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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems

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Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount. 1-833-496-1390 to order CURT accessories and parts part number 17200 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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CURT Accessories and Parts - 17200

  • Weight Distribution Hitch
  • Sway Control Parts
  • CURT

Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.


  • Friction-style sway control effectively fights trailer sway after it begins
    • Reduces side-to-side movement caused by winds, passing traffic, curving roads, or sudden maneuvers
  • Bar unit houses the sway control mechanism
    • Interior arm telescopes in and out as your trailer moves
    • Friction pads rub against each other to create resistance
  • Adjustable tension lets you set the perfect amount of control and resistance
    • Tension-adjustment screw easily turns in 1/4" increments to fine-tune tension
    • Built-in lever lets you disengage the system to completely release tension
  • Trailer-mounted ball lets you connect the bar unit to your trailer frame
    • May be mounted to either side of your trailer
    • Bolt-on installation with included self-tapping screws
  • 1-1/4" Hitch ball mounts on weight distribution system head to provide attachment point for sway control unit
    • Included adapter bracket can be welded to system head if there is no ball mount platform
  • Easy to remove - simply unclip the bar unit from each attachment ball using the included safety clips
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Note: Not for use on trailers with surge brakes. It is recommended that you remove this sway control unit before backing up/reversing and before towing in slippery conditions such as on wet, icy, gravel, or snow-covered roads.

When installing this sway control system, follow the included instructions and measure 24" straight back from the center of the coupler along the frame of the trailer to determine the location of the spacer plate and trailer-mounted attachment ball. To achieve proper alignment, the spacer plate may not be necessary in every application.

Curt Sway Control on Trailer Frame

One friction-style sway control can be used for trailers with up to 6,000-lb GTW. If your trailer's GTW is between 6,000 lbs and 10,000 lbs, you will need 2 sway-control units, 1 on either side of the trailer. You will also want to use 2 units if your trailer is 26' or longer.

17200 Curt Friction Style Sway Control System

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Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems - 17200

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (269 Customer Reviews)

Friction-style sway control system uses a telescoping bar with friction pads to fight trailer sway. Adjustable tension lets you set the right amount of resistance for your setup. Attaches to your trailer and weight distribution system or ball mount.


The sway control kit I ordered went on the receiver of my travel trailer easily and fits well. I tested the turn radius to see how sharp of a turn it would make without "hitting" and it performed perfectly. I haven't had the chance to take it on the road yet but don't anticipate any problems.

Im so glad I ordered the sway control kit. Ive used it several times when pulling my travel trailer and it has made all the difference.
Justin - 03/17/2019


You guys are too shelf in my opinion. I’ve ordered a lot of things over the years. I’ve never been disappointed with etrailer


This item was shipped with none of the essential mounting hardware.
Cannot evaluate an item that cannot be used.
Efforts to obtain the required hardware have been frustrating with requests for expedited shipping met with no positive result. If the parts arrive, it will have been one week from reporting the shortage to delivery of the parts necessary to use the sway control.


the shipping was fast but the packaging sucked, it was all in one box and the brake controller and wire package was smashed from the 100lb weight distribution kit. I'll return the brake controller if it dose not work.


I've been running a single sway bar for the last couple years on our 2500 and it was working well.

We recently downsized to an F150 and needed the second sway control. I'm certain it's going to help emencely.


Heavy duty, well made, might suggest bolts for the install of the ball to the trailer frame.


One year later, working great. Good quality. I didn't use the brackets because I have a race trailer that had the ball already welded on.


The "anti-sway bar" as I call it works as advertised. I've used this product for several decades on several applications including both the towed, and towing vehicles. It can make the difference in your comfort level on windy days. A note of caution: on some applications you'll need to remove it before backing up or you run the risk of breaking the ball.


Good price compared to other similar products. Easy site to use. Have purchased several products from etrailer and every purchase was easy, quick delivery, and exactly what was ordered.


