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Old 07-30-2015, 01:17 AM   #1
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Equalizer bracket jackets?

Just wondering if anybody uses these things? I just bought an Equalizer 4pt hitch and bought the jackets also. After getting them, I can't see how it would still have good sway control. Also, they are over 1/4" thick. Will I have to readjust the hitch with them installed?


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Old 07-30-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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I purchased them a month ago. They are AWESOME! It cut my noise down a bunch. I'm very impressed with them. They're not thick enough to have to adjust anything, at least I didn't. What I'm most impressed with them is that I don't have grease all over the place because you don't have to over grease trying to stop the noise and the wear on the brackets. I noticed no difference in sway. Best $27 I ever spent!
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:01 PM   #3
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I like mine although I'm not sure how much noise they reduce. Most of my noise seems to come from the bar sockets on the hitch. If I don't grease those, I get the horrendous creaking and groaning that we all know about.

I didn't notice any change in sway control when I put them on.
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:29 PM   #4
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Personally I do not use them,whats a little noise. Not any worse than road noise in the vehicle Latter RJD
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:29 PM   #5
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Same as tmhudg - lube the socket swivel points, noise is gone. Jackets installed, no change in sway control.
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:33 PM   #6
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I installed them and noticed NO difference in noise. I greased the ball and the noise was gone, until it rained and the noise returned. Regressed for the next trip and no noise. I don't recommend the bracket jackets.
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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I know everyone says "What's a little noise - it lets you know they are working" but I find it embarrassing to be making such a racket driving through the campground. On two (of the four) times I've used this hitch so far, people have come up to me as I was backing into my site and told me I needed to remove the bars - presumably because it was making so much noise they thought I was breaking things.

I had a mini-debate with one guy who swore I needed to unhook the bars before backing up. I told him I didn't. He said the Dealer told him he had to.

I asked if he had the same hitch.
Yes.
An Equalizer hitch?
Yes.
Just like this one?
Yes... except that mine has chains and a little ball (blah, blah)
Oh, then it's not the same right?
Well, maybe not exactly but it sounds like you are going to break something. I think you should unhook them.
Okay. Thanks for your help...SMH

I think I might try taking the jackets off since greasing the sockets seemed to be the ticket for me. The only thing is, even with no rain, they start to squeak again at the end of a pull over a couple of hours and I have to re-grease.

What are you guys using for grease - anything special?
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Old 07-30-2015, 08:36 PM   #8
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I know everyone says "What's a little noise - it lets you know they are working" but I find it embarrassing to be making such a racket driving through the campground. On two (of the four) times I've used this hitch so far, people have come up to me as I was backing into my site and told me I needed to remove the bars - presumably because it was making so much noise they thought I was breaking things.

I had a mini-debate with one guy who swore I needed to unhook the bars before backing up. I told him I didn't. He said the Dealer told him he had to.

I asked if he had the same hitch.
Yes.
An Equalizer hitch?
Yes.
Just like this one?
Yes... except that mine has chains and a little ball (blah, blah)
Oh, then it's not the same right?
Well, maybe not exactly but it sounds like you are going to break something. I think you should unhook them.
Okay. Thanks for your help...SMH

I think I might try taking the jackets off since greasing the sockets seemed to be the ticket for me. The only thing is, even with no rain, they start to squeak again at the end of a pull over a couple of hours and I have to re-grease.

What are you guys using for grease - anything special?
I can understand your frustration and commend you on your "restraint" to not tell them..... But seriously I wouldn't be embarrassed about it, its all good!

I use WD-40 white lithium grease. just a light coat on all moving parts and it isn't too noisy. I know others use a spray graphite and I'm thinking of switching to that...it will work itself into the pores and keep everything moving smoothly.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:07 PM   #9
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Been using the equalizer for the past 4 months. 2 months without the jackets and a good bit of noise on tighter turns. Purchased the jackets and the noise is almost non-existant. With and without the jackets I get absolutely no sway towing my fully loaded 7500 # Hemishere 263RL.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:58 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the responses!

I have a trip coming up next week and I will be going through the Columbia Gorge in Oregon. If you have ever been there, you know you need as much sway control as possible. So I think I am going to run without the jackets on that jont. Then I will be traveling on a two lane road for about 70 miles where there are several 10 mph corners. I will throw the jackets on when I make that trek. I won't even need sway control then, just weight distribution.


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