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Old 09-18-2009, 08:29 AM   #1
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Anti-sway Bars and Backing

While camping recently, we watched a guy remove his anti-sway bars before backing his TT into the site. He said removing the bars before backing really made it easier, especially if the curve was fairly sharp. Have not had the opportunity to try this yet. Has anyone out there done this? Do you think it would help make the back-up easier, especially if the site is narrow?
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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While camping recently, we watched a guy remove his anti-sway bars before backing his TT into the site. He said removing the bars before backing really made it easier, especially if the curve was fairly sharp. Have not had the opportunity to try this yet. Has anyone out there done this? Do you think it would help make the back-up easier, especially if the site is narrow?
Don & Laura,

Some friction sway systems have really close clearances, so maybe that is what he is doing??

By what I read with most intrigated WDH and sway systems, it is probably not neccessry.

The problem for me is that so many sites my TV and trailer are at such an angle, that it makes it hard to clear the bumper with the helper bar in the inside of the turn, and the outside bar is really under a lot of pressure that I have to lift the trailer a little more than usual to get the outside bar off. Also, I don't have good clearance between the outside trunnion bar and the yoke on the Reese system that I use, further complicating sharp turns.

But.....on my SV 263 the tongue weight is around 800 lbs., and the maximum weight carrying tongue capacity of my hitch is 500 lbs. I know that that short of time shouldn't hurt the hitch, but I am a little reluctant to unhook before I back in to a site. So, for the time being at least, I leave the WDH bars hooked up until I am ready to unhook the trailer.
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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I always pull over after check-in at the nearest out of the way spot and disconnect the bars, #1 because they are noisy, clicking and popping on turns that they were not designed for, and #2, there's no need for them anyway in the park at those slow speeds, and besides, you're getting ready to remove 'em anyway!! Randy
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Can't say I ever needed to remove them till trailer was parked in the 2 yrs of use.(Reese dual cam)
Extra stop never required and easier to pop them off when using jack post to raise hitch
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:33 PM   #5
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VAlover may be talking about the friction anti-sway bar used on a WD set up. If so, the instructions with the friction anti-sway bar will tell you to remove the bar when backing and also when making tight turns.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:14 PM   #6
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I remove mine as well it is a friction antisway bar by reese and i was told by the guys at camping world to remove it before backing in the site
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Yes, I got the friction bar with mine, as well. I had 2 pop up's that I used those type sway controls on, and always removed them. However, I think the bars VAlover is referring to are the dual weight distributing bars that many of us with the longer, heavier units use. I know with my set up, the bars will hit the tongue, and they may come off of their position if I turn too sharply. My V lite allows me to turn sharper than most campers, so that may be why the bars hit the tongue. So that is why I remove them. Thanks, Randy
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I'm not sure what type of anti-sway bars we have - we have the Blue Ox set-up. We did have one pop off on a sharp back-up turn one time. I think we will try taking them off next time before backing into a site. Of course, that will depend on the site. Thanks for all the feed-back.
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One bar on each side that attach to the sides of the hitch on the tow vehicle, and have chains on the other endthat connect to the sides of the tongue, and when tightened up, they reduce the sagging effect between the camper and truck... those are weight distributing bars that also reduce swaying. The other bars referred to are a lighter duty friction disc brake type of bar, that also connects from the side of the hitch, with a small trailer ball socket, and the tongue. You manually tighten down the friction brake before towing, which holds the weight of the towed vehicle back from swaying. Generally only one of these are used, For lighter towing applications. Hope this helps you!! Randy
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Thanks, Randy. From what you described, we do have the weight distribution/anti-sway bars.
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