Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-05-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 21
Leaving This AM, Quick ?

Hi,
This is our second trip in the new TT & TV. First trip we had a pull thru, this trip will be a back in. Heading to Show Low, AZ to fish

Question: We have an Equalizer hitch. The rv guy that installed it said we had to remove the bars on it to back it up.

Is this necessary?

Thank you!
__________________

__________________
GottaGoNow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #2
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 14,800
The concern is that while you're backing it in, you'll need to perform turns beyond what the hitch can support.

Almost every campground I've been in has you stop at a registration desk when you arrive. I always took that time to pull my friction bar off (plus, it was quieter driving thru the campground). Even the campground that didn't have a registration - I usually got stopped behind someone trying to back in.
__________________

__________________
2012 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling an early 2013 Sabre 36QBOK
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
EastlakeRoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Eastlake, Ohio
Posts: 463
Play it safe. Remove them when you arrive at the campground like 'ependydad' suggest. I failed to do so one time and bent one. Take the 5 min and remove it.
__________________
2014 Wildwood 300BH
2014 Ford Explorer XLT
2011 Ford F350 FX4
Eastlake, OH
EastlakeRoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:31 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 21
Ok, will remove them.
Thanks for the quick answers, you guys are great!
__________________
GottaGoNow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #5
Steve Jackson
 
sideout1961's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Holyoke, Ma
Posts: 381
Is it necessary to remove them if you have the Reese duel cams? I've backed in a couple of times with them on and no damage yet or am I just lucky so far?
__________________
2011 Dodge Ram 5.7 HEMI
2011 Flagstaff Classic 29bhss
sideout1961 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 14,800
IMO, it's quick and easy to remove them- so why not? (No snottiness intended in this response.)
__________________
2012 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling an early 2013 Sabre 36QBOK
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 09:51 AM   #7
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,169
Depending on how your bars are installed, it is certainly possible to turn the camper at an angle that will allow the bar end to "depart" the friction pad.

If you have the pad installed the correct distance from the hitch ball, the camper should hit the truck before that happens.

There ARE reasons to install the pads farther away than recommended (due to obstructions mounted on the A frame, so better safe than sorry.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Equal-I-Zer Hitch installation.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	56.0 KB
ID:	27117  
__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Newport, RI
Posts: 54
I have a round bar WDH, and the tech that did the PDI said to only remove the friction bar. He didn't mention removing the round bars.
__________________
Wildwood 26TBSS
Dodge Ram 2500 / Cummins Diesel
jrs_diesel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,950
Quote:
Originally Posted by GottaGoNow View Post
Hi,
This is our second trip in the new TT & TV. First trip we had a pull thru, this trip will be a back in. Heading to Show Low, AZ to fish

Question: We have an Equalizer hitch. The rv guy that installed it said we had to remove the bars on it to back it up.

Is this necessary?

Thank you!
Assuming you are referring to the Equal-i-zer (4-point) hitch (some people refer to all WDHs as an "equalizer") than you do not need to remove the bars.

Again, this is for the Equal-i-zer hitch.

I've had this hitch on several campers and only removed the bars when I needed to keep the peace such as coming in at night or when I know there was a very sharp turn that I would need to make backing up. Otherwise, I always leave them connected.
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
mjones12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lexington, NC
Posts: 1,828
Quote:
Originally Posted by Triguy View Post
Assuming you are referring to the Equal-i-zer (4-point) hitch (some people refer to all WDHs as an "equalizer") than you do not need to remove the bars.

Again, this is for the Equal-i-zer hitch.

I've had this hitch on several campers and only removed the bars when I needed to keep the peace such as coming in at night or when I know there was a very sharp turn that I would need to make backing up. Otherwise, I always leave them connected.
Same here. Have never had a problem backing with them on. Also, it would really be a PIA to have to stop and jack the unit up high enough to get them off.
__________________

__________________
2018 Coachmen Apex 249 RBS
2010 Silverado LT 5.3 V8


The world is a great book, of which those who never stir from home
read only a page. - St. Augustine
mjones12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:08 PM.