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Old 03-24-2016, 01:44 PM   #29
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I have the same plate as Floyd and have used it for about 5 years without any issue. Very easy to install.

I've never checked to see what kind of angle one must make when backing to entirely consume the motion of the anti-sway bar. I'll have to try it bue in a few thousand back ins there hasn't been a problem I'm aware of having.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:06 PM   #30
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I have the same plate as Floyd and have used it for about 5 years without any issue. Very easy to install.
Thanks Norm. Gives me confidence to proceed with one.

BTW, I'm going to PM you re the NL Caravan.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:06 PM   #31
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Thanks to everyone who has chimed in on this thread. We are going to be installing this on our 13 footer (peace of mind) and this has been very helpful as a place to start in choice of purchase and also installation.
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:56 PM   #32
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I have a Scamp 16 foot deluxe oak, and tow it with a two door Suzuki Sidekick / Geo Tracker. I've welded on an anti sway bar attachment to both my frame and preferred draw bar. I carry the anti sway with me, but have yet to try it out. I just took a 500 mile drive from southern MI to the tipy top of it in Mackinaw City and back. What I noted in the areas with high wind was that my vehicle was actually MORE stable with the trailer than without.

If I ever get caught in something rather severe enough to cause me issues I will either install it and continue, or just pull off somewhere and wait it out. I am in no rush since I have my home right behind me.

The vehicle is so light that wind shoves it around quite easily on its own, with the trailer adding mass this was so much less pronounced that I could hardly tell there WAS wind. No more quick little left and right shoves from the wind. As soon as I unhitched it was back to being tossed about as usual. My vehicle is great for towing despite the low power and small size. Mostly because the ball on the hitch is only about one foot behind the rear axle.

The further back this connection point is, the more sway you will get.

I got my friction anti sway at Harbor Freight. Cheap (25% off too) and the same as the bigger brands. Look up Harbor Freight 20% off coupon on retail me not (no association) since there is always one there. If you don't have a HF near, order on their site with the same coupon since shipping is only $6.99 for anything.
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:18 AM   #33
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Not disagreeing at all. Just saying that much of the enclosed OEM printed material for the owners make no distinction. To further complicate matters perhaps, installers, such as RV dealerships, also routinely inform folks, "take it off to back up". When you chat with folks at camp grounds, person after person tell me, "My salesman said never back up" or "Got to take it off to backup". No conditions, no additional guidance. Shrug.

So, what else is new. I don't often find myself wanting to engage such conversations with people as once their installer or salesman has told them something, that's that. Life's too short and I only care so much.

The reason it's recommended removing the Swaybar is because it can bend. Most RV parks have very narrow roads and backing up may require sharp turns which can lead to the Swaybar bending. If you search the RV forums you'll be surprised how many people bend their sway bars. YMMV


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Old 03-25-2016, 01:36 AM   #34
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The reason it's recommended removing the Swaybar is because it can bend. Most RV parks have very narrow roads and backing up may require sharp turns which can lead to the Swaybar bending. If you search the RV forums you'll be surprised how many people bend their sway bars. YMMV


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If you make a full lock turn while driving forward you will (should) not jackknife the trailer. However, in reverse things can get much tighter much faster if you are not careful. Sometimes you even need to borderline jackknife it then straighten it out a few times to make a tight corner. Sort of like a multi point turn. Basically this can and will go beyond the range of motion allowed by the anti sway device, and can bend and break things.

If when reversing you are staying within the same bounds you would while driving forward and turning then there will be no issue.

On loose enough terrain, and if the friction device is tightened enough (too much!) you may fins that the trailer can actually slide rather than turning when reversing. For someone who has difficulty reversing in a straight line with a trailer this could actually prove beneficial. It all comes down to extreme angles. Avoid them and you will be fine leaving that anti sway on at all times.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:27 AM   #35
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The reason it's recommended removing the Swaybar is because it can bend. Most RV parks have very narrow roads and backing up may require sharp turns which can lead to the Swaybar bending. If you search the RV forums you'll be surprised how many people bend their sway bars. YMMV
Yeah, all this was covered earlier in the thread, actually, and those who don't remove their sway bars remain quite unconvinced.

It also seems that people can tear up just about anything and everything in campgrounds. For over 45 years, my wife and I consider sitting in lawn chairs and watching the escapades of folks backing and settling into the spaces a huge part of the entertainment value of camping/RVing generally. On more than one ocassion the "show" was more than worth the ticket price of the park's nightly fee.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:13 AM   #36
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Y... For over 45 years, my wife and I consider sitting in lawn chairs and watching the escapades of folks backing and settling into the spaces a huge part of the entertainment value of camping/RVing generally. On more than one ocassion the "show" was more than worth the ticket price of the park's nightly fee.
I prefer boat ramps (at least since I am no longer part of the show)... and that entertainment has no cover charge
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:44 AM   #37
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I prefer boat ramps (at least since I am no longer part of the show)... and that entertainment has no cover charge
As a 30+ year boater myself, I gotta tell you, Gordon, I really blew it. By far the launching and picking up of trailerable craft at a public launch is THE best entertainment for the buck anywhere. Touche'
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:49 AM   #38
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The reason it's recommended removing the Swaybar is because it can bend. Most RV parks have very narrow roads and backing up may require sharp turns which can lead to the Swaybar bending. If you search the RV forums you'll be surprised how many people bend their sway bars. YMMV
Marky, to be clear? If I can remember to do so? You bet. I'll take mine off when backing into tight or goofy spots. It's not difficult. As Gordon said early on, if it's off, it's one less thing to worry about damaging.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:36 AM   #39
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Removing the sway bar for backing into a campsite is not really an additional move, considering that the trailer will usually be disconnected from the TV anyway, once parked.
I don't think anyone removes it to back-up while in transit.
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