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/Sway Control Only
/Does Not Allow Backing Up
/Electric Brake Compatible
/Shank Not Included
Item # 83660
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Shipping Weight: 13 lbs
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.
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.
Video of Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch
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Today, we're going to show how to install the Pro Series Friction Sway Control from Tow Ready, product number 83660. First thing you want to do is get your truck and trailer hooked up together and you want them to be as level as possible. And first thing we're going to do is go ahead and mount the sway control ball onto the vehicle's ball mount. If the ball axis is under the spot for the sway control ball you can use the adapter piece like the one we're using here. So we'll take the provided ball next and go ahead and install it into the hole here on the adapter bar. We want to check with the direction to verify the torque grade including the sway control ball.
Next we're going to go ahead and mark out so that we can mount our ball mounting plate onto the trailer. What we're looking to do is measure from the center of the ball here on the coupler back on the frame, we want to measure 24 inches. And I'm actually going to take and square down off of that mark so then I have a line here on the side of the frame, and that line is actually going to be where we want the center of the ball on the ball mounting plate to be positioned. We're going to go ahead and clamp the ball mounting plate to the frame here. Make sure that it's nice and straight and that, again, that the center of the ball is mounted even with the line.
And once we've been sure we've got the plate clamped in the correct position and that square on the frame, we're going to go ahead and mark out the holes here. I'm going to just take the paint pen here and mark them out, and then go ahead and unclamp the ball mounting plate. We're going to center punch each one of the holes and go ahead and drill them out. If the frame of the trailer is 1/8 inch or thicker, go ahead and use that 11/32 drill bit. For anything smaller than that, we'll use the 9/32.
I'm actually going to be drilling out with a quarter-inch pilot hole first and I'll go ahead and enlarge to the required hole size. With the holes drilled out, we're going to take the self tapping screws that are provided with the kit and we're going to go ahead and feed those into the holes. I'm going to do without the plate on there first so that we can go ahead to form the threads in there. Ok, and then we'll go ahead and mount the plate in position. The next step is to go ahead and take the sway control assembly and mount it on to the two balls that we had just mounted on the ball mounting trailer.
I'm going to first take and use some grease and lubricate both the balls. We'll go ahead inside the sway control under the ball and the ball mount first and go ahead and secure it with one of the providing clips, and we'll go ahead and loosen the handle here, just enough so that we can get the slide bar inside to release so that we can mount the second portion of the sway control bar onto the second ball. We'll then go ahead and secure it with the other clip, ok. From there, you just want to go ahead and tighten the handle back up until it stops and it should actually be back into its level position just like it was when it came out of the box. From there, the installation is complete. With that, that will conclude the installation of the friction sway control, product number 83660.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (185 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.
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. 207584
by: Jack F.10/30/2015
Received fast and in good shape. Everything was there and I had it installed in less than 30 mins. Thank You etrailer, now that's the way to run a business ! 231103
All items were received with the order. The order was quickly shipped and arrived quickly as well. My interaction with Customer Support was also much better than received from your competitors (basically I received no support from your competitors, I only received a form letter as a response to my questions). Installation was simple, although I broke/ stripped out 2 of the screws that hold the friction mount to the trailer (I would think that stronger screws would be included, but the problems were partially my fault as well). I am very satisfied with the products and service received from eTrailer.com. Thank you, dp 43043
by: Rick L.07/17/2016
I purchased this sway control bar along with mounting bracket to mount on my RZR trailer that I pull behind my 26 ft bumper pull travel trailer. We get a lot of wind in Idaho and the light weight trailer would start to fishtail uncontrollably in high winds. Most of the other brackets for sway control devices either needed to be welded on my hitch or I would have to buy a totally new hitch with the bracket already attached. The sway control bar installed easily and the instructions were very easy to understand. The bracket installed easily and etrailer shipped fast so the problem was eliminated quickly. It worked so well that I purchased a second one for my travel trailer as well. Now I don't worry or hesitate to pull my camping train in the wind. Thanks etrailer and keep up the good work!!! 273006
by: John S06/15/2015
