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Old 05-07-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
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"Remove sway-bar before backing in"...who does this?

Ive read about this a few times. Does anyone do this?
When you back in, in theory, your trailer shout NOT be jackknifing...it should really be any more extreme than a turn...but in reality sometimes a tight spot you could be coming pretty close to jackknifing (without hitting the tow vehicle of course) and wouldn't want to be fighting the sway control
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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I have an equalizer brand and never disconnect it until I unhook. no issues.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:43 AM   #3
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I have a Fastway E2 (Equalizer clone) and never disconnect to back up.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:45 AM   #4
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This applies to those who have a separate sway bar.

Everyone who values the camper and their tow vehicle removes the sway bar before backing.

If you are backing and exceed the sway bar travel something is going to give. Damage WILL result. Either to the trailer tongue, the hitch, or, at the very least, the sway bar itself.

I usually remove the sway bar while at the check-in station.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:47 AM   #5
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Due to the location of where I have to park my TT iat my house and sometimes at some camp sites, I will remove my WDH bars to be able to turn in sharper. It puts too much strain on the bars and I am sure on the frame of the TT and often makes it very difficult to remove when I am at too much of an angle.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:01 AM   #6
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This applies to those who have a separate sway bar.

Everyone who values the camper and their tow vehicle removes the sway bar before backing.

If you are backing and exceed the sway bar travel something is going to give. Damage WILL result. Either to the trailer tongue, the hitch, or, at the very least, the sway bar itself.

I usually remove the sway bar while at the check-in station.
I have pro series...2 weight distribution bars and a separate sway bar...

good idea removing the sway bar at check in...
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Equalizer brand hitch here, bars are not removed until we are parked. I used the sliding friction bar with our popup. It was removed before backing in to a spot.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:39 AM   #8
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I saw a guy back his popup into a tight spot without removing the friction-type sway bar. The sway bar was bent so badly it was destroyed. Lesson learned - the hard way.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:30 AM   #9
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I remove mine. Every camper. Every trip. Easy enough while filling water tank or at check in.
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I've gotten into the habit of disconnecting before backing into sites. Only because, we had to with the pop-up because of the sway controller. Although, the last time I went camping, I did not. Mainly, because it was a pull-thru site!
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