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Old 07-18-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Backing up with Reese WDH

We are used to a friction sway bar and we remove or loosen it when we back up. We are changing to a Reese Straight Line system; is it ok to back up with it on or do we have to remove/loosen/readjust, etc. it when we back up? Thank you.
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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You can leave the dual cams on when backing up. Alot of people disconnect them prior to parking as they make quite a lot of noise but it is not required.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:17 AM   #3
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I do not disconnect any part of my WD system while backing up. This is something to think about. If you notice your receiver has two weight ratings, one with weight distribution and on with out. Basically when you take your spring bars off to back you are now over loading your receiver. It's on thing to seat idle while completing your hitch hook-up but another to move all that weight with out the spring bars on and connected.
I spoke to Chris at Reese about this a few years ago and ask him if damage could occur to the receiver by removing the spring bar and he said that I was the first person to have ever ask that question, after thinking a moment he said it would make sense that if you do take the bars off then you are at the lower rating of the receiver, so at that point anything is possible. Chris said that there WD System does not require removal of the spring bars to maneuver the camper in any direction. forwards or backwards.
As far as the noise, they are supposed to make noise, if they don't then they need to be check. It's metal to metal contact and need to be tight and DO NOT grease the spring bars. form what I understand you can use a dry lubricant.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:44 AM   #4
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Leave it and back up!
Don't loosen anything until you are parked and ready to un-hitch!
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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Thank you all. My husband will be glad to know this information!
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:49 PM   #6
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For what it's worth, I was told by my dealer to remove the friction sway bar prior to backing up. He said it could be damaged if I did not. The WD spring arms should remain in place.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #7
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For what it's worth, I was told by my dealer to remove the friction sway bar prior to backing up. He said it could be damaged if I did not. The WD spring arms should remain in place.
I had the exact same advise from two different dealers.
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For what it's worth, I was told by my dealer to remove the friction sway bar prior to backing up. He said it could be damaged if I did not. The WD spring arms should remain in place.
That is correct, but the question is about the Reese Straight Line WD set-up; which uses NO friction anti-sway bar.

The OP statment: We are used to a friction sway bar and we remove or loosen it when we back up.

The OP question: We are changing to a Reese Straight Line system; is it ok to back up with it on or do we have to remove/loosen/readjust, etc. it when we back up?
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:20 PM   #9
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That is correct, but the question is about the Reese Straight Line WD set-up; which uses NO friction anti-sway bar.

The OP statment: We are used to a friction sway bar and we remove or loosen it when we back up.

The OP question: We are changing to a Reese Straight Line system; is it ok to back up with it on or do we have to remove/loosen/readjust, etc. it when we back up?
milzat, thanks for pointing out the differents between the two, some may think it's all the same.
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milzat, I also would like to thank you for clarifying that. I did not mean to mislead anyone with my 2 cents. It just seemed that there were mixed opinions about use of the friction sway bars and the WD spring bars. I find these forums very helpful and informative and the more input the better. Thanks again.
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