Worked like a charm! I did find it easier, however to drill the first hole for my plate, install the first screw, and then drill the remaining holes using the plate to guide my bit, rather than trying to mark and tap the center of 4 holes at once as the instructions suggest. 203637
If you already have a Pro Series weight distributing hitch (WDH) this is the stablilizer that goes with it and I am sure that it is acceptible for use with other manufacturers of WDHs. Installation is very easy following the single page of instructions; mark where you need to mount the plate on the trailer frame, drill six pilot holes, bolt the plate down and install the ball on the hitch and you are good to go. My Pro Series WDH came with one stabilizer, but after one long trip with high cross winds and heavily rutted roads I decided that I needed two stablilzers for my 32' long travel trailer as is reccomended here for any trailer over 26' length. These stabilizers, while simple in design, get the job done. 263125
by: Mike H06/01/2015
Very easy install, I bought two and only took about 30 min to install both. Haven't pulled my camper yet but looking forward to a better ride. 199515
by: Rick L.08/14/2015
First let me say that I have a 26ft. bumper pull camp trailer and pull my UTV trailer behind the camp trailer. I noticed major sway on the UTV trailer during high winds which are all too frequent in Idaho. This sway bar was delivered on time and was very easy to install after watching the installation video. This is the second sway bar that I have bought from etrailer. It is identical to the first which I mounted on my UTV trailer, it worked so well for controlling sway that I decided to put one on my camp trailer. I will be installing it this weekend and I am sure that I will pull it off without a hitch! (pun intended) Thanks etrailer, I look forward to my next purchase from you. Rick L. SE Idaho 219182
I drove 700 miles to Florida with a dancing 5 x 8 trailer, and vowed I was going to fix it. This did the trick - my return home, not one issue, and felt like it was the complete solution. I followed the video, not the written directions (probably not preferred). Product arrived timely, but was a little disappointed in the presentation of packaging I almost felt like it was ready to pop out of the box, or maybe it was a return - not a game stopper, but felt like this needed to be improved. Turning wasn't an issue and it did everything that I thought it would, and was advertised. Make sure you get the bracket for the hitch as well. 278428
by: Terry E.01/09/2014
Purchased this product to replace the same unit which lost one of it's friction pads during my last trip. Works very well. 112376
by: Rob K.01/27/2017
This is the second product I have ordered from etrailer.com and not the last. When I order something in the morning I get it the next day. They are in the next state over but still very quick shipping. I purchased this because I have read that you should use 2 (one on each side) of these when pulling longer than a 26' tt. Mine is 32' and I have had a little sway with one. I do wish that the dealer I bought my TT from would of just spent a little more time and put 2 on in the first place. But I was able to get one fast from etrailer.com and now I feel confident that it will reduce the sway a bit more. 335910
by: Barb C.10/23/2013
Exactly what I needed and delivery was fast and on time. 104822
by: Edward M10/02/2015
Great product just what I needed easy to put on no problem went on easy 228904
The product was very well made and very easy to install. Can't wait to see how it performs 217012
by: Floyd J12/03/2015
This unit was easy to install. The trick is to drill pilot holes before the final size. The instructions said to use 11/64, but after drilling the first hole and installing the screw, I decided to go down one size drill bit for a better screw grip. I also installed a thru bolt about mid way for extra security because my SCAMP frame is light. I reside in upper New York State and am headed for Northern California in a couple of weeks. I will be crossing the Rockies in winter weather, so we will see how the trailer handles with this sway bar. If I survive,maybe I will write another review. 232909
by: Scott J.04/12/2017
Last year we bought a longer camper and found it to be quite a challenge getting it back home through high winds. We were only able to drive about 45 mph to keep the sway under control. As soon as we got home we purchased a Pro Series sway control kit to put on our camper. We watched a couple Youtube videos on the do's and don'ts with installation and proper adjustments, which were very helpful. Our first trip out we could tell quite a difference. The sway control doesn't take 100% of the sway out, but it does make it ALL LOT more manageable to control. 366205
by: Kyle C.03/04/2015
I've been doing a lot of research on sway control from all different sites and this one by far was the easiest and most convenient to use. I asked a question for advice and was surprised at how fast they responded and the amount of knowledge the tech support had. I finally decided that this was the best option for my needs so I ordered it. I ordered it late Monday night and received it today, just 2 days later with just basic UPS ground shipping. I will definitely use this site for any future campIng needs. 176947
by: Tony F.03/12/2017
This has worked great to keep my pop-up camper from swaying while towing it. It is easy to connect and disconnect. My pop-up had pre-drilled holes in it so bolting the ball plate onto that was a cinch with a socket wrench. This does make a little bit of noise as you are turning while exiting the camp ground, but that can usually be eliminated by loosening it up. You do need to remember to also get out and loosen this up before backing up with it, but I think I did forget once and things were ok. 351794
