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Old 11-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #51
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Sway Controller and backing up?

Instructions from RV techs that I've dealt with, say not to back up with sway controller in place....it would damage it....to take it off!!!!! I asked if I could unloosen it, they said no.

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Old 11-04-2013, 05:06 PM   #52
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When attaching the ball plate to the trailer frame, better to weld it on or bolt it on these lightweight frames?
The dealer had the plate for the curbside mounted with the screws(6). I just drilled (6) holes for the other side for the self tapping screws and tightened them up with a socket wrench. Fairly easy for me(I'm not mechanically inclined) took about 30 minutes! I guess it can be welded but you better know what you are doing with it(good weld).
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:31 PM   #53
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Instructions from RV techs that I've dealt with, say not to back up with sway controller in place....it would damage it....to take it off!!!!! I asked if I could unloosen it, they said no.

Any thoughts.
I always back with mine in place, but first is what is the concern? I believe it has to do with turning radius and if you turn too sharp while backing you could jam the stablizer into the TT tongue to me it's no difference than turning too sharp going forward (basicly don't do it). I did turning trials with mine installed and determined I would have go to full jacknife position to jam anything forward or reverse so I am not concerned with leaving them in place or having a problem as long as the small balls on the sway units aren't being over pressured.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:32 PM   #54
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Instructions from RV techs that I've dealt with, say not to back up with sway controller in place....it would damage it....to take it off!!!!! I asked if I could unloosen it, they said no.

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Never had a problem backing up with them. You just can't make tight turns backing up with them tightened. Unhooked them a couple of times since I started using them in 1976.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:55 PM   #55
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Never have taken mine off when backing. Never been in a jackknife situation. I could see where that could be a problem. I have loosened mine when I pulled into a park because on that particular day, I had heard enough of the grunting/groaning. But on my last trip, the sway bar(s) didn't cut up too much or I may be losing some of my hearing. Huh, what? I had them tight if not tighter than I usually do.
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Old 01-10-2014, 09:00 PM   #56
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Sorry to revive a quite thread but about how many turns on the lever would work for a 4400lb 29ft. My worry is ill over tighten it and possibly break off a ball.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:52 PM   #57
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Tighten it as much as you can by hand without standing on it, then back off about a 1/5 turn. If you need it tighter than that, you might need some sort of other sway control. If it grunts and pops when you are turning, it might be too tight. A little grunting and groaning is what you want. The BOSS says I am too sensitive to noises, it just gets on my nerves. But you have to know the difference between a good noise and a bad noise. As far as how much to tighten, you have to find that "sweet spot".
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:33 PM   #58
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Check out the blue ox sway control hitch , it looks awesome , the only trouble i had with the equalizer 4 point is the noise factor when turning and backing up , it was so loud it was embarrassing , and we thought something had broke .

but that is just my .02 worth

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Man I'm glad I read this thread. Our TT is 34' and 6800 lbs dry and I've experienced some pretty nasty sway at times.

The dealer we purchased the trailer from are steering me away from sway control primarily due to turning radius issues and the damage that can be caused from binding. However after reading this thread I think I should be looking in to some kind of sway control.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:18 PM   #60
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Man I'm glad I read this thread. Our TT is 34' and 6800 lbs dry and I've experienced some pretty nasty sway at times.

The dealer we purchased the trailer from are steering me away from sway control primarily due to turning radius issues and the damage that can be caused from binding. However after reading this thread I think I should be looking in to some kind of sway control.
Be sure and check out the blue ox sway control , that is what i would have gotten if we had kept the TT , but we decided to go back to the 5th wheel it just pulls so much better for me.

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