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Old 08-22-2014, 10:03 AM   #1
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Sway bar chains???

This is a newbie question probably, but are sway bars and weight distribution bars the same thing? We just returned from our fifth trip this year with our X23B (which we LOVE) but we have noticed that sometime our chains will only hook on the first link, and other times all the way to the third link. I think we've always tried to hook it up on a level surface. What are we doing wrong? The last campsite we pulled into we were scraping the ground...I'm pretty sure it was the bars scraping... (it was bumpy and potholes) but still think this shouldn't happen. We had only been able to get our chains on the first link from the campground prior (which was a paved RV site) Any ideas? Thanks!
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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sway and weight distribution are NOT the same. You should always put the same link on everytime
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:07 AM   #3
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what you actually need to do is get rid of that crappy hitch your dealer sold you and get a quality hitch like the progressive industry Equalizer E4 hitch. has sway and the best wd on the market for the price imo.
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As nb stated , the chains should be hooked on the same link every time. Not sure which weight distribution hitch you have, but on mine, the bars shoudl be parallel with the frame.
You can use the tongue jack to raise the camper a little to get the bars on & off.
Your weight distribution hitch may have sway control also. Mine does not. I have a separate friction sway control bar.
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We try to, but sometimes link one is SO loose, and when they showed us at the Jayco dealer (where we had the hitch installed) they said we should crank it up with a cheater bar, and sent us home with it on the third link. Now it seems as though link one or two is all we can do, and sometimes even link one is hard to do...sometimes link two is easy HELP!
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Oh just saw the other replies...I suspected that the dealer probably sold us a crap hitch. If I could ever figure out how to post a picture, I would show you the set-up. So should chains on sway bars be loose?
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what you actually need to do is get rid of that crappy hitch your dealer sold you and get a quality hitch like the progressive industry Equalizer E4 hitch. has sway and the best wd on the market for the price imo.
Crappy hitch?? Where does he state what hitch she has???
I have one of those old crappy 20 year old Reese WDH. Still works fine.
To use your own words, "what did they do in the past?" Before the equalizer e4.

Edit....now she has said the dealer installed it. Still doesn't mean it is a crappy hitch. Still do not know what hitch is installed.
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Oh just saw the other replies...I suspected that the dealer probably sold us a crap hitch. If I could ever figure out how to post a picture, I would show you the set-up. So should chains on sway bars be loose?

they are spring bars not sway bars and no they should not be loose. They are what is distributing the weight back to the trailer axle and front axle
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Crappy hitch?? Where does he state what hitch he has???
I have one of those old crappy 20 year old Reese WDH. Still works fine.
To use your own words, "what did they do in the past?" Before the equalizer e4.
swayed all over the roads and were confused as to how to operate them
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Oh just saw the other replies...I suspected that the dealer probably sold us a crap hitch. If I could ever figure out how to post a picture, I would show you the set-up. So should chains on sway bars be loose?
I think what you're calling sway bars are actually your tension bars. The chains shoudl not be loose. A pic would be very helpful. As I said, on mine I raise the camper a little with the tongue jack to put them on and take them off.
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