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Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch

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Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety. 1-833-496-1390 to order Reese accessories and parts part number 83660 or order online at Free expert support on all Reese products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety.


  • Reduces trailer sway caused by winds, curving roads or sudden maneuvers
  • Lets you adjust tension for the perfect amount of control and resistance
  • Operates on the principle of "stiffening" the coupling between the tow vehicle and trailer
    • The degree of "stiffening" or friction is adjusted to suit various trailer weights and towing conditions
  • Installs and removes quickly and easily
    • Attaches to either side of trailer tongue
    • Removes with just 2 clips
  • Includes sway control arm, ball, ball plate and hardware
    • Sway-control bracket sold separately
  • Constructed of powder coated steel for durability and corrosion resistance


  • Ball shank length: 1-1/4" (1" is threaded)
  • Ball plate assembly measures 6" long x 3" tall overall
  • 10-Year limited warranty

Ball Plate Assembly Dimensions

Note: Do not use with Class I trailer hitches. Cannot be used with surge brakes. For trailers exceeding 26' long use two friction sway controls or dual cam sway control.

Draw-Tite # 40660; Reese # 83660, Economy Friction Sway Control

Item # 83660

Installation Details 83660 Installation instructions

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Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch - 83660

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (388 Customer Reviews)

Used to reduce trailer sway and improve handling in adverse towing conditions. Unit dampens trailer sway caused by crosswinds and traffic for improved stability and increased towing safety.


Works GREAT to reduce sway which is important as I’m pulling a trailer that’s a bit long for my SUV. First time I towed it home without the sway bar and felt every little breeze and got sway anytime I went over 60mph. This bar has totally changed that and made me MUCH more comfortable towing - thank you!


I think the Reese Friction Control Bar is quite effective in reducing the sway. The only criticism that I have is the grinding/groaning noise it makes when making turns. I haven't been successful adjusting the tension, as recommended in instructions, to eliminate this prtoblem despite repeated attempts. Also, earlier during the installation process I had contacted customer service with a couple of questions, but did not receives a response.


I’m so glad we purchased this and installed the day before our trip! What an amazing difference it made. Towing my trailer was tighter and no “wobbles” going over bumps! The sway bar was super easy to install and made for a much better ride for my recent road trip!!


Easy unit to install on our 16' Scamp. On the first trip I noticed the difference immediately at higher speeds. Easy to take off when you get to camp and are about to back into the space.


I bought the pro series anti sway kit for our 5000lb horse trailer because the trailer would begin oscillating sometimes when speeds were higher than about 50mph. The damper kit solved the problem I drove it up to 75mph after installing the kit and adjusting the drag according to the instructions. Installation was easy and the instructions were great. The quality was excellent. All the pieces we're included.


Towed my travel trailer without an anti-sway device and when tractor trailers passed me the sway made me nervous. Installed this and towed my travel trailer, sway reduced immediately. Awesome product from Reese.


Made a Hugh difference in my teardrop towing experience, even with Santa Ana winds !!


Pull utility trailer behind our fifth wheel trailer. This sway control worked very well. Easy to install and adjust


Unparalleled excellence, etrailer’s continued customer support after the sale is why they should be everyone’s go to source for trailer parts and accessories.

It still works fine, 1 year later.
Henry - 03/17/2022


Great add-on. Easy set up and and insta llation.


I can't say enough good things about this product! We have a large Coleman pop-up camper (3000lbs) that is miserable to tow. It's like putting a leash on a cat and walking it into the ocean. You could not tow it over 60 mph due to the horrible sway. I mounted this sway control kit on (not really expecting any miracles but hoping) and was blown away. Absolutely night and day difference! My pop-up tracks perfectly straight behind the vehicle and has Zero sway! I highly recommend this system for anyone with a pop-up camper or any smaller trailer that's having sway issues. For the price and ease of use, this thing can't be beat!

1 year later and it still works like a dream. This was by far the best money spent on a product. I never could have imagined what a major improvement it would make.
J.P. - 07/03/2018


It has worked well for every trip including interstate and roads through the mountains


can't live without this and a small trailer necessary item... is also weight distribution!


I installed this on the left side as recommend because of the length of my camper 32+ feet, Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit . It stopped the sway in the trailer I'm still learning how much tension to apply

Did one help control sway or do you recommend having right and left friction control for longer travel trailers? I pull ours with a Tahoe.
-- comment by: Brooke - 09/20/2014


Purchased from etrailer super fast delivery and great price. Easy install. Excellent customer service, communication, and follow-up. Will use etrailer for my source of other needed products in the future.


