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Old 01-24-2012, 01:25 PM
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Yesterday I towed about 4 hours in a cross wind gusting near 40mph. You can see my rig in this picture:

At any rate, every time a gust hit, the trailer sway control worked really well. It was a little hard to keep speed up with traffic as the braking slowed things down, but it kept me safe and steady through the whole drive. My old truck would have almost killed me in those conditions.

Also, I came out of a toll booth next to a Ford with a similar trailer and no outside load. There was a reasonable grade after the booth and the Ford couldn't come close to keeping up.
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Cool! Good to know....I plan on pulling a trailer from west to east this summer and glad to have the new RAM to pull it ;o) What roof racks are you using? I need to carry a couple of kayaks and here's no where else to put 'em but on the roof....eliminates using the sunroof but its better than leaving 'em home! I've been wondering if roof racks would mar the paint. Have you had any issues at all?
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Sorry for the newb question, but is there some sort of sway control built in? Or is it something aftermarket like sway bars on the hitch?
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Those are Thule racks with the fit kit for the 2012 Ram. They hook into the door jam. The only caveat is that they state a "reduced load limit" of 140 pounds. I am also running some Thule hood loops. I can take some pictures of the rack and tie downs. If you have other questions, pm me and I can try to help. I am a Thule dealer, so I know some about the products.
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The sway control is built in. When the truck senses sway, the brakes pulse opposite the sway to bring things back in line.
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The sway control is built in. When the truck senses sway, the brakes pulse opposite the sway to bring things back in line.
Wow!...I hadn't heard of this. I was looking in my owner's manual, and I can't find any mention of it with the titles I searched by. Could you direct me to the section that describes this?
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I don't see it in the manual, but it is mentioned here:
http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/2012/ram...ent_avoidance/
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I don't see it in the manual, but it is mentioned here:
http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/2012/ram...ent_avoidance/
The link just goes to the main Dodge site. I did a search for anti-sway, but I only saw mention of mechanical swaybars and such. Not saying it isn't there, but I may have missed it as there was a lot to wade through. If this truck has some kind of computer controlled anti-sway, I'd really like to know about it. I'm aware of traction control, stability control, and similiar issues, but I thought these just controlled wheel speeds to maintain traction. If there's something that kicks in for trailer sway control, I'd love to know more about it.
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It has a vid of it. The OP pasted a link to the Avoidance system, instead of the towing system.

http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/2012/ram...owing_payload/
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Now that's impressive if it really works like they say, and I notice they claim it's standard on our trucks. However, it doesn't look like it stops sway in the towed vehicle...just keeps the sway from overcoming the towing vehicle. So a good sway control device is still needed in many cases. I like the simple friction sway device that I've always used on my travel trailers. My trailer weight doesn't require a load leveling system, but the simple sway bar gives a lot of stability in windy or passing situations. Thanks for the info on this TSC system.
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