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Old 10-08-2013, 06:17 PM   #113
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1,000# bars-
Creaking and groaning-
I don't bother to grease it because of getting grease on my hands and clothes.
I might try the bracket jackets to quiet it down some.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #114
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1,000# bars-
Creaking and groaning-
I don't bother to grease it because of getting grease on my hands and clothes.
I might try the bracket jackets to quiet it down some.
As I said in a previous post . Equal-I-zer makes a special grease that comes in a handy tube with a small tip that makes it easy to apply to the needed areas . It works a lot better than the other lubes I have tried, and cleans up easily.Should be available anywhere that sells the hitch.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:01 PM   #115
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A little bit of startup noise is usually okay

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...Creaking and groaning-
I don't bother to grease it ...
This thread is so big that I neither remember what I posted in it to be included in the "new post Tom!" list nor am I inclined to look it up.

But, depending on the hitch, a certain amount of noise is okay from any friction-based hitch until one is down the road a bit. That is certainly the case with my Reese Dual-Cam.

Greasing everything for noise abatement is not always the best initial course of action.

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Old 10-09-2013, 06:30 AM   #116
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I don't bother to grease it because of getting grease on my hands and clothes.
That's what disposable gloves are for, to keep grease off your hands. You can buy boxes of 50 or 100 surgical gloves in the pharmacy department at Walmart. As you remove a glove, turn it inside out by gripping the cuff and pulling it off, rather than gripping the fingers to pull it off. With practice, you can remove both at once, with both gloves inside-out, one inside the other. Neat and clean.

As for keeping grease off your clothes, an inexpensive barbecue apron will work wonders.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #117
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I have a 27FB. I'm using the 1,200 bars. It does a fabulous job redistributing weight. Yet to have porpoising problems. I've not greased the bars and you can hear me coming. Its a trade off, messy to me or noisy for others.
1000# bars modded to ~800# bars for a bit more flex...making it easier on our Int.LE 25 EB A-frame...suggest that you try the EQ pads/jackets on your L-brackets ... much quieter and no grease needed.

I can only ask ...at an elevated retirement age and with 15+ of my early years "greasing" in the automotive industry ... what is special about EQ brand grease...other than it responds differently to water / detergent ...LMAO. Likely not the best "lube" in an area with frequent rain / moisture - you want grease to stay in place and not be displaced or removed with water!

By design, the EQ brand hitch uses friction to control sway; so, some friction is necessary to get the job done. Frequent cleaning (with some sort of penetrating oil) and re-greasing of the ball and lubing the pivot points of the arms is also our regular regimen before departure and is suggested. Ask your maintenance folks (auto or RV) to pump some grease into a plastic (we use a yellow med type) jar for you... apply to your ball / coupler with a screwdriver ... wipe off screwdriver with a rag or towel ...grease never touches your hands. One small jar will last for many years as you don't need globs on the ball, just an even coating.

We also use a larger vitamin pill jar with the neck cut off to cover the ball when unhitched ... they are cheap and disposable but -amazingly, the surface tension of the grease on the ball will keep the "pill jar" on the ball when driving down the road unhitched. I have two spares, but rarely have to replace the pill bottle ball cover. Toss the ball cover into a plastic sack between uses and throw away the sack when it gets too soiled for your preferences.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:59 PM   #118
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My experience with the EQ grease was limited to my last and initial trip with our 25fB and during the 15 days on the Oregon and Washington coasts we had 4 days of moisture and 11 of rain. I found that the EQ grease mostly stayed where it was put with just 2 touch ups and unlike the regular HD grease I had been using didn't seem to pick up every bit of airborne dirt and sand. I still use the nitrite gloves, but don't notice near the mess on them, and can often use them over again till they tear.
Not trying to sell it, just mentioning it as an alternative that I found after 22 years of trailering, that I would recommend as an alternative to squeaking and groaning of the bars.
Also after 50 mi on the I 5 in pouring rain with transport trucks all around and not the best road surface I can attest to no loss of dampened sway control and no porpoising.
just my 2c
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #119
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As a follow up to #108 - I spoke with Steve at Equal-i-er and he told me that transferring a bit more weight to the tow vehicle would help. Originally I had zero change in height (as measured by the wheel wells) - now I am about 1" which is within their guideline. Tows great now with no bouncing at any speed!
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Look at the Hensley hitch
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:55 PM   #121
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #122
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I continue to use 1000# bars without problems

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I continue to see many owners "over hitching" like big time.

Over hitching, "does not" give superior performance.

Secondly, in time, it will tear up the front end of your Airstream...

Andy
I started this thread seven years ago and am happy to report that I continue to successfully use the 1000# bars along with the original Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Trailer Hitch that was installed by Southwest Coaches where I originally placed my factory order for a 2007 Safari with 2 solar panels and the awning package.

I am happy to report that the front end is not torn up.

In fairness, I believe part of my success is that I chose the 2-wheel drive F-250 SuperDuty diesel and not the 4-wheel drive, which I understand has a stiffer suspension.

Over the years I have continued to use white lithium grease in the usual places. To keep the messy grease under control, I store the bars in custom made tubes, and I clean up with Gojo Orange Hand Cleaner.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:55 PM   #123
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I went to adjust my brackets and discovered that since I got the trailer a year ago one side was higher than the other side. Yes, the dealer did it. One more thing to,add to the miserable experience at the worst dealer in America.
Why did it take me a year to notice?
Now that everything is adjusted I want to,weigh again to see if there is less wight on the rear axle and more weight on the front axle.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:03 PM   #124
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Been out a week and took a day off to do some tune ups. I tore apart then whole hitch and cleaned and re-greased the whole thing really well. Left the brackets bone dry. The hitch is completely silent now. All the creaking and groaning was coming from the front part of the hitch.
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