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Old 08-07-2012, 01:19 AM   #1
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Why does my trailer groan?

Slow speeds, general driving - creeks and groans like a haunted pirate ship.

Is it my equalizer hitch?


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Old 08-07-2012, 01:30 AM   #2
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If you have an actual eqiulizer brand hitch. And does it do it especially bad when turn slow sharp corners. Yes mine does it very bad with those type of turns. It's just the way they are. They do make a lot of noise.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
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Its normal !!! Just use a lil lube might help alittle
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:15 AM   #4
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Slow speeds, general driving - creeks and groans like a haunted pirate ship.
Because its hurting?
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:59 AM   #5
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When I had a travel Trailer mine groaned also. Greased all joints with never seeze. never groaned again.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:58 AM   #6
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If you have an Equalizer hitch--it will do that. Check out their website for some teflon pads--Bracket Jacket--they say it helps. I have not tried them.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:14 AM   #7
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Our Equilizer hitch made all sorts of noise turning at slow speeds last year when it was new. It got a little better as things wore in a bit, but I ended up getting the Bracket Jackets from Equalizer as well as their lube at the end of last year. I dont know if it was the jackets, the lube, or the combination but they did the trick and it is much much quieter now.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #8
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Never been on a haunted pirate ship but hitches can make a lot of noise, grease works for a while but it always comes back.
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Its probably an old age thing. Thats what I blame about everything.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:46 AM   #10
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Slow speeds, general driving - creeks and groans like a haunted pirate ship.

Is it my equalizer hitch?


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First, never lube all the joints on an Equalizer hitch, the metal on metal is what gives you the sway control.
Grease the joints in the hitch head only.
To reduce the noise, which by the way tells you it is working correctly, you can do two things, add Teflon pads to the L brackets, make sure the sway bars are parallel with the trailer frame when installed (this is the one that I see wrong the most and the angle creates a lot on noise).
FYI, Frequently Asked Questions

Ours always made a little noise even with the pads and correct alignment.
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