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Old 05-12-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
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Equilizer L brackets

I finaly got time today to recheck the Equalizer Hitch setup on my trailer. After going thourgh the factory initial setup with the 1000 lb bars, I did find that the dealer did not have the frame brackets torqued to specs and also the bolts in the Hitch head where the bars go was not torqued either. I tighten all of these bolts to factory specs. I then measured the TV without the trailer hooked and wrote these measurements down. I then hook the trailer up and setup the equalizer hitch to the initial setup per the factory instructions. I had the following changes to the TV with the Equalizer bar in place. The rear of my TV went down about 1 1/4" and the front of the TV stayed almost the same as before the trailer was hooked up. I have 5 washers in the hitch head and the L-Brackets are in the third hole from the top. I am going to leave it there for now. We will be going camping tomorrow so I will be able to see how the trailer pulls. I may have to do some fine tuning but I am not sure exactly what to try first. I am tempted to put another washer in the hitch head to see what that does but I would welcome any advice as to whether to try to adjust the hitch any better or just leave it where it is. BTW, the setup was with the TV and the Trailer fully loaded ready to pull.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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Does the trailer look level when setup?
Measure each corner to see if they are the same off the ground or not.

Adding another washer tilts the Hitch head and pushes the bars to a more downward force on the L Brackets.

If the front of your tow vehicle is in the air you will have some loose steering so watch that
I have emailed Equalizer hitch yesterday cause my L pins are wearing and bending - hopefully they will have an answer for me.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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I can't remember how many washers (8 I think) you can use on the hitch head but I believe the instructions say one bolt hole adjustment on the L brackets is the same as adding/removing 1 washer. I also think it says to adjust with washers before adjusting L brackets but as you know it's much easier to adjust the L brackets at a rest stop than changing the hitch angle. I have adjusted mine during a pit stop by just moving the L brackets then at a later date I would adjust hitch angle and return the L brackets to their original position.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 PM   #4
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Does the trailer look level when setup?
Measure each corner to see if they are the same off the ground or not.

Adding another washer tilts the Hitch head and pushes the bars to a more downward force on the L Brackets.

If the front of your tow vehicle is in the air you will have some loose steering so watch that
I have emailed Equalizer hitch yesterday cause my L pins are wearing and bending - hopefully they will have an answer for me.
I can see how they would bend if they were adjusted too low.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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I can see how they would bend if they were adjusted too low.
you are thinking of the L Brackets - those are attached to the trailer frame and are not bent and are fine

the L Pins which are what hold the bars to the L Brackets are bending

I have attached the some of the same pictures I sent Equalizer to see what they say on my situation - The dealer initially setup my Hitch but I had to get a longer drop and re-attach the hitch head to get the trailer level
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:24 AM   #6
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Don't have the Equalizer Hitch on my setup but this thread is great - especially the video! I do wish my spring bars had the same setup - looks much easier than mine which are inserted from the bottom up.
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Ah, I see. It would take pretty dramatic twist or angle to make those things bend like that...LOL!!!
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you are thinking of the L Brackets - those are attached to the trailer frame and are not bent and are fine

the L Pins which are what hold the bars to the L Brackets are bending

I have attached the some of the same pictures I sent Equalizer to see what they say on my situation - The dealer initially setup my Hitch but I had to get a longer drop and re-attach the hitch head to get the trailer level
Mine do the same. I've had the hitch over two years now and it's not been a problem. I always considered it normal wear and tear.
I do keep a spare set of the L pins. Also an extra set of the pins for the tension bars.

I'm interested in knowing what Equal-i-zer has to say about it, so keep us informed.
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Does the trailer look level when setup?
Measure each corner to see if they are the same off the ground or not.

Adding another washer tilts the Hitch head and pushes the bars to a more downward force on the L Brackets.

If the front of your tow vehicle is in the air you will have some loose steering so watch that
I have emailed Equalizer hitch yesterday cause my L pins are wearing and bending - hopefully they will have an answer for me.
Yes the trailer looks level.


By adding another washer causing the bars to apply more downward force are we then transferring more weight to the front of the TV or Less weight to the front of the front of the TV?


The front of the TV did not change any only the rear of the TV changed by about an 1 1/4" downward.


I have also seen my "L" pins bend as you showed in your pictures and I have purchased a spare set also. I would like to know what is causing them to bend. I am very careful not to make any real sharp turns and I will take the bars off of the hitch before I try to back it at a sharp angle.
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Adding a washer transfers more weight to the front of the truck and to the trailer axles. The front height of the wheel wells should the same hitched and unhitched, or slightly higher when hitched. If they are the same then don't add a washer.

Are you sure you are experiencing sway, or just normal movement? If the trailer just moves around a little then that is normal.

Also, I do not think that the 1000lb and 1200lb bars are interchangeable on the same hitch head. Measure the diameter of the bars to double check that they are the same width. The bars should fit like a glove inside the sockets.
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