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Old 03-16-2014, 08:31 AM   #11
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...the truck was at an angle..the bar that my truck was turned towards came off pretty easy.
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In the morning, I realized there was a twist between the camper and the van... one was leaning left, the other right, putting a lot of pressure on one bar. Simply pulling forward a bit solved the problem. Lesson learned!
Had the same problem with a regular WDH...it's a lot easier if it's straight.

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BTW. My hitch was set up by the dealer but it became much easier to use when I read the directions and made a few corrections. Don't assume the dealer installed it correctly.
About 50% of them are clueless.
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:30 AM   #12
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I am wondering if the Dealer set it up correctly...I will address that with them Monday..from all the videos I looked at on YouTube it should not have been that difficult...some good tips there..especially keeping the truck straight..didn't have to worry about that with my old system
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Sometimes I have the same issues. I keep a 2 lb mallet with me to aid in removing bar.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:36 PM   #14
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I am wondering if the Dealer set it up correctly...I will address that with them Monday
I wouldn't worry about talking to them. Your best bet is to break out the manual and adjust it yourself. It might take a few times to get it right but you shouldn't have to mess with it again once it's set up. Even a small adjustment can make a big difference in ride as well.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:00 PM   #15
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I wouldn't worry about talking to them. Your best bet is to break out the manual and adjust it yourself. It might take a few times to get it right but you shouldn't have to mess with it again once it's set up. Even a small adjustment can make a big difference in ride as well.
I agree with the others - some/most dealers have no clue how to set up an Eqaul-I-zer. When I bought my '08 Roo new, the dealer did a great job - everything was fine. Last fall when I bought the '14 Flagstaff 27BESS I told the dealer to adjust the hitch for the new trailer. I might have well been talking to a rock. Yes, they installed the L-brackets on the new trailer, but that was it. They used the exact same drop and everything. After towing the new camper once last Fall, I decided I would do it myself come Spring. As soon as the camper comes out of storage next month I'm going to adjust the set-up like it should be.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:35 PM   #16
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I have a fifth wheel now, but before this had an Equalizer hitch for my tow behind. Like Bkconlin said, I bought a 2 lb mallet (small sledge hammer) and used it often. It's kind of noisy but never failed me. Make sure you raise your tongue as high as reasonable to take as much pressure off the L bracket as possible. Good luck.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:53 PM   #17
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Just wondering, is your problem swinging the spring arms to/from the L-brackets?

I ask because when my hitch was initially setup by the dealer I would have to lay on the ground and push the spring arms with my legs to get them to move.

What I found was the socket bolt and nut on the pivot was over-torqued. I readjusted to the 45 Lb-Ft recommended and the spring arms were movable with moderate arm force.

You might want to check the torquing of those socket bolts.

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Old 03-16-2014, 09:03 PM   #18
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I'll look into that RJ because I could not swing the arm out even a litte...just seemed like it was tight against the bracket attached to the trailer
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:43 PM   #19
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Definitely lube the hitch head bolts, we had some trouble with ours until he lubed it and worked it loose. BUT, if that thing is at an angle, it is going to be hard to get off the l-bracket. And depending on the angle, raising the tongue jack can sometimes make it worse. Like others, I use a hammer, though I found a big rubber mallet did the trick just fine, without the noise.
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Did seem like it got worse the higher I raised the jack..I had to keep going up and down until I found a Highth that loosened the bar...had a mallet in the truck but I doubt it was a 2 pounder...guess I might need to buy one
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