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Old 06-17-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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EAZ-Lift Weight distribution hitch- bar fell off!

I hope I am using all the correct terms.

We were 10 minutes from home after an hour of driving and we heard a thump and then we heard what sounded like chain rattling. Pulled over as soon as we could and sure enough the bar of the weight distribution hitch was hanging by its chain dragging on the ground. We put it back on, and it seemed secure and drove the rest of the way home through neighborhoods in case it fell off again.

When we got home, we had to quickly unhitch and go but my husband was able to figure out that the little gold medal spring was "sticking" and the pin must have not fully engaged on that side.

The trailer is currently sitting in the driveway. Husband is crazy busy with work and hasn't time to even think about it.

Does anyone have any advice or experience with something like this happening?
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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I have the same W/D hitch. I have not had it fall off in route, but I can see how it could happen. There have been times when setting up I thought it was engaged and then it fell out. Make sure the tab is in the correct position (flush and not sticking out) and I give both a good tug side to side and downward as I set them up.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #3
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I have the same W/D hitch. I have not had it fall off in route, but I can see how it could happen. There have been times when setting up I thought it was engaged and then it fell out. Make sure the tab is in the correct position (flush and not sticking out) and I give both a good tug side to side and downward as I set them up.
Same here. If I dont hear it click into place, I remove it and put it back in. I then push down on it and make sure it doesnt fall out.

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Old 06-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #4
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I put mine in and then stand on them to make sure they are in.

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Old 06-17-2014, 09:49 PM   #5
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Listen for the click. Push it up in FIRMLY.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:32 AM   #6
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are you jacking up after connecting trailer coupler before attaching arms? If not, you are not getting enough tension on them and that helps keep them in place.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:59 AM   #7
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If this is the (Round Bar) type there are several (Areas of concern),retaining pin turned incorrectly, spring plate weak,bar not pushed upward far enough on install! A Heavy spring bar & attached chain is quite a (Dangerous) object flying down the road! Youroo!!
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:26 AM   #8
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Yes, I had that type for our popup camper. Check it before you engage the chain, while it's "loose" in the socket.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:32 PM   #9
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Check to make sure the drive pins holding the spring plate haven't backed out. This happened to me. The spring loosened, the retaining pin backed out so the tension bar fell out. I have attached a photo to show you where to look for loose or missing drive screws. Hope you can open it.

Fortunately for me the drive screws had not fallen out so I was able to hammer them back in.
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