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Old 05-18-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Equal-i-zer hitch setup

I have a 1000lb Equal-i-zer setup between a max 6000lb trailer with ~600lb tongue weight and my expedition. I'm following the directions and I'm trying to get it setup for the correct amount of weight distribution. Here are the latest measurements:

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         Front   Rear
Nothing   34.75   34
NoWD      35.5   32.75
WD        35      33
The instructions say to make sure the rear isn't any higher with the WD engaged than without and that's true. The also say that with the WD the front should move over half way back to where it was with nothing than with no WD, but not past where it is without the trailer.

My current setup meets both of these criteria, but just standing back and looking at the truck it feels like it needs more WD because there is a 2" difference between the front and the back.

So do you think I should try adding one more washer and see if that helps without going past the stated limites (front can't go down more than another 1/4")? I did a test tow (back in for warranty work) and it felt OK, but it looks a bit funny. Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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I would say put in another washer. One more washer will move the end of yours bars down one inch. And if you were setting up unloaded the extra washer may be needed for extra weight.
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Old 05-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #3
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How does it look a little funny? Pictures are usually worth a thousand words. I just set up my rig with the same system as yours but I have a 08 tundra Crewmax and a 233s. Got the numbers within a 3/4 of an inch lower and 1/8 of an inch by the front without the weight. I have some more numbers to crunch. I am totally new at setting up these hitches, but hear that a little squat in the rear is ok.

Good luck getting it fine tuned. I will be getting mine finalized soon too!
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #4
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Doesn't the manual say the front should go down at LEAST half the difference between the two front measurements? It doesn't say the front can't be lower than the original measurement? Try a washer and take it to a set of scales. I doubt you'll ever get too much weight on the front. I have a 14,000 hitch with as many washers as it will take. I could still shift a little weight to my front axle.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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I added a 5th washer to the head and should be picking up the trailer in the next day or two from some warranty work. I'll do a bunch of measurements when I pick it up and let you know how it looks. I'm hoping this is better, but it may be too much. We'll see. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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Historically, the goal has been to have the front at least back to original ("nothing") height, but not to go so much that you exceed the front axle GAWR. This was on the WDH kits themselves (and still is!!), while the OEM truck manuals said little to nothing about such specifics. Now, since 1/2-ton trucks are getting higher tow ratings, the OEMs are covering themselves, by recommending to get somewhere in-between.

The reality is that the best situation is to be back to stock front height (weight), which will ensure proper handling. The OEM just doesn't want you mistakenly overloading.

Add another washer, shooting for stock front height (your "nothing" height). After you load the trailer, you might find you need another washer.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:59 PM   #7
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Thanks Brakeman. That matches more what I was thinking.

I picked up my trailer tonight from the shop and I had the 5th washer in place. Here are the new measurements:

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         Front   Rear
Nothing   34.75   34
NoWD      35.5    32.5
WD        34.75   33.5
That looks perfect to me. The front is back to exactly where it is without the trailer and the rear is 2/3rds of the way back to where it was with nothing. It drove better this time too. I could still tell that the springs were toward the end of their "progressive region", but that is just the effect of having a load and it felt like a much better balance. Looked much better to the eye too.

I'll take another set of measurements when we have it loaded up for a trip, but the fresh water tank is behind the axles and we normally have that 1/3 full or so which will offset some of the other loading on the tongue.

Thanks for the advice everyone. I think we have it adjusted perfectly now.
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Thanks Brakeman. That matches more what I was thinking.

I picked up my trailer tonight from the shop and I had the 5th washer in place. Here are the new measurements:

Code:
         Front   Rear
Nothing   34.75   34
NoWD      35.5    32.5
WD        34.75   33.5
That looks perfect to me. The front is back to exactly where it is without the trailer and the rear is 2/3rds of the way back to where it was with nothing. It drove better this time too. I could still tell that the springs were toward the end of their "progressive region", but that is just the effect of having a load and it felt like a much better balance. Looked much better to the eye too.

I'll take another set of measurements when we have it loaded up for a trip, but the fresh water tank is behind the axles and we normally have that 1/3 full or so which will offset some of the other loading on the tongue.

Thanks for the advice everyone. I think we have it adjusted perfectly now.
Nice numbers!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #9
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I took more measurements with everything loaded for a trip this past weekend and it still looked good. The front got back to exactly what it was without the trailer. The back was an extra 1/4" lower due to the extra stuff, but I think it was just right still. Thanks for the tips.

The bars started making a horrible racket after a bit of towing today (on tight turns) even with the sway bracket jackets and I think it's because it wore away the paint on the bars and sides of the "L" brackets. I assume this is normal and it will get a little better as things wear in. (I hope)
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:47 PM   #10
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The noise is quite normal. A little grease on the L brackets will help but gets a bit messy. They make pads which slip over the brackets to quiet things down: http://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/...products_id=66
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