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Old 04-27-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Huskey Anti-Sway Bar

About to pick up AS on Saturday and it has a Huskey WD hitch with an anti-sway bar. PO says he didn't use the sway bar because you have to put it on after you pull out onto a straight piece of road, otherwise turns will bend it. I searched sway bars but didn't find the answer to this. I want to make do with this hitch set up for a while but really don't want to tow without sway bar. All thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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Friction dampener with sliding bar that is squeezed between two pieces of brake pad material have been known to be bent when making too sharp parking turns. You can make moderate turns without damage. Use the frictional dampener until you decide to change hitches. This bar is not a weight distribution bar.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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thanks fo the response. I realize that it is not a weight distribution bar. The hitch itself is wd hitch with rounded bars and chain set up. I think I've seen people refer to it as a cheaper knockoff of a Reese.
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Anti sway bar for 1987 Excella 32'

Hi, We just bought our first Airstream, and it is missing an anti-sway bar. It has a hitch. Can I buy an anti-sway bar alone? What information will I need to purchase it? Can I buy it new from an RV dealer? My husband is out of town, and I am supposed to handle this, so any help would be very welcome. Thanks, Barbann
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Hi, We just bought our first Airstream, and it is missing an anti-sway bar. It has a hitch. Can I buy an anti-sway bar alone? What information will I need to purchase it? Can I buy it new from an RV dealer? My husband is out of town, and I am supposed to handle this, so any help would be very welcome. Thanks, Barbann
Yes you can, most trailer supply stores will have it.

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I've been using such bars for many years and have not bent any. I've been very pleased with the performance of these classic anti-sway units.
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So long as they are disconnected when the roads are wet, the friction types can just barely rise above their innate doorstop quality. Best to get a better hitch type.
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I've been using such bars for many years and have not bent any. I've been very pleased with the performance of these classic anti-sway units.
Not been using ours long but they seem very effective. I have started to take them off for backing up, though, if only to stop the whale song effect.
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It does depend upon what you're towing with. Those sway bars do help. They are easy to hook up before towing because usually you are heading straight when you hook up. It is best to disconnect them before backing up with any tight turns, like into a camping spot. See how it feels towing and then make a decision as to whether or not your hitch is sufficient for future trips.
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Brought Thumper home from storage on Saturday to put new tires on and thought i would give the sway bar a try. It's only a 44 mile round trip, and none at Interstate speeds, so perhaps not a fair test, but only downside i found was that it definately is noisier when making a turn at a street corner. When we went back to storage, I took it off before making my backing turns into the bay. Have a longer trip planned in June and will see how well it works out on the highway. have not experienced any sway in the interstate driving that i did without using the sway bar a couple of weeks ago, but i guess i would probably just be on the safe side. PO said he went to Canada and back without it and AS tracked perfectly. He didn't mention if he took any power tools across the border....
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. He didn't mention if he took any power tools across the border....
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Just testing reading comprehension . . .

Just thought I would see if anyone was reading ALL the threads today... hard to slip anything by UKToad
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I had (still have) a husky hitch with the equalizer bars. Because the bars push up from the bottom and lock in place, I got tired of them falling out and dragging by the chains down the highway. I replaced the locking clips on one and it still was prone to come loose. Not sure what to do with it besides sell for scrap.
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so far haven't had that problem.... but if you are going to sell them for scrap, drop those two little rectangular clips that slide through the chain holder when in the up position in the mail to me. I keep worrying im gonna lose those and havent found a suitable replacement.
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