If you already have a Pro Series weight distributing hitch (WDH) this is the stablilizer that goes with it and I am sure that it is acceptible for use with other manufacturers of WDHs. Installation is very easy following the single page of instructions; mark where you need to mount the plate on the trailer frame, drill six pilot holes, bolt the plate down and install the ball on the hitch and you are good to go. My Pro Series WDH came with one stabilizer, but after one long trip with high cross winds and heavily rutted roads I decided that I needed two stablilzers for my 32' long travel trailer as is reccomended here for any trailer over 26' length. These stabilizers, while simple in design, get the job done.

After one year of use and thousands of miles two stabilizers on a long trailer is the only way to go. Finding the correct amount of friction is still somewhat of a guessing game, but the units are still working great and making the task of towing such a long travel trailer much more manageable.
Matt - 06/21/2017


Towing my 19’ Jayco trailer with my Jeep Grand Cherokee without sway control was a bit of a challenge on the highway alongside tractor trailers. With a tongue weight of less than 300 lbs I didn’t need any load leveling assist so I opted for this economical solution. Mounting was straightforward and after a bit of adjustment to the tension, I was able to hit a happy point where the sway was virtually eliminated but the squeaking or groaning of the friction device at low speed was minimal. Highly recommend for trailers 3000 lbs and less.

After a year it continues to perform perfectly
Vic L - 08/04/2020


This is the second product I have ordered from and not the last. When I order something in the morning I get it the next day. They are in the next state over but still very quick shipping. I purchased this because I have read that you should use 2 (one on each side) of these when pulling longer than a 26' tt. Mine is 32' and I have had a little sway with one. I do wish that the dealer I bought my TT from would of just spent a little more time and put 2 on in the first place. But I was able to get one fast from and now I feel confident that it will reduce the sway a bit more.


Did not help a lot on my swaying problem. I think it is a leveling problem when I am towing. I am thinking about adding leveling bags.

Many factors can affect whether a trailer will sway or not. You will want to tow the trailer so that it is within an inch and a half or so +/- of level. Make sure the trailer is properly loaded so that the trailers tongue weight equals 10-15 percent of the trailers weight. If the trailer is too light on the tongue, its more likely to sway. Make sure also that the trailers suspension is in good repair and that the axle is not bent. Also keep in mind that a friction sway control unit like this works best for trailers up to 25 feet in length. For longer trailer, using two friction sway units, one on each side of the trailer tongue is recommended.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 10/15/2018


Product has worked great so far. Easy to install. Great customer service and recommendations. Thank you etrailer!

Used on 18' hybrid TT with 2"x3" A-frame.

Worked flawlessly on a few cross-country trips. Sold the trailer recently, the new owner should expect the same great performance.
Caryn - 07/09/2021


The Sway control kit was exactly what I needed when towing a long trailer with my short wheelbase truck. It is very well made and was easy to install.

etrailer is a great company to do business with, from their helpful staff, to vast inventory, great prices, to super fast shipping, and followup on the sale.

Ii will be doing business with etrailer again!

Good morning, George! Im still enjoying both of those. I tow the trailer about once a month and use them both. The trailer is a tandem axle, 8W x 12L enclosed cargo trailer and has a GVW of 7,500lb. My 06 Tundra tows it beautifully, even fully loaded, thanks to the weight distributing kit and the mirrors allow me to see down both sides of the trailer. Thanks again for great products and great customer service!
Ed - 01/22/2019


I ordered and received the ball mount and sway bar together. They were received very promptly and in excellent shape. They are very heavy, i.e., heavy duty. The bracket that was fitted to the trailer was about half a screw wider than optimal size for my smallish trailer but did fit. Installation was easy. The self-tapping screws functioned well. All-in-all, a 10 out of 10 experience.

Great. No problems.
Ralph - 04/25/2017


This is my second Pro Series Friction Sway control I bought from etrailer, the first one is still good and in use on my Jayco camper.
I bought a second one for my 1969 Yellowstone Camper 18S, it pulls great, but like how these work, so I thought it would better to have it, then not. With my Jayco it was all over the road, even when loaded right, these helped out great.
They are easy to put on and off, the cost is really nothing, compared to being worried about the sway as you drive, it makes your trips more relaxing.

Thanks for following up, after using it now for a years time, with 17 camping trips and almost 3000 miles using it, it is still like new, working great, was a big help in South Dakota with the wind. For little money spent, a extra couple of minutes putting it on every time I hook up it has paid for itself. Just remember to clean the slide bar after it rains to remove any surface rust and I keep a little bit of grease on each ball and I always take it off when backing up so it does not bend on you. Would not leave home without it.
Steven - 06/25/2016


Excellent product, works well, easy install and hookup.

