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Old 05-11-2015, 01:27 AM   #1
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Backing up with equilzer bars on or off?

Should I take the bars off the equilizer hitch when backing up the trailer or can I leave them attached?
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:58 AM   #2
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I never take mine off to back up.
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Take off the sway bar, but leave the weight distribution bars on when backing up
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:20 AM   #4
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We take the bars off if we need to cut a sharp corner to back into someplace. Someone here suggested that and it does indeed make it a lot easier to get into a tight spot.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:44 AM   #5
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Should I take the bars off the equilizer hitch when backing up the trailer or can I leave them attached?
It may depend on the brand of hitch you have. What brand of WDH do you have?

I leave the bars on with my Equal-i-zer brand hitch. The only time I take them off is when I'm unhitching from the trailer.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #6
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If you have the Equalizer brand, than leave them on. If it is a different brand WDH, it depends. The primary issue is the accessory anti sway shock absorber looking unit (technical name has been forgotten). If you have one of them on the unit, always take it off first, or you will bend it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:09 AM   #7
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I use the Husky Centerline, essentially the same design as the Equal-I-Zer, and we typically remove them. They don't have to be removed, but it doesn't make it easier since they are designed to keep the trailer straight behind the truck. We remove the bars about 90% of the time. The only time I keep them on is if we have a large pull through site, which is rare where we camp.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:32 AM   #8
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I've had the Equal-I-zer brand hitch on 3 different trailers.

I need to jackknife my trailer to get it into my driveway every time we come home and I have never taken them off nor have I had any issues.

We do have the plastic pads on the L brackets and would not be without them.
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:10 AM   #9
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I neglected to remove my sway bar once and it made a louder than usual popping sound when backing up. I didn't like the sound at all and have disconnected every time since.
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