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Old 02-02-2004, 04:20 PM   #15
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Cool! Great work! I wish I had a reward for you other than thanks.

Now knowing that it is from the E-qualizer hitch, which I didn't know I had, I realize that I must have a very old one. The PO gave me everything but the actual hitch/shank. Also, the place they attach to the tongue looks very different. There is no L-bracket.

I'll have to post more pictures. I was planning on purchasing a new E-qualizer hitch, but if I can get parts, that should save me a few bucks!
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Old 02-02-2004, 06:19 PM   #16
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Exclamation I knew that!

Man I knew I shouldn't have gone to work today...I could've won...I know I could. BTW here is a picture of the current tool.

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Old 02-02-2004, 08:28 PM   #17
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what it is

It's obviously a backscratcher.
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Old 02-03-2004, 03:30 AM   #18
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Old 02-03-2004, 08:16 AM   #19
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I got my new hitch and it had one of those in the box, it was in two pieces so I had to bolt it together, it is a tool for putting the bars up on a E-qualizer hitch.
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Old 02-03-2004, 11:38 AM   #20
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It can also be used to remove "hub caps."

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Old 02-03-2004, 11:45 AM   #21
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I've been using it to pick my teeth after BBQ'd ribs. <--see how clean?
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Old 02-03-2004, 12:02 PM   #22
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I have one of those (came with the hitch), but I don't bother bringing it with me. Instead of prying the Equal-i-zer bars up with the tool, just crank the front jack up until the bars slide on easily.

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Old 02-03-2004, 05:24 PM   #23
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Ok, now that we have had some fun with that part, and I now know that it is from an old E-qualizer unit, the following are the rest of the components I have. I don't have the hitch part, and am curious if it is worth it for me to try and find it, rather than buy a new E-q.
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:06 PM   #24
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You have bars from two totally different hitches. The snap-up bracket could be used with either set of bars. There is also a ball on the tongue for a friction sway bar which you apparently don't have either.

My choice would be to go with a DrawTite/Reese HD dual-cam since I am not a fan of the Equal-izer. The snap-up brackets would still work fine , but the rest of the parts in your photo would be history. The sway bar ball could stay on the tongue (I have one unused on mine).

I have towed enough with my HD dual-cam to really appreciate its performance in heavy crosswinds and truck traffic. As a side effect, I have found that it makes backing the trailer easier since the trailer tends to track straight hands off.
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Sounds like a segment of THIS OLD HOUSE
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Greetings Sneakinup!

I agree with John in regard to the Reese Dual Cam. I am a bit more inclined to favor the original Dual Cam with U-Bolt attachment for Vintage Coaches as it makes me uncomfortable to think of drilling any additional holes into the "A" frame of the hitch on a Vintage Coach. I have the standard Dual Cam with the U-Bolt attachment method on both my Minuet and Overlander and am thoroughly pleased with its operation - - in fact with the original style Dual Cam system, the weight distribution bars in your top photo could be utilized with just the addition of the saddles - - a direct bolt-on replacement for the chains - - the weight distribution bars that came with my Minuet are very similar to the ones in your photo and it only took about an hour to install the saddle when I added the Daul Cam system to the Minuet.

Good luck with your hitch decision!

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I have the dual cam with u bolt

how do you determine the correct link in the chains to hook before you raise and lock the weight distribution bars? Is it just a trial and error until you get the right combo that controls the best?
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Following the instructions in the manual for my truck, I measured the height of the rear fender well unloaded, then picked a chain location that returned the truck to that same height.

First, though, you must set the ball at the proper height which you will find in the manual for your trailer. If you don't have the manual, level the trailer frame and measure to the top of the ball cavity on the trailer hitch.
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