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  • BobbieK
    BobbieK Handy RV Tools and tips :
    December 9, 2019Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer advice and experience on using a sway control bar. We purchased one for each side and it made a huge difference in towing! I love this community!
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    • BobbieK
      Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide December 9, 2019 Be careful with your electrical hook up. l had it get between the sway bar and the frame it got pinched off coming out of a parking lot.
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      • BobbieK
        BobbieK December 9, 2019 Yikes! That's great advice! We'll be sure to keep an eye out for that. Thanks :)
    • BobbieK
      Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide December 9, 2019 Just looking at the picture and it looks like your weight distribution hitch is not tight enough to be effective. Just an observation . If you are running with them not set up right it will affect the sway you have with your rig.
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      • BobbieK
        Brian & Terry December 9, 2019 definitely need to be tighter. probably 2 links.
      • BobbieK
        BobbieK December 9, 2019 Really? I thought the same thing but my husband can't get it any tighter. We've tried :) Is there a trick to getting it one or two links tighter? 
      • BobbieK
        DigDugPDX December 9, 2019 BobbieK yes there are a couple, but the easiest is using the Tongue Jack to do the work for you.... Have the trailer in position to set into the ball but then before you set it down, hook up the chains (drop at least 2 links and stab the third), then set ...  more
      • BobbieK
        Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide December 9, 2019 listen to what DigDugPDX posted  he has it  but just to add a little  measure the height of your truck at the wheel openings from the ground not hooked up  then hook up your truck and by using  your trailer tough jack lift the bac...  more
      • BobbieK
        WeareMovinforward December 10, 2019 It takes a while to get the perfect set up. I latch onto the ball then use the trailer tongue jack to raise the truck then connect the chains. This may seem obvious but make sure you have the back leveling jacks up.
      • BobbieK
        BobbieK December 10, 2019 DigDugPDX - Thanks so much! My husband always sets into the ball before hooking up the chains. We didn't know it was okay to hook the chains up before setting into the ball. We're definitely going to try this next time! We still need to get weighed and ma...  more
      • BobbieK
        BobbieK December 10, 2019 Dennis & Lorece - We'll definitely try that! Thank you! Movinforward - It sure does take a while to get the perfect setup. We try to look for ways to improve our setup each time we go out. 
    • BobbieK
      John & Diana December 10, 2019 I don't tow a trailer.
      I read this discussion only out of curiosity and I am glad I don't have to deal
      with a swaying trailer.
      The equipment must solve a problem but, it sure looks complicated. 
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      • BobbieK
        Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide December 10, 2019 It's really not that complicated it's just a matter of doing it a few times. I try to do it in the same order every time. less chance of missing something.
      • BobbieK
        BobbieK December 10, 2019 Johan & Diana - I was a nervous wreck the first few times we took our trailer out. I worried constantly about the hitch and if it was hooked up correctly. I also worried about sway and I can't tell how many nightmare scenarios went through my head. We've ...  more
    • BobbieK
      TeamFoxy December 14, 2019 BobbieK, Getting the tongue weight right is the key. Too much weight in the rear contributes to sway. Without seeing the whole rig in profile it is hard to tell, but if truck and trailer are both level with that bar setting, I agree you are too lig...  more
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      • BobbieK
        John & Diana December 14, 2019 We rarely spend a week in one campground.
        We have a motorhome.
        Breaking camp, hooking up the Jeep and we are traveling in 20 minutes.
      • BobbieK
        Dennis & Lorece Hogeweide December 14, 2019 We have a 26ft TT and not counting loading the kayaks we are on the road in 15 min timed it a couple times. I know I'm anal. LoL
    • BobbieK
      GregnSteve March 11, 2020 Our advice: no matter what method you use to set the WDH, make sure the bar you use to lift/release the chain latch makes it back into your basement! We each pick a side when hitching/unhitching and the bar usually gets put on top of the propane cover at ...  more
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