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Old 07-06-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Sway bars on/off

What is the easiest / quickest way to engage / disengage sway bars on Airstream hitch?
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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There is no such thing as an "Airstream hitch". There are many different hitch manufactures and each one has a different hook up process so you need to specify which hitch you have for the best help and advice.

By Sway Bars, I also assume you mean the Weight distribution Bars that are on the hitch.

I am not trying to be fussy with my language here, but we need more information on what you have to work with.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Lazy people jack up the trailer using the electric tongue jack, with the hitch attached so there is less stress on the bars. I just use the levers that come with the hitch. It is faster.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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LOL: Maybe they are not "Lazy people". Maybe they have just found a process that works for them.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:37 PM   #5
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....... or don't have the muscles or want a less dangerous method. no everyone is "strong like bull" lol
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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If you choose the strongman's way be very very careful. Those bars are under considerable pressure and if you are standing to close to them you can get serioulsy hurt if they spring down to quickly and hit you. Now on the other hand, if you use the lazyman's approach and take the load off of the bars you could unhook using the bar or by hand. After seeing someone get seriously hurt I now choose the lazyman;s wat. Yes it takes longer, about ten seconds per side but I rather err on the side of safety.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #7
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This is a very confusing thread. I believe it is confusing because the originator has not yet specified what hitch he is referring to. Some of the replies sound like they are directed to an Equal-I-Zer hitch, but I'm not sure. Am I the only one confused?

Is there now something known as an Airstream Hitch?
Did he say something that identifies the hitch and I'm not smart enough to catch it?

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Old 07-06-2013, 06:21 PM   #8
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Is the op talking about the friction sway control that hooks onto 2 little balls, one beside the trailer ball and one on the a-frame?
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Is the op talking about the friction sway control that hooks onto 2 little balls, one beside the trailer ball and one on the a-frame?
No way to tell until the OP comes back and clarifies what hitch system he is using.
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No way to tell until the OP comes back and clarifies what hitch system he is using.
Actually he is a new member and this is his second post. I do not believe he has an Airstream yet. My wild guess is that he is thinking that there is a standard hitch arrangement on an Airstream trailer. Hopefully he will come back and we will find out.

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He's probably afraid to respond after reading these posts........ Just kidding
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He's probably afraid to respond after reading these posts........ Just kidding
Actually it is great training. I have found that a thick skin is a great attribute to have here.

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There is no such thing as an "Airstream hitch". There are many different hitch manufactures and each one has a different hook up process so you need to specify which hitch you have for the best help and advice.

By Sway Bars, I also assume you mean the Weight distribution Bars that are on the hitch.

I am not trying to be fussy with my language here, but we need more information on what you have to work with.
Yes, I know there's no such thing as an Airstream hitch. My point was the sway bars not the hitch. When camping with a relative with a new Airstream the sway bars were very stiff & hard to engage / disengage. I was looking for tips from seasoned Airstreamers to pass along to my relatives.
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I've always used the "lazy people" method. Works great for me. Just relieves some of the tension on the bars and makes using the provided handle a bit easier. But as always... caution on the side of safety and assume there is always enough tension to cause injury should the handle/bar get away from you......steve
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