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Old 12-23-2014, 05:31 PM   #11
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Sway bars must be disengaged on slippery roads. WDHs with sway control usually are ok.
Techntrek, just curious, but why would you disengage the sway bars? I would think allowing the trailer to sway would cause it to "fishtail" easier. Keeping the trailer going as straight as possible on snow with slower speeds, less aggressive braking/steering, and common sense driving is the best advise anyone can give you. Good luck.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:53 PM   #12
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They recommend disengaging friction sway when the roads are slippery. This also includes rain.
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:54 PM   #13
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Okay, I'm with gfarmcafe. Can anyone go into more detail as to why we should disengage sway bars in wet or snowy conditions...please!
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #14
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This article from etrailer gives some explanation on why to disengage your sway control.
Using Sway Control in Slippery Conditions, Wet, Icy or Snow Covered and Gravel Roads | etrailer.com
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Old 12-23-2014, 11:09 PM   #15
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Thanks Mark but that article seems specific to the Curt # 17200, whatever that is. I don't have that unit but I'd do have great sway bars & they work great.

Does anyone else have input on the use of sway bars in wet, snowy or gravel conditions?
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Old 12-24-2014, 06:07 AM   #16
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The law for Oregon and California is..chains on the tow vehicle and chains on the trailer.
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:35 AM   #17
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It doesn't matter what model sway bar you own, read the directions, they all say to disengage them in slippery conditions.

From the Reese instructions:
When towing during slippery conditions such as wet, icy, or snow-covered roads or on loose gravel, turn on/off handle counterclockwise until all tension is removed from unit. Failure to do so could prevent tow vehicle and trailer from turning properly.

http://hitchpro.com/application/supp...ons/N26660.pdf
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:40 AM   #18
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I towed through the Blue Mountains last winter (Oregon, I-84)

The road was solid snow pack. 25 mph in 4wd was the fastest I was comfortable driving.
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:43 AM   #19
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Sway bars must be disengaged on slippery roads. WDHs with sway control usually are ok.
Define what the difference is between a "sway bar" and a "sway control"

I'm familiar with the friction style sway control device commonly used with a weight distribution hitch.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:23 AM   #20
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Sway bars must be disengaged on slippery roads. WDHs with sway control usually are ok.

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