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Old 09-02-2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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Equal-i-zer 4pt setup ??'s

Here are my numbers after making some changes on the dealer install. all measurements are made from the ground to the fender through the center-line of the front axle.

Uncoupled: 36 3/4"

Coupled with no WD: 37 1/4"

Coupled with WD: 36 7/8"

Am I right in thinking that making up an 1/8" over might be hard and not needed? Tows fine.

2nd question is this. When taking measurements of the L-Brackets I have discovered that there is a 1 1/4" difference in how far back the are. Neither are at the 32" factory "Optimum" but are further back than the minimum 27". Would moving these rear ward a bit have much of any impact on my current numbers?
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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All looks ok to me
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:35 AM   #3
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All looks ok to me
Thanks. Having never done one I wanted to make sure it was right. I went ahead and moved to L-Brackets anyway this morning. Due to the Gen Platform I can only move them to 31" from the center of the ball. But that's well with in spec.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:44 AM   #4
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You look good....I would measure your fender heights again after moving the brackets because it may have changed slightly your numbers.

If it didn't I would say you are good to go
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:41 AM   #5
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ditto... I found with the EQ - 4 Point hitch, I couldn't get the front end back completely to unloaded weight / height, but you are so close it should be fine.

I agree you will need to recheck.. if you moved the bars back some it will change the tension on the bars.. thinking it might make them alittle tighter yet, which probably won't hurt.
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Old 09-02-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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I always ran mine with the "L-brackets" back at the 32" maximum. Dealer had them up at 27" and I was a little squirrely - of course, DW says I'm always that way!
Anyway, back at 32" everything felt fine. It would put more tension on the bars, which is a good thing.

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Old 09-02-2016, 03:14 PM   #7
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After moving the L-Brackets as far back as I could (29 3/4") I rechecked all of the numbers. Nothing changed.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #8
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Check with Equal-i-zer. They will.walk you thru it and are very helpful
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #9
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I dislike dealers when it comes to setting up customer hitches. In the instructions to installing the L brackets say the following.
Quote:
Placing the brackets
at 32” back puts the least
amount of stress on the
trailer and hitch compo-
nents, and provides the most
comfortable ride. Brackets
should be placed at 32”
whenever possible. In some
cases where there is an
obstruction at 32” that can-
not be easily moved, like a
battery rail or propane tank
support, the link plates may
be moved forward toward
the coupler to a minimum
distance no closer than 27”
on center. See figure 6
If there wasnt a physical obstruction they should have never installed the brackets at 27". Can you put them at 27"? Yes...but why...

I have a neighbor that has his TV and trailed hooked up on the side of the road. He has a WDH installed and the chains were installed. The trailer at this point "should" be level. It wasn't even close to level. It was leaning so far forward it had to have at least 80% of the trailer weight was on the front axle. I knocked on his door and told him the concerns for towing the trailer in such a condition. He told me, "the dealer installed it". By looking at it I knew the shank needed to be flipped over and the hitch head would need to come up at least 2 holes. He took it back to the dealer and low and behold, they flipped the shank and moved the hitch head up. The trailer is perfectly level now.


To the OP, your numbers look good.
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:28 PM   #10
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Am I right in thinking that making up an 1/8" over might be hard and not needed? Tows fine.
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IMO you're very close, but the best way to know for sure is to weigh the rig on CAT scales. Like you I was very close on measurements, but on the scales I had about 200 pounds less on the front axle than the truck alone numbers. The rig seemed to handle fine, but was a little light on the steering wheel. Readjusting the hitch got me to within 60 pounds and the rig was much more stable and felt "planted" on the road. There are calculators available on this site that explain how to weigh and you just plug in your scale numbers. Maybe somebody can supply a link to the info.
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