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Old 05-03-2015, 12:13 AM   #15
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BTW AWCHIEF, meant to also say sorry about your accident, hope you are on the mend. Installer must not have torqued the bracket bolts for it to come off. Were both brackets' bolts loose? I will definitely check mine before next trip, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:49 AM   #16
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Thank you, physically doing fine. All healed up. Going to try your idea of using a socket and long handle with an extension to get more leverage and further away from the brackets.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:21 AM   #17
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Some general comments to anybody considering this hitch: after using the blue ox for several years, my opinion is, if I am having to exert a lot of leverage on the wrench to turn the rotating brackets, that is a clear indication that I have not raised the trailer tongue high enough. My procedure is to get the bars slack enough, that they turn with almost no force at all. If I raise it high enough, I can literally turn them with my bare hands.
I would caution anyone using these to indeed be very careful if you are having to apply a bunch of torque on the wrench to release or install. The problem is, as Awchief found out is the saddle bracket can "twist" on the a-frame, and pop off.

Also, another point is, if the trailer is turned at an angle from the truck, that will result in one bar being "tighter" than the other, so be aware of that when dealing with the rotating brackets.

Chief, glad to hear you healing up. Scary indeed getting smacked anywhere in the head.
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gmw, good point, that is why I take all the rotating effort out by using the adjustable air suspension to compress the bars. It makes for a much less dramatic hook-up/un-hook procedure.
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Anyone with ideas on Airstream dealership's installed Blue Ox Equalizer hitch? Having one as recommended installed on new 23FB Flying Cloud.
Just did my first day drive and unhitch. The ride was smooth as butter. The unhitch was easy and uneventful thanks to all the advice given here.
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AWCHIEF... glad you're alright and thanks for sharing this lesson with us!
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