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Old 04-05-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Question for Equalizer owners

I am a real fan of the Equalizer hitch. I have a 1000/10000 model. The dealer installed it for me & set it up. I have noticed that after backing up that the link plates have moved. I have tried retorqeing the bolts. Monday we went on a trip & when we backed into the site where we were staying I heard a loud crack. When I went to remove the bars I found that we had sheared one of the bolts holding on the bar brackets. Today I went to a local trailer supply store & asked about this & immediately I had two of the employees say you're not supposed to back up with the bars in place. They said you should remove the bars from the bracket before backing up. What is your take on this? Have any of you heard this?
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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I always prior to backing into a site removed my bars. I would pull up, get a 6x6 piece of lumber out and remove all of the bars prior to backing and turning into the site. The bars are more for travel to help distribute weight and help with sway during travel.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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Hmmmm - I've never heard this. I have been backing the W&P now for 3 years with no damage - maybe I've just been lucky. I do see that when trying to get into tight spots it could be significant stress on the system.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #4
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rbq, how far from the center of your coupler are the sway brackets? Is it less than 32"?
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I always thought that was one of the selling points of the Equalizer. I've never had an issue. Maybe in a tight turn it would bind up I guess.
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I've always left it hooked up prior to returning last weekend. For some reason, I disconnected the bars before I started backing it up the drive and into it's resting spot. From now on, I will remove the bars prior to backing into our drive way. It was much easier with them disconnected. For minor adjustments at the CG, I imagine I will leave them connected.
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I always thought that was one of the selling points of the Equalizer. I've never had an issue. Maybe in a tight turn it would bind up I guess.
I think it IS a selling point that you don't need to remove them to back. Maybe if you jackknife the thing while backing it would be problem, but I've always backed with them on and never had a problem. I don't want to stop and jack up my unit before backing into a site.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:22 PM   #8
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Triguy,
The brackets are between 31 & 32 inches as per specs.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #9
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I always take them off before backing in. Usually if I have to get water in the tank before going to the spot I will take them off while DW or DD fills the fresh water up.
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I always take them off before backing in. Usually if I have to get water in the tank before going to the spot I will take them off while DW or DD fills the fresh water up.
Good to have checked. That was my first thought as placing them too close adds to the stress.

My only other thought is to ask Progress Mfg. I've talked with their engineers before and found them helpful.

BTW - I am one of those Equal-i-zer owners who backs up with the bars on unless I need to be quiet (i.e., arriving at night) or know I have a really sharp turn while backing.

Let us know what you find out if you call them.
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