How do I keep my boat 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 put a sway bar on a boat trailer?
While you can purchase separate sway control and weight distribution systems for both boat trailers and RVs, most trailer-towers opt for a combination system that offers the benefits of both features.
How do I stop my trailer from swaying while driving?
How to Prevent Trailer Sway
- Proper Trailer Weight Distribution. Ensure that your trailer is loaded to the appropriate weight and is properly balanced to reduce trailer sway.
- Ensure your Trailer is not Overloaded.
- Use a Tow Vehicle with a Longer Wheelbase.
- Use a Tow Package.
- Avoid Sudden Movements.
- Slow Down.
Do you need an anti sway hitch?
Sway control or sway bar hitches are optional pieces of equipment that you can add to your camper or hitch to prevent sway. Although they’re not required, adding a sway bar will provide a much more comfortable and stable towing experience and give you peace of mind.
Are sway bars worth it for trailer?
Rarely are sway bars NOT needed on a trailer the size you are getting to tow behind your new truck. At best they will help prevent handling issues such as sway, “fishtailing”, the shove and push from wind or passing big rigs…and at worse they will cost you a few $$’s. Consider it cheap insurance!
Can I use weight distribution hitch with surge brakes?
W-D hitches work fine on trailers with electric brakes. They don’t fare as well on trailers with surge-type brakes, which are found on many boat, utility, and cargo trailers, and car haulers.
Are weight distribution and anti sway the same?
Often times people think sway control and weight distribution are the same thing, but they are not. Luckily for Equal-i-zer hitch customers you get both from one hitch, without any add ons. The big thing about both of these concepts is the increase in safety over a weight carrying hitch.
How does sway control prevent trailer sway?
All sway control is designed to prevent or limit trailer sway. However, different systems achieve this in different ways. Read on for more information on the following: Friction Bar Sway Control Friction sway control bars attach to your trailer frame at one end and a small hitch ball on the WDH head at the other end.
How does a friction sway bar work on a trailer?
Friction Bar Sway Control Friction sway control bars attach to your trailer frame at one end and a small hitch ball on the WDH head at the other end. The unit provides tension to help keep the trailer in line, and an interior bar telescopes in and out as your trailer moves.
Can a trailer with a hitch sway while driving?
While driving down the road, a trailer towed with a hitch can sway even with the slightest wind. Drive safely to avoid fishtailing. Watch a video here of what trailer sway looks like :
How many sway control units do I need for my trailer?
If your trailer has a GTW of 6,000 lbs or less, a single friction-style sway control can be used. If your trailer’s GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need 2 sway-control units (one on either side of the trailer). You will also want to use 2 units if your trailer is 26′ or longer.