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Old 08-02-2010, 12:33 PM   #1
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friction sway control question

I have a Reese WD hitch that uses round-bars and a single friction sway control. When I bought the trailer, I had never used a WDH before so I purchased one from the dealer and had them set it up for me. When the tech demonstated how to hitch/unhitch, he told me to tighten the friction bar using the lever only until it is snug. He was adamant not to over tighten it. Yesterday, I decided to read what is says on the friction control arm itself, and it says to tighten it by turning the lever until the threads BOTTOM OUT! When I get it tightened to "snug", there are at least 7 threads left, which means I would have to make several turns of the lever before it would bottom out.

Generally I prefer to follow the manufacturer instructions over anyone at the delaership. In this case I am concerned about over tightening out of fear that I will damage it while going down the road.

By the way, I always remove it before backing up.

Does anyone have any input on the "bottom out the threads" and "snug" debate?

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #2
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i have always tightened it all the way and it has always worked correctly and never had an issue. i have also never removed it for reversing and have put it into tight spots. i think the people that have bent them have made some kind of mistake in the installation or maybe the dealer installed it. i just use the measurements that come with the sway control and i have tested it with just the head installed in the coupler and you can turn way past full jack knife and not bend anything. the only way that it would bend is if someone mounted the trailer frame mount to close to the front. if it was too far back it would fall apart when turning the other way.

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Old 08-02-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
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I was told, and run ours, at 1/4 turn past snug. Works fine. I always release the pressure when backing into tight spots.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:58 PM   #4
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Just what I was afraid of...two answers, two different opinions. I guess it is a matter of finding the magical "what works" point for me. I am currently not happy with my hitch and sway control set up so it is time to put some work into improving it.

As for removing it while backing, it may be okay to leave it on, but I don't think I will chance it. I hope to get a new Equilizer or Reese Straight Line as soon as budget allows then I won't have to worry about it.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:49 PM   #5
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I tighten mine until the threads bottom out like my manufacurer also recomends. I have had no problems using it like this. I do take it off when I back in but I have backed in with it on before and had no problems. It works like brake pads do so I think it will work best tightened all the way down.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #6
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Hi grandpaofthree, here's another opinion. I have a Reese dual cam setup, and the friction bar setup, as well, however, I find that the friction bar is not needed with a properly set up Reese dual cam setup. This will probably be needed in a lighter setup, but my rig is 34 feet front hitch to bumper, and I've never felt unstable not using it. Randy

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