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Old 05-09-2016, 09:18 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
That's because it's a new Equal-i-zer and the bar sockets are still tight.
They'll loosen up after a while.
You could spray a little Teflon lube where the sockets pivot.
That is what the dealer told me today. He recommended WD40 to lubricate ad well.
Was not fun having hitch issues in the rain. Will try to get it loose before our next outing.

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Old 05-10-2016, 01:06 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by GalsofEscape View Post
That is what the dealer told me today. He recommended WD40 to lubricate ad well.
Was not fun having hitch issues in the rain. Will try to get it loose before our next outing.
WD40 is a lousy lubricant, compared to other choices.
WD40 is a great solvent though.
You should read your Equal-i-zer paperwork for their recommendations.

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Old 05-10-2016, 08:54 AM   #13
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You might try Slick50 aerosol lube. It's more of a dry lubricant and won't leave a greasy deposit all over. I use it on the crank mechanisms on the windows in my house. One application lasts 6 months.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:03 PM   #14
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I went though all of that with my equalizer last year. Sprained my finger trying to get the bars out. I pulled and pulled until it came flying out, and whacked my finger pretty bad. I now hitch with a pair of leather gloves. I have since learned to spray the dickens out of it if it doesn't cooperate. I was asking my son, or the male guys on the trip to pull on the bars to swing out. I haven't been doing that anymore. I put the bars on right before I leave the driveway with the TV in line straight with the trailer and on level ground. I jack up the hitch a bit, and I then slide the bars in, they are in the correct position already from the last trip and fit right in place just off the bracket. When I lower the hitch they land right on the shelf where they need to be clipped in. The guys can swing the bars in and out, but I can't. If I need to adjust them a little I give them a few whacks with a big rubber mallet. It works.

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