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Old 07-18-2017, 10:32 AM   #1
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Towing with a 2010 1500 Silverado

Picking up our new 21 on Nov 9th. What's the recommended set up for towing with our 2010 1500 Silverado?

Is a E2 by FastWay Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch needed or is just an anti sway bar necessary?

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:58 AM   #2
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I do all local towing with just 2" ball on a plain drawbar (2014 21 & Silverado). It tows great.
On longer trips I use the Anderson "No Sway" I bought when I picked the trailer up & was towing with a Trailblazer.
Don't really need it, but Norma thinks the ride is smoother.

That said, it sounds like the new trailers are heavier so you might want more weight distribution than I seem to need.

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Old 07-18-2017, 11:07 AM   #3
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You will get a bunch of opinions from no WD to full blown WD with sway. I run a 2014 Silverado with a Reese SC with integral sway. I like the safety factor working in my favor. I would avoid separate friction sway control as there can be issues backing up. Any reputable company with built in sway will do the trick. Make sure you get the proper spring bars for the tongue weight if that is part of the design. Two stiff can cause problems. I run 600 lb bars on my SC. Shop around. I bought my SC for less than $400.

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Old 07-18-2017, 11:25 AM   #4
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Towing 21 with 2008 Silverado

We tow our Gen 2 Escape 21 with a 2008 Silverado. At first I tried towing with no WDH. There were no problems with sway but, I noticed quite a bit of squat in the rear end and needed to tow in low beam.

Purchased Fastway WDH and it solved the problem.

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I also think the ride is better. The trailer and truck handle as one unit.
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Old 07-18-2017, 05:36 PM   #5
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We picked up our 21 last month and I am glad we got the E 2 that ETI installed. We tow with a Silverado too. The added safety and smoother ride are worth it to us. Also the. Dollar exchange rate made the price ok. But I would definitely get the 12 volt power tongue jack as it would be way more work to use the E2 without it and it is easy with it.
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Old 07-18-2017, 06:57 PM   #6
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Picking up our new 21 on Nov 9th. What's the recommended set up for towing with our 2010 1500 Silverado?
Without knowing both how much load you are carrying in the truck (and where relative to the rear axle) and what you expect the tongue weight of the trailer to be (which depends on equipment and cargo in the trailer) there is no way to know if there is a rear axle load issue and thus a reason to use a weight-distribution system. Without knowing the wheelbase of the truck or how the trailer will be loaded (big cargo box on the back?) there is no way to know if there is a potential stability issue.

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Is a E2 by FastWay Integrated Sway Control and Weight Distribution Hitch needed or is just an anti sway bar necessary?
Other than what GM says is required (in the owners manual) based on tongue weight, nothing is needed. Most WD fans will say that it is desirable; most people who would rather not use WD will say that it is not needed. Pick the person, and you have probably picked your answer.

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Any suggestions are appreciated.
My suggestion would be to start with a serious look at the truck's weight and axle loads, and a reading of the truck's manual. That should certainly provide information which will be relevant to the choice.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:18 PM   #7
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Will ETI help with the decision once we arrive to pick it up? They may have suggestions when they see the tow vehicle. Perhaps we can determine then and have them install.

Thank You All! Will pass this thread over to my hubby, Lots to consider!
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:26 AM   #8
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Will ETI help with the decision once we arrive to pick it up? They may have suggestions when they see the tow vehicle. Perhaps we can determine then and have them install.

Thank You All! Will pass this thread over to my hubby, Lots to consider!
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:06 AM   #9
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Will ETI help with the decision once we arrive to pick it up? They may have suggestions when they see the tow vehicle. Perhaps we can determine then and have them install.

Thank You All! Will pass this thread over to my hubby, Lots to consider!
As far as ETI helping with the decision, when we were ordering I asked Reace if we would need a WDH for pulling a 21 with a half-ton Silverado. His reply was that we would definitely want a WDH. As far as sway control, he said the 21 is not very likely to sway. By its design, it is difficult to load it to have inadequate tongue weight. He added that the 19 is more likely to have inadequate tongue weight and sway issues, again because of its design.
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:44 PM   #10
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Has anyone installed air shocks or heavy duty shock absorbers in leau of a WDH?
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