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Old 03-04-2017, 06:17 PM   #43
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I spoke to the service mgr at the dealer. He stated that it was AS that insisted that "equalizer hitch with 2 or 4 way sway " be the only add on hitch for WD and Sway control that can be used on an AS. All other trailers they sell can use any brand. They stated that they would "allow me to use any other leading brand".

thus i am now leaning on either the
reese pro series 750 lb with WD and Sway control -sku 49902 -$688 installed
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eaz-lift elite 600 lb with sway control -sku 48056-$install cost unknown yet

any pros/cons on either of these selections

i concur that the straight square tubs are inflexible
Equilizer brand hitch or generic equilizer type hitch? What is four way sway?
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Old 03-04-2017, 07:37 PM   #44
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Our Equalizer hitch on Sequoia towing 27FB failed within 1 year with major weld breaks - didn't drop anything, but we felt (dealer concurred) we had to replace it because it looked like it was likely to physically come apart. Not aware of anything that would have caused the failure, no warning, just happened to inspect the hitch during hitch-up and notice the weld breaks. Discovered over Xmas-New Years when factory was closed and no interaction possible, had to replace entire assembly at dealer instead of just the main linkage part, over $1,000 to replace including labor to get back on the road.
Have not communicated with factory or sent hitch back for warranty yet because we are on the road and won't be back at base until mid-April.
Our torque wrench tops at 150 ft-lbs, so we don't have capability to check the high torque on some of the hitch bolts (>300 ft-lbs) so can't do that ourselves. Hitch has seemed to work well, replacement is fine so far; don't know why this occurred.
Don't know about the welds breaking, but a bolt can fail from a fatigue break if not tightened properly. (Once had a Husky weld fail on me, warranty replaced.)

If the required bolt torque, is higher than your wrench's range, use a lubricant on both the threads and the face of the nut, and reduce the torque by amounts as below:
-oil, reduce by 20%.
-bearing grease, 30-35%
-Extreme pressure lube such as C-5 colloidal copper, 'Never Seize' or similar, reduce torque by 40%
This will give you about the same bolt tension as dry-torqueing. Why?
(I like the C-5, myself.)
Only 10% of the applied torque is used to actually tighten the bolt; the rest is to overcome friction; 40% on the nut face, 50% on the threads..
BTW Do NOT use dry torques on lubricated bolts; you will pull the thing apart, or strip the threads.
(Source: Premier Fastener Corp. I was once an agent there, in Canada)

One good place to use this information is in tightening the ball on the head.
Many 2-5/8" balls, have 1-1/4" shanks that call for 450 ft. lbs.
My torque wrench only goes to 250, well short of it. So.........
I calculated that 40% of 450=270 ft. lbs., a tad short of the requirement; but at that figure, that ball 'ain't' going nowhere.
(I needed to sit on the ground, with my foot against the rear bumper, to react against me sliding under the Ford, when I pulled that high a torque.)
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:33 PM   #45
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.... Ask them why they don't use Equal-I-Zer brand hitches, and what they recommend.
CAN-AM in London is a 7 hours drive from where i live

I have spoken to CAN-AM. They and another dealer told me to avoid the straight bars as per the comments i made earlier about them. CAN-AM uses the EAZ-lift . it looks similar to the Reese pro model.

so i think that either is good to go with

The service guy that recommends the equal-i-zer drive a 6.2L dually and pulls a triple axle trailer. Thus he told me that he never notices the symptom that others do

my Q5 3L is no match to his TV. Then again my sport 22 is no match to his monster size trailer

that is why i was ask for people to comment so that i can get a better feel with a TV and trailer closer to my size.
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Old 03-04-2017, 09:33 PM   #46
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how to install reece pro hitch sku 49902

this video walks you through the install steps



and this is review of all the parts

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this video walks you through the install steps



and this is review of all the parts

On my laptop these videos haven been 'disabled' by U-tube! Phooey!
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i too get "disabled by utube poster" owner. what gives?
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