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Old 09-18-2021, 11:34 AM   #1
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I am in shock this could happen on hitch

In laws drove 350 miles like this. He noticed it when he went to unhook. Crazy. Anyone else ever had this happen with a equalizer hitch? The weld totally broke all the way around.
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:47 AM   #2
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WOW! How many miles on the hitch?
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:53 AM   #3
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WOW! How many miles on the hitch?
Kinda spit balling here I would have to guess around 7k to 9k
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Hitch overloaded?
Might be too small for that camper?
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:59 AM   #5
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We've got about 30,000 on ours. It still looks new. I re-paint it each year after our winter trip.
I'd contact the Equalizer folks and get their opinion and advice.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:00 PM   #6
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Hitch overloaded?
Might be too small for that camper?
Not at all, 1200/12000lb hitch. Camper is not even close to 12k.
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:05 PM   #7
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We've got about 30,000 on ours. It still looks new. I re-paint it each year after our winter trip.
I'd contact the Equalizer folks and get their opinion and advice.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/
We went to a dealer near by. They were shocked too that the weld would break. They called their rep and sent him pictures, the rep was in awe too. They said there is a lifetime warranty on them and they gave him a new one. The rep wanted the old one to send to equalizer to look deeper into why. With the setup, he was all well with in specs. They made sure of that first.
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:10 PM   #8
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Well a good ending is always good.
Make sure the new one is adjusted by the book.
I just learned a new thing to check before and after each hookup.
Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:16 PM   #9
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Well a good ending is always good.
Make sure the new one is adjusted by the book.
I just learned a new thing to check before and after each hookup.
Thanks!
Thanks, yes it is. That is why I posted this. I learned something myself. It could have been a lot worse. Not saying anything bad about equalizer hitches, I think they are a good hitch, and USA made and hopefully just a fluke that doesn't happen again to anyone.
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:30 PM   #10
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Still have my 1200/12,000 Equalizer in the shed.

Loved it before I went 5th Wheel and am thinking about going back to travel trailers. Rockwood/Flagstaff has a floorplan that is freaking perfect for us.

May not be long before the Equalizer is back on the truck.
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:07 PM   #11
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I always went up one step from what was required for Equil Hitch
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:18 PM   #12
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That actually looks more like the metal failed and not the weld!
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:49 PM   #13
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That actually looks more like the metal failed and not the weld!
Looks like the weld was just on top and not penetrated. Take another look.
I saw the same thing a few years ago on the highly touted Hensley hitch.
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Yikes

So glad it got noticed and corrected with no injuries/accidents involved!
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Old 09-18-2021, 02:43 PM   #15
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I would have suggested to NOT to re weld that, replace it. Glad to hear that it was replaced. The twisting and bouncing and vibrations cracked the weld from the metal. It happens, all 'things' degrade with usage and time.... (have to log off, here comes the ol'battle axe.. er DW )
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(have to log off, here comes the ol'battle axe.. er DW )
She should use her ax to give you a whack… mean comments about your DW ~ not funny
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I'm a big fan of Equal-i-zer.
But a few days ago, this happened while we were towing:Click image for larger version

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Apparently the hitch end of the bar dropped onto the road and digging into it until we heard the noise and stopped. As we pulled over, the weight bar fell off about 100ft behind us.
I just received two replacement sockets from the manufacturer.
Luckily we're in one place for the next 2 weeks so I can get this fixed.
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OK.....now you all are starting to scare me!

Dan, what you figure caused it?
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I'm a big fan of Equal-i-zer.
But a few days ago, this happened while we were towing:Attachment 263006Attachment 263007
Apparently the hitch end of the bar dropped onto the road and digging into it until we heard the noise and stopped. As we pulled over, the weight bar fell off about 100ft behind us.
I just received two replacement sockets from the manufacturer.
Luckily we're in one place for the next 2 weeks so I can get this fixed.
Looking at the rust on the bar bracket it appears to have been cracked for a while.
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OK.....now you all are starting to scare me!

Dan, what you figure caused it?
I don't know and Progress Manufacturing didn't say after I sent pics. They just the replacement parts.
I would guess there was a weakness in the metal socket.
We never lost any control. In fact, I never noticed any changes, other than the dragging noise.
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