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Old 07-26-2016, 01:01 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by jamieb1086 View Post
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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Yes. I have equalizer hitch and extremely tight spot to put my 27ft international signature into when at home m removing the bars makes it a lot easier. Try it! Notice the difference

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Old 07-26-2016, 01:02 PM   #30
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I missed the part in the Equalizer manual where it said to remove the bars when backing up.

So I don't.

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Old 07-26-2016, 01:10 PM   #31
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Learned the hard way to disconnect/take off the anti-sway bar...after turning the first one into a pretzel. The WD bars stay on, never had a problem with those. jon
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #32
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I agree with loosening the tension on a friction anti-sway device when backing into a site, or anytime you believe that you will be making acute angle turns at slow speed. Same for leaving a site & making turns to get out. I wait until I'm about to clear the CG & will have TV & trailer aligned before tightening the anti-sway tension.

I've only had 1 operational issue with my Featherlite all aluminium trailer in 7 years of ownership. At a tight Destin, FL CG, the severe turning angles required caused the WD bars to overstress the chain mounts & bent them so much that the WD bars could no longer be used. I limped home in only weight bearing hitch mode, not good!

Lesson taught: could possibly be better to remove the bars if it's going to be tough getting into "your spot".

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Old 07-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #33
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Experiences with other brand hitches may not apply to the Equalizer brand hitch, which is what the OP asked about. With the Equalizer brand hitch, the weight distribution bars are also the anti-sway device. You can get away without removing them in many situations but it definitely helps to remove them when there are sharp turns or backing the trailer up or down hill from level. For many other brands of weight distribution hitches the anti sway device is independent of the weight distribution, but I have no experience with them.
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:23 PM   #34
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I have an Equalizer hitch and I never remove the bars to back up. No need to.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:00 PM   #35
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Related question. What do you ProPride people do? Do you remove all tension from bars before backing in to parking spot?
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:16 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by DeltaRon View Post
Related question. What do you ProPride people do? Do you remove all tension from bars before backing in to parking spot?

No. Backing in to a spot with WD fully engaged is no problem.
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Old 07-26-2016, 08:00 PM   #37
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I've had my Equalizer hitch on both my 2007 25 ft. Safari and now my 2014 27 (28 ft.) FC. I have backed into MANY tight spots and NEVER considered detaching. It works perfectly as is.
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:51 PM   #38
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Colonial installed my Equalizer hitch when I bought the trailer, and both they and the instruction manual said that it was not necessary to remove the two bars to back up - so I never have. A little axle grease on the ball, bar sockets, and on each "L" bracket where the bar rubs keeps all smooth and silent.
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Old 07-26-2016, 10:07 PM   #39
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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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Old 07-26-2016, 10:23 PM   #40
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It seems like this has been thoroughly voted upon but I have the Equalizer hitch and leave it connected when backing in. I'd consider taking it off for tight maneuvering with very tight turns but it would have to be extreme. You should grease the balls and the L brackets though. People will say otherwise as it reduces the effectiveness of the sway bars but I just can't stand all that creaking, groaning and popping.
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This has been discussed at length. Lubing the sockets and applying a LIGHT layer of lube to the L brackets does not diminish the effectiveness of the hitch. This is according to the manufacturer.

This sounded counter intuitive to me so I checked, read some more and double checked with the manufacturer. I suppose if you go crazy with the lube it could make a difference. Each spring I lube the ball and the sockets. If the L brackets get very dry I might lube them lightly but I usually don't. Over 30K miles and no problem and very little noise.

I find that following the manufacturer's recommendations is good practice.
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Hi, eleven years with an Equal-I-zer hitch and I never removed the spring bars to back up.


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