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Old 05-07-2015, 08:42 AM   #11
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I take it off. It's takes seconds to remove. I have to get out anyway to get a full visual on where I want to back in.

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Old 05-07-2015, 09:58 AM   #12
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I agree with BCx213. Very well said.

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Old 05-07-2015, 11:12 AM   #13
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Never removed the sway bar with backing up the TT. When properly installed it touches the frame just under 90 degrees. The 1 1/4 ball still would be in the way.
If you are that close you're doing something wrong with backing up. Just re-learn to properly back up. Some automobile associations have classes available. Don't be ashamed to go to them.
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:32 AM   #14
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I do on an as needed basis like the time I got a site on a very narrow service road, lots of nearby trees, and a steep, rutted driveway. My rig just seems more responsive to directional inputs with the bars off and it easier on the equipment.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:02 PM   #15
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For those of you with a REESE trunion-style WD hitch, be aware of the old style hitch head design. The trunion bars hit the threaded shank of the ball during extreme turns (jackknife while backing).

My WD bar busted out and damaged the socket in the hitch head - TWICE!

REESE stepped up and replaced my hitch head for free with a new design. The relief on which the ball sits is now higher and the bars now clear the threaded shank.

I have the strait-line sway control set up and don't have any issue (now) with a jackknife condition while backing. I would have to make full contract between TV and TT before the WD bars fell out of the strait-line brackets.

Again, for you RESSE trunion bar owners, check to see if your bars will make contact with the ball shank.

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Old 05-07-2015, 02:56 PM   #16
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I also have the equalizer brand sway control. Up until now, I have not removed them before backing into my sheltered park. However, the radius of turn is very sharp and I think removal of these bars would make it easier to back without the added resistance the bars put on my truck and the trailer frame. There is so much popping and creeking going on when I back, I think I will start removing them before hand.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:30 PM   #17
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It just depends if your bar has a small length of travel. The equalizers have a very long travel But you can still bend the bar retaining pin. Other types have much less travel and are more susceptible to damage. It is best practice to remove for sharper backing up.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:36 PM   #18
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I remove my sway bar but not my equalizers
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:34 PM   #19
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I remove mine every time ... after my wife reminds me
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:15 PM   #20
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With the older friction style sway bars, yes, disconnect it. Can't explain the difference in physics for backing vs forward. What I can say is I was with my father in law once and he forgot to, made a backing turn (nothing extreme) and we heard a loud bang. Turns out it was the little ball that WAS on tongue to hold sway bar had blown off. Always heard about it but this is he first and only time I have experianced this.


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