Often asked: How To Use Anti-sway Bars On A Travel Trailer?
- 1 How do anti sway bars work on travel trailers?
- 2 Should you use sway bars on a travel trailer?
- 3 Should I use two sway control bars?
- 4 Does a weight distribution hitch reduce sway?
- 5 How do I stop my travel trailer from swaying?
- 6 Can you backup with sway bars?
- 7 Do I really need a weight distribution hitch?
- 8 How tight should anti sway bars be?
- 9 Should I remove weight distribution bars before backing up?
- 10 Are sway bars worth it?
How do anti sway bars work on travel trailers?
Anti-sway bars use the weight of the RV to create stability. You install the bars to the vehicle’s frame and chassis. They help reduce the vehicle’s side-to-side motion by bracing the weight of the vehicle’s axle against the chassis. The anti-sway bars distribute the recreational vehicle’s weight evenly.
Should you use sway bars on a travel trailer?
All types of campers can benefit from sway bars. Long travel trailers being pulled by short wheelbase vehicles however are the most prone to sway. If you are towing a long travel trailer we highly recommend using a sway control hitch.
Should I use two sway control bars?
Basically, 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 two sway-control units, one on each side of the trailer. You will also want to use two units if your trailer is 26 feet or longer.
Does a weight distribution hitch reduce sway?
Weight distribution hitches offer additional features to help with sway control. Better distribution of weight reduces the up-and-down motion of a trailer, while sway control addresses the side-to-side motion. Elements like passing cars and wind can lead to your trailer swaying back and forth.
How do I stop my travel trailer from swaying?
Checklist for Preventing Trailer Sway:
- Load your trailer with 60% of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer box.
- Don’t overload your tow vehicle.
- Don’t exceed your trailer’s maximum gross weight.
- Only load cargo on the inside of the trailer.
- Maintain a speed of 55 miles per hour or less.
Can you backup with sway bars?
Helpful Expert Reply: Friction sway control bars are designed to work fine going forward when turning or not but not designed to turn when backing up (backing up straight is fine). It can and likely will damage them because apparently the force being applied to them is different when going in reverse.
Do I really need a weight distribution hitch?
Whether you are driving a truck that is a midsize, half-ton, or heavy-duty, a weight distribution hitch will be an important part of your towing setup. Most of the midsize and half-ton trucks out there will require a weight distribution hitch when towing something that is 5,000 pounds or more.
How tight should anti sway bars be?
You would make it about as tight as you think it needs to be and then tow the trailer to see if it needs to be tighter or looser. If you made it as tight as you can then you would not be able to move the bar by hand but the force of the trailer pushing it around can move it.
Should I remove weight distribution bars before backing up?
If using a weight distribution system that does not come with sway control at all then backing up would not be an issue unless making severe turns (jackknifing the trailer) and you would want to remove the spring bars ahead of time.
Are sway bars worth it?
If you notice squeaking or knocking sounds during cornering, the bushings, and links likely need to be replaced. But, if you want to improve your car’s handling, stiffer sway bars do have tangible benefits. They reduce body roll and lean, making your car feel more agile and stable.