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Old 07-12-2016, 03:27 PM   #11
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Here's what happened to me when I thought I would remove the bars to pull into a spot with a little bit of a curb. Dropped the back of my Suburban way down and wham.
You got lucky (possibly). Had there been any slope nearby you could have had bigger problems.

You removed all of your safety devices.
I see there is no pin in to keep the hitch on the ball, no chains attached and the breakaway cable is disconnected. I hope you just removed all of that for a better picture.
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:32 PM   #12
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It was a re-hook up to move the trailer 2 feet over to avoid a pedestal blocking my slide. Went down the curb with no WDH bars and bottomed out. But point taken, I should have put the pin and chains back on at least, and learned to add the bars too!
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:34 PM   #13
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I leave mine all hooked up, pulling in, backing up.. Tight corners and all. Have an Equalizer.
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I don't get it. What is the perceived advantage of removing the weight distribution bars in a campground? I've heard you should remove the friction type sway control while backing up but, judging by the responses above, it would seem removing the weight distribution bars causes more problems than whatever it's supposed to solve.

I guess I'll be happy that my Andersen hitch has no bars to worry about.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:10 PM   #15
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Naturally you should keep your Jack fully retracted at all times, especially when your WDH is removed.
My Chevy 2500 drops substantially without the WDH, but I pulled it 10 miles the other day and had no issues at all with handling or bottoming.
The manufacturer recommends that you remove the centerline W DH in campgrounds simply to save wear on the joints where the friction points are, so far I have not done that.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:15 PM   #16
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I leave mine all hooked up, pulling in, backing up.. Tight corners and all. Have an Equalizer.
X2. Worse part is the "squalling" the friction bars make when making tight turns, but there's either grease or cushion pads to help with that.
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X2. Worse part is the "squalling" the friction bars make when making tight turns, gut there's either grease or cushion pads to help with that.
Not sure what "squalling" is but I don't worry about any noise, it's minimal.
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Old 07-12-2016, 04:25 PM   #18
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Not sure what "squalling" is but I don't worry about any noise, it's minimal.
It's the noise that is created when the bars are sliding inside the side brackets. Metal to metal! We installed the cushions and that helps a lot.
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X2. Worse part is the "squalling" the friction bars make when making tight turns, gut there's either grease or cushion pads to help with that.
Wiped it out with using some light grease. Then I added the cushion / plastic things. SO no grease and no noise. NONE AT ALL
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Not sure what "squalling" is but I don't worry about any noise, it's minimal.
It is perfectly normal but man it was NOT minimal and VERY loud.. We laugh when someone comes in to the CG.. We know they have an Equalizer from the squeals.. LOL
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