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Old 11-13-2022, 09:01 AM   #1
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Removing weight distribution bars from Equalizer when backing?

Recently heard from some friends who have a similar setup - TT with Equalizer weight distribution hitch. They casually mentioned that when faced with backing into a site at a sharp angle, they remove the weight distribution bars and find it easier to make the sharp turns. (Example, paved surface with site off to either side at 90 degrees.)


I've never heard of this. Is it common? And more importantly, is it true?
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Old 11-13-2022, 09:14 AM   #2
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Not needed:

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/faqs
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Old 11-13-2022, 09:36 AM   #3
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I never disconnected my Equalizer once for anything except to unhitch. On the other hand trying to back into spaces at 90 degrees, which I try to never do, is ill advised and only serves to tear up the suspension and tires. Don't use a 90 degree site if at all possible and if you have that sharp turn "walk" it in with short, small adjustments to lessen the angle vs just "pushing" it in at 90 degrees and pulling the sidewalls off the tires, tires off the rims, tear the spring hangers off etc.
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Old 11-13-2022, 09:51 AM   #4
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I never disconnected my Equalizer once for anything except to unhitch. On the other hand trying to back into spaces at 90 degrees, which I try to never do, is ill advised and only serves to tear up the suspension and tires. Don't use a 90 degree site if at all possible and if you have that sharp turn "walk" it in with short, small adjustments to lessen the angle vs just "pushing" it in at 90 degrees and pulling the sidewalls off the tires, tires off the rims, tear the spring hangers off etc.

Yeah, that's pretty much been my experience and approach. Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2022, 09:27 AM   #5
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Recently heard from some friends who have a similar setup - TT with Equalizer weight distribution hitch. They casually mentioned that when faced with backing into a site at a sharp angle, they remove the weight distribution bars and find it easier to make the sharp turns. (Example, paved surface with site off to either side at 90 degrees.)


I've never heard of this. Is it common? And more importantly, is it true?
I've never disconnected my Equilizer 10K bars to back in.
The common problem I notice is that people don't lube their hitches and the noise is unbearable with all that metal to metal contact.
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Old 11-22-2022, 10:11 AM   #6
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Per line 10 I hope you’re not lubricating the spring arm or the L bracket.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/blog/...qualizer-hitch
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Old 11-22-2022, 12:49 PM   #7
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Per line 10 I hope you’re not lubricating the spring arm or the L bracket.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/blog/...qualizer-hitch
No Sir.
Just the areas mentioned in the instructions. A dab of lube goes a long way to keep the noise and wear down.
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Old 11-22-2022, 06:59 PM   #8
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As the others have mentioned, no need to disconnect the bars unless you're unhitching. Normal maneuvers, forward and back, are perfectly fine with the bars still attached.

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Old 11-23-2022, 01:58 PM   #9
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Used to back my 26’ TT almost a 1/4 mile down street to get to driveway in cul-de-sac. Never unhitched. Grease the sockets as indicated in manual where they meet hitch head and get some plastic “sleeves” for L brackets to control noise!
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Old 11-23-2022, 02:37 PM   #10
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I've never disconnected my Equilizer 10K bars to back in.
The common problem I notice is that people don't lube their hitches and the noise is unbearable with all that metal to metal contact.
Mine made a lot of noise until I adjusted the "L" brackets so that the bars are parallel to the camper frame. If not parallel the bars ride on the bracket edge and screech horribly.
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Old 11-23-2022, 03:19 PM   #11
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I have installed lots of these:

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...5-01-5150.html
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Old 11-23-2022, 03:49 PM   #12
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I no longer have a travel trailer, but did use an Equal-i-zer 4 pont weight distribution hitch system. I'm with the rest of the majority here, I never removed my bars when backing up. And as chuckster75 pointed out, I also had those little pads on mine. Also, I never lubricated anything on mine in 5 years of use.

I think what you are hearing is, if you have a weight distribution system withOUT sway control, you'll need a separate sway bar. When backing, THAT sway bar needs to be loosened and removed before backing. It is possible to jack knife and in so doing, the tension on that sway bar could break the the two balls it's attached to. One could break on the hitch, which would ruin the hitch. Or the other could break or even bend the hole where the other end ball is mounted to the trailer A-frame. I also had an old style Reese Weight Distribution system (bars with the chains) and used a separate sway bar. I "religiously" removed that bar whenever backing up... for any reason.

I think that is where the confusing advise you received is coming from. Your friends are confusing weight distribution bars with an attached separate sway bar.
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Old 11-23-2022, 04:42 PM   #13
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The pads are great. I heard, and was worried, that it would reduce sway control but that didn't happen for me. Lubed per instructions and I had no issues.
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Old 11-24-2022, 04:42 AM   #14
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The pads are great. I heard, and was worried, that it would reduce sway control but that didn't happen for me. Lubed per instructions and I had no issues.
I use these as well. The equalizer can be quite loud pulling into a CG. These reduce the noise nicely. Had mine for close to a year and have had no issues.
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Old 11-27-2022, 03:10 PM   #15
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I would think that the pads might reduce the friction enough to defeat the sway control.

I was actually considering using these next year after an odd occurrence on our last trip this year. After backing into our site I noticed that the "L" bracket supports had tilted and moved on the A-frame. The only notable events on the trip there was that we had to make a couple of very tight 120 deg turns (1 right and 1 left). I do re-torque the brackets occasionally during the season and had never seen anything like this during our 3 seasons with this camper.
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