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Old 06-06-2019, 08:38 AM   #1
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Thought I would report on my experience towing our 189fbs on the 350 mile trip from Klamath Falls, OR to Minden, NV. I tow with a 2018 Nissan Frontier 4wd crew cab short bed and got 13 mpg (I get 22 mpg when not towing.) I traveled at 55-58 mph.I installed a friction sway control due to the possible high cross winds from Reno to Minden. I left the sway control loose from Klamath Falls to Reno and had absolutely no sway even when 18 wheelers passed. I attribute this to the dual axels on a small 19 travel trailer. I kept the overdrive off except when going downhill on long grades. Overall, a very pleasant experience. Love my Fun Finder!!
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Well done! Just curious, though -- why did you leave the sway bar loose? I never loosen mine, except in wet weather and while parking in a campground.
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I left it loose just to check how stable the trailer would be without sway control. Also I had a couple of tight turns to negotiate getting int the gas station in Alturas and I wasn’t sure if the sway control would be a problem. I’m new at this!!
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The only time I feel constrained by sway control is in very tight quarters at very slow speeds. Otherwise, I just leave it alone.

And the fact that you had no sway even without the bar means, I think, that your trailer is properly loaded, with more weight in front of the axles than in back.
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I have a 189 FBR I tow with a 2002 GMC Envoy. Never had sway control bar and never had an issue with sway. I think the short dual axle trailer tows very well. The longest tow was 500 miles to North Carolina from PA.
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To me, sway control is like earthquake insurance. I hope it's a waste of money! But I carry the insurance and use the sway control. I'm a belt and suspenders person.
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We have a 189FBR.... it tows great with my 07 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the diesel engine.

I do not use a load leveling hitch but I DO always use my sway control.... not because the trailer sways...it does not. I use it as a precaution against sway. When sever sway hits you it happens fast and unexpected and when it does, you are often in trouble.

I release my sway bar when parking and in campground because mine is noisy when you turn.
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I can confirm that the 189 dual axle is a very stable and towable unit. I will use the friction sway control as “earthquake insurance “ due to the high crosswinds that often occur in the Reno- Carson area. Thanks to all for the input.
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Tow vehicles with short wheel bases are more prone to sway. I tow my 189FBR with a Highlander and even with dual axles I would never tow without some type of sway control. I look at it as cheap insurance.
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