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Old 02-25-2011, 06:41 PM
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Sway Bar necessary for light travel trailer?

So, I bought a light travel trailer over the weekend (president's day sale, yay!)... It's the Forest River Surveyor 305. It's gross length is 34' and height is about 9'6". Dry weight is about 6,500lbs and capacity is 3,000lbs.

I was told I would need a sway bar for this trailer, but I question whether that is the case or not. The trailer is about as aerodynamic as a elephant, so I know wind gusts will cause some sway, but will it be so bad that I have to sacrifice my independent rear suspension by putting on a sway bar?

What do you guys think about this? I have a 2010 F-150 FX2 SuperCrew with the 3.73 gear ratio (11,300lb tow capacity).

To sway or not to sway; that is the question.
 

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Old 02-26-2011, 12:57 AM
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You will definitely need a weight distribution hitch.

You don't have independent rear suspension, you have a solid axle.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by johnszac View Post
So, I bought a light travel trailer over the weekend (president's day sale, yay!)... It's the Forest River Surveyor 305. It's gross length is 34' and height is about 9'6". Dry weight is about 6,500lbs and capacity is 3,000lbs.

I was told I would need a sway bar for this trailer, but I question whether that is the case or not. The trailer is about as aerodynamic as a elephant, so I know wind gusts will cause some sway, but will it be so bad that I have to sacrifice my independent rear suspension by putting on a sway bar?

What do you guys think about this? I have a 2010 F-150 FX2 SuperCrew with the 3.73 gear ratio (11,300lb tow capacity).

To sway or not to sway; that is the question.
Yes, you will need a weight dis. hitch. I use this one on my 05 f150 pulling both my 20' enclosed trailer and 20' camper.
http://www.reese-hitches.com/products/,49587
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by johnszac View Post
So, I bought a light travel trailer over the weekend (president's day sale, yay!)... It's the Forest River Surveyor 305. It's gross length is 34' and height is about 9'6". Dry weight is about 6,500lbs and capacity is 3,000lbs.

I was told I would need a sway bar for this trailer, but I question whether that is the case or not. The trailer is about as aerodynamic as a elephant, so I know wind gusts will cause some sway, but will it be so bad that I have to sacrifice my independent rear suspension by putting on a sway bar?

What do you guys think about this? I have a 2010 F-150 FX2 SuperCrew with the 3.73 gear ratio (11,300lb tow capacity).

To sway or not to sway; that is the question.

Like stated above..
You don't have independent suspension in the rear.

Did you mean sway control arm for the WD bars instead of sway bar?

I can see adding a sway control arm to the required WD set up you need to tow this trailer. When... yes when, not if, you tow and get into the wind you will be glad you got the sway arm. Otherwise you might have to stop until the wind dies or drop your towing speed considerably.

BTW I get 20-30 trailers a year in for repair due to either wind damage while towing or damage caused to the trailers/trucks that went off the road while towing in the wind.
 
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by johnszac View Post
So, I bought a light travel trailer over the weekend (president's day sale, yay!)... It's the Forest River Surveyor 305. It's gross length is 34' and height is about 9'6". Dry weight is about 6,500lbs and capacity is 3,000lbs.

I was told I would need a sway bar for this trailer, but I question whether that is the case or not. The trailer is about as aerodynamic as a elephant, so I know wind gusts will cause some sway, but will it be so bad that I have to sacrifice my independent rear suspension by putting on a sway bar?

What do you guys think about this? I have a 2010 F-150 FX2 SuperCrew with the 3.73 gear ratio (11,300lb tow capacity).

To sway or not to sway; that is the question.
I tow a similar sized travel trailer with my 2010 XLT. You will need the weight distribution hitch so you truck does not sag in the back but you do not need a mechanical anti sway device because your truck has an electronic anti sway control built in and it work like a charm.
 

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Old 02-26-2011, 08:52 AM
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I have a f350 and pull a 28 foot enclosed race car trailer I don't use the w/d hitch but I do use two anti sway bars pulls better imo especially when you go around a semi.
 
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