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Old 01-25-2019, 07:49 PM   #1
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Equal-i-zer and freshly weighed tongue

Hey, could use some advice. Finally got a Sherline scale and just weighed the tongue. Brochure "dry" tongue weight is 620lbs, scaled weight is 750lbs.
My Equal-i-zer had 4 washer in it, from my previous lighter HTT. Since moving to my current heavier trailer, I had some sag when hooked up. I added a 5th washer and it doesn't seem have changed much. Equal-i-zer support says I can add up to a total of 8 washers.
My F150 has Max Tow package and a payload of 1828lbs. Subtract about 100lbs for the TonnoPro bed cover and misc stuff under rear seat.

So what do you all think about adding 1 or 2 more washers, for this amount of tongue weight.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:19 PM   #2
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Equal-i-zer and freshly weighed tongue

add them. You have a 1000/10000 equilizer?
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The WDH is not there to eliminate sag. It is there to restore the lost front axle weight. Read the Ford manual and EQ manual and set it up accordingly.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:56 PM   #4
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780# of tongue with 2018 4wd F150 with max tow. 6 washers.

I added washers until I restored the level of the front fender.
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Old 01-25-2019, 09:59 PM   #5
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add them. You have a 1000/10000 equilizer?
Yes
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:01 PM   #6
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780# of tongue with 2018 4wd F150 with max tow. 6 washers.

I added washers until I restored the level of the front fender.
Thanx babcock.
I'll add that 6th washer and see if it restores front wheel well level.
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I had 5 washers, seemed light. Added one, seemed too stiff. So I ground one down thin and call it 5 1/2 washers. Lol Most likely just me being anal about. Give six a try.
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I have 7 washers on mine. Rockwood 2703ws matched to f150 xlt crewcab ,1730 payload. It towes really nice. My truck sags a little but front fender height is same as before hitching up.
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I have 7 washers on mine right now. F150 and Lacrosse 327RES
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Once you get the washer stack close to returning the front to normal or even a bit over, you fine tune it by adjusting the "L" brackets. This is assuming you have the built-in spring bar friction sway control and not the old chains. Ideally, you'll want the front to go back to the uncoupled height but no lower.
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Once you get the washer stack close to returning the front to normal or even a bit over, you fine tune it by adjusting the "L" brackets.
I would like to see how you do that. You shim them? They have holes that are over an inch apart and you want the bars to be parallel to the frame for the most part, other wise, they won't slide properly..
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I would like to see how you do that. You shim them? They have holes that are over an inch apart and you want the bars to be parallel to the frame for the most part, other wise, they won't slide properly..
That's from the E2 instructions. I would imagine that adding or removing a single washer will raise or lower the tip of the spring bar far more than 1". The optimum way to make fine adjustments and keep the bars perfectly parallel is to use thin shims as CedarCreekWoody suggested.
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Wow 7 washers? That much tension is probably flexing the receiver and trailer A frame upward. How high do have to crank up the back of the truck to attach the bars?
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Equalizer hitches has a bunch of videos that show you how to set up your trailer hitch. Just go to their site and check them out (besides the instructions that you can also read) and if that doesn't answer your questions, you can also call them. That is what I finally did just to double check everything. The people there were very helpful and very nice to deal with. They were a pleasure to talk to. You may even be able to send them email pictures of your setup for their opinion. Good luck. We are extremely happy with our EquaI-I-Zer hitch and have had it for about 6 years. We are pulling with a Z-71 GMC truck.
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When we had our Surveyor TT we had the EQ hitch. I towed with a Ram 1500 4x4 and a Hummer H2 and never had any concerns about towing. It was always hitch up and go.
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This is normally something that is mostly set and forget about... When we first got our TT from dealer it was empty. They setup the hitch (bought it from them) and it worked fine until we decided to actually put something "in" the TT. So first tow and it was sagging. We went to an RV service place (Carolina Campers in NC) and they adjusted the hitch. We are nice and level and it just works. So, personally, if I don't know anything about it... I take it to someone who does. Like I said, how often am I going to need to adjust my EQ hitch?

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This is normally something that is mostly set and forget about... When we first got our TT from dealer it was empty. They setup the hitch (bought it from them) and it worked fine until we decided to actually put something "in" the TT. So first tow and it was sagging. We went to an RV service place (Carolina Campers in NC) and they adjusted the hitch. We are nice and level and it just works. So, personally, if I don't know anything about it... I take it to someone who does. Like I said, how often am I going to need to adjust my EQ hitch?

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My Equal-i-zer was set for my HTT, when i bought both. Never needed to readjust it for the 10 years we pulled it.
But I have a different truck and trailer now, so adjustments are necessary.
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Once you get the washer stack close to returning the front to normal or even a bit over, you fine tune it by adjusting the "L" brackets. This is assuming you have the built-in spring bar friction sway control and not the old chains. Ideally, you'll want the front to go back to the uncoupled height but no lower.


The E2 is not the same as an E-qual-Izer brand.
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The E2 is not the same as an E-qual-Izer brand.
Both WDHs are from Progress Manufacturing Inc.
But the E2 has only two sway control points and is manufacturered overseas, while the 4pt Equal-i-zer has 4 sway control points and is American made.
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