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Old 03-18-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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reversing with equalizer hitch

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I am considering upgrading from my current husky weight distribution hitch with two friction sway bars to the equalizer hitch. My question is, do the spring bars need to be removed before backing up or can you leave the spring bars "engaged"?
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:25 PM   #2
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Nope...you don't need to remove the spring bars to reverse. Thats one of the big benefits of this type of hitch over the the friction sway.
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Right!
I recommend rvwholesalers.com. They often have a spring sale, which is when I bought mine.
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Nope, no removal necessary.
You may get some popping and groaning noises but that's normal.
If that bothers you, get their Bracket Jackets.

The Equal-i-zer is superior to your Husky, in every way.
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Pulled with a Reese Trunion WHD & dual friction sway bars since 1975 and never loosened the friction sway bars one time to back up. I guess I was just lucky. Yes, they popped, snapped and crackled, but they did that going forward and turning. That's what they're supposed to do. Did it make it harder to go in reverse and turn? Don't know, never tried it with them loosened.
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I recommend rvwholesalers.com. They often have a spring sale, which is when I bought mine.

That's where I got mine as well. With the ball, some spare pins and l brackets it was just under 450 or so shipped.


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Thank you everybody! I will check out rvwholessalers.com! On etrailer.com it goes for ~$470.00. I never remove my friction bars but I do loosen them up before reversing. I watched a guy at a campground one time completely remove his equalizer spring bars before backing into his spot. I'm glad to hear that's unnecessary....
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You'll love the hitch, I also bought my mine from RVWholesalers, it was at my door in two days.

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Regarding the Equalizer at the campsite:
The tight turns backing into some spots makes a lot of noise. If arriving in the evening, that can be a bit embarassing, although not unexpected. I have heard that some people remove the spring bars while they are filling the freshwater tank at the fill station, since they have 5-10 minutes of dead time anyway. I tried that once, but found that I didn't have enough clearance at the site to get my red support cone under the jack post. Had to put the bars back on anyway to get unhitched, then remove them again. So I don't do that anymore. Not worth it. Some popping is just part of the game.

Regarding backing up with a friction sway controller:
We towed a 3000 lbs popup camper for 7 seasons behind Chrysler minivans. Used a Reese Single Bar 400 WDH and friction sway control for a very stable rig. The instructions are clear in that you do not have to remove the SC to back up, as long as you do not jackknife far enough to bottom out the 2 pieces together. If you do that, you end up with a solid bar that can't slide within itself any longer. Any further turning will either break 1 of the little SC balls, or bend something on the hitch or trailer frame. So they say if you are not sure, better to remove. But I never removed mine, because I knew exactly how far I could go before bottoming out (or over-extending for that matter).
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We use Equalizer lubricant to minimize the noise, but can be messy when removing or installing the bars. You'll need gloves. Some have posted that the grease increases swaying of the trailer, but we haven't noticed that. It's still fairly easy to back or make the turns.
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