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Old 10-17-2020, 04:08 PM   #21
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I can't think of a downside unless you crank the antisway bar so tight it forces the wheels to skid on the pavement. I can't count the number of tow-behind cement mixers I have seen being puled by trucks and they oscillate left and right about a foot every 10 seconds. They definitely need anti-sway bars!

Yes, and with respect to your analogy, keep your pants in place!
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:30 AM   #22
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No a sway bar won't hurt anything. Other than add a little bit of weight. Nothing wrong with a belt and suspenders.

But in the case where the trailer tongue weight drops the rear of the tow vehicle too much it creates a dangerous situation by taking weight off of the front wheels which leads to reduced steering control reduced braking and sway. In this situation you need weight distribution. Sway control alone won't help.

The only situation where I've heard that weight distribution can't be used is on small SUVs that are unibody construction instead of a true frame. The WD puts more stress on the unibody that it can handle and may damage it. In that case you would need a different tow vehicle.
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Old 10-18-2020, 03:32 PM   #23
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If you are questioning about needed a sway bar or not, you probably do.
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Old 11-10-2020, 04:34 PM   #24
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ProfDanT139- what sway control do you use?
And what type of tow vehicle?

This is the truck I'll be using- a Mazda B4000 (basically a Ford Ranger)
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Old 11-14-2020, 08:23 PM   #25
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I use a friction anti sway bar and tow with a 2013 Toyota Tacoma 4WD with a 4 liter engine.
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Old 11-15-2020, 03:41 PM   #26
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I agree with profdant 139. I have a friction sway control for my 189fbs. Itís cheap insurance. The trailer pulls well without it, but thereís more peace of mind with it!!
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