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Old 01-20-2017, 01:07 PM   #1
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Remove sway bar when backing?

About to have a Curt WD hitch with sway bar installed. Over the past month, I've had three different RVers tell me that I should removed/disconnect the sway bar when I'm back up the RV.

When I mentioned this to the hitch installer this week, he said he'd had a few other folks mention that to him but he's never had a problem with the sway bar when backing, citing his 30 years of towing experience.

What are your thoughts on this? Remove/disconnect the sway bar when backing or just leave it alone?
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:39 PM   #2
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It isn't the backing up, it's the maneuvering. If you're just backing up a few feet, straight, i.e. to clear an obstruction ahead (like some guy pulled into the gas pump in front of you, and it looks like he will be in the bathroom for a while), then no problem, just have a spotter, and move straight back a few feet.
The problem and advice comes when you are trying to back into your spot, or turn around in a tight spot. Those types of maneuvers where you are going from lock to lock on the steering column. This is where the sway bar could get in the way, and possible break, or do damage. For the easy, i.e. 1/2-turn back into a slanted back-in spot, I normally do not remove the bar.
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:57 PM   #3
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When I had the friction sway bar on previous trailers , I never removed it . When I did pull into a campground ,after checking in ,I would loosen it (if I remembered) as the sway prevention was not necessary. If it is installed correctly it will be able to turn pin to pin. Plus it does not know forward from reverse...just in case somebody tells you to only remove in reverse.
On one vacation with 6 consecutive nights getting there ,I never even unhooked the trailer .Never even loosened the sway and they were pull thru and back in sites.
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It isn't the backing up, it's the maneuvering. If you're just backing up a few feet, straight, i.e. to clear an obstruction ahead (like some guy pulled into the gas pump in front of you, and it looks like he will be in the bathroom for a while), then no problem, just have a spotter, and move straight back a few feet.
The problem and advice comes when you are trying to back into your spot, or turn around in a tight spot. Those types of maneuvers where you are going from lock to lock on the steering column. This is where the sway bar could get in the way, and possible break, or do damage. For the easy, i.e. 1/2-turn back into a slanted back-in spot, I normally do not remove the bar.
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OK, thanks, all.
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:24 PM   #6
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When I had my travel trailer, I always loosened the friction sway controller prior to backing into a spot...just my two cents....
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When I had my travel trailer, I always loosened the friction sway controller prior to backing into a spot...just my two cents....
Doing that also makes for a more quiet parking job. The friction bar wants to moan and groan a lot!😀
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