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Old 07-26-2016, 10:15 AM   #15
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Never have taken my Equalizer bars off backing. Keeping the head sockets and ball lubed and bracket jackets is a quiet experience.

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On the Equalizer hitch, the "bars" are called spring arms, they are the weight distribution and anti-sway. The anti-sway is the friction at the hitch head sockets and the L-Brackets. If there's a separate anti-sway device on an Equalizer hitch, mine didn't come with one.

I don't disconnect anything until my AS is in place. I have full time 4WD so no need to put any weight on the TV rear.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:30 AM   #16
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:27 AM   #17
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Removing sway bars for backing in

Unless you have to make some extreme turns while backing, I shouldn't think that removing the sway bars is necessary.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:43 AM   #18
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Never have removed the bars on my Equal-i-zer hitch when backing up. Been using it for over 10 years. No issues.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:44 AM   #19
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It is not necessary to remove the bars on the Equal-i-zer.
I never have removed them and have had no ill consequences.
Removing the sway bar is necessary on systems like the EazLift where the friction sway bar is a separate brake shoe thingy that attaches to a small ball beside the trailer ball on the truck end and a small ball on the a-frame of the trailer.
If you do not remove this type of anti sway bar it will bend.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:47 AM   #20
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Hi all -
Newbie with a 2016 FC FB with an Equal-i-zer hitch. I'm wondering how many people remove their anti-sway bars before backing in. I was told this weekend that tight maneuvering with the bars on puts undo stress on the truck frame.

I haven't removed mine yet and while it does make some noise turning while backing in it seems to do ok with the bars on.

Is this good advice?
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This is from personal experience. I was a newbie and I bent my hitch. If you are not comfortable yet and don't know how tight is tight on a turn, then I would recommend you remove them until you become experienced enough to know when to keep it ON and when to take it OFF.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:50 AM   #21
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I have never taken my Equalizer bars off. I keep everything greased and very little sound.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:54 AM   #22
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Like several others on this reply - i remove my anti-sway bar (which is easy and fast), but leave the weight distribution bars on.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:54 AM   #23
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Unless the spot I'm backing into raises the nose of the TV or the back of the trailer adding pressure to the bars, requiring more tongue jack lift than normal...I never remove the bars when backing up to park. (Have used both Equalizer and E2 hitches previously)
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:05 PM   #24
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Cazul, do you have an "Equalizer" hitch? If you are adding a sway bar I doubt you own an Equalizer. This is a brand name and not just any generic weight distributing (equalizing) hitch.

I would be very surprised to hear that anyone has bent an Equalizer brand hitch. Please let me know if am wrong. Properly set up you do not need to remove the bars. This was one of the big reasons I bought one way back when. Didn't want to unhook chains or remove friction arms.

The OP was specific with his question. I think he has gotten some good response.
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Yes we do this, makes a difference when backing.

For short backups without sharp turns no. However backing into my long driveway or when its really sharp I take it of. It makes it so much smoother.
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It is not necessary to remove the bars on the Equal-i-zer.
I never have removed them and have had no ill consequences.
Removing the sway bar is necessary on systems like the EazLift where the friction sway bar is a separate brake shoe thingy that attaches to a small ball beside the trailer ball on the truck end and a small ball on the a-frame of the trailer.
If you do not remove this type of anti sway bar it will bend.
See post number five. I've never taken my eaz lift sway bars off to back, just my exterience.
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To back the trailer from our narrow street I almost have to jack knife it so I remove the WD bars and Sway bar. If the cut into a space at an RV park is not acute I don't.
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Sounds like we have covered this subject. Yes, no, use a, b, c cause it does not need to be removed.

My brother has a Equalizer clone. He bent and broke and twisted the brackets. Usually when backing into a tight spot or trying to turn around in a tight spot.

It likely depends. A smooth normal back-in likely is not problematic. A well setup and lubricated hitch should make a difference.

So, go slow and stop to check what is happening with the hitch, trees, posts, tables, and ...... Folks also suggest rolling forward or back for a few feet when parking to take the stress off the tires on a tandem axle coach. Since we often need to add a leveling block or two that happens as part of the leveling process. We did have one site where the space was so limited that we had to turn all the way in. You do the best you can. Don't hit anything is kind of the do not harm mandate. Go slow, think about it and have fun. If you are stressed, rest a minute and think it through.

PS - if someone like me comes over and trys to help, it may not be helpful to you. It may be harmful as you may be confused by various conflicting inputs. There are folks who can help, but not all of us have that skill. We mean well, really we do. Just tell us you are practicing. You will work it out if you go slow and stay calm.

PPS - sometimes there is just not enough room and you need another site.

PPPS - are you tired enough of this lecture to get on with it and go? Cool!

Travel safe and enjoy the smiles. Pat
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