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Old 09-23-2018, 08:44 PM   #1
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we finally got a friction sway control bar. got it installed too.
the guy who did the installation told me to not use it except on the highway. I am wondering if that means before negotiating winding roads or city driving we need to either remove the bar or lessen the tension. the instructions are not clear at all. any advice please? this is new to us.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:23 PM   #2
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When I used one, the only time I did not have tension on it was backing up. Otherwise I always had tension on it since its a PITA to just tighten it up before entering the highway.
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Old 09-23-2018, 11:11 PM   #3
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thanks! that's kind of what I thought. our son uses a WD hitch with the sway control bar, and I've never seen him doing much with it. I'm sure once we actually drive with it, my questions will be fewer!
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I have a Reese friction sway control bar and I use it every time I use my 160, even across town to dump my tanks. I have had no problems on winding mountain roads, campgrounds or even backing it into parking spots. My only problem has been that I lost one of the spring clips on a hunting trip this past weekend and had to replace it temporarily with a bent nail.
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I just had another thought; while we tend to believe the folks work on our units are experts it might be a good idea to call around to other businesses in your area to ask them their recommendations.
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Just avoid backing and sharp/tight turns and you’ll be fine.
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I have never heard of that. I use mine all the time if I can. Have only had to remove it for backing up a hill or something. Mine is a dual sway/weight distribution thing. I’d check with the manufacturers web site?
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Ours is the friction type. I usually loosen it after checking into the campground office. It's not needed while parking and the noise is a distraction. After hitching and putting it on loose I also usually stop on the way out, and check that I'm not dragging a water hose or something, and tighten it.
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I appreciate all the reassurance. The bar does make a difference. we usually travel a stretch of road that is 2 way traffic, and often meet big trucks whooshing past on the other side. I noticed a decided improvement in the feel of towing the little trailer when that happened. that alone is worth the trouble of added hitch up. which is really no trouble at all. and once we towed with it, I realized all the warnings could be taken with a grain of salt and some common sense.

I did a big goof though, and hope I didn't damage the bar...
in the rush to unhitch, (dh was walking the dogs) I unhitched the trailer, removed the bar from the vehicle but not the trailer. I didn't notice that the free end was on the ground and when I started to raise the tongue, it slid into a straight up position. Of course when I started to lower the trailer, it was jammed perpendicular to the tongue and I wondered why the tongue wouldn't go down. DUH. I quickly raised the tongue and pulled the bar out. It seemed to have suffered no harm, I won't forget that again.
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Just avoid backing and sharp/tight turns and youíll be fine.
You are absolutely right, I had one of my bars drop our backing into a parking spot a few years back, yours might be different but mine when backing or on extremely sharp angles the bars would reach the point on the hitch where they drop out.....only happened once and I noticed it which was lucky on my part.
I sold my trailer this year as we were not using it enough so no more concerns on that.
Good luck, you will be fine....just beware of very sharp angles.....Ernie.
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