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Old 03-12-2015, 03:49 PM   #11
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I just attended a blue ox seminar on towing TT 5th wheels etc. the guy said that friction sway bars do not work in the rain because water become's a lubricant which I agree with. That's coming from a so called professional from Blue Ox.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:27 AM   #12
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If you are using a weight distribution hitch and have your trailer level, you have accomplished several things. Tandem axle trailers will have equal weight on both axles. Your vehicle will not have a light front end with poor breaking and steering control. You will have trailer anti sway. I would not adjust those.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:40 AM   #13
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If you are using a weight distribution hitch and have your trailer level, you have accomplished several things. Tandem axle trailers will have equal weight on both axles. Your vehicle will not have a light front end with poor breaking and steering control. You will have trailer anti sway. I would not adjust those.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:41 AM   #14
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If you are using a weight distribution hitch and have your trailer level, you have accomplished several things. Tandem axle trailers will have equal weight on both axles. Your vehicle will not have a light front end with poor braking and steering control. You will have trailer anti sway. I would not adjust those.

The wdh will give some sway control, but not much and no one is suggesting loosening the torsion bars on the hitch. I found out I needed to loosen the FRICTION SWAY bars when they got wet. But, you can, naturally, do as you want.
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:47 AM   #15
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I just attended a blue ox seminar on towing TT 5th wheels etc. the guy said that friction sway bars do not work in the rain because water become's a lubricant which I agree with. That's coming from a so called professional from Blue Ox.
Try soaking your brake pads &/or shoes in water and see what happens, I can guarantee you they will grab like crazy! The same with a FRICTION sway bar as the friction is obtained using brake shoe material on both sides of a steel bar.
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I've never loosened the friction control when i drive in the rain. But, this discussion explains why, on occasion in the rain, my truck feels like it's rear gets "pushed" around corners. Especially right hand corners. I'm definitely going to try loosening the friction control during rain....
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I've never loosened the friction control when i drive in the rain. But, this discussion explains why, on occasion in the rain, my truck feels like it's rear gets "pushed" around corners. Especially right hand corners. I'm definitely going to try loosening the friction control during rain....
We never did either until our harrowing experience in Memphis, but we sure did after that. It definitely made believers out of us. We were using dual friction sway bars, one on each side.
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Well, the differences in opinion have totally confused me. I only have one friction sway bar, btw. But it sounds like some think the sway bar will grab which is not good so loosening the tension would be better. Others think the sway bar is further lubricated, in which case it isn't working anyway so loosening tension wouldn't hurt anything.

But I still wonder if style of driving and load on the system - in my case a relatively low load - like I mentioned in my original post helps mitigate the issue. I want to do what makes sense most of the time. But not being experienced in pulling a trailer and maneuvering out of a rare bad situation might also trump all that.
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Well, the differences in opinion have totally confused me. I only have one friction sway bar, btw. But it sounds like some think the sway bar will grab which is not good so loosening the tension would be better. Others think the sway bar is further lubricated, in which case it isn't working anyway so loosening tension wouldn't hurt anything.

But I still wonder if style of driving and load on the system - in my case a relatively low load - like I mentioned in my original post helps mitigate the issue. I want to do what makes sense most of the time. But not being experienced in pulling a trailer and maneuvering out of a rare bad situation might also trump all that.
Do an experiment, take your sway bar off, loosen it completely up, pull the bar out and spray both pads liberally with water and re-install and tighten it exactly the same amount as you normally do when it is dry and then go for a drive.
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I found out I needed to loosen the FRICTION SWAY bars when they got wet. But, you can, naturally, DO AS YOU WANT.
As long as you agree with oc.
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