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Old 05-28-2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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2003 Stampede (S-17) anti sway question


I am new to the forum and to RV camping. My wife and I decided to purchase a used 2003 Palomino Stampede (S-17) to take us (her and I, 4 kids and a dog) on a trip from Quebec to Vancouver island.

Everything checks out in the trailer - brakes are good, bearings, electrical, propane and so on. The tow vehicle is a 1997 GMC savana conversion van. 5.0L V8.

I have a class III hitch on and I just purchased the Husky Round bar WDS with a friction Anti-sway bar attachment. The price was too good to pass up. Maybe too good because now I see a potential problem.

The anti-sway bar attachment point to the frame is 24 inches back down the right tongue frame of the trailer. This is past the point where the sleeping deck pole receiver is attached to the frame.

Will this pole receiver interfere with the proper functioning of the anti-sway bar in normal turns (like turning at a cross roads)? I realize for extreme maneuvers it is best to remove the bar but for normal driving in town where 90 degree turns are normal is this going to cause a problem?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:49 PM   #2
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i think you'll need to post pics of the problem area.
hybrids since 2003 no longer use poles, but use cable supports to hold the canvas bunk doors up.

i do have to say "WOW", to a family of 6 and a dog in a 17' HTT!
that would be too small for just my wife and i, let alone that many bodies.

you'll need to get some Popup Gizmos or the generic 5x7 solar blanket versions and provide air movement, because you'll definitely have condensation issues with that many people in the trailer.

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Old 05-28-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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I'll get the pics up tonight. We're having a go with minimalist RV'ing. For us this is a step up from a tent.

Also the Savana is an extended version. In a push the back bench folds down to sleep two. Your comment about condensation though are well noted! I'll take a look into your recommendation
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:13 PM   #4
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I attached the photos of the trailer tongue. I hope I did that properly.
You can see the pole receiver on the tongue. I am afraid that it will block the proper functioning of the anti-sway bar.
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