Seems to work. It's one of those things...if it's working correctly, you don't know it's working...How do I know if my trailer would have swayed at any point if I wasn't using this? I can't know. I only put it on if I'm going to be traveling long distances, and if I'm afraid there will be high winds or a lot of big trucks passing me. But it's always in my truck, ready, and I like knowing it's there if I feel I'll need it. The instructions were clear, install was easy. Price is right. 340872
by: Derrick K09/13/2012
Installation was simple and setup was easy. I was really glad to have the sway bar when I encountered very high swirling winds on my trip through Tulsa, Oklahoma. The trailer was stable and tracked well, even though I was very concerned about how the trailer would track in traffic with the very gusty swirls. I noticed a trailer on the highway without a sway bar and it was porpoising the tow vehicle significantly. You can tow a trailer with confidence with one of these in use. 54530
Just received my sway control kit so I have not had an opportunity to install it yet but I can say that my order was processed and shipped quicker than any other product that I have ordered online. The kit was received as advertised and in great condition. I have had several travel trailers in the past so I've had several sway control bars and the quality of this bar would rank at the top. I would definitely order products from etrailer.com in the future, great job guys. 191052
by: Gregg M.08/14/2015
I'm a little disappointed with the ball plate assembly. This plate is 3" high and my trailer frame is also 3". The plate's pre-drilled holes are so close to the edge of the bracket that I was worried it wouldn't work with my frame. I had to drill three new holes that are closer to the top three holes. I wish there was an option for 2.25 to 2.5 inch plate. Everything else seemed OK, but I haven't towed the trailer since installing the sway control kit. 219234
by: Zach G11/07/2015
This is the only sway bar I have ever used but I know it makes a huge difference on my pop up trailer. I had two really bad moments where I thought my 1971 beauty was totally lost. For those who have not ever experienced a bad bout of sway, it is very scary. Enough to make you think twice about ever hauling again. However with this on my trailer she stays rock solid. It was easy to install, and very easy to work. Well worth the money. 231586
by: John W.12/21/2016
We can't believe how much of an improvement the friction sway controller has made in stabilizing our towing experience... granted, my trailer is sub 3k lbs and is a single axle and my tv is more than capable of doing the job, but the controller dampens the entire process and makes us feel more safe in our towing. I will never tow another trailer without sway control assistance. Install was a cinch and the mechanism understandable. 327117
by: Dave W08/12/2016
Has been in use for over a year and holding up well. I did have to mount it on the left side of the vehicle, due to a variety of issues, so the unit actually operates upside down from the photo. It makes no difference - it stills work fine. For what it's worth, my wife has no problem removing/installing the control. You do need to be prepared for the grease you will get on your hands from the clips that attach it. Fact of life. 282980
by: Philip Beuscher04/05/2017
Product worked very well and did what it mentioned it would do. Reduced the sway and helped stabilize during strong winds. Installation was very easy to follow due to instructions and the video's on your web site. Felt comfortable ordering the part for a due it yourself type of person. I will be making an additional purchase in the near future for some tow mirrors. Thanks for the followup Laura. 365663
The folks at eTrailer were extremely helpful in getting me the sway control that I needed for my Aliner camper. It was shipped and received within a week. They even sent video instructions for installation. The bar is not yet installed, but I am impressed with the service I received. Highly recommend etrailer. After I've been on the road with the sway controller, I'll come back and update my review. 217080
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. 246781
by: Ed R07/30/2014
I RECEIVED MY ORDER AND WAS VERY HAPPY WITH IT IT CAME ON TIME AND ALL THE PIECES BALL FOR THE HITCH A SWAY CONTROL AND THE ADAPTER PLATE TO MOUNT THE SMALL HITCH BALL FOR THE SWAY CONTROL I WATCHED THE VIDEO ON INSTALLING THE SWAY CONTOL VERY ENLIGHTING I RECOMMEND BUYING PARTS YOU NEED FOR YOUR TRAILER OR TOW CAR OR TRUCK AND THE INSTALLATION VIDEOS ARE GREAT THANK YOU AGAIN. 143654
by: Eric V.06/02/2016
Works very well with my 26' '02 Keystone Sprinter pulled with a 2013 Ford F-150. Provides increased stability especially in cross winds. I suggest drilling a bit larger hole before using self tappers to mount plate to trailer. I have used Etrailer numerous times and have ALWAYS been satisfied with all aspects of my purchase. Plan on using Etrailer more in the future. 255796
easy install. used this sway control to help with sway while pulling a 25 ft travel trailer 150 miles home. This bar did its job as it completely eliminated any (wagging the dog) sway. I can see why the directions clearly say not to back up with this attached to the trailer. but its easy to take on and off. shipping was fast as always with Etrailer. 288538
by: Larry R.08/05/2014
