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Old 10-20-2018, 08:27 PM   #1
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Any thoughts on a storage spot for my sway control bars ? I grease them on the contact areas..I am storing them in my front compartment--Is a greasy mess in there. Can i weld a pipe on the frame and set them in it out of the way ? Nick
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Mine are in my hollow rear bumper when not in use.

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Old 10-20-2018, 09:12 PM   #3
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My wife took a pair of my old Levis, cut the legs off, sewed one end shut. I just slip one over each greasy end and store in the front compartment. Been working great for the last year.
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I bought a cheap nylon rifle case and store mine in that then put the whole thing in pass-thru storage.
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:59 PM   #5
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I did a variation of the fence post sewer mod using 2" PVC pipe. The pipe is 8 ft long, hung under the frame. I insert one bar in each end.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:06 PM   #6
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I just stick the greasy ends in poop bags
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:12 PM   #7
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I used to just balance mine across the battery storage box.
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:14 PM   #8
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I store the sway/weight distribution bars in the front side storage compartment of my 2016 2504s Rockwood.
Check the manual for your hitch - my hitch instructions explicitly state not to lubricate the bars at the sliding point of contact with the L-brackets attached to the trailer frame (e2 hitch system). --Ray
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:24 PM   #9
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Really ? I had better do some checking---i have always lubed them for wear and noise-will check again Thanks--making this more difficult that need be !
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:27 PM   #10
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There are times when the road has some sharp switchbacks,and sharp turns into camp spots--i do this with the bars removed--need a spot to store them without loosing them ! Thanks Nick
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Really ? I had better do some checking---i have always lubed them for wear and noise-will check again Thanks--making this more difficult that need be !


I just (finally) lubed the L part on my e2 that gets inserted at the vehicle side and I’m floored how much quieter it is. But no, never lube the flat contact parts!
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Old 10-20-2018, 10:53 PM   #12
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If you have sway bars with chains like the bars I had on the travel trailer maybe you could adjust the angle so the chain ends are lower and lengthen the chain? That way you will have a little more room for sharp turns. I never had an issue with mine making sharp turns or backing into a tight campsite.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:13 PM   #13
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Ok I have not been told to grease my bars do I grease both end of bars
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From my Equalizer owners manual (emphasis added):
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In some cases the friction on the L-brackets can generate noise. Lubricating this joint is not recommended. A better solution is a set of official Equalizer brand Sway Bracket Jackets™. They quiet the ride and reduce wear without the mess of using a lubricant.
Just a recommendation, not a prohibition.

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I know this is not exactly on topic but these help with some of the noise from the bars riding on the L brackets. Do not lubricate where the bars ride on the L brackets. These can be found at many places besides etrailer, it was just the first ne that popped up on my search.
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...SABEgLLifD_BwE
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:55 PM   #17
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Any thoughts on a storage spot for my sway control bars ? I grease them on the contact areas..I am storing them in my front compartment--Is a greasy mess in there. Can i weld a pipe on the frame and set them in it out of the way ? Nick
Get yourself some military style sand bags and slip the greasy ends into the sand bags and store them where you do now.
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Really ? I had better do some checking---i have always lubed them for wear and noise-will check again Thanks--making this more difficult that need be !
I just had someone tell me that the friction at the L bracket is designed in to act as sway control, hence the prohibition of lubrication. This sounds ridiculous to me, what about others?

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Old 10-21-2018, 01:21 PM   #19
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John, that is a slick little compartment you built! What is just to the left? Blocks?
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I just had someone tell me that the friction at the L bracket is designed in to act as sway control, hence the prohibition of lubrication. This sounds ridiculous to me, what about others?

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Per the Equal-i-zer owners manual:
Proper weight distribution also adds performance to the Integrated Sway
Control™ (ISC) feature of your Equal-i-zer® hitch. As the tongue weight
gets distributed, it helps generate the friction needed to reduce trailer sway.

Sway Control:
ISC is a built-in, patent pending feature of your Equal-i-zer hitch. Once
the spring arms are tensioned, the sway control is in force.

ISC works through the connection between your spring arms and L-brackets, and between the sockets and hitch head. The Equal-i-zer hitch takes advantage of the steel-on-steel friction generated at these points to help reduce trailer sway.

This added friction makes it much more difficult for the trailer to sway
side-to-side while its being towed, as sometimes happens when you encounter a gust of wind or a passing semi. When set up well and properly adjusted
for your load, the Equal-i-zer will noticeably reduce sway.
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