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Old 04-27-2015, 11:54 AM   #1
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Storage with Dangling Sway Control Hitch

Hello! My wife and I are new Airstream owners with a 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB. We have one of those sway control hitches (as pictured below). I've seen some people who remove the entire hitch from their tow vehicle & leave the ball connected to and hanging from their trailer tongue when they store their trailer.

My question is: Is that safe for the trailer tongue? Does that damage or wear anything out over time? These hitches are pretty heavy!

I would appreciate this forum's expert advice! Thanks!

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Old 04-27-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
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Their is no downside to just letting the ball hang from the coupling, however it's not something I would do & for a couple reasons. First is theft, all someone has to do is connect & go, second is moisture depending on the climate you store in. I've always used a lock on my coupler to discourage some wannabe thief from getting any ideas......if your going to steal, take someone else's RV not mine. The same goes in a campground, don't leave the ball & bars accessible to a thief, lock them in a compartment or the back of your truck. Ninety five percent of RVers are honest & would never steel anything but the other five percent will take anything thats not locked, I found out the hard way when my generator disappeared one night. Anything taken is very salable on craigslist even if it's just part of an item.
Enjoy your new Airstream 25, I've got a 2016 25RTB Flying Cloud on order & looking forward to hitting the road again soon. I too will use the Equalizer 10K WD Hitch.

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Old 04-27-2015, 01:45 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot for the advice! I'm a retired AF officer and I feel pretty good about my storage place, since it's on an Air Force base, but great advice about the 5% versus the 95%. My wife and I are not only new to Airstreaming but also to RVing in general! We have no idea what people or situations we will encounter! Thank you!

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