Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-26-2016, 01:01 PM   #29
3 Rivet Member
2015 27' FB International
Currently Looking...
mesquite , Texas
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 105
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?
Jamie Bull
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

moxie t. moto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 01:02 PM   #30
Rivet Master
FCStreamer's Avatar
2014 30' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,301
Blog Entries: 1
I missed the part in the Equalizer manual where it said to remove the bars when backing up.

So I don't.

2014 Airstream Flying Cloud 30 Recliner - WBCCI #4850 - AIR #110821
2013 Cadillac Escalade Tow Vehicle, Equal-i-zer Hitch
Visit Our Flying Cloud blog for my latest adventure!
FCStreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 01:10 PM   #31
4 Rivet Member
B00merang's Avatar
2010 20' Flying Cloud
Hailey , Idaho
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 397
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
B00merang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #32
3 Rivet Member
Wolf Alaska's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Madison , Alabama
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 156
Images: 7
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".

Let's Roll !
Wolf Alaska
Wolf Alaska is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 02:19 PM   #33
3 Rivet Member
fran&frank's Avatar
2016 27' Flying Cloud
Hartsburg , Missouri
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 217
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.
Frank & Fran
2016 27' FC FB with 400 W solar
2016 Ford F150 EcoBoost
Equalizer Hitch
fran&frank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 02:23 PM   #34
2 Rivet Member
HoffmanP's Avatar
2014 27' FB International
Prospect , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 47
Images: 1
I have an Equalizer hitch and I never remove the bars to back up. No need to.
Paul Hoffman
2014 27FB International (WBCCI # 5327)
2013 Ford F-150 XLT Super Cab (Silver)
HoffmanP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:00 PM   #35
3 Rivet Member
DeltaRon's Avatar
2015 28' Flying Cloud
Cumming , Georgia
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 242
Related question. What do you ProPride people do? Do you remove all tension from bars before backing in to parking spot?
DeltaRon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:16 PM   #36
Rivet Master
SteveSueMac's Avatar

2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 5,652
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.
SteveSueMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 08:00 PM   #37
4 Rivet Member
2014 27' Flying Cloud
Stowe , Vermont
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 280
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.
VT Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 09:51 PM   #38
4 Rivet Member
Adiredneck's Avatar
2014 27' FB Classic
Vicksburg , Mississippi
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 260
Images: 7
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.
"Hot meals, cold beer, dry bed & flush toilet - everything I look for in a wilderness experience..."
Adiredneck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 10:07 PM   #39
Stay CazuaL
cazual6's Avatar
2014 19' Flying Cloud
Reseda , California
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 532
Images: 1
Originally Posted by aftermath View Post
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.
Have a look.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1469592432900.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	140.4 KB
ID:	267803  
"No job is so simple that it cannot be done wrong."
"Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege."
"Either I will find a way, or I will make one."
"Sweat is your fat crying"
WBCCI 9164
cazual6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 10:23 PM   #40
Rivet Master
chaseav's Avatar
2015 25' FB International
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 525
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.
chaseav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 10:57 PM   #41
Rivet Master
aftermath's Avatar
2006 25' Safari FB SE
Spokane , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,162
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.
aftermath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 12:45 AM   #42
Rivet Master

2005 25' Safari
Salem , Oregon
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 7,361
Images: 18
Blog Entries: 55
Hi, eleven years with an Equal-I-zer hitch and I never removed the spring bars to back up.


2005 Safari 25-B
"Le Petit Chateau Argent"
[ Small Silver Castle ]
2000 Navigator / 2014 F-150 Eco-Boost / Equal-i-zer / P-3
YAMAHA 2400 / AIR #12144
ROBERTSUNRUS is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing paper backing from vinyl floor? silverwoman Floor Finishes 1 10-13-2012 09:16 PM
Sway bars and sway control phibbs Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 1 09-03-2012 05:48 AM
L-pins are grinding against the sway bars on my Equal-i-zer sway control hitch Simoneau Hitches, Couplers & Balls 9 06-20-2009 08:28 AM
weight distributing bars/trunnion bars teutonik Hitches, Couplers & Balls 2 12-04-2003 06:58 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.