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Old 05-25-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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Equalizer Hitch Question

I have an Equalizer Hitch and I wonder if what I am experiencing is normal. When I connect the TT to the TV and then try to move the WD Bars into place it takes 2 men and a boy to move the arms. I have watched videos where these arms move pretty easy. I have to put all my weight behind them to make them move. I was told they would loosen up a little after some use. I has not become any easier. Thx for any thoughts..
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Try a little grease on the top and bottom of the hitch point at the couplers that the arms lock in to. If that doesn't work check to see how tight the bolts are that hold the couplers on (may be over tightened, but I think the grease will work).
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Old 05-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Mine were very stiff as well for the first couple of times. I agree that you should check the torque on the socket bolts. This snip is directly from the owners manual available on the Equal-i-zer web site.
"WARNING
Never tow with loose socket bolts. Tighten socket bolts to a minimum of
45 Ft-lbs torque before each towing session.
CAUTION
CAUTION Do not pound directly on the sockets to move them. Pounding may cause
the sockets to crack or chip. Use only the lever force of the spring arm to
move tight sockets. Loosen the socket bolt if required. Re-tighten them
once the socket has been moved.
Insert spring arms into the sockets in the hitch head. Arms for the 12K
and 14K models are side specific. They are notched slightly off-center, and
should be inserted into the socket with the notch on the inside, and with the
label facing outward."
With all this said, I would agree that a little grease on the socket surface should allow better movement, but you may want to consider loosening the sockets and then re-torquing them.

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Old 05-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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Latch the trailer onto the ball and then use the tongue jack to lift the whole mess up 2 to 4 inches.
I just installed an electric jack rather than cranking by hand. The bars should swing in w/o any force at all.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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I just installed an Equalizer and experienced this also.

As Grizzly mentioned, i just added a little grease, worked them in and out a few times, and much easier now.

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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Grizzlygibbs.. Thx for the info

I think the bolts were overtightened. I always raise the hitch up using my eeelectric winch but I really had to struggle to get them to move. Especially when taking them off. I am 300 lbs and I really had to yank and tug to make em move.

I put the hitch assay into the receiver upside down and needed to use a hammer to loosen the nuts. I re-tourqed them to 45 ft-lbs and greased everything up good.

I'll be hooking it up late next week for our month plus trip up to Maine and Canada and I will see if they are easier to move. Thx for all the good feedback... Don
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Are you talking hard to move arms side to side or up onto the "L" brackets?
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:53 AM   #8
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Are you talking hard to move arms side to side or up onto the "L" brackets?
Important question! Side to side means the ape who installed them did not use a torque wrench to set the sway drag. Up and down is OK (provided the hitch was set up properly) and use the tongue jack to "unload" the hitch so you can swing the bars onto the shelf brackets.
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Are you talking hard to move arms side to side or up onto the "L" brackets?
I believe the OP is talking about side to side, not up and down. One of mine was the same way. I retorqued it and greased them both - works nice and smooth now.
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When you say you 'grease' it..what does that mean? Where the bar sits on the rail? Should that be lubed in any way, too?
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