitive. 457569



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



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Simple install but need a NEW 11/32 drill and lots of oil to drill through the trailer metal. 569467



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Fast shipping, and a good product. Fit my A-Frame camper perfectly. 556484



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Good quality, fast delivery. Used as a "eaz lift replacement which I lost. Same quality at half the cost. 598590



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Product works extremely well and easy to use. 598528



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Use it on my 29ft enclosed trailer makes a lot of difference in the wind or passing semis 595766



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I just received my equipment from etrailer. Everything is very well made and more than I had hoped. I especially like the sturdiness and quality of my sway control unit. I am actually going to use it for a highly customized purpose and it is just what I needed. And a hearty thanks to the agent Shawn B. for super professional, prompt, and courteous service. A great company to do business with. Five Stars. 591484



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Trailer items received today are as ordered , The complete order was delivered sooner than expected. They will take time to install so I can't comment on performance at this time. 584753



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It is a little difficult to rate this sway control bar because it is either doing a great job, or because we never really needed it. We are towing a 2600 pound Scamp trailer with a Hyundai Santa Fe. We have never detected significant sway even during the rare times we forget to tighten it. However I like having this product installed just for "insurance" and piece of mind; particularly when we hit the occasional large pool of water on the road and I feel us start to hydroplane a little. It was easy to install and easy to use. 584169



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Service was great. Order got bumped up in shipping so I received the unit early. I have not installed the sway control yet but I have every reason to believe it will function as needed. 579869



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This is my first time purchasing from etrailer and I have to say the experience couldn't have been better. I purchased this sway bar and other items for my new tow vehicle. After trying to piece together everything I needed for towing on a couple of other websites, and not having much luck, I went to etrailer. I was able to find everything I needed, very detailed product information, easy to navigate website, quick shipping, GREAT communication from customer service, and a price that was equal to or better than the other websites. Hands down a happy etrailer customer! 542405



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Install fairly easy. etrailer great job and love the customer service. 512256



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Traveled through the mountains of New Hampshire with no problems with sway. Glad I purchased it. 509184



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George, I installed the anti sway bar this weekend. I took the camper for a test drive, and it was a windy day. The camper Hauled great, looking forward to more camping trips. Thanks 508267



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Easy installation. No problems unit works great. 494506



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I was very happy with the delivery and how quickly it came. It was not very hard to install. I have not had a chance to try it yet 451914



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Works as described. 445183



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The Curt Sway Control came quick, was easy to install and works. 438960



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Very happy with product and service! Thanks for follow up 417626



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Quality product, works as described, well designed 413038



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Excellent products. I had trouble with sway on my pole trailer. Called etrailer and one of the experts walked me through what had to be done. Works great! 390046



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Works great Jeep owners manual recommend it might be good to wear leather gloves when installing and removing it 386038



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The Sway control seems to be a good product, however the self tapping screws that are provided to mount the ball to the trailer hitch are junk and should not be trusted. 3 of the 8 screws stripped immediately and the 5 others, I am worried about and will replace with a better grade. 377603



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Completely satisfied 376151



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Easy to install and works perfectly. 371659



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Bought this as insurance against sway on a recent trip. I have a small Trillium and found I didn't need it. Quality piece of work just the same. 366567



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Very well made 363233



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Perfect! Great product.... 360238



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Items are as discribed and I had the order in a couple of days 347301