The parts that I ordered are still 100% perfect. The advice I received when ordering them was spot on for my vehicle. Thank you again and I have referred several of my family members and friends to also buy parts from etrailer


Doubled up on these for a 27' trailer and they made a huge difference on the freeway and windy conditions. Definitely recommend.


This is my first time purchasing from etrailer and I have to say the experience couldn't have been better. I purchased this sway bar and other items for my new tow vehicle. After trying to piece together everything I needed for towing on a couple of other websites, and not having much luck, I went to etrailer. I was able to find everything I needed, very detailed product information, easy to navigate website, quick shipping, GREAT communication from customer service, and a price that was equal to or better than the other websites. Hands down a happy etrailer customer!

No problem with the sway bar, BUT the Curt ball mount with sway bar mount looks like it has twisted. I only pull a Casita travel trailer 3500lbs behind my half ton pickup and havent put any unusual stress on it. Kind of disappointed...
Brian - 07/24/2019


Received my anti-sway bar to add to my weight distribution hitch in less than a week. Fastest service I’ve ever had. Installed it and it works great! I could only go 57 mph before and now can keep up with everyone else on the freeway! etrailer is a great place to get anything trailer related. Have always had great service and will buy from them again. 5 stars

Works like a dream! Easy to use and install. I would recommend this to anyone looking for one.
John B - 07/13/2020


Love this system on our toy hauler trai ler


This is a replacement for one i didn't hook up and left it on the trunk of the trailer and never found it after I got
This one was a direct replacement for my 06 model and it works great.
As usual etrailer had what I needed and at a good price!

Happy to report that after using this for a year it still works like new. Im very happy with the product
Lee T - 05/19/2021


The sway bar works well. The retaining clip sometimes fall out of the tow vehicle end which could be a problem. I use 2 clips at that end.


I pull a travel trailer with a Audi Q7 TDI and it is a unibody car and in the owners manual it states not to use a WDH. My trailer takes about 250 lbs. off of the front axle so the steering input is just a bit light. With this sway control bar by Curt the car and trailer feels as one and the control of the trailer is great.


Awesome product, does exactly what it is meant to do.


Haven’t had a chance to use the new products yet but they are exactly what I need. I have an identical friction sway control bar on my camper and it works so well that I wanted to put one on my multi purpose trailer. etrailer kept me informed on the status of my order and delivery. Very pleased customer


Only problem was it was delivered a week later than said other than that looks good haven’t used it yet


No problem with you at all.


Fast shipping. Technician was able recommend thus item as compatible with the weight distribution kit that I purchased prior.


I like it so far just received it, am putting it to gether now came pretty fast
Thank you!


