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Old 09-13-2015, 08:34 PM   #1
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Backed up with sway control bar attached

So I have a pro series wd hitch with sway control bar. We are new to towing with wd hitch and I was told not to back up with the sway control bar attached...well I backed up with it probably 3-4 times on our first trip so far with it attached. Just plain forgot about it until I had it put away and unhooked. Could I have done any damage to the toungue of the trailer or the hitch with it attached? Doesn't really look any different, just curious. Thanks
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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would all depend on what angle you had the TT and TV at You most likely didn't do any damage but you are pushing your luck. Get into the habit when checking in to remove the sway bar. While moving at campground speeds sway control is totally useless. Plus I don't think you have to worry about any large trucks passing you at high speed
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Old 09-13-2015, 09:48 PM   #3
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Thanks I'm thinking about a sticky note on the dash until it becomes a little more second nature
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:27 PM   #4
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I just untighten mine, before backing up when I get to my destination, I'm guessing that's fine too??
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Old 09-13-2015, 10:56 PM   #5
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I've left mine on nine out of ten times while backing into a site without any problems... Sometimes it even helps.
Sometimes if I remove my WDH before I set up on an uneven site I can't fit any blocks under the tongue jack.
When this happens I can't extend my tongue jack enough to make the trailer level.
Though my WDH could be more forgiving than others. My spring bars slide on a friction bracket instead of attaching with chain links. Making the travel of the spring bars unlimited.
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:10 AM   #6
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I just untighten mine, before backing up when I get to my destination, I'm guessing that's fine too??
If you can take the time to just untighten the sway bar then take the extra 30 seconds to pull the TWO pins and remove the sway bar.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:15 AM   #7
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New to towing so I looked up my system

And this is what the manufacturer had to say about backing up:

"The Center Line HD system overcomes many problems associated with the equalizing hitches and passive friction sway controls that have been in use for the past 30 years:
ē No more removing the sway control when backing up! The Center Line HD system is designed for your convenience."

My system is made by Husky.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:51 AM   #8
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The issue of backing with the anti-sway bar attached has less to do with running in reverse than the angles one gets when inserting a trailer into a campsite.


Towing forward will rarely see severe angles between the tow and trailer.


But, when we back the trailer, we can slowly go right to the limits of the ball & coupler system. At those severe angles, its is possible, even likely that an anti-sway system will stressed beyond its designed limitations.


So, will a sway bar be destroyed when you back up to adjust your rig at the gas pump? No, don't worry.


But is it a good idea to yank it (and the WD torsion bars) before starting the process of backing into a camp site. Just to make things easier and safer.
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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
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I have the same memory problem, so the why I gave the DW the responsibility of telling me to take it off. We have had no issues since I did that
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