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Old 09-30-2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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Hitch / anti sway question.. New owner

I just picked up my new Shasta FLyte 265 DB last night with my 2013 f-150 super crew 4x4.
The Hitch I got is the Reese Hitch. it seems like a good one and has the anti-sway bar connection.

My question is, How do I know how much pressure to put on that sway bar?
I'm not sure How I should judge the adjustment on it?
Any help appreciated.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:59 AM   #2
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Are you referring to a friction sway bar or the spring bars for the hitch?

I'm assuming the sway bar...if that's the case, I'd get a second one for anything over 26' long. Tighten it as tight as you can by hand and then go from there. If it needs more, there is generally a nut you can tighten up a little on the back side. Adjustment is pretty much by feel. Now, sway isn't the same thing as getting pushed all over the road. No amount of sway control will fix the whole rig being pushed by cross winds. You're looking at controlling the trailer "wagging" behind you.

You'll also want to loosen them when driving in rain or snow as they can "lock" the truck and trailer in a straight line if the front tires don't have enough traction and cause you to plow straight ahead. Also, remove them when making hard backing maneuvers as they can bottom out if you turn hard enough. I actually bent a bracket on my last trailer while making a tight U turn.
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Are you referring to a friction sway bar or the spring bars for the hitch?

I'm assuming the sway bar...if that's the case, I'd get a second one for anything over 26' long. Tighten it as tight as you can by hand and then go from there. If it needs more, there is generally a nut you can tighten up a little on the back side. You'll also want to loosen them when driving in rain or snow as they can "lock" the truck and trailer in a straight line if the front tires don't have enough traction and cause you to plow straight ahead. Also, remove them when making hard backing maneuvers as they can bottom out if you turn hard enough. I actually bent a bracket on my last trailer while making a tight U turn.
Yea its the Friction one. Just wanted to know how tight I should go, so basically as tight as I can by hand and I'm good. Was told to unhook it when backing up and expecting any sharp turns!
It towed fairly well back from the dealer, I just want to make sure I have everything properly adjusted.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:11 PM   #4
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You should be fine with just cranking it until it's really firm...I know I said as tight as it will go, but that's really not necessary. Just pretty tight.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:25 PM   #5
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ALWAYS unhook friction control when backing into spot. Inner bar will get bent if you are close to jackknife position. I can show you two that did not survive, and once bent, can't be used or straightened.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:42 PM   #6
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The dealer for my first trailer did the PDI and told me to tighten it as tight as I can and then give it a 1/4 to 1/2 turn more with the bar for the WD bars. On questioning he said that was his instructions for a woman. That might be two tight if a stronger man did it. LOL
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:55 PM   #7
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Slight hijack here but important to the subject. What kind of grease / oil if any should be put on the friction sway bar after a cleanup of the bar?
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No oil or grease goes on the friction surfaces. That would defeat the purpose.
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No oil or grease goes on the friction surfaces. That would defeat the purpose.
X2, no grease or oil on the friction bars. You can and should grease the friction bar ball/hitch.
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Agreed, some say to grease the ball some say not to. I have done both but currently use a LIGHT coat of grease on the hitch ball, do not have sway control sockets anymore.
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