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Old 07-31-2016, 08:29 PM   #1
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Anyone skip the anti-sway and weight distribution bars for short trips? Most of our camping trips are only 2 to 3 hours away. Drove it to the RV shop without them and truck pulls it fine. Just curious......
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:38 PM   #2
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No, I never skip them. I would never not use them, even for short trips. It only takes a mile for things to go wrong...
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:44 PM   #3
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My TV/TT combination's loaded weights require the use of WDH, I never leave home without the WDH in place.

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Old 07-31-2016, 09:06 PM   #4
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I always use mine as well. Definitely would not feel comfortable towing anywhere without them
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All depends on what you are towing and what your tow vehicle is. If you have a rear dually 3/4 or 1 ton truck, you probably do not need WDH or sway, if the trailer is light enough. Anything else, I'd hitch up everything.

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While not major, I wouldn't consider a 2-3 hour drive a short distance. Maybe several miles to the sewer dump.
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Old 07-31-2016, 10:58 PM   #7
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I would not skip those. You will likely be overloading your hitch, and if it fails, I can guarantee one thing... You will hate the results.
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Never safety is very important. If you cause an accident your liable, it's possible your insurance may not cover you if you didn't take due diligence, read the fine print of your insurance contract. Many times they don't have to cover if you speeding.
I know my 2013 Nissan Frontier I wouldn't the rear drops 3 1/2 inches, my old Jeep liberty crd didn't drop more than a inch (still level) with the camper hitched. So the Nissan requires a WD hitch, the Jeep no, I did still use a friction sway bar on the Jeep. I now use a Reese SC WD hitch.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:56 AM   #9
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The only time I have ever not hooked up the bars and sway control is when I move the rv from its storage spot to the driveway, or vice versa, which is about 50 feet away.
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:54 AM   #10
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I towed mine a couple hours home from the RV lot when I bought it. I was buying and setting up my hitch myself. It was windy and the trucks passing me caused horrible sway. I tow a heavy livestock trailer with no sway control regularly at work so I know how to handle it, but I'll never tow my RV that way again.
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