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Old 10-05-2015, 06:11 AM   #1
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WD Hitch & Backing up

So we are looking at purchasing a Sunset Trail 26RB in the Spring and have been doing all of our research since last February. We've purchased a new 2015 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost with Max tow package a couple of months ago to accommodate, but have one question regarding Weight Distribution Hitches.

We are looking at going with the Husky Centerline, but have a question about backing up with WD in general. I am assuming you will need to un-mount the spring arms when backing up into a site if you are doing any kind of real maneuvering. My hitch is rated for 600/6000 dead weight, 1,220/12,200 with WD.

If I am just backing up my trainer into the spot, am I risking damage to my truck or hitch by disengaging the spring arms for a few minutes to back in the trailer?
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:42 AM   #2
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It is not necessary to disconnect the spring bars when backing.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:44 AM   #3
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I have a Reese WD hitch and have never had to remove the bars to back into any site. With this trailer I added the dual cam sway bars and still have no need to remove the bars.
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:44 AM   #4
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I have NEVER unhooked the hitch to back up . don't have to. You need the wd hitch to keep your rear of truck and tongue of trailer level. If you disconnect then you risk hitting your front jack and bending it.
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We had a round-bar, and only the SWAY control was removed so we wouldn't damage it.

You do not have a separate sway bar, and shouldn't need to remove anything to back up.
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Agree with not removing the equalizer bars. My TT sway control had an instruction decal that said to loosen the brake pad before backing.
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Ok, thats good to know. So leave it hooked up, no concerns about backing up, maneuvering into a campsite, or backing into our driveway.
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I remove my bars before backing up; I cannot stand all the groaning noises. When I get efficient at moving the trailer backwards then I will likely keep them on till I park.
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I remove my bars before backing up; I cannot stand all the groaning noises. When I get efficient at moving the trailer backwards then I will likely keep them on till I park.
If you hear groaning noises , you must have equilizer 4 point with square bars. f so , just buy 'bracket jackets' to put where bars meet L bracket on tongue and problem solved. Why waste time unhooking bars and holding up traffic when you do not have to.
If you have the round bar style with chains , then you will have a separate friction sway bar that you just have to loosen the black handle that tightens the friction part. only loosen it,do not have to take off.
I have been known stop at 5 campgrounds in 5 days on a cross country trip and never unhook till the 6th day.
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Backing up with WDH

Harley, I have a WDH with sway control. Its the one that uses chains to hold up the bars. I put them on with front jack lifting up the tongue. Once I lower that front jack, there is considerable pressure on those bars thus I don't know how to loosen them without jacking tongue up. The noises come from both ends of those bars. Things will quiet down when I get more efficient. Thanx, Tom

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If you hear groaning noises , you must have equilizer 4 point with square bars. f so , just buy 'bracket jackets' to put where bars meet L bracket on tongue and problem solved. Why waste time unhooking bars and holding up traffic when you do not have to.
If you have the round bar style with chains , then you will have a separate friction sway bar that you just have to loosen the black handle that tightens the friction part. only loosen it,do not have to take off.
I have been known stop at 5 campgrounds in 5 days on a cross country trip and never unhook till the 6th day.
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