Originally Posted by grhodes50
If the "Link Plates" are tightened too much they will bow. They should be tighented only to the point that they are snug. If you do experience a bow in the plates, you can turn them around so that the bow is against the trailer frame. I read this in the manual that came with my hitch. Check each time before towing because they can work loose and get out of position (32" from the tongue).
This is correct, the manual says to install the link plates with the bow against the A Frame ( using this as an example with the Black Brackets representing the trailer "A" frame and the RED represents the link plates, the bowed plate faces the trailer. Also there should be NO gap between the Link plate Bolts and the trailer frame.
are the brackets installed at the correct location 29"-32" from ball center?
Pics of the damaged link plates and the installation would make it earier to determine what is causing the failure.
I have been told by mu local RV shop that the Equilizer is one of the best WD/SC hitches you can get, and I have not heard of any redesign of the link plate either, have you contacted Equilizer directly and talked to them about the problem or any possible redesigning of the parts?
How many Washers did they install on the tow head to angle to ball? looking down at your truck end, count the washers in the head of the unit that angle the Ball:
Insert the spacer rivet with washers into the back of the hitch head tothe ground as closely as possible to the coupler height.
pre-load the angle of the hitch head. Start with 5 spacer washers for longer
wheelbase tow vehicles like pickup trucks, and 4 spacer washers with
shorter wheelbase vehicles like an SUV. Slide the bolt channel around the
shank and hold the hitch head so that the top of the hitch ball measures from
I still think there is something not correctly installed on your setup.
I just returned from a 300 mile trip and the plates and L brackets have given me no trouble