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Old 09-14-2015, 11:29 AM   #11
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I've gotten in the habit of removing mine after I go into the campground office to check in. I backed in with mine on a couple of times, and while the bar was fine, I bent the heck out of the pin.
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:58 AM   #12
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The OP in this thread is talking about friction sway control SEE attached pic. This type of sway control should be removed when backing into a campsite or anywhere that you may encounter extremely sharp angles while backing
Think the key to remembering all this stuff is to establish a routine and follow it each time AND don't get into a hurry. I have a reese version of the same friction bar and it works great. Simple but effective. Its a pain to loosen it but have gotten use to giving it a turn or 1 1/2 so that it is easier to remove and reinstall when the TV is not at a perfectly straight angle. Its the severe angle that will bend or break this thing, not backing up. I try to remove it when I'm checking into a CG. Get a routine and follow it.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #13
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I know I should have removed it but this was our first time with a trailer that required a WD hitch with the pro sway control and I just plain forgot. It does take a little more to tighten it down all the way so maybe it's bent a little? Not sure but I will remove it from now on. Just hoping the tongue and my receiver are good
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Using this type of sway control for over 30 years and never removed or releasing when backing up. Have been in some very tight sites. Must have been lucky I guess.
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Haven't posted in a while, but this subject matter caught my eye. About the 4th or 5th time out, I forgot to loosen/remove my friction sway bar, and snapped the shaft off the little ball. I wasn't even at that tight of an angle. Fortunately, there was a trailer dealer about 15 miles up the road who had a new ball in stock for about $9.00. Now, I make sure I loosen the friction handle while I'm at the dump station filling my fresh water tanks.

Just wanted to throw in my nickel's worth (inflation & all).
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We have a friction type sway control and when we travel, I have my wife check us in and I remove the sway control right at the campground entrance.
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You will bend the sway control before you will bend the hitch..
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We have a friction type sway control and when we travel, I have my wife check us in and I remove the sway control right at the campground entrance.
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Haven't posted in a while, but this subject matter caught my eye. About the 4th or 5th time out, I forgot to loosen/remove my friction sway bar, and snapped the shaft off the little ball. I wasn't even at that tight of an angle. Fortunately, there was a trailer dealer about 15 miles up the road who had a new ball in stock for about $9.00. Now, I make sure I loosen the friction handle while I'm at the dump station filling my fresh water tanks.

Just wanted to throw in my nickel's worth (inflation & all).
I have never used this type of sway control but wouldn't the damage occur at the end of travel? Not from it being engaged. Loosening it won't save you from damaging it if you turn sharp enough. I think you need to remove it totally.

Correct me if I am wrong.
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I had the same sway control with my pop-up. I pulled the pins and took it off EVERY TIME backing up. Now, leaving the tailgate down and punching a hole with the corner of it into my propane tank cover? Well..that's a different story.
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