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Old 07-16-2015, 07:50 PM   #29
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Just wondering if you have it mounted on one side does it "favor" backing up one way or the other? Does backing toward the anti-sway or away from it make any difference?

Since most people try to back in toward the side they can see best I'm just wondering if that influences which side the arm gets placed on.

And won't the bar release the friction with a flip of the tension lever or does it have to be disconnected to allow free movement before trying to back into a camping spot?

Not a big deal but just wondering. Going down the road in comfort and safety is probably worth a little extra when backing in and dropping the camper.
I seldom bother to release mine when backing into a campsite. If it is set tight and you have a complex compound back-in, releasing it can make it a little easier.

The side of the tongue makes no difference, some larger trailers actually use two of them.
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:14 AM   #30
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Regardless, we never had a tire problem. A couple of nail flats over the year.

Take care Wayne,Norm
Thnxs for the details Norm and it sounds like you got the pressures right for your tire size and towing requirements. That is what counts. I'm guessing our low profile 55 series tires allow us to keep the pressure where we do.
An SUV tire would have a larger sidewall and your move to get the pressures up would keep them from wallowing.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:05 AM   #31
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... Does backing toward the anti-sway or away from it make any difference?...
Maybe it's like when you play a country western song backwards...you get your dog back, your girlfriend back...

Maybe you back up it induces sway?

I still disconnect mine to back in...just to be safe in terms of not bending the antisway bar in a tight turn.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:45 AM   #32
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Never used one, in the past I sometimes help brother-in-law with hooking up his large stick built. Thought I recalled two anti-sway bars but was not sure.

Ah that was it! What Steve said. If you jack knife backing in bad things happen to the sway bar.

I think the more hours one spends towing the more value they can get from investing in certain equipment. Or if terrain or climate tend toward certain extremes. Those wind blown western and mid-western states come to mind. Mountain areas for trailer brakes on a small trailer etc.

Of course there are also those cases where it takes a precise set up of equipment to bring something back into safe zone from the edges. Brother-in-law was pushing the capacity of his F150 to tow that trailer, sway bars helped bring the rig into safe towing zone from border line nuts.
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IMHO, the best way to stop motion between the draw bar and the hitch is Hitch Riders "Hitch Vise". I never leave home without it.

http://hitchrider.com/nowobble.htm
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IMHO, the best way to stop motion between the draw bar and the hitch is Hitch Riders "Hitch Vise". I never leave home without it.

http://hitchrider.com/nowobble.htm

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I can not see the u-bolt one shown from HD lasting too long or staying tight

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I use the "U" shaped "Roadmaster Quiet Hitch" to eliminate play between by drawbar and receiver. We just completed an almost 5000 mile, month long tow, and it was tight for the entire trip.
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As my husband always says, "it's not whether you can pull it, it's whether you can stop it." Make sure you get a good trailer brake. The hitch ball and tow locks are essential. Friend of mine parked his motorhome and toad at a strip mall while at dinner. If he didn't have locks on everything, his Honda would have been gone.
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Back to the original question...towing with Jeep Wrangler...answer is very simple...maximum weight as per Jeep....2,000 pounds....exceed that and your short wheel based perfect ride will fail and become a major safety problem.

Most daily drivers make poor tow vehicles...Corvettes with top down are great daily drivers but not for towing....Jeep Wranglers fall into that category.

Tow safely!

Happy Camping.
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Most daily drivers make poor tow vehicles...Corvettes with top down are great daily drivers but not for towing....Jeep Wranglers fall into that category.

Tow safely!Happy Camping.
A towing pro once wrote. "With big brakes and superb handling the perfect TV would be a Corvette, but with no trunk, where would one put all your stuff."....... Grill, great dane, 6 cases of Miller, MIL, etc.

One of the most important consideration when setting up any rig is the selection of an optimal hitch and setting it set up right. I'm not understanding why there is not more discussion about this all important item.

We see Jeeps around here that are towing good sized trailer and the reason it works it that the hitch etc is Creme de creme. Instead of over sized wallowing tires we see right sized LT tires. Some use a WDH with various sway control devices. There was a pic of one on RV Net that was equipped with a Hensley no sway hitching system.
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Not all Jeeps are created equal....the Jeep Wrangler can not be compared to a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V8 5.0Ltr engine and proper tow package.
The OP had the former and that has a 2,000 pound maximum tow rating from the manufacturer.....I'll assume the Grand Cherokee has at least a 5,000 pound tow rating...always best to know your limits.

Tow smarter and safer.....Happy Camping!
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Not all Jeeps are created equal....the Jeep Wrangler can not be compared to a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a V8 5.0Ltr engine and proper tow package.
Agree Uplander... The Grand C has always got good towing test reviews and by it's physics one would think it would be just mediocre.
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Back in 1987 I towed a 26 ft. Sunline Travel Trailer, wife and two children from Connecticut through most of the western states and national parks during a 5 week grand vacation. My tow vehicle was a Jeep Cherokee with a 6cyl 4.0 ltr straight six/auto trans with factory tow package (well within factory tow limits)... Never missed a beat...no problem over the Rockies..covered over 16 states and over 8,000 miles....Jeep no longer offers that engine. It was a real war horse with tourque to spare!
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