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Old 04-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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We have pulled with our equalizer over 2 years never have removed bars to back up & my DH jacknifes, turns sharp, you name it we had one bracket move but it was with in range so we left it and has not moved again. Never were told to remove sway bars.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #12
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For the year and a half I used our 1200/12000 Equalizer we never removed the bars until we disconnected.

There is another illustration in the manual that shows how the brackets are to be torqued so the grip is evenly distributed on the frame. Even a little bit out of "flat" and the brackets can move. There is also a bolt that locks the bracket to the frame after it is adjusted.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #13
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I have never unhooked to back in and have had same hitch for many years. I would call equalizer and speak with the tech people, they have answered my questions in the past.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #14
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I have never unhooked before backing either. But I might start. I installed my brackets just as described. But I often see the brackets twist when I've had to make a tight backing maneuver. This results in wear between the bars and the L-pins, which in-turn causes more friction, which causes more wear, etc, etc. I ended up replacing my L-pins, sanding/painting my L-brackets and bars, and installing the L-bracket-jackets. Performance is still terrific, but I want to keep things nice.

The only real problem is waiting too long to disengage. You don't want to be blocking traffic in front of the site. So I may start disengaging while I have my daughter fill the fresh water tank at the park entrace.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #15
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I'm another that has never unhooked before backing. I've been using the same hitch for the last four years. I'll have to give the other way a try and see how it works out.

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Old 04-11-2013, 01:44 PM   #16
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I always prior to backing into a site removed my bars. I would pull up, get a 6x6 piece of lumber out and remove all of the bars prior to backing and turning into the site. The bars are more for travel to help distribute weight and help with sway during travel.
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I use them only on my other trailers now as I have a 5er now ...... But always removed them before backing making a tight turn...... felt they were in a bind leaving them on.........
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:03 PM   #17
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I use the E2 equalizer and have always kept the bars on during backups without a problem. But the brackets on one side have moved abit in the past. The instructions on the E2 dont indicate a screw to help secure the brackets. Next time I'll check if there is a hole on the brackets.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:12 AM   #18
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I have been contemplating pinning the L-brackets to the frame.
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