Great product easy install, no sway on trailer.
Leslie - 02/24/2022


Worked great with my 2500 lb pop-up camper on windy drive through SD. Quick recovery when passed by trucks. Also helped keep steady in steep and winding roads. Worked as expected.

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  • Is Sway Control Needed on Travel Trailer Towing Setup That Tows without Sway
    A friction sway control system like the part # 83660 that you referenced is designed to help stop sway that might start on the highway from wind or a semi-truck passing. If you aren't getting sway currently that's great. You may not need the sway control at all, but in reality the # 83660 being installed can't hurt. Another tip for sway is that if you slide the manual override of your brake controller that usually pulls the trailer straight and stops the sway. You don't want to lock up...
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  • Recommended Sway Control Kit to Install on Passenger Side of 2006 GMC Sierra
    I suggest using the Reese Sway Control # 83660. It can be installed on either side of the trailer's tongue. I've linked an install video for you.
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  • Why Do Certain Sway Control Systems Not Allow Backing Up
    The friction sway control bars like the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch # 83660 use a metal bar and friction pads that are tightened and adjusted to control the amount of movement against that force. When you use a system like this, it is made for traveling where the trailer follows the vehicle's movement. When backing up, the trailer is ahead of the vehicle so the system works differently and can cause a trailer to move in a manner that...
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  • What Size Socket is Needed to Install Reese Friction Sway Control Bar 83660
    I went out to the warehouse to inspect the hardware included with Reese friction sway control # 83660. The hex head self tapping screws will take a 5/8 inch socket.
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  • Can Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit Replace Reese Sway Control On Trailer
    Since this is a sway control kit that is made for Draw-Tite, Reese, and Hidden Hitch, it will be a fit for your Reese sway control bracket you have installed on your trailer, but you can take a measurement to make sure. If the ball on the ball/plate assembly on your trailer is 24-inches form the center of the hitch ball to the center of the ball on the plate assembly, then the # 83660 will fit great and you will not need to alter anything. The instructions for installation of the # 83660...
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  • Friction Sway Control Bar Making Groaning Noises After 4 Years of Use
    It sounds like the friction sway control bar needs to be cleaned. All you have to do is remove the slide bar from the unit and clean off the friction surfaces with a wire brush. You may also need to blow out the inside of the unit to clear out any crud stuck inside. This is also a good time to inspect the unit for damage and excessive wear. If you determine that you need a new one they are very reasonably priced. You would need # 83660.
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  • Why is Sway Control Bar Making Noise
    A sway control like # 83660 uses friction to do its job. This friction can often make quite a bit a noise. Unfortunately, there's no way to make them quieter and still have them function properly.
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  • Purpose of Small Ball Mounted to Side of Trailer Tongue
    The small ball mounted on the side of your trailer's tongue is probably for a friction-style anti-sway device like those shown on the linked page. All of these sway-control devices use a friction bar to help stop trailer sway, for example Reese part # 83660. Please note that all such friction sway-control devices MUST be disengaged before backing up the trailer or the unit will be damaged.
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  • How Much Does Reese Friction Sway Control Kit Weigh
    The Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 referenced in your question weighs just around 13 pounds. This sway bar attaches to either side of your trailer tongue and will help to reduce trailer sway caused by winds, curving roads, or sudden maneuvers. You can adjust the tension on the bar for the perfect amount of control and resistance. I have attached an installation video along with the written instructions that you can use for reference. The sway control arm, ball, ball plate,...
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  • Correct Vertical Placement of Reese Friction Sway Control Kit on Tall Trailer Frame
    When installing the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660 referenced in your question, you will measure and mark a point on the trailer tongue 24 inches from the center of the hitch ball. With your tow vehicle and trailer connected and parked on level ground, you will just want to make sure the plate is positioned on the frame so that the bar remains level when hooked up to the ball on your ball mount. The most important point of reference then when determining the correct vertical placement...
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  • Friction Sway Control Recommendation for Jeep Wrangler Towing Enclosed Trailer
    Realistically you're going to have a tongue weight of probably 130 lbs or so. A weight distribution system isn't really going to be effective for that light of a trailer but a friction sway control unit like part # 83660 would help with any crosswinds or getting passed by a semi-truck. You can back up with this installed, but if you have to jackknife the trailer in a tight turn you'll want to disconnect it.
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  • Can Trailer Be Reversed with Reese Friction Sway Control Unit Installed
