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Old 09-13-2010, 03:18 PM   #11
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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:

manual states:
Insert the spacer rivet with washers into the back of the hitch head to
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
the ground as closely as possible to the coupler height.


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
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:26 PM   #12
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I am going to try to post some pictures of the ugly brackets. Talked with the dealer tonight and they maintain that it is a problem with the Equalizer brackets and that newly redesigned ones will be coming within the next week.



There are 5 washers on the hitch. Since the TV is a Toyata Tundra with the full tow package (10,300# capacity), this seems correct. The brackets are within the 29" - 32" range. I also think that something is rotten in Denmark here. My current plan is, when the newly redesigned plates arrive, I will take the TT to the dealer and ask them to completely remove the Equalizer hitch and reinstall it. This shouldn't be a problem as they have been very accomodating so far.

I also have heard that the hitch is one of the better ones so I have to believe that part of the problem lies in the installation. My theory (and it is only that as a rank amateur) is that the pivot point of the bars at the hitch is torqued too tight and not allowing them to sway enough in normal operation. It seems that this would explain the bracket bending. Oh well, time will tell.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:54 PM   #13
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Your's are different than mine. I have the Equal-i-zer with 4 point sway control, 1,000 lb bars. On mine the "L" brackets fit in a sleeve and are held in by one bolt that is snug tight. The sleeve is part of the "Link Plates".
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:47 AM   #14
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yep, those don't look like my Equal-i-zer's L brackets/mounts either. mine are as grhodes50 described.
i also have the 1000/10000lbs. 4-point sway control model.

are you sure it's a real Equal-i-zer and not some copy?
is it the 2-point sway control model? maybe that one has different brackets.

Edit: upon looking at the Equalizer website, those do look like the brackets they use, now.
didn't know they changed them.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:46 AM   #15
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Looks to me, the instructions weren't followed.

Click here and scroll down to page 16. See figure 7d, upper drawing.

The instructions state:
Once the inverted brackets are installed correctly - use a 3/8" X 1" self-tapping washer-headed bolt to secure each outside link plate against the frame (see figure. 7d).
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I'm with Mike on this one. They're missing a screw into the frame that prevents the problem you're seeing. It's an installation issue. Take it back to the installer and have them do it right. I'd print out page 16 of the manual and take it wiht you.

I'd also like to see pictures of the entire setup, top and side views. If that's possible. That way we could see if anything else looks askew to us.

One other thing while I'm writing. Your tongue weight is going to be right at the 1000 lb mark if not a little over. I urge you to go to a scale and have the setup weighed fully loaded and ready to camp.

The dealer should have sold you the 1200 lb Equal-i-zerģ WDH. It would have been a better fit.
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I have the exact same brackets on mine, and I have the 1000/10000lb hitch. I agree with the above posts that this was incorrectly installed. Have the dealer remove everything and reinstall in your presence so you can observe the install. Have a copy of the install manual with you and follow along as they do the work. I installed my hitch myself and then after the first tow I made the needed adjustments and I have not had a problem since (knock on wood). I think they are over tightening the link plates on your A frame. be sure they are using a Tourque wrench
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Just for curiosity sake, who is your dealer?? Some of us live in the KCMO area.
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I am going to try to post some pictures of the ugly brackets. Talked with the dealer tonight and they maintain that it is a problem with the Equalizer brackets and that newly redesigned ones will be coming within the next week.



There are 5 washers on the hitch. Since the TV is a Toyata Tundra with the full tow package (10,300# capacity), this seems correct. The brackets are within the 29" - 32" range. I also think that something is rotten in Denmark here. My current plan is, when the newly redesigned plates arrive, I will take the TT to the dealer and ask them to completely remove the Equalizer hitch and reinstall it. This shouldn't be a problem as they have been very accomodating so far.

I also have heard that the hitch is one of the better ones so I have to believe that part of the problem lies in the installation. My theory (and it is only that as a rank amateur) is that the pivot point of the bars at the hitch is torqued too tight and not allowing them to sway enough in normal operation. It seems that this would explain the bracket bending. Oh well, time will tell.

Which type of tongue do you have on your A frame? Per the manual page 13 fig. 7 there are two types of configurations and the link plates must be installed in a specific orientation, they can go two different ways. I would be sure the dealer is instlled them correctly.
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Did anyone else notice that the installation video on a previous post does not show the step where the self-tapping screw is screwed through the bracket and into the frame? The pdf of the manual does show that step, and it is clear from the damage pictures that the screw probably would have prevented the damage. It also bothers me that the screw is necessary for the installation, but according to the manual it is not included with the installation parts. It looks like Equalizer recognized a bad design and their newer manual has the added step.
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