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Old 01-19-2012, 11:50 AM   #11
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Equalizer from Amazon

I just received my 4 PT unit from Amazon. $ 485., no tax, no shipping. Dealer said he would install for $95. I'll be watching and helping!
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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Everybody seems to forget the installer is bringing his own tools to the table. Maybe it only takes an hour. Do you have the couple hundred of dollars worth of tools needed. If a tool breaks on the install should that be added to your bill? Do you have the equipment to get the vehicle off the floor to safely work on it?
True that you will need a special tool to do it yourself (with Equal-i-zer). But there is no need to lift your vehicle.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:40 PM   #13
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the only "special" tool needed is a thin-walled socket to tighten the trailer ball's nut inside the hitch head.
many have stopped at a shop and paid them $10 to tighten it for them.
other than that, no special tools or shop equipment is needed.

why would you need to lift the vehicle to install a WDH?
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:11 PM   #14
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myself, I don't like lying on ground. I know everyone has a torque wrench that goes to 450lb. Who bothers torquing nuts, right? . All holes predrilled, I guess so. How many have a 1-1/8" - 1-1/2" wrench for ball nut.
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Jim,
With all due respect, I understand that some (maybe most) people will want to pay their dealers a reasonable fee <$100. I do not consider fees of $400 reasonable. I must be missing something in your post.

For those who want to install ...

I've installed two Equal-i-zer hitches and did not need to lie down on the ground.

There is no drilling into the frame with this hitch. You might be thinking of the Reese Dual Cam.

As mentioned, the one tool that can be a problem even with a mechanic is a 1 7/8" thin-walled socket. Its $63 at RVW.

You will need a torque wrench that goes up to 75 lbs for most bolts and you will need to find a place that can torque the ball to 430 and the shank bolts to 320. But, my friendly neighborhood mechanic can do the 430 lbs for the hitch ball and the 320 for the shank bolts. I can always go back and buy him a beer and he is happy to re-torque as needed.
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With all due respect, I understand that some (maybe most) people will want to pay their dealers a reasonable fee <$100. I do not consider fees of $400 reasonable. I must be missing something in your post.

For those who want to install ...

I've installed two Equal-i-zer hitches and did not need to lie down on the ground.

There is no drilling into the frame with this hitch. You might be thinking of the Reese Dual Cam.

As mentioned, the one tool that can be a problem even with a mechanic is a 1 7/8" thin-walled socket. Its $63 at RVW.

You will need a torque wrench that goes up to 75 lbs for most bolts and you will need to find a place that can torque the ball to 430 and the shank bolts to 320. But, my friendly neighborhood mechanic can do the 430 lbs for the hitch ball and the 320 for the shank bolts. I can always go back and buy him a beer and he is happy to re-torque as needed.
I sure would hate to maintain a building, heat, electric, insurance, and workmans comp. on a 6 pack of beer,. We are talking about instaling recever on truck also.
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I sure would hate to maintain a building, heat, electric, insurance, and workmans comp. on a 6 pack of beer,. We are talking about instaling recever on truck also.
Receiver? Honestly?
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We are talking about instaling recever on truck also.
jim44646, we've been talking about installing a WDH, not a receiver.
there's no need to be "lying on ground" to install a WDH.
where did anyone mention a receiver.
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I keep a tool box with us when we take the camper out. It's got the stuff needed for any hitch adjustment during the trip. A good set of 1/2 sockets, a short and long torque wrench, deep well sockets for hitch bolts, lug nuts and hot water heater anode, extra pins/clips/retainers for Equal-i-zer hitch and one extra bracket for weight bars.

Basically, I packed for roadside breakdown that I've seen others deal with on these forums.

And when I do my hitch adjustments, I'll pull the hitch out of the receiver and rotate it 1/4 or 1/2 turn to get to the bolts easier.
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Go ahead and buy a good say 150 ftlb torque wrench too. It wont do you any good on the ball or shank bolts, but it will be useful with the frame bracket and friction (eq. 4 point) bolts as well as checking wheel lugs. The smaller nuts on an eq 4 point hitch will tend to loosen quicker since the parts they attach are repeatedly pulled back and forth. You should check the torque at the spring arm receiver bolts as well as the trailer frame bracket bolts on each trip.
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