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Old 05-27-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Sway Control Bar lube?

Bought a HF sliding bar sway control for my 7000# trailer. In the manual it says to clean the sliding bar after 1000 miles, with a wire brush or steel wool, then lubricate it. But it does not say what to use to lubricate it.

What lube do I use? Or, isn't making the sliding bar slippery defeating the purpose of it's design, to cause friction?

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If you are having sway control problems with a fifth wheel trailer then you have more serious problems than a "HF sliding bar sway control" will fix. If you are using it on a travel trailer then it will help with the sway. I have never heard of lubricating the sway bar.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:47 PM   #3
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No, you don't lube it, except in the ball sockets.

I don't see anywhere that the OP was having sway problems with a 5th wheel trailer.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys.

Yes, its a tow behind utility trailer, not a fifth wheel.
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Mine has a placard that says not to lube the friction surfaces... only the balls.
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I would think though that you don't want rust on it either so it can slide evenly, correct?

or maybe not, first sway will clean it off
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Rust is not allowed in AZ.

All the sway control bars I've seen are plated or galvanized where the shoes slide on them. I like to think of rust on any braking disc, drum or slider as a way to de-glaze the shoes and make them work better.
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The directions for my anti-sway control Say to lubricate the bar as well after 1000 miles. However, I have not done this and I have owned of my travel trailer over 2 years now. Also, I have had no issues with rust.
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