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Old 07-04-2019, 04:41 PM   #1
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Fastway sway question

We bought a Fastway sway control system that doesn't fit with a 4-3/8" Bal/Nor frame. We can buy 2 inner and 2 outer equalizer brackets specifically made for this system and size frame. (Let's pretend the additional cost doesn't irk me no end!) But now I'm confused about how it all fits together.

The included brackets have 2 bolt ends producing from the outer bar. The L-bracket fits onto these bolts. The 4-3/8" replacement brackets don't have these bolts, so what does the L-bracket mount to? Do I have to purchase additional, additional parts??

Next, is it even worth the bother? Would I be just as well-off going without an anti-sway system? We'll be travelling from NC to TX in a couple of weeks, and the husband likes to have all the lickies and chewies, but I'm not yet convinced. The original hitch before all the Fastway mess was a combination 3-way, pretty standard hitch. Regular bumper-pull. It'll be towing an Aerolite (Thor) F23AB. The towing vehicle is a Toyota Tundra TRD. Any thoughts?
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:16 PM   #2
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It sounds like the sway control "system" was incomplete (or wrong application) to start. You should not have to buy a bunch of additional hardware to make it work. Without some pictures and specific model numbers little difficult to determine.
As to going without, if the trailer weighs more than 50% of Tow vehicle sway control should be used. I'm guessing TRD weighs approx 2500-2800, Trailer approx 6000. That about 2.4 times weight of TV.
It's been awhile since had a TT with sway control, there are others on here that are more up to date. Generally speaking this should have been a bolt on, test drive, adjust, Good to go. Your TV will likely be difficult to control at speed.
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Strangely enough, the system fits apparently every size *except* 4-3/8 in. Which is BAL/NOR, which is apparently one of the most common frames. Go figure. Even says in their install video, if you have this frame you'll need additional parts to fit, and it says contact them for those parts. Best I can tell, that's a lie, because in no catalog of theirs do they list these parts. On top of that, they're hard to find anywhere online, and sold individually, and bolts *also* come separate. Argh!! Anyway, enough of my venting.

The info about weights was good to have, thank you. I know next to nothing about towing, and the husband only slightly more than me, so it's going to be an experience. He's taking the mess back to Camping World as we speak. (My kingdom for a store that actually knows what they're selling you. At least once. About anything!!) And I guess he'll try looking for one that's better suited to our camper. I appreciate the help!
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:02 PM   #4
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The Fast Way System I was able to see is a weight distribution hitch. It can also have sway control.
The brackets with the "L" shape are for sway control. The straight brackets are when no sway control is present.
Check out the YouTube videos the company provides showing installation and operation.
Here is one of them
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The instructions detail the need for a special bracket for your special frame size. Call the factory or talk to the dealer you bought the hitch from. I am not sure what the price is or is not charged. Ask about the special socket you may need to attach the ball to the ball mount while you are at it. (see video)

Very few frames are made the size you have. It seems, the standard brackets cannot be easily made to accommodate your frame size and still work with the majority of other frames.


The standard "L" brackets may work with the special frame brackets. The standard bolts would go through the special frame brackets to attach the "L" brackets.
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The husband already took the thing back. I think it was a fed-up-with-it thing. But it seems an anti-sway system would be a good idea still, so do you know of any that wouldn't need all the additional parts for this size frame?
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Even says in their install video, if you have this frame you'll need additional parts to fit, and it says contact them for those parts. Best I can tell, that's a lie, because in no catalog of theirs do they list these parts. On top of that, they're hard to find anywhere online, and sold individually, and bolts *also* come separate. Argh!! Anyway, enough of my venting.
The manufacturer may not charge for the extra brackets. They my just FedX them to you. You probably do not need extra bolts. The bolts in the kit will probably work with the new brackets.

(My kingdom for a store that actually knows what they're selling you. At least once. About anything!!)

Well said! Are you an actor or writer?
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:58 PM   #8
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No, it's total plagiarism..lol

In case anyone runs across this question again, the manufacturer DOES charge for the correct parts- to the tune of $94. So I won't be keeping this item, just on general principle. The downside to that is that now I've got to find a new product, and I've got 2 weeks to order it, ship it, install it, and test drive it. Ugh.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:56 PM   #9
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I have the E2 Fastway system and love it. Install was easy peasy. I followed the instruction booklet that came with the unit and watched the video so I understood the terms. The optional brackets needed for your size frame is mentioned in the install booklet.

Even after changing my TV, it only took me an hour to re-setup the E2 trunnion system to the new truck. I'm towing 6500lbs. No issues in high winds, narrow 2 lane mountain passes or semi's blowing by me 75mph!

And yes, I would highly recommend the system.
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Thanks for the review. It's nice to hear from people who actually have one. I do know it was pretty easy to install, since we had it almost totally set up when we hit the wrinkle with the frame plates...lol. I guess I'm just stuck on the frustration of almost $100 for replacement brackets. Plus shipping. �� Guess we'll just have to sit and hem and haw over it another day or two and decide if it's worth it to go re-buy the thing..lol
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