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Lynnmor

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Posted: 07/04/19 12:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DennyCrane wrote:



Am I over thinking it?


Yes.

The shop will look at the same charts that are available to you. Use the correct hitch per the chart, you already know to not go heavier or lighter than specified. Hitches have simple instructions and videos are available online.





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Just to close the loop on this, I had my appointment at the hitch shop this morning and had a a Curt Trutrack Trunnion Bar System with built in sway control installed. It was only a short trip home, but there was absolutely no bounce at all. So far, so good.

Thanks for all your input. The tech didn't have much more to offer as far as reasons for the bent hitch than you guys already did. Really appreciate the help.

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Lynnmor wrote:

Retired JSO wrote:

Some hitches require the weight distribution bars to be removed while backing up at severe angles.


It is usually suggested that friction sway bars be removed, never heard of that for the weight distribution bars.

The people who sell them say it’s a good idea.
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Should Spring Bars Be Removed when Backing Up with a Weight Distribution System

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Is there any issues with backing-up and making sharp cuts with weight distribution sway control RP66084 installed
asked by: Don D
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With any weight distribution system you will want to remove the spring bars every time you encounter any tight maneuvering situation. So if you were reversing your trailer and the trailer did not swing too far to one side or the other you should be fine, but I still would recommend you disconnect the bars under most normal reversing circumstances just to be safe.

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Retired JSO wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Retired JSO wrote:

Some hitches require the weight distribution bars to be removed while backing up at severe angles.


It is usually suggested that friction sway bars be removed, never heard of that for the weight distribution bars.

The people who sell them say it’s a good idea.
E-Trailer


Should Spring Bars Be Removed when Backing Up with a Weight Distribution System

Question:
Is there any issues with backing-up and making sharp cuts with weight distribution sway control RP66084 installed
asked by: Don D
Expert Reply:
With any weight distribution system you will want to remove the spring bars every time you encounter any tight maneuvering situation. So if you were reversing your trailer and the trailer did not swing too far to one side or the other you should be fine, but I still would recommend you disconnect the bars under most normal reversing circumstances just to be safe.

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The RP66084 is a dual cam type WDH, not a friction sway control. There is nothing in the manufacturers instructions about removing spring bars prior to backing up.

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The alleged "expert" at etrailer is wrong on the Reese dual cam 66084 WDH. Doesn't matter if you are moving forward or backing up, all the happens is the "crooks" in the ends of the bars ride up on the cams. There is friction between the bar ends and the cams which is part of how it works but the direction of movement has zero impact.

I would hate having to remove the spring bars before backing up and would mean blocking the road in a CG while you do that.

I have been backing up with our Reese DC for years. It can be quite noisy when going forward or reversing when doing tight turns and there'll be LOUD pop/bang sounds. Can be startling to people nearby! [emoticon]

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MitchF150

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The only time I remove my WD bars is when I park at home.. I have to navigate a steep driveway and basically jack the trailer into it's position..

I have just your basic Eaz-Lift WD bar and chain setup and always take them off before I park it at home.

Backing into the sites I go to are usually straight and level, so no need to remove anything. I don't use a friction 'sway' thing, so no worries there..

Anyway, if I left my WD bars set and backed up my home storage spot, I would see that kind of damage to my hitch too for sure...

Just gotta know what you are doing and where you are going and determine your choices from there.. No one has the same parking circumstances as the other, so we all have to adjust accordingly.

Good luck!

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