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Old 07-03-2008, 11:15 PM   #1
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Equalizer WDH questions

Transferred the WDH set up over to the 1 ton using the standard drop bar. The hitch head is mounted at the bottom of the drop bar.

The TT sits slightly nose high but doable. A longer drop bar will correct this.

The issue is that when I hook up the TT there is no tension on the spring bars. We can put the spring bars on with two fingers. Almost always had to use the snap up tool to install the bars on the 1/2 ton TV.

Am I not getting any weight transfer? The TV squats about a 1/2 inch.

The rig tows fine, what's going on?
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Old 07-04-2008, 04:10 AM   #2
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If your TV only squats 1/2" you don't need WD hitch.
What's the point??

Does your drop bar have an angle adjustment??
Try increasing the angle to get more weight transfer but like I said,
what's the point??? 1/2" is nuthin!
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:17 PM   #3
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WDH still useful

KyDan may have good point as far as weight distribution goes. But remember, the Equalizer also has sway control which CAN be useful.

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Old 07-04-2008, 08:27 PM   #4
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Hey Dan,

I remember you from the Shadow Cruiser Forum. Visited there frequently when we had our X-240. Good to see you here.

I agree, what's the point with a WDH with this setup?

My only concern at this point is sway contol or should I be concerned at all?

Any suggestions for alternatives?

Thanks.

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Old 07-04-2008, 11:00 PM   #5
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That's true but if you don't have adequate pressure on the
weight bars I don't believe you'll get any sway control.

If you have sway or are worried about it you can use one or
two flat bar friction anti sway bars.
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Old 07-05-2008, 11:20 PM   #6
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Posed the question on rvnet and the mods got into a tussle.

DW got out the DIRECTIONS.

To transfer more weight to the TV, which will increase spring bar tension, move the L brackets up.

So more tension on the bars, more sway control.

Since I already have the Equalizer set up and both trucks, I don't see buying any additional hitch stuff when I can tweak the set up for both trucks.

I adjusted the L brackets up this morning one hole, will see tomorrow if there is any difference in the way it hitches up.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:39 AM   #7
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Glad you got it worked out and even more that you let us all know how it worked out for you.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:01 PM   #8
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Equalizer

IF THERE IS NO WEIGHT ON THE BARS. JUST ADD ONE SHIM
ON THE RECEIVER. BY ADDING ANGLE TO THE RECIEVER IT PICKS UP ON THE BAR.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:26 PM   #9
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Glad you got it worked out Dave. I'm a big fan of "when all else fails, pull out the instructions" (kind of like maps). I have an equalizer, and when I picked my TT up about 3 weeks ago, I watched 2 of the "managers" (it was a Saturday) trying to hook it up, and it was actually quite comical. Fortunately, I only had about a 5 mile drive home...after I read the instructions (3 times) i figured out they had installed my L brackets upside-down (for my A frame type) and had them adjusted incorrectly. My problem was the exact opposite of yours, they had to much weight back on the trailer frame. So I got the brackets installed and adjusted correctly, and pulled it about 500 miles week before last, and it felt perfect the whole way. Here's the link to the instructions in case anybody out there needs them.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/pdf/eq...structions.pdf
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Glad you got it worked out Dave. I'm a big fan of "when all else fails, pull out the instructions" (kind of like maps). I have an equalizer, and when I picked my TT up about 3 weeks ago, I watched 2 of the "managers" (it was a Saturday) trying to hook it up, and it was actually quite comical. Fortunately, I only had about a 5 mile drive home...after I read the instructions (3 times) I figured out they had installed my L brackets upside-down (for my A frame type) and had them adjusted incorrectly. My problem was the exact opposite of yours, they had to much weight back on the trailer frame. So I got the brackets installed and adjusted correctly, and pulled it about 500 miles week before last, and it felt perfect the whole way. Here's the link to the instructions in case anybody out there needs them.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/pdf/eq...structions.pdf
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:52 PM   #11
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Just want to say that the L bracket adjustment worked just fine. A good towing set up got even better. Proved it out coming home yesterday for 186 miles on the interstate.
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:06 PM   #12
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The following is a quote from an email from Ken Leek of Progress Mfg.

"Tension in the spring arms is one of the factors that makes for effective sway control. Your bars should be stiff and take some force to activate the hitch or to place the bars on the L-brackets. If you trailer is sitting nose high your hitch needs to drop some, as you mentioned above, you can purchase a new receiver shank or if you haven’t already you can drop the head down to the bottom holes of the shank to level you trailer. (It already is)

The lack of tension in your bars may be a result of wear in the hitch arm sockets. One suggestion is to tighten the hitch sockets to between 45 – 60 ft.lbs of torque, and to add high performance lubrication to the top and bottom of the arm sockets."
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