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Old 08-25-2011, 10:10 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
i have a locking hitch pin so i leave the hitch head attached to the truck's receiver.
the bars i put across the tongue, behind the propane tanks.
When I had the TT, this is how I dealt with it.


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Old 08-26-2011, 11:24 AM   #22
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When I had a regular TT I used to leave the WD hitch in the receiver of the Dodge 1500, 24/7 - 365. Not so much because of the weight, just lazy.

I was actually rear-ended getting on the Schuylkill expressway.
Had no idea I was hit until I looked in the rear view mirror & saw the guys expression.
I can tell you a WD hitch can really mess up a small Toyota.
When I pulled forward I had the guys grill & radiator still hanging from the hitch. I sustained no damage to the pickup.

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Old 08-27-2011, 08:25 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by thebrakeman View Post
Bars, pins, and L-pins go in the front pass thru storage compartment. Head stays locked to the truck.

At the storage site, same thing, plus I put the head unit carefully inside the camper door. Last thing in, first thing out. Just put down a piece of cardboard or luan to keep grease/dirt off the floor.
I do almost the same. While camped, I leave the head unit attached, locked in place & cover the ball with a ziploc baggie held in place by wrapping with a piece of stiff wire (electrical) to keep dust off while driving around. The bars & pins stay in the front pass-thru. When in storage, everything goes in the front pass thru, with the head on a piece of cardboard.

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Old 08-27-2011, 05:53 PM   #24
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My answer, "The Hensley Hitch"

Yes, these hitches are very heavy. My answer was to scan Kijiji for many months and find a Hensley Hitch for a 3 digit price. Absolutely awesume hitch ! Your truck feels like it has a load in the box and the trailer just follows, no matter how hard you turn the wheel. It is going to be hard to remember the other 34 feet behind my truck! Makes you feel that you are towing a fifth wheel, really does, not just a manufacuturers slogan, and you have the box for "stuff". The second noticeable feature, absolutely no centre spring type bounce, tried a very rough road near home, all of the bumps are felt in the truck wheels and the trailer coupler does not flex or bounce on the weight distribution spring bars. Awesume Hitch, only problem they are to much money, have to get a deal and refurbish. Before & after photo's attached.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:17 AM   #25
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Should the equilizer bars be greased or left dry for more friction? Do not like the noise when turning in campgrounds. Advice?
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:32 AM   #26
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I say No grease, others may disagre. Eqaulizr sells a sleeve that goes over the L bracket to help with the noise. they also have a lubricant in a tube. Grease will decrease your sway control as it works by friction. I just hook up and deal with it. The noise is only bad when turning. I never hear it when just towing down the highway.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:34 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Paul Darold View Post
Should the equilizer bars be greased or left dry for more friction? Do not like the noise when turning in campgrounds. Advice?
It is common that the friction on the L-brackets or sockets will cause noise, especially in slow and/or tight turns like when you are driving in a campground.

Its to be expected and lets you know the hitch is doing its job.

You can lube the socket joints and the ball to help reduce it.

You can also lube the L-bracket joints but that will reduce the sway control. Progressive does make sway bracket jackets you could try as well.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:39 AM   #28
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How about this: Sway Bracket Jacket (pair) [95-01-5150] - $19.95 : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:41 PM   #29
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I remove the head and store both bars and head in bed of truck. Avoided serious damage to a small Toyota who passed behind my truck while I was backing out of Wal-Mart parking spot. No damage done but if head was on a different story! Dont add any lub to L bracket.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:14 AM   #30
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I use the jackets, lubricate when and where the manual for the hitch says. I also torque the socket pivots as per the manual. Other than the occasional creaking, I have no noise that draws my attention.

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