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Old 07-10-2016, 11:10 PM   #11
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Old 07-10-2016, 11:32 PM   #12
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good caution

robbdrell has a good point. The best way to put on the equalizer bars and to take them off is with the trailer lifting the truck to the highest possible point with the nose jack. This takes all of the tension off of the WDH. Many have reported serious injuries when trying to use this tool to release the tension bars while the truck and trailer are in a level position. Hopefully you also have wire safety loops to run the tension bars through to catch them if they should release too fast and fly out while unhooking them. Your truck and trailer should also be in straight alignment, even if you have to pull out to a staging area before installing/removing the tension bars. This reduces the need to use this tool as well.

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robbdrell has a good point. The best way to put on the equalizer bars and to take them off is with the trailer lifting the truck to the highest possible point with the nose jack. This takes all of the tension off of the WDH. Many have reported serious injuries when trying to use this tool without reading and following the instructions.

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Old 07-11-2016, 03:58 PM   #14
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That's for the Equalizer system but I never use it. If I lift up my truck high enough with the tongue jack, the bars will be high enough to slide over the attachment so I can insert the pins.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:12 PM   #15
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I painted my SECOND spring bar tool bright fluorescent orange so it doesn't get left on the truck bumper and end up in the ditch somewhere with the first one.
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:31 PM   #16
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Four years, I've never had to use mine.
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:42 PM   #17
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Used ours a couple of times when we couldn't get quite enough lift to take all of the tension off - usually just one of the bars.

Caution should be used no matter how short the distance - that puppy can pack a punch.
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:09 AM   #18
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Jacking the hitch up, and parking "in-line", I never need this tool. I will be in trouble if I need to swing the bars in or out, mine won't budge for me.


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Old 07-17-2016, 11:26 AM   #19
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Jacking the hitch up, and parking "in-line", I never need this tool. I will be in trouble if I need to swing the bars in or out, mine won't budge for me.


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Jacking the hitch up is a huge help, but I've found that (particularly for off-level locations) it isn't always enough and the stress can make me a little nervous. The tool is invaluable for not having to max out the physical strain; it's designed to give the right leverage. I also keep a crowbar as additional backup.
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