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Old 06-27-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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backing up with wd hitch and sway control

I've heard that you can't back up with sway controllers. Is this true? Is it just friction style or dual cam aswell. It seems every dealer I talk to tells me something different.. I'm getting the feeling non of them have a clue, they just want to sell me what they stock, and dont care about me getting the "best" setup. Some of these guys haven't even heard of the cam style, and they sell trailers. Any insight is appreciated.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:11 AM   #2
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I have the Blue Ox WDH and have no problem backing up. When I was researching hitches, all the ones I was looking at were able to go in reverse.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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I did have a EAZ-LIFT with friction sway control, no problems backing up with the sway control attached. I now have a Dual Cam, much better setup, no problems backing up with the bars attached.
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Old 06-27-2009, 07:03 AM   #4
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I was always told to remove the friction anti-sway when backing up and when making sharp turns. I now have an equil-i-zer which has built in anti-sway and there is nothing to remove.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:27 AM   #5
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i was told the same thing remove the anti sway bar before backing up .The WD bars are ok to leave on but at least take the tension off the sway bar first. I guess it cant hurt to remove it better than trashing the anti sway bar just in case
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i was told the same thing remove the anti sway bar before backing up .The WD bars are ok to leave on but at least take the tension off the sway bar first. I guess it cant hurt to remove it better than trashing the anti sway bar just in case
This is also what I was told and have always done.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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I've heard that you can't back up with sway controllers. Is this true? Is it just friction style or dual cam aswell. It seems every dealer I talk to tells me something different.. I'm getting the feeling non of them have a clue, they just want to sell me what they stock, and dont care about me getting the "best" setup. Some of these guys haven't even heard of the cam style, and they sell trailers. Any insight is appreciated.
You are correct, most of the time the dealer is just looking to sell what they can make money on, sad but true. The dealership where we got our TT set me up with a regular WDH and a single sway bar, I never felt confortable or safe towing this big TT. It is recomended that you remove that sway bar when backing up into tight places. Now we have an Equal-i-zer hitch, I love that thing, pretty easy to set up. Best money I've spent so far when it comes to confort and safety when towing. You should check them out http://www.equalizerhitch.com/
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Old 06-27-2009, 11:33 AM   #8
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every setup with a friction bar i've seen required you to disconnect it before backing up. if you didn't have to turn much you could get away without doing that.

this is why i bought an Equal-i-zer. 4-point sway control without having to disconnect anything. you set it up and forget it. i've had to go nearly 90 degrees backing up without
any problems.
and there's no chains to deal with.
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thanks for the replies. It looks like I'm going to go with the Reese Straight Line setup, and from your responses I wont worry about taking it off to back up, unless I have to knife her into a tight spot.
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No need to change anything when backing with Dual Cam Reese.
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