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Old 06-09-2014, 11:29 AM   #11
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Progress Mfg. says to lubricate the hinge bolts that hold the bar socket in place inside the socket. The directions are in the installation manual. The grease will work itself into the holes the bolts pass through and quiet it down some. You do not lubricate the friction surfaces. They stay dry. You can find installation instructions and videos on the Equal-i-zer site under the support tab.

Yes, the hitch head becomes the main friction surface but some is provided by the L-brackets. Since everything is metal on metal the hitch can be noisy. Progress makes an optional nylon pad that you install on L-brackets that helps quiet them down. The friction surfaces polish up some with use which help them quiet down.

I have talked to Progress Mfg Customer Service several times from the time I was deciding which hitch to use through the installation process. I have found them easy to get a hold of and very helpful. They were the ones that suggested I re-torque the bar socket bolts and what to torque them to when talking about ways to quiet the hitch down. We also discussed the break-in period and how loading would affect the amount of noise. On one call we went over my setup final measurements so I could verify what I was seeing was the way it should be. The good support is one of the reasons I happy with the hitch.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #12
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I've hooked up my Equalizer on some pretty steep angles! Like others said, when you disconnect, just be sure to swing the bars out pretty far before you pull them out of the sockets.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:56 PM   #13
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One other question if I may...How heavy is the hitch head of the equalizer?
I think the whole thing with the sway bars is 75lbs.
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10 years and several thousands of miles with the same EQ, works great!
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:19 PM   #15
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Just got back from a 2400 mile trip pulling my 35' toy hauler and had no problems with the equalizer hitch. I have the 14,000 hitch.

It is also very easy to set up and fine tune.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:20 PM   #16
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I used vasoline to lube my equalizer seemed to work as well and does not stain clothing if you rub against hitch and get se on your pant leg
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:55 PM   #17
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Pulled the trigger...hopefully I made a good decision

Based on the feedback and the sheer numbers of the equalizer hitches I see at the campsite I think I will be fine.

I may have some installation questions however so watch out!
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Old 06-19-2014, 08:16 PM   #18
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It just arrived....now to find a torque wrench that will hit 430ft/lbs!!Click image for larger version

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It just arrived....now to find a torque wrench that will hit 430ft/lbs!!Attachment 55797Attachment 55798
Due to the price of such a high level torque wrench, that I am unlikely to need again in the future, I had a local RV place torque everything that was over 250 ft/lbs. They charged me $25 and did it while I waited.
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Local rental shop has a snap on w/ socket for 20.00 per day that will do the trick.
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