Originally Posted by grhodes50
It's normal for the Equal-i-zer to make noise, especialy when new. Make sure you lube the tops and bottoms of the sockets located on the hitch where you insert your tension bars. You can also lightly coat the L brackets using a light weight oil. And these Sway Bracket Jackets may help as well;
Sway Bracket Jacket (pair) - RVWholesalers.com RV Parts
Hope this helps.
This is exactly what I do. You have to especially get the bottom of the the square bracket that holds the tension bar with lube. I spray a little PB Blaster before we head out on all points where there is movement of metal on metal. I literally don't get any real noticeable squeaks anymore after doing this. I like to put the tension bars in their sockets and then spray the tops and bottoms of the square sockets. I then swivel them back and forth a couple of times to get the lube in there good. No more squeaks. You will still get the occasional "POP" , but that's normal.
I learned this the hard way though. It was about the third time that we took the camper out and the paint wore away good on the square tension bar sockets that it started doing this
. We were driving through down town Getteysburg, PA. when it just let loose. I have to admit it kind of sounded like a freight train car with bad wheels. No exaggerating! It was crowded with people and they were all turning their heads at us. It was a little embarrassing.
I use PB Blaster( PB Blaster, 11 OZ, Penetrating Catalyst, Penetrates, Lubricates, Preve
) because it will pull itself into crevices. You can read about it online.
I spray a little every time before we hook up. Problem solved.