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Old 05-10-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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My DH noticed that the L brackets on our Equalizer are bending. We have an appointment next Wednesday to get them replaced by our dealer. He told us we could pick them up and put them on ourselves, but I think I want to leave this to the dealer. Any ideas on why they bent? Is the hitch not set up properly? Bad materials, etc.?
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:49 AM   #2
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To tight of turn hooked up?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:03 AM   #3
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Hard to tell from that photo, but IMHO it looks like the bracket might not have been installed properly.

There should be no space between the frame clamp and the frame and no space above or below the frame. There is a warning about this in the installation manual (page 14). The clamp bolts must be evenly torqued, top and bottom to avoid movement (like rocking) as pressure is put against the sides of the bracket when turning (figure 7c).

The clamp also looks upside down; now that I look at it (figure 8).
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Hard to tell from that photo, but IMHO it looks like the bracket might not have been installed properly.

There should be no space between the frame clamp and the frame and no space above or below the frame. There is a warning about this in the installation manual (page 14). The clamp bolts must be evenly torqued, top and bottom to avoid movement (like rocking) as pressure is put against the sides of the bracket when turning (figure 7c).

The clamp also looks upside down; now that I look at it (figure 8).
Egads! Really???? I'm going to have my DH read this manual cover to cover before our trip to the dealer. If it turns out it was installed incorrectly, they are going to get an earful. We depend on, and trust them, to do this correctly. After all, THEY are the supposed "experts." This is our first TT, and I'm disappointed and dismayed that they would get something wrong on such an important component.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:57 AM   #5
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Even the cover picture on the instructions show that your bracket is upside down. I would print out the manual and take it with you and show the dealer the picture and point it out on your trailer.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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Is it the outside link plate or the the L bracket that is bent in Trudinator's picture? I can't tell in the picture posted above.

Here's a pic of a clearly bent outside link plate ...

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Mine are different. Thicker.
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Thought I had an answer to your question after reviewing my Onwer's Manual. Only thing I could find was that Progress Mfg. made a design change.

Mine is designed so that the outside link plate has a boxed enclosure through which the L-bracket passes through and is held in place with a 5/8" setscrew. This allows the L-bracket to move back and forth slightly.

After 10K of use we did notice that the inner and outer brackets were bent and could not clamp properly. We had the inner and outer brackets tack welded to the frame, and no more movement.

Finally, your L-bracket is installed in the proper position. Don't know way it is bent.
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Thought I had an answer to your question after reviewing my Onwer's Manual. Only thing I could find was that Progress Mfg. made a design change.

Mine is designed so that the outside link plate has a boxed enclosure through which the L-bracket passes through and is held in place with a 5/8" setscrew. This allows the L-bracket to move back and forth slightly.
I believe that design change was 2009 or 2010.
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Is it the outside link plate or the the L bracket that is bent in Trudinator's picture? I can't tell in the picture posted above.

Here's a pic of a clearly bent outside link plate ...

From this picture, you can see the outside link plate is bending, just like your photo.
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