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Old 02-12-2018, 07:25 PM   #1
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Hitch Issues

Hello all, we are having a hitch issue that maybe someone can give a little advice.
We just purchased a 2018 Wildcat T311RKS. our tow vehicle is a 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 with tow package. unloaded weight of trailer is 6850 lbs we added a 2nd AC so i am not sure what that increased weight Guessing about 75 lbs, we had about 150 lbs in front compartment. using a 12000Lb Equalizer weigh distribution hitch. All hooked up by dealer for us.

Truck and trailer sit nice and level. We left Tampa with full tank of gas. Truck id well on highway at 60-65. No noises . Stopped in Daytona for gas, filled up tank
while leaving gas station a very loud noise coming from hitch, sounded like something digging into concrete, people were looking at us and asking it we were ok, I understand a new weight distribution hitch makes noise but this was crazy, also noise continued when straight but eventually stopped. We drove to race track a couple miles away with the noise coming and going.

When i unhooked trailer, i saw ball was really chewed up at top about 3/4 way around, receiver was also quite scratched up. Not sure what is going on, new to RV towing, very mechanical person but not sure about how distribution hitch works exactly. would like to hear any thoughts that may be causing issue.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:34 PM   #2
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Im gonna say its something on the trailer receiver. That shouldn't happen at all, its a socket thats meant to pivot. Send pics to the dealer.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:36 PM   #3
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Stop TOWING asap and go to an RV dealer or repair shop to get this looked at. Please consider having the trailer taken by a towing company, maybe flat decked. Let us knowing what the shop says.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:40 PM   #4
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Looks like you have an Equal-I-zer hitch and the friction points are finally doing their thing. Those hitches are quite noisy when turning at lower speeds.

Try greasing the ball to reduce wear, it is a pivot point and wear does happen.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:48 PM   #5
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Make sure that the clamp on the trailer is properly adjusted. Not too tight, not too loose - just a small amount of play. Videos on youtube.

Don't trust the dealer set-up of the WD system. Constant complaints on RV forums about them being way off. Check it carefully yourself, or have another dealer check it. Youtube videos on this also.
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Dumb question but what size is the hitch ball? I can't read it in the picture with my old eyes.
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Dumb question but what size is the hitch ball? I can't read it in the picture with my old eyes.


Its 2-5/16 based on the pic.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:15 PM   #8
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Never have seen a ball and hitch grind like that.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:27 PM   #9
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Never have seen a ball and hitch grind like that.


I have a newer ball that looks almost identical, cheap plating flaking off and grinding things up. Not even a WD hitch ball at that.
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My uneducated guess from a million miles away is that a piece of metal got trapped inside the coupler (during manufacturing?), painted over and missed during inspection. It dislodged when you pulled into the gas station and got wedged between the ball and the coupler, your wdh then did a good job turning the two parts into a millstone eventually chewing that piece of metal up.
It's a new trailer, try to get your dealer to replace both the ball and the coupler under warranty. At the same time make sure there is not something else totally different going on, my dad used to say "I've seen horses puke".
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