Works great, fast shipping g


Easy to install. Arrived on time

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  • Where to Mount the Curt Friction Sway Control Bar on a Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 can be mounted on either side of the trailer frame. The friction bar will mount upside down when installed on the other side of the trailer. The friction arm includes all the necessary hardware and components needed to install to either side of the trailer.
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  • Does the Spacer Plate for Curt Friction Sway Control have to be Used
    In order to ensure that the Curt friction sway control unit # 17200 is mounted at the proper angle to avoid contact with the trailer when turning the spacer plate should be used for installation.
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  • What is the Purpose of Spacer Plate Included in Curt Friction Sway Control Part # 17200
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and was told that the spacer plate included in the Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems # 17200 serves as a reinforcement plate for the trailer side ball. It can be put under the ball or on the inside of the tongue for a backing plate to help the trailer tongue with the force being put on it. It is longer to give the unit more strength. The plate can also be installed if achieving proper alignment is needed. The plate is only 1/8 inches...
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  • What is Purpose of Long Spacer Plate in Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200
    The included spacer plate on the Curt Friction Sway Control for Weight Distribution Systems # 17200 is completely optional. If it is needed to achieve proper alignment, the additional holes on the plate offer various mounting locations for the ball. Then the remaining holes are to provide further attachment points to the trailer frame for added stability using the self-tapping screws. I have attached a video review and the explanation and visuals of how exactly the plate is used comes...
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  • Does Curt 17200 Sway Control Need to Be Removed To Back Up Trailer
    If using a friction style trailer anti-sway control mechanism such as # 17200 it is necessary to release the tension on the arm, or better yet, disconnect it completely from the sway control balls on the hitch and trailer. For many maneuvers releasing the tension will be enough but for reversing when making sharp turns it is better to disconnect it, to be on the safe side.
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  • Is Friction Pad Material on EAZ Weight Distribution Susceptible to Weather and Does it Make Noise
    All weight distribution systems will make noise. Some more than others. Those that use friction sway control like what you are describing do make more noise. On friction systems where the sway control is built in the wet weather isn't an issue. The material is as susceptible to weather conditions the same as brake pad material would be. Heat is definitely not an issue. Rain can decrease performance. You can use a wire brush or sanding pad to remove dust or sediment from the pad surface...
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  • Can the Curt Friction Sway Control 17200 be Mounted on Driver Side
    You can use the Curt friction style sway control, # 17200 on the left or right side. You will need to loosen the handle and the other bolt below it, pull the inside arm out, flip it over, then reinsert it. You will then need to unscrew the handle on top and the nut. Completely remove them both and the mounting plate. Then rotate the plate 180 degrees and put the handle where the nut was and the nut where the handle was. Then, when you flip the unit over to use on the other side of the...
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  • How Can You Tell if a Friction Sway Control Bar is Too Tight
    If the Curt friction sway control bar # 17200 is too tight then it can bend or break, be excessively loud, or it may seem like the trailer is not wanting to turn. Otherwise it can be hard to tell if it is too tight. You will want it tight enough to work against sway but once you find that sweet spot I would not go much more than a 1/4 turn of the handle unless needed.
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  • Solution for Friction Sway Control That Won't Tighten
    There is a bolt down below the handle that you are using to tighten the Curt Sway control part # 17200. With the handle in the off position tighten the bolt a 1/4 turn and then turn the handle back to the on position.
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  • How to Find Factory Setting for Curt Friction Sway Control 17200
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he informed me that there really isn't a factory preset tension that the # 17200 will have. But in your case for a great starting point you will want to loosen the tension bolt till it no longer makes contact with the unit, now tighten it up right till the unit starts to make contact. From there tighten it two complete revolutions and you will have a great starting point.
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  • Can High Rise Hitch Ball Be Used with Friction Sway Control Unit
    That hitch ball you have has quite a bit of rise built into it. That's by far the tallest one I have seen. As long as you can mount the # 17200 on your trailer so that it is level your tall hitch ball would be fine. This may require you to mount the mounting plate of the unit lower on the trailer frame if available. Otherwise you would have to use a ball mount that has the drop you need and go with a standard hitch ball.
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  • How Do You Know if Friction Bar Sway Control is Tight Enough or Too Tight
    With friction sway control like # 17200 you know it is too loose if the trailer is still swaying. If it is too tight then when you turn it will make a lot of noise (some noise is common) and it may get damaged when you turn. Start out moderately tight and if you experience sway still tighten it a little more. You want to make small changes, test, and repeat until you get it just right.
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  • Do Friction Sway Control Balls Get Greased and are 2 Required for a 27 Foot Trailer
