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Old 08-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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Issues with Equalizer WD hitch?

I was just told by my RV dealer that Equalizer is redesigning the tongue mounting brackets due to high failure rates. We got our trailer the end of April. After 1 trip (400 miles), I took the TT in for some warranty work and the dealer noticed cracks in the welds so he replaced the brackets. Now, after 2 more trips (400 - 500 miles each), the left bracket has bent so far that I won't pull the trailer. The dealer has given me another set of replacement brackets (no charge). They said that as soon as Equalizer finishes their redesign, they will replace my parts at no charge. Yes, I have a good dealer!

Just thought I would share this experience in case anyone else has similar problems. Oh, the trailer is a 2010 Flagstaff 30WRLS and the TV is a 2007 Tundra 5.7 Limited with the full towing package.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:14 AM   #2
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Which Equal-i-zer® do you have?
How many washers are you using?
What is your tongue weight?

I have the 1000# bars and my TW is 680lbs. Just wondering if I should be concerned.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:21 PM   #3
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Sorry for the delay in responding to you, Bama Rambler. Not sure I can answer all of the questions you asked since the dealer installed it when we purchased our trailer in late spring. It does have 1000# bars but I don't know about washers. Maybe you could explain that part.

As for the tongue weight, I haven't checked but I would expect it to be about 750 - 800 lbs since the trailer loaded weighs about 8000#.

And thanks for asking.
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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Are you referring to the L brackets that the bars rest on?
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:26 PM   #5
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An update

Okay, I put the new L brackets on last week. 2 days later, I pulled out of the driveway and pulled the trailer from Kansas City to Eureka Springs, AR. By the time I arrived at the RV park, both of the L brackets were bent out of shape again.

I have to question if the hitch has been properly installed. Or if there is a problem with the sway bars? Don't know but I am contacting my dealer again to try to work this out.
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:51 PM   #6
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I'd go here


Equal-i-zer® Hitch - Support - Installation Instructions & Parts Breakdown

and read the instruction and watch the video at the bottom of the page and reinstall it yourself. You might fine what is wrong with the installaiton.

I'd start by measuring the TV fender heights front and rear both hooked and unhooked from TT to get an idea what kind of load your putting th hitch under. Yuo may be applying to much weight distribution and the hitch needs to be readjusted.

Second I would measure the distance from the trailer tongue to the location of the L brackets and see if you close the reccomended 32".


You might also pull the reciever head assembly off the TV and assemble everything together on the trailer tonge . Move it side to side and see if it is binding some where. Check for wear marks on the paint on the arms and tongue assemble as wear.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:00 PM   #7
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Okay, I put the new L brackets on last week. 2 days later, I pulled out of the driveway and pulled the trailer from Kansas City to Eureka Springs, AR. By the time I arrived at the RV park, both of the L brackets were bent out of shape again.

I have to question if the hitch has been properly installed. Or if there is a problem with the sway bars? Don't know but I am contacting my dealer again to try to work this out.

I also have the equilizer hitch. Who installed the Ball and set up the truck side of the hitch? You must make specific measurements to set this up and afterwards you need to tow and then recheck and make any neccessary adjustments to the ball height, L bracket set up, etc.

The Brackets that the L brackets attach to must be installed in a specific orientation to the type of A frame you have. If the brackets are not installed correctly they will be damaged.

check out the instrcutions here, there are two differnt ways to install the L bracket shackles

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/pdf/eq...small_0610.pdf

how much force is needed to set the bars onto the brackets?
do you need to use the wrench included with the hitch to set the bars into place?
who set up the tow vehicle side of the hitch?
is the ball height the same on the TV as the TT hitch is when TT is level?
After the first tow were there any adjustments made to the hitch set up?
can you attach a pic of the A frame hitch on your camper and the L bracket set up you have?

It sounds like there is something installed incorrectly.
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:24 PM   #8
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The dealer set up the hitch when I picked up the trailer. It was done on a gravel parking lot so I am not convinced it was properly measured.

I need to clarify one thing - it was not the L brackets themselves that bent but the steel plate that it attaches to. The last 40 or so miles to the campground were all twisty-bits and hills so the hitch arms took quite a workout but still should have been OK.

As far as setting the arms, if I raise the hitch up, they usually go on the L-brackets with little force. Often don't need the wrench.

I hope to get in touch with the dealer today or tomorrow so we shall see the next installment.

Thanks for your input.
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The dealer set up the hitch when I picked up the trailer. It was done on a gravel parking lot so I am not convinced it was properly measured.

I need to clarify one thing - it was not the L brackets themselves that bent but the steel plate that it attaches to. The last 40 or so miles to the campground were all twisty-bits and hills so the hitch arms took quite a workout but still should have been OK.

As far as setting the arms, if I raise the hitch up, they usually go on the L-brackets with little force. Often don't need the wrench.

I hope to get in touch with the dealer today or tomorrow so we shall see the next installment.

Thanks for your input.

So you are saying that the "Link Plates" that the L bracket bolt to are bending? These are the two steel plates that bolt onto the "A" Frame of the camper you are referring to correct?

When the Link Pates are installed is there any gap between the A frame and the upper or lower bolts that hold the link plates onto the camper frame?

I am not sure how this can be bending but not doing any damage to the L brackets.

Can you attach a PIC of the damaged parts and a PIC of how they are installed on the camper frame?
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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).
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