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Can Sway Control be Used for Towing with a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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Similar to other folks posting, I have a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL w/tow package - but cannot/will not install a weight-distributing hitch or stabilizing hitch. However - my manual says nothing about a sway control - is it ok to install a sway control w/hitch adapter? Reese 26003 Reese Sway Control Adapter Pro Series 83660 Value Friction Sway Control Tongue weight rating: 500lbs Tongue weight of trailer: 420lbs Trailer weight dry: 3,000lbs Towing capacity: 5,000lbs Thanks!

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As long as your owner's manual for your 2018 Volkswagen Atlas doesn't shoot down a sway-control device then you can definitely use one. Most manufacturers don't say anything about a sway control device because those tend to have less of an impact on the vehicle frame than a weight distribution system does which is built to distribute weight among all of the axles involved in the towing rig.

When I did some searches online it looks like your owner's manual doesn't say anything about a sway control so if you can verify this on your end then you can definitely use the Sway-Control Bracket # RP26003 and Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660.

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