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6000 lb Travel Trailer Towed By 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 is Still Swaying Using Friction Sway Control


I still have sway when tractor trailers or buses pass. Is there any way to eliminate this?


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As a first step, you can check the tension control on the friction sway unit. If it is not already adjusted to maximum, try increasing the tension to see if that helps the situation improve.

Increasing the tongue weight of the trailer is usually the best way to combat trailer sway. If possible, redistribute some of the gear in your travel trailer so that it is as far forward of the axles as possible. Keep in mind that increasing the amount of tongue weight might require you to readjust the weight distribution system to compensate. How long is your travel trailer? If it is longer than 25 feet, adding an additional friction sway unit like part # 83660 to the other side of the trailer tongue is recommended.

In most cases, adding more tension, adding an additional friction sway unit or increasing the tongue weight of the trailer will reduce or eliminate the sway problem.

Finally, it might be possible that the entry-level sway control portion of the weight distribution system you have is simply not capable of combating the sway you are experiencing. Upgrading to a system with better sway control performance like the Reese Steadi-Flex # RP66560 would offer proven weight distribution and unsurpassed sway resistance.

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