    It is not necessary to grease the small balls used by friction sway control units such as # 17200. But it also would not hurt anything and having some lubrication is definitely better than none. Two units are recommend for trailers over 26 feet and/or if the trailer weighs between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds. If you are not having sway issues though you could hold off since it isn't required that you have 2 it will just work better if you did have 2.
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  • Bent Friction Sway Control Bar After Taking a Turn While Towing a Trailer
    If the tension was set aggressively then the sway bar cannot move well and that could cause it to bend. Also, if the turn made was when backing up that could have caused it as well. With friction sway bars like # 17200 they really need to be disconnected when backing up. If the metal is stressed then I do not recommend continuing to use it. Even if it appears to be fine I strongly recommend replacing the entire unit.
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  • How Does Bar Style Friction Sway Control Work
    A friction sway bar such as # 17200 manufactured by Curt, does not exert any force on the trailer. The trailer will be putting force on it and transfer it to the tow vehicle. But ultimately, the amount of force is dependent on how you have the unit adjusted (Newton or foot pound range is not provided). I would not say there is any bending force being applied or enough to actually bend the trailer frame. But yes, the force is not a straight line due to the 50 degree angle of most A-frame...
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  • Why Can't a Trailer with Friction Sway Control be Backed Up
    If you are backing up in a straight line or with only slight turns then you can back up when using friction sway control such as # 17200. But on unlevel terrain or if you have to make tighter turns while backing up (which at some point you will) then you have disengage the system or it can damage it. It also makes backing up easier since the vehicle doesn't have to fight the friction sway system (backing up is sort of a simulated low speed sway event only with more torque on the system...
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  • Is It Necessary To Disconnect Sway Control When Towing On Wet Pavement
    The instructions included with the Curt Friction Style Sway Control System, part # 17200 state that when you are towing in wet, icy, gravel, or snow-covered roads, the sway control MUST be removed. I am only passing on the information included with the products we offer. The reason is that the sway control can make the system too stiff when you face road conditions like those mentioned, and if traction was lost for the trailer it would push the towing vehicle and be very dangerous. It...
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  • Can Two Friction Sway Control Units Be Used on a Camper Trailer
    You can install friction sway control on both sides of a trailer like the part # 17200. The only recommendation I would make is to be aware that when backing the trailer in tight situations you should probably remove the sway controls. This would be true for one as well as two sway controls. Typically we recommend two sway control units when the trailer is over 26 feet long. I would like to point out that your best defense against sway is proper trailer loading. Sway is usually caused...
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  • Which Side of Trailer Frame Should Friction Sway Unit Be Installed On
    It doesn't matter which side the friction sway unit is placed on, it will work equally as well on the driver's side as it would on the passenger side of the trailer. For trailers 26 feet or longer in length, we recommend using two units, one on each side.
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  • How Tight Should Curt Friction Sway Control # 17200 Be Adjusted
    A friction type sway control unit like the Curt # 17200 should be adjusted so that it is not easy to move by hand, but still can be moved by the greater force from the moving trailer. You will need to do some road testing to find the correct adjustment for a given trailer load. Trailer configurations and loading, road and weather conditions, towing speed, tire condition and pressure, and center of gravity of trailer all affect towing. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly,...
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  • 2015 Ram 1500 Truck is 70 lbs Over GCWR Capacity
    I recommend eliminating any non-essential cargo/items in your trailer or truck. Sounds like you have some tools and wood you could eliminate. That might be enough right there. More important, with a gross weight of 14,820 lbs you will need a second friction sway control like part # 17200. This can be used on either the left or right side of trailer and is very easy to hook up and remove. I have included a video review of this part and installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for a 30 foot Bumper Pull Trailer
    The Curt Friction Sway Control part # 17200 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for your trailer. Since it is longer than 26 feet you would want to run a unit on either side of your trailer. The best way to fight sway is proper trailer loading though. Sway is usually caused by having too much or too little tongue weight on the trailer. If you can get your tongue weight to be between 10 and 15 percent of the total trailer weight the trailer shouldn't sway under normal circumstances.
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  • How Tight Should Curt Bar Style Friction Sway Control Be
    How tight to make a friction sway bar such as # 17200 is going to depend on the trailer. Some trailers require more tension than others. The only way to know is to test it out and adjust as needed. If it is too tight and you make a sharp turn then the system will not have enough give and it can lead to problems like you have experienced.
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  • How to Find Factory Preset Tension for the Curt Friction Sway Control 17200
    I spoke to my contact at Curt and he informed me that there really isn't a factory preset tension that the # 17200 will have. But in your case for a great starting point you will want to loosen the tension bolt till it no longer makes contact with the unit, now tighten it up right till the unit starts to make contact. From there tighten it two complete revolutions and you will have a great starting point.
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