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Old 07-02-2018, 06:51 AM   #1
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Is this normal?

We just picked up our Globetrotter last week. The dealership included an Equal-I-Zer Weight Distribution Hitch System in the deal. When we go around corners sometimes there is a groaning sound coming from the hitch. Is this normal? After the hitch gets some miles on it will the sound diminish?

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:10 AM   #2
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Yes Steve this is very normal. You can buy a Sway Bracket Jacket that will help quiet the noise considerably..


https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Equal...9DF920BD4138A7

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:51 AM   #3
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Greasing the hitch head will also help. Follow the instructions from Progressive. They are very good to work with and will help with any questions you might have.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:59 AM   #4
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Thanks!

Thanks SeaMover

The dealer included some sway bracket jackets so I guess I'm set

The noise was a bit disturbing... was concerned whether things were set up right.

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Old 07-02-2018, 08:00 AM   #5
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Very normal. Hitch Ball lubrication may reduce the noise. You will most likely hear the noise only at very low speed turns.

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Old 07-02-2018, 10:45 AM   #6
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Yes, all that moaning/creaking/banging is Equalizer saying "I'm doing my job".
I think of it as an announcement to the campground "We have arrived"!

The noise is the friction of the sway-bars slipping thru the L-pins / L-brackets.

Bracket-jackets can reduce the noise, but I've read they can also reduce sway-control.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:54 AM   #7
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Yes.
Mine makes a snapping sound during low speed corners.
I expect people to stare, but maybe they don't hear it like I do.
I've never noticed it at speed.
I consider it the anti-sway working.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:27 AM   #8
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Had the same issue with ours. Here is the link to the documentation describing where to apply the lubrication and it helps a lot. I've found you need to do it every couple of trips.


https://www.equalizerhitch.com/manua...ar-maintenance
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:56 AM   #9
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Use of the bracket jackets and lubricating the hitch ball and pivot points on the bar sockets on the hitch with white lithium grease all but eliminated the noise for me--Frank
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:53 PM   #10
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Yes, it is normal. You need to lube the hitch. This is from the owners manual: The friction surfaces of the head and sockets should be kept clean and well lubricated with a good quality multi-purpose or bearing grease. We recommend Equal-i-zerŪ high performance lubricant. These are the surfaces where the arm sockets rub against the top and bottom plates of the head. See Figure 23. They should be lubricated before each trip. Check for damage or abnormal wear at the beginning of each towing day and replace if necessary. Clean dirt and road grit from all friction surfaces regularly.
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Noise is a normal occurrence when towing a trailer and using any weight distribution or sway control hitch.

The majority of hitch noise can be eliminated by lubricating the friction surfaces of the head as shown in Figure 23.
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