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Old 12-26-2014, 11:23 AM   #21
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If chains are required you also will need chains on the TT tires. You will need the check the rules for each state that you are going to be driving through.

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Old 12-26-2014, 11:33 AM   #22
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Does anyone know the actual REASON the sway control needs to be disconnect. It doesn't make any sense to me, and I am an Automotive Engineer. I am not disputing it, just trying to understand it.

I know that weight distributing hitches makes a jacknife more possible as it reduces the weigh on the rear wheels, but I can't imagine what the sway control can do to make it morehazaedous.

Hmmmmm.


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Old 12-26-2014, 11:47 AM   #23
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Does anyone know the actual REASON the sway control needs to be disconnect. It doesn't make any sense to me, and I am an Automotive Engineer. I am not disputing it, just trying to understand it.

I know that weight distributing hitches makes a jacknife more possible as it reduces the weigh on the rear wheels, but I can't imagine what the sway control can do to make it morehazaedous.

Hmmmmm.
With sway bars set tight the trailer might not turn properly on slippery roads. The trailer might slid sideways instead of turning. the reason for sway bars is to prevent the trailer from turning(sway).

As per chains on the trailer, when driving through the mountains on the west coast, if chains are needed they must be installed on the TV plus the trailer.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:46 PM   #24
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must not be tru for Colorado as the trucks don't chain up the rear trailer tires here.


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Old 12-26-2014, 09:29 PM   #25
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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
Equal-i-izer never states in their installation, or operators manual to disengage the sway bars. What it states is "Over adjustment is a very dangerous situation where loss of control and
jack-knifing is possible, especially in wet or slick road conditions." In talking with our dealership who installed the Equal-i-izer, they do not recommend disengaging! Jack-knifing is very different "from turning properly", and jack-knifing is the one condition that must be prevented on any kind of surface condition.
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:34 PM   #26
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I would (am myself) going to look into a set of cable chains. SCC makes them in a z pattern so a portion of cable is always touching the road surface. It is the most recommended design with the advent if vehicles with anti lock. "In theory" should be good for trailers too. Right?


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Old 12-26-2014, 10:23 PM   #27
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Take your time and use some of that rare commodity 'common sense". I don't find snow that bad but ice or freezing rain is not worth trying.
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Yes ice is bad... See my last post for more info
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I am comfortable with driving in the snow on level ground or up hill. It's the downhill with 7800 lbs behind me that worries me.


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