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Posted: 03/22/21 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Once parked will you relieve tension on the bars? If that's the case I would use the electric jack to lift the tongue enough to slide the bars off the brackets.

I do that to my trailer when I get to the neighborhood. Cant be more than 30 seconds.

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I think I'd remove the EQ bars before making that manuver. I've had to take the bars off only twice backing in. Once when backing into an uphill camp site, the bars took so much weight off the rear tires of the TV that it lost traction part way up. Had to roll back down and remove bars first. The other problem is not being able to disconnect one of the bars when the TV is tipped at an angle from the TT. Simply cannot get the downhill side bar off the "L" bracket. Finally disconnected chains, electrical & emergency brake and raised TT off of ball and pulled forward, bar came off with a loud bang. Nothing hurt.


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"I too need to make a sharp turn and at an angle when backing my TT at the house. I simply remove the WD bars and do what I need to do."

I have the same issue with a sharp turn into the driveway. I have a great pull through place to pull the bars off about a mile from home and do so... Then No Problem.

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I have a Husky Centerline TS with 1200 lb bars for a 10k car hauler. I use the trailer to carry my blue tractor in and around muddy construction work sites and off road in and around farm/ranch pastures. Lots of sharp backing/going forward with truck off angle to the trailer and never a issue.
The trailer has 8860 or 9420 lbs on the axles depending on tractor implements and where the load is placed on the trailers deck.

The Husky Centerline TS looks like and works like the Equalizer brand other than the Husky is a round bar hitch that flattens at one end.


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Wow, all these years with a Equalizer and i didnt realize i had a problem until now. Maybe i dont back up at what you all are referring to as a 'sharp' angle.

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Posted: 04/01/21 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do a 90* backup turn into my driveway off a state highway, and never remove the bars on my DC...



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MikeDupont wrote:

Wow, all these years with a Equalizer and i didnt realize i had a problem until now. Maybe i dont back up at what you all are referring to as a 'sharp' angle.

Same here...





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LVJJJ wrote:

Once when backing into an uphill camp site, the bars took so much weight off the rear tires of the TV that it lost traction part way up. Had to roll back down and remove bars first.


You need an Oldsmobile Tornado.

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I'm no trying to be a smart ass. I've just noticed folks look at backing as a separate maneuver from driving forward. Isn't it the same path for the wheels? Do you remove (or not install) the bars when pulling out of the driveway? How is pulling out different from backing in?

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Lynnmor wrote:

You need an Oldsmobile Tornado.

I'm old enough to have seen that commercial on TV and it was a Toronado.

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