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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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  • How Does Bar Style Friction Sway Control Work
  • A friction sway bar such as # 17200 manufactured by Curt, does not exert any force on the trailer. The trailer will be putting force on it and transfer it to the tow vehicle. But ultimately, the amount of force is dependent on how you have the unit adjusted (Newton or foot pound range is not provided). I would not say there is any bending force being applied or enough to actually bend the trailer frame. But yes, the force is not a straight line due to the 50 degree angle of most A-frame...
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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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  • How to install the Friction Anti Sway Bar # 17200 on the Curt # 17302 Weight Distribution Hitch
  • To combine the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System, item # 17200, with the Curt Trunnion Style Weight Distribution System, item # 17302, all you will have to do is set up the weight distribution system and then attach the small threaded ball from the friction sway control to the small, side ball hole on the weight distribution head. Then attach the plate mounted ball in the friction sway control system the the trailer frame 24 inches straight back from the center of the trailer coupler,...
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  • Friction Sway Control Bars Make Loud Noises When Turning
  • Friction sway control can be noisy. the only way to reduce the noise would be to reduce the tension on your friction sway control units. Doing so will also reduce how effective they are at reducing sway.
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Weight Distribution/Sway Control System for 3500-lb Camper Trailer
  • Apart from the white-knuckle sway effects from sudden wind gusts and air blasts from passing semi trucks, there are some other basic considerations to help you decide if and when you need a sway control system for your trailer set-up. The linked article on weight distribution/sway control (WD/SC) systems may help you on this point. Although we do offer basic friction style sway control devices like # 83660 and # 17200 that can help counteract trailer sway these are not going to be able...
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control Recommendations for a 6,000 Pound Pace Trailer
  • When choosing a weight distribution and sway control system, you will want to install one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses your trailer tongue weight. Tongue weight should be between 10 and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, or in your case, 600 to 900 pounds. With this is mind, I recommend a system with a range of 600 to 1,200 pounds like the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System with Sway Control, # RP66088. This system comes with built in dual-cam sway...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Do You Know if Friction Bar Sway Control is Tight Enough or Too Tight
  • With friction sway control like # 17200 you know it is too loose if the trailer is still swaying. If it is too tight then when you turn it will make a lot of noise (some noise is common) and it may get damaged when you turn. Start out moderately tight and if you experience sway still tighten it a little more. You want to make small changes, test, and repeat until you get it just right.
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  • Reducing Sway and Steering Problems on a 2014 Coachman Class C RV on Ford E450 Chassis
  • Using friction sway control # 17200 will help with the trailer sway so everything else you can add will be on the RV. The single best upgrade that is going to help the most is to install a rear upgraded anti-sway bar, # RM-1139-147. There will be a noticeable difference between stock and using this tow bar. To help with steering you can add a steering stabilizer. If your Class C on the Ford E450 chassis has a V8 that does NOT have an OEM dampener use # RM-RBK2-RSSC. If you would like...
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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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  • 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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  • How Long Does a Friction Sway Control Bar Last
  • The longevity of the CURT Friction Style Sway Control System, # 17200, or any similar system is going to depend on how it is used, how it is set, driving style and conditions, and any number of other factors. Even a rough estimate is tough to gauge. But, under normal conditions where sway is not a big issue, you may expect it to last the lifetime of the trailer. If sway is a constant problem that you battle on a regular basis, you will most likely need to replace the unit. The inner...
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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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  • How Tight Should Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 Be Adjusted
  • A friction type sway control unit like the Curt # 17200 should be adjusted so that it is not easy to move by hand, but still can be moved by the greater force from the moving trailer. You will need to do some road testing to find the correct adjustment for a given trailer load. Trailer configurations and loading, road and weather conditions, towing speed, tire condition and pressure, and center of gravity of trailer all affect towing. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly,...
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  • Will Curt Replacement Ball and Plate for Friction Sway Control Bars Fit a Husky Sway Control Bar
  • Yes, for friction sway control bars such as # 83660, # 17200, or any of the similar options the ball size used is the same (1-1/4") so you will be able to use replacement ball and plate # C17201.
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  • Are Additional Parts Needed to Install a CURT Friction Sway Control Arm
  • You will need a platform to attach the ball to the vehicle side for the CURT Friction Style Sway Control System, # 17200. It does come with a weld-on platform but you can also use Sway-Control Bracket, # RP26003, for 2 inch ball mounts or # RP26005, for 1-1/4 inch ball mounts. To use the weld-on platform that comes with it, you would need to weld it to the side of the ball platform on a ball mount. It will need to be positioned so that the center of the ball hole on the ball mount is...
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  • How to Pick Out a Curt Weight Distribution System for a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. Based on what you listed as the...
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  • Is There A Torque Spec For Trailer Sway Control Hitch Ball
  • 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. You want to periodically check all of the towing components to make sure they are all secure and ready to use.
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