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Old 01-20-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Who can tell me what/how?

This hitch came with the trailer. We've got the equalizer bars hooked up, though it's still low in the back :/


I can't figure out what that ball and arm are for. I'm thinking it's a sway control, or shock absorber or something but I don't know how to use it, and there isnt a label on the hitch so I cant google it.
Funny thing, I was sitting at the toll booth yesterday and the guy in the next lane had the EXACT same hitch, with the one shiny little ball any everything. Leaving today or tomorrow, would like to have everything hooked up if I can figure it out! That arm doesnt move, may be rusty or something...??
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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That thing is a friction anti sway device. I don't have one like it but many do and I am sure they will be along soon. Did you try to loosen it up to see if it would move?
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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The guy that was helping hook up the trailer gave it a little wiggle but nothing happened....and we couldnt figure out what it hooks to on the hitch
This is a pic of the trailer tongue
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #4
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We have a similar set up. There should be a ball to attach the anti sway to the tongue just before the weight distribution part.I do not see this in your picture. The bar does extend you have to turn the lever in the middle. Sometimes I have to use my foot to loosen it.

When we got ours we went to a hitch and bumper place to have everything properly set up for our tv trailer combo and they taught us how to properly use everything.

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:49 AM   #5
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I tried to find a picture of the ball on the a frame and this is all I could find. Hope it helps.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:48 PM   #6
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monaxlisa, that antisway bar looks like this when installed. I don't see the little ball on the plate that mounts on the trailer in your pixs.

On a different note, maybe it's an optical illusion because of the different distances to the camera lens, but the hitch ball (not the little antisway bar ball) looks like it might be too small for the hitch? Looks like a 2" diameter ball and the trailer's going to be a 2 5/16". That hitch setup has been used with the trailer in the past? I don't mean to unnecessarily alarm you, if it's the correct size, just checking.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:55 PM   #7
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It is the correct size, took it for a little drive yesterday to make sure it worked etc and it's good
Thanks a lot for the picture! I do have a little ball and plate and we couldnt figure out what it was for. Now I know it's for the anti sway and it just never got hooked up!
Thank you!
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:46 PM   #8
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Makes sense - be careful while you learn how she likes to be towed, especially with your critters back there!
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Are there any backing & turning issues with the antisway bar or weight distribution bars attached?
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #10
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I did some serious backing (with the help of a neighbor telling me exactly when and how much and which way to turn the wheels) and there were no problems at all with the WD bars

You can't really tell but it was a squeeze to get between that RV and the tree. Good question about when the anti sway though...
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Looks like a nice rig. I bet it's gonna be fun.
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