    If you are backing up mainly in a straight line you can leave the Reese Friction Sway Control part # 83660 installed but if you end up getting into a tight enough turn you'd need to disconnect the kit.
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  • Can Friction Sway Control be Used on an Aluminum Frame Trailer
    Friction sway control units like the part # 83660 require drilling into the frame of the trailer for installation. You would need to contact the manufacturer of your trailer to determine if they are okay with you doing that on your trailer. Most likely you would be fine, but you still need to check since aluminum trailer frame manufacturer are a bit more particular than steel frame trailers.
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  • Reese Friction Sway Control Units for 29 Foot Forest River Travel Trailer
    The part number you provided, # RP63970 is actually a weight distribution shank, not an entire system. For a friction sway unit, the # 83660 would work just fine. You wouldn't need a different part number for either side. Be sure to disengage the friction sway units before backing the trailer. If the trailer should jackknife, the friction sway units can be damaged.
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  • Can Friction Sway Control Be Installed on Either Side of Trailer
    Actually the Reese Friction Sway Control part # 83660 can be installed on either side of a trailer. To install the Reese Friction Sway Control Kit, item # 83660, on the right side, you will need to hook up the vehicle and trailer and pull forward so they are in a straight line with each other. You then mount the sway control ball on the weight distribution head. Next mark a point 24 inches from the center of the hitch ball and mount the ball plate on center with this mark. To install...
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  • How Tight Should Bar Style Friction Sway Control Be
    You won't see too much information on how tight to make a bar style friction sway control unit because it will be different for every situation. You would make it about as tight as you think it needs to be and then tow the trailer to see if it needs to be tighter or looser. If you made it as tight as you can then you would not be able to move the bar by hand but the force of the trailer pushing it around can move it. But if it is too tight then it is possible that something could get damaged.
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  • Should Tension of Friction Sway Control Be Released or Should Unit Be Removed When Backing Trailer
    Most of the time releasing the tension is the most you'll need to do. However, if you find yourself in a situation where the trailer could jackknife, removing the entire unit would be your best bet. Removing the unit is very simple, all you need to do is remove the two clips and pull the unit off.
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  • Does it Matter Which Side of the Trailer a Friction Sway Control Unit is Installed On
    It doesn't matter which side a friction sway control unit like the part # 83660 is installed on. It will perform the exact same regardless. This comes set up to be used on the passenger side but you could pretty easily use it on the other side of the trailer by removing the inner piece, rotating it 180 degrees and then reinserting it. I attached a install video for you to check out as well.
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  • What is the Smallest Diameter Hitch Ball
    The smallest diameter hitch ball we have is actually 1-1/4 inches in diameter and is designed for use with friction sway control systems like # 83660. The threaded shank diameter of this ball is 5/8 of an inch.
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  • Can Friction Sway Control For Trailer Attach to Trailer with Same Dimensions as Bracket
    You would be just fine to drill the mounting brackets for sway control like part # 83660 on your camper trailer. Your frame being the same dimensions as the bracket that attaches the friction sway control unit would be just fine.
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  • Can Friction Sway Control Be Used with Dual Cam Sway Control
    You cannot use friction sway control with Dual Cam sway control. The two sets of brackets would interfere with each other. What is most likely going on is that your new tires are not inflated to the max psi rating that is listed on the sidewall. Be sure to keep your trailer tires inflated to the max PSI at all times to ensure you get the full capacity and prevent sway.
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  • Will Reese Sway Control Fit the Frame of a 2016 Jayco 174BH Travel Trailer
    The part of the Reese sway control # 83660 that attaches to the trailer frame is 3 inches tall and 6 inches long. I looked up your Jayco trailer and it certainly appears that the frame height is plenty large enough but you can measure to be sure.
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  • Does Sway Control Unit Need To Be Level With Trailer
    The sway control unit needs to be as level as possible. This prevents the unit from being in a bind and possibly failing. You did not say if there was a change in the vehicle you are using or if you are using a different ball mount. I have attached a link to the ball mounts we offer. You didn't say if the sway control or trailer needs to have a rise or drop so you can check out the product page and see which one will let you tow on a more level plane.
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  • Will Reese Friction Sway Control Replace Reese
    Yes, essentially the Reese part # 83660 and the Reese friction sway control # RP26660 are the same thing. Their mounts and hardware would match each other perfectly. The Reese Friction Sway Control Unit, part # RP26660 is manufactured in the United States, the Reese Friction Sway Control Unit, part # 83660 is manufactured overseas. Other than the clips used to secure the unit to the trailer and the ball mount being a bit heavier on the part # RP26660, functionally and cosmetically the...
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