I installed this on the left side as recommend because of the length of my camper 32+ feet, Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit . It stopped the sway in the trailer I'm still learning how much tension to apply 144320
by: Matthew S.03/29/2017
We ordered 3 Kenda S-Trail 145/12 tires for our pop-up, along with Reese friction sway control, sway control tab, and a Camco step cover. The order arrived quickly, was complete, and was packed well. We've dealt with etrailer before and this is their usual excellent service. Now to get the tires put on and we'll see how we like them! 362681
Fast delivery and exactly what i needed. Best price out there. I have a 28 ft. TT with one installed and decided to purchase the second for more stability. Watched the video and followed the instructions. Took about 30 minutes with no problems. Have not taken it out for a test drive yet but will do so in the next couple of days. 171833
Very smooth transaction from start to receiving item. Speedy shipment. Arrived sooner than indicated. Planning on installing Sway Control this weekend. Going to be an easy install. Would also suggest to others to get the Reese Sway Control Bracket for the Ball mount. Much easier than having one welded to receiver. 170364
by: Larry Q04/10/2014
I received the sway control kit and inspected it. I have not used it as of yet but it looks like it should do the job it was designed for. Etrailer shipping was very quick. I am very satisfied with the product and etrailer service. This was my first order form etrailer and I will be ordering from them again. 124624
by: Bill H.12/06/2013
I bought a Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit for our travel trailer from etrailer.com. I loved their instructional film clip that I found on YouTube explaining how the device works and how to install it myself. Their service and delivery follow up was excellent. I saved a lot of money doing the job myself. 109402
by: bob/Tracy Collier08/03/2016
We placed and order with etrailer.com, got our order promptly and men it seems they werent off the phone and already had it in route it was so fast. We couldnt be more happy with the promptness from etrailer.com and we will do future business with them and spread the word. Thank you so much etrailer.com 278805
by: HARRY F.09/22/2016
THIS PRODUCT SEEMS TO BE A GOOD PRODUCT, HOWEVER IT IS NOT AS ROBUST AS THE ONE ON THE CURT WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION HITCH. THE SELF TAPPING BOLTS LEAVE A LITTLE TO BE DESIRED, BUT I DID USE THEM. THE FRICTION CONTROL ITSELF SEEMS GOOD QUALITY AND I DON'T FOR SEE ANY PROBLEMS IN IT'S FUNCTION OR RELIABILITY. 297574
by: Paul Bryan11/02/2016
I have placed many orders in the last few months & have found E-trailer very helpful. There web site is fanatic showing all options for your search of items. Shipping far the best I have ever had dealing with company's. Glad E-trailer is responsive to my needs. Thanks Guys great Job 316450
by: Kathleen R07/10/2016
I purchased a Pro weight distribution arm from this company and have had it for a year. It is a great product and does the job it was designed to do for the RV trailer that I have. Very reasonable priced as well. I am very pleased and would purchase more products from this company. 270156
by: Ritchie Caldwell08/13/2013
etrailer is the best place yet I have found they have everything I need I just recently bought a 33ft travel trailer and am getting it setup for reliable towing the service/customer support/helpful product videos and amazing fast shipping has made me an etrailer.com customer from now 94764
by: Bill Harding12/02/2014
Ordered up pro series sway control kit ,Pat the sales person was very helpful and had it shipped out and delivered on time . Was very pleased with the over all experience and if I ever need anything to do with our hitch would be sure to go with them again. Again great service 163143
by: Gene P.03/15/2015
Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit appears to be of quality construction and is what I believe will get the job done on our new travel trailer which we will be getting in May of this year. Once we get it installed, I can come back and give it a proper review. 178336
by: wayne chaney07/31/2016
excellent product. my only problem was vague instructions on how to use. my first pull, i did not have the handle in the right place and of course it didn't work. i then put the handle in the correct position and it works fine. does what it is supposed to do.. 277793
by: G Green06/03/2016
These are great they will definitely reduce sway by 1/2 or more, but will not won't cure it totally. They are your first line of defense in getting your travel trailer under control. Tighten the tension bolt completely by hand. Remove when backing the unit. 256646
by: Doug R.08/27/2015
We are very pleased with the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit. The price was the best as we shopped and compared before we bought it from e-trailer as well as the delivery time. thank you so much for your service. We will be ordering again. 222205
by: Kent McDonough09/25/2016
Meriah answered all my questions on this sway control system from Pro Series. Installed easily - then took rig for a test ride and a series of sharp maneuvers - system immediately stopped swaying - an excellent product at a reasonable price 299639
by: Stephen C.04/13/2017
Items were as described and had free shipping. Great price and etrailer even had online assembly and installation videos, how great is that!! I just bought a new camper and my old unit went with it so I had to replace it. Thanks much!! 366660
by: Mike J.05/10/2015
Very easy to install helped out a lot. 191709
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