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Old 04-27-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Eqaul-i-zer setup problems...

Well, I just started the setup of my new 1000lb Eqaul-i-zer WD hitch and ran into a couple of glitches. I'm hoping you guys with experience can help me out with these.

First, I can't seem to get the bars to move at all. I've put in the spring bars with the pins and the hitch in the truck, but I just about threw out my back trying to get these things to budge so I could work on them and maybe add some grease. I know they are a friction point, but are they supposed to be that hard to move? What technique do you use to get them to budge so you can hook them up to your trailer?

They seem to have a new L-bar clip mechanism. Instead of a pin that you take on and off there is a springy clip that's permanently attached to the little silver "L" piece that is supposed to clip over the bottom of the main bracket to keep it in place. It looks like a really nice system. However, I also bought the sway bracket jacket and that effectively makes the sway bracket a little wider at just the point were this little springy clip thing is supposed to go down over the bracket. So now there is no way to hold the silver "L" thing in place.

I also bought a set of spare clips so I have one of the older style silver "L" things with the pins, but would like for the included spring ones to work. Any idea about this? (here's a picture showing the issue).
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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Well, I just started the setup of my new 1000lb Eqaul-i-zer WD hitch and ran into a couple of glitches. I'm hoping you guys with experience can help me out with these.

First, I can't seem to get the bars to move at all. I've put in the spring bars with the pins and the hitch in the truck, but I just about threw out my back trying to get these things to budge so I could work on them and maybe add some grease. I know they are a friction point, but are they supposed to be that hard to move? What technique do you use to get them to budge so you can hook them up to your trailer?

They should not be that tight. The bar should give you plenty of leverage to move them back and forth as needed.

They seem to have a new L-bar clip mechanism. Instead of a pin that you take on and off there is a springy clip that's permanently attached to the little silver "L" piece that is supposed to clip over the bottom of the main bracket to keep it in place. It looks like a really nice system. However, I also bought the sway bracket jacket and that effectively makes the sway bracket a little wider at just the point were this little springy clip thing is supposed to go down over the bracket. So now there is no way to hold the silver "L" thing in place.

I'm not familiar with the new clips but you might try it without the plastic jacket.

I also bought a set of spare clips so I have one of the older style silver "L" things with the pins, but would like for the included spring ones to work. Any idea about this? (here's a picture showing the issue).
You can give them a call (800) 478-5578. I've had to call them before and found them very helpful.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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Mine were real tight also. They will loosen in time. To help get bars on brackets raise the tounge after u connect to ball. No help with the new L pins.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:19 PM   #4
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Sounds like the socket bolts could be too tight & might need some lubrication. The EQ owners manual says these should be approx 45 lbs torqued. I had a similar issue with mine initially, which had been installed by the dealer. Leaving the hitch with no attention at first resulted in a very noticeable pull, which I had to cure with a sharp turn to the opposite direction on the trip home. Loosening the bolts, adding some lub & torqueing to 50 lbs solved the problem for me.

Can't help with the new design, either. Mine is the "old fashion".

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:26 PM   #5
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I you are saying that the bars are hard to move, with the ends in the free condition, perhaps there is too much torque on the bolts/nuts underneath. IIRC, they give a torque specification for those. I would recommend loosening them, then apply some grease. The loosened condition will help the grease get between the surfaces. Move the bars back and forth to distribute. Then tighten those bolts back to specification.

As far as the new-style L-pins not fitting over the sway-bracket jackets, call the company. Tell them to either send you updated jackets, or send you another set of the old-style pins.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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What camper unit do you have and hitch weight and what tow vehicle. It seems to me you have To move the hitch in the opposite direction than you may think with these as well as the L brackets.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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Also, brand new, you gotta kick and manhandle them. They are real tight.
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I looked at those snap L-pins and they will not work with the jackets. So, unfortunately, I can't use them since I really like the noise reduction with the jackets. It seems its one or the other.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:18 AM   #9
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Wow, thanks for all the helpfull suggestions guys. They are brand new and the trunion joints have never been moved. Maybe the paint is sticking them together some as well. I've put the bars in them but they aren't connected to the trailer and can't get them to move still. I'll try kicking them but I don't think it will work. I think I'll then loosen up the bolts underneath until I get them to move and add some grease. Then I'll torque them to spec.

For the L-pins I'll call the company and see if they will send me a pair of the old style that will work with the jackets. The new clip ones don't work with them unless they have a new style of jacket.

I'll let you know how things turn out tomorrow afternoon. Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:58 AM   #10
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OK, here's the update. On the unmoving bars, I loosened the nuts on the bottom and was then able to get the spring bars to move. I think it was the paint that had them kind of stuck in place. I added some of the equalizer lube and then torqued them down to 60ft-lb's (45-65 was the spec'd range). They still were movable which was good.

I called equalizer and talked to a helpful customer service person. He said that the new spring clip L-pins were not compatible with the sway bracket jackets. He then said that much of the noise people experience came from the L-pins rattling and leaning in on the spring bars and that the new spring clip versons keep them upright and reduce much of this noise. He also said they were redesigning the sway bracket jackets to be able to work with the spring clip versions but he wasn't sure when they woudl have the new design.

He said they didn't make the old style L-pin anymore and couldn't send me any of those but he is sending me a complementary breakaway cable holder thingy to help offset my expense.

I think I'll see if I can cut "slots" in the bracket jacket and see if I can make them work. I do have a set of the old style because when I bought the "spares" pack it came with the old style L-pins so I could use those instead and leave the spring ones as "backup". I'll play and see how it will work with some modifications.
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