By Bert Camp
Customer Service Representative at ReeseHitches.com
As part of our ongoing series about everything related to trailer hitches today we’re talking about Trailer Sway Control. This is an important topic as your knowledge and use of Sway Control will give you a safer and more stable towing experience.
We’ve talked about Weight Distribution Hitch systems in past blogs and how they balance the weight across all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. Trailer Sway Control systems attach to the hitch arms and to the spring bars of the Weight Distribution Hitch System. Sway Control minimizes the impact of trailer sway caused by heavy traffic and crosswinds.
Other factors that can influence trailer sway are the design of the trailer, towing speeds, hitch weight, tire pressures and how the tow vehicle is configured. There are two types of Trailer Sway Control Systems to choose from. Both will get the job done but there is an important difference between them.
Dual Cam High Performance Sway Control
uses a patented system to control trailer sway before it starts rather than reacting to sway as it happens. This is an excellent system that works as it’s needed.
When your vehicle is towing in a straight line, the cams on both sides of the trailer’s A-frame are locked into position which creates consistent pressure to prevent and correct trailer sway.
In tight cornering situations the cams will automatically unlock and slide to permit a full radius turn. In a sudden swerve situation, the cams will work to maintain a straight line which will help the tow vehicle maintain control. The system works to dampen the start of sway while allowing free, easy vehicle and trailer interaction. Another advantage to this system is that it’s installed on the trailer so there is no need for adjustments every time you hook up to your trailer with the same tow vehicle unless there is a change in the load or hitch weight.
The high performance model does not use U-bolts which will allow the integrated cams to reduce noise and allows easy adjustment to the centerline.
Friction Sway Control
uses a friction adjustment that is designed to resist sway as it happens. This system is very easy to install and remove though there is some drilling required. This sway control system can be used with all class 3 & 4 hitches and can mount on either the right or left side of the trailer. They should not be used with surge brakes or on Class 1 or 2 hitches.
Remember that increasing your speed when trailer sway begins will worsen the situation and to minimize sway in the first place load your trailer correctly by placing your heaviest items on the floor in front of the trailer axle and balanced from side to side.
This gives you some good background on the two different types of Trailer Sway Control systems. Both work to reduce the impact of trailer sway under many different conditions and give you better control and a safer towing experience. Still have some questions about Trailer Sway Control? Give us a call. We do this all day long and can answer virtually any question related to this system. We’re here all day at 877-509-0719