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Old 10-28-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Equalizer installation help

I started at 4 pm and worked until dark but can't get the adjustments I want.

The trailer is level, but the back of the tacoma (2012) only came up 1/4" with the bars in placed.

Here are the measurements:

Uncoupled (rear fenders, from ground to to fender): 36"

Coupled (rear fenders, from ground to to fender): 34.25"

Coupled with arm bars in placed (rear fenders, from ground to to fender): 34.5"

Btw the front didn't change much (increased 1/2 inch). The trailer is 22' feet from bumper to tongue with dry weight 3926, tongue weight 416 (manufacturer numbers). I did all the measurements without driving it
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
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Sounds to me like you might need more washers, to tilt the hitch head back more (tilt the hitch ball towards the tt). When you do that it will increase the tension on the bars and move more weight from the rear axle of the tv to the front axle of the tv.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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A few thoughts for you.

First, that tongue weight percentage is technically okay at 10.6% but I would recommend you go heavier. I prefer 13%. YMMV and 10-15% is fine, but my trailers have pulled better with a TW greater than 11%.

So the rear wheel well falls between the uncoupled height and the coupled but no WD height. That's good. The thing you don't want is over adjustment in the rear.

I believe that both are important, but the primary one is the front wheel well measurement. Is the front at least half way back to its uncoupled height? Check out pages 17-18 in the Equal-I-zer manual. Try to get that to be correct and then check where your rear is at. Be aware that Toyota as its own recommendation for your truck.

Last, the dry weight you mention. Is that from the sticker? If so, it's heavier now that you added a battery, any cargo or dealer mods.

(I moved this thread to towing, hitches and toads so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle within General)
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:42 AM   #4
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A few thoughts for you.

First, that tongue weight percentage is technically okay at 10.6% but I would recommend you go heavier. I prefer 13%. YMMV and 10-15% is fine, but my trailers ave pulled better with a TW greater than 11%.

So the rear wheel well falls between the uncoupled height and the coupled but no WD height. That's good. The thing you don't want is over adjustment in the rear.

I believe that both are important, but the primary one is the front wheel well measurement. Is the front at least half way back to its uncoupled height? Check out pages 17-18 in the Equal-I-zer manual. Try to get that to be correct and then check where your rear is at. Be aware that Toyota as its own recommendation for your truck.

Last, the dry weight you mention. Is that from the sticker? If so, it's heavier now that you added a battery, any cargo or dealer mods.
That is the sticker. I measured both propane tanks to be 104lbs filled. So I assumed the tongue weight is more (probably 600 lbs).
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:45 AM   #5
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One more thing. I said above that Toyota has their own recommendation. Specifically, I think the manual says to adjust the weight distribution hitch until front fender is returned to the same height as before connection.

But please check your Toyota manual to confirm.
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One more thing. I said above that Toyota has their own recommendation. Specifically, I think the manual says to adjust the weight distribution hitch until front fender is returned to the same height as before connection.

But please check your Toyota manual to confirm.

Thank you guys. I will try again when I get some free time.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:58 AM   #7
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Sound like you need to move the "L" bracket on the TT tongue up 1 hole. I know that some say that the bars must stay parallel to the tongue, mine don't. To achieve the proper weight distribution to the front of the trk, the bars are a bit closer to the tongue at the "L" bracket then at the hitch head and the trl pulls and rides great. I wouldn't recommend adding over 6 washers on the hitch head, any more then that and you run into issues with uncoupling the trl from the hitch due to the angle.
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Sound like you need to move the "L" bracket on the TT tongue up 1 hole. I know that some say that the bars must stay parallel to the tongue, mine don't. To achieve the proper weight distribution to the front of the trk, the bars are a bit closer to the tongue at the "L" bracket then at the hitch head and the trl pulls and rides great. I wouldn't recommend adding over 6 washers on the hitch head, any more then that and you run into issues with uncoupling the trl from the hitch due to the angle.

Lindy,

I was going to ask the same question about the issue of coupling/uncoupling with a slight angle. On my boat trailers, if the truck are slight angle, it wouldn't go . My driveway is slight angle
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:56 PM   #9
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Working on it right now. Can you swing the arms (bars) freely? How come the video shows the arms can swing freely, but I am having a hard time?

I had park the truck straight or else it won't work.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #10
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yes. arms should swing freely.There will be some resistance though. they should be torqued at 45# I believe, look at manual.
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