Traveling down the road come with its own dangers. Don’t add to them by practicing bad trailer towing habits. Make sure you and your vacation
Installing the sway bar is simple to do, but it also depends on location. You can install the sway bar near the hitch ball but you want it to be 1 ½ forward and 5 ½ inches outward from the hitch ball. Keep the sway bar centered to the hitch ball.
That was just the first step in installing the sway bar. To find out the rest of the steps just continue to read our article. It lets you know how to install a sway bar and gives you some adjustment tips
Tip 1: One of the first things you need to do is get a set of sway bars that fit your trailer.
Tip 2: Do a fully loaded test drive at normal towing speeds. Monitor your trailer's actions and when you stop, you need to locate the tension screws. Once you have done that, you can turn the ¼ to increase or decrease the tension. Your test drive should tell you which way you need to turn that tension screw.
We have given you the first step already, but here is a reminder. Make sure
Step two is to attach the handle to the car or tow vehicle. Once that
Step three, make sure the sway bar is parallel to the body of the car and about 4 ½ inches away from the car. Tighten the bolts and attach the bar coupler to the ball.
Step four, hold the bracket in place and drill holes through it and the frame. Then use a hammer to drive the rivets through those holes. After that, you should be good to
Tip 3: if the trailer still sways after making the ¼ turn, adjust the screw an extra ¼ turn on the side where the trailer is doing the most swaying. You do not have to do both sway bars every time you make
Here are some steps to help you install your sway bar correctly and avoid road problems when you are away from home.
Tip 4: when it is icy, snowing or you are in heavy rain, you need to remove the sway bar. Then when you go to reinstall the sway bars you have to go through the test drive and
This is not a hard action to
To make sure you know which way to turn those screws,
Once you have returned from your test drive, turn the screws about ¼ in the way you need to make the turn. This will increase or decrease the tension on your trailer and make it safer for the road.
Keep making test runs till you get the right amount of tension.
One of the first things you need to do is take your time. Be patient when making your adjustments. Nothing
A very important step is to double-check to make sure
Do the test drive over and over till you get the
Tip 6: depending on your sway bar design and model type, sometimes all you have to do is turn the handle to add or subtract friction. You turn the handle till you get the right balance of friction for both the tow vehicle and the trailer.
This can be a difficult problem to solve because of some models of sway bars naturally make
Another cause could be it is just installed too tight. All you have to do in this situation is just loosen the sway bar a
A homemade answer is to turn to a little petroleum jelly. This helps reduce the friction noise without interfering with the sway bar’s job.
Tip 7: it is best to know the function of your sway bars.
You can get
One rule of thumb to help guide you would be that if your trailer GWR is 50% greater than your GVWR on your tow vehicle, then you would need to use a weight-distribution bar.
Tip 8: One
Here is one way to hook up your travel trailer when it already has a sway bar attached and in position.
First, back your tow vehicle into position.
Second, lower the hitch tongue till it is almost at rest on the ball.
Third, insert weight distribution bars into the receivers on the hitch, pulling them tight on the trailer tongue. Once done, just lower the tongue until it rests on the ball.
Finally, just reconnect the sway bar and you should be ready for the road.
One word of caution here. If the dealer already attached the sway bar for you, ask them to give you a list of instructions to follow to attach your tow vehicle to the trailer. Or ask them to show you how it
The reasoning behind this is that
Also, each of the different brands of sway bars, especially the weight distribution models, all have their own way of hooking up.
So, make sure you get instructions and a demonstration to help you avoid an injury to yourself.
Before we start here, we will reiterate the above and put a little more emphasis on key parts. Make sure you have the proper instructions for your model of sway bar. The instructions we put here is just for a
Then be careful when you do it, trailer tongues and other vehicle parts are heavy and can cause a lot of damage. Here are those instructions for you:
Step one, loosen the sway bar then
Step two, unlock the ball latch and lower the tongue jack, getting it in
Step three, start using the tongue jack and when the tongue just
Step four, remove the distribution weight bars, then resume lifting the tongue until the tow vehicle can
One keynote to be wary of,
Adjusting and installing your new sway bar
Also, let them show you how to adjust the
Know the details of your tow vehicle and trailer and find the right sway bar for both. Also, be careful. These are some risks involved when attaching or unhooking your trailer with a sway bar attached.