Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-31-2002, 11:46 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
2003 25' Safari
Eden Prairie , Minnesota
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 765
Images: 3
Equal-i-zer Hitch

For anyone interested in the Equal-i-zer brand hitch here is some information based on my first 2000 miles. I am towing a new 2003 Airstream Safari 25 (GVWR 6300 lbs) with a 2002 Ford Explorer V8 (Tow Rating 7000 lbs) using Equal-i-zer's model 1722B 10,000 lb hitch.

1. Equal-i-zers web site (www.equalizerhitch.com) includes a calculator to determine which shank you need based on the trailer's hitch height and the tow vehicles height. It recommended the longest 105BXL12 (sometimes listed as 105BXXL12) shank for me, while I should have had the middle sized 105BL12. I am using the highest setting, and the shank limited my ground clearance to only 3". I had a machine shop cut 3" excess from the shank, giving me a comfortable 6" clearance.

2. The hitch weighs 100 lbs! Keep that in mind as it adds to your tongue weight.

3. It requires a ball with a long shank or thinner lockwasher to have enough threads to properly secure the ball nut. A standard ball/washer will not fit. It was tough to find a ball locally - I eventually found a 12,000# ball with a nylock nut that works. You may want to order a ball when you order the hitch.

4. The main casting is not machined flat where the ball attaches, but should have been. After you attach the ball the casting irregularities, weld spatter, and paint will crush slightly resulting in a loose ball. Retighten the ball frequently at first!

5. The main casting is not machined where the equalizer bars pivot, so the first few hundred turns result in groaning and clunking while the pivots grind off the casting irregulaties. Eventually the hitch "machines itself" smooth and quiets down. Keep cleaning and greasing it.

6. The brackets for the equalizer bars go all the way around the trailer's A-frame 32" back from the ball. I had to cut a slot in the battery mount to allow for this. See Brackets Also, the bolts for these brackets do not come with lock washers - so add your own or use some Lock-Tight.

7. Otherwise the hitch works fine, is easy to connect/disconnect, and no sway problems.
__________________

__________________
Dan
dmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 12:13 PM   #2
Retired Moderator
 
john hd's Avatar
 
1992 29' Excella
madison , Wisconsin
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 4,644
Images: 40
how did your trip go?

dan,

how was your first trip with the new unit?

did the dealer meet your needs and expectations?

hope you had a good holiday.

john
__________________

__________________
john hd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2002, 12:25 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
2003 25' Safari
Eden Prairie , Minnesota
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 765
Images: 3
The trip went fine! Long drive!

The dealer did okay on the delivery... spent a couple hours showing me how to work everything on the trailer, and helped me hitch-up. I had to temporarily mount the weight-distributing bar brackets way forward of where they should have been for the short drive from Tampa to Bonita Springs, then I spent time drilling/cutting slots for the brackets to be properly mounted for the big drive home.

The Explorer had no problem pulling the trailer (I was nervous because most everyone on the list had BIG trucks). Even the big hills between Atlanta and Nashville were no problem. The Prodigy brake controller works great too.

Here is a photo taken in Bonita Springs, FL: Florida and another in Bayfield, WI: Bayfield . I'm storing the trailer at my vacation home in Bayfield over the winter.
__________________
Dan
dmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2003, 04:05 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
cljackson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 47
Send a message via AIM to cljackson Send a message via Yahoo to cljackson
Equal-i-zer Hitch

Hi Dan,

We are new to Airstream and are considering a '99 Safari 26' trailer which we will be towing with our '99 Expedition. We have the 4.6L engine on our Expedition, but have read that the Safarisa are lighter and we think it's within the mfg towing limits of our vehicle, although we won't know for sure until we actually weigh it. I assume you have the larger engine on your Expedition. My question is this...are the issues you have with your hitch something that is unique to this particular brand, or will we have to make these modifications on any brand we buy? Just curious, as we will need to take care of this before towing the vehicle home from Austin, should we decide to make the purchase.

Thanks,
Cheryl & Carl (Texas)
__________________
cljackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2003, 09:19 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,364
Images: 39
Hi Dan...

The Florida pic looks great. Your 2002 Explorer is much improved over the previous models. The rear suspension is now independant and has improved the overall handling and ride of the Explorers. Does yours have the optional traction and stability controls? These are options that are showing up on the newer vehicles and are available on your explorer.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2003, 06:53 PM   #6
JD1
1 Rivet Member
 
JD1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 19
Quest

Wayne / I see you are using a Quest to tow your Airstream. Were you able to buy a hitch with a two inch receiver or is it custom? Also, what brand of hitch are you using? Does the Quest have enough power to pull a 23'er? I have seen other Mini Vans towing and was curious about it. Thankyou.
__________________
JD
JD1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2003, 08:14 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,364
Images: 39
JD..
Quest.... The hitch is a class III bolt and is from Uhaul. I reinforced it by adding additional brackets utilizing all six threaded frame inserts instead of the usual four. The fact the Uhaul design only uses 4 of the 6 inserts is disturbing. Overkill on any hitch is desirable in my opinion. Seeing class III receivers on mini vans around here is common place. A Reese twin cam with 750lb bars came with the trailer and it works very well.

V6 Power... We did not know what to expect when I first connected the 23. I had visions of putting the van in drive and having the combination just sit there and not move as if the emergency brake was on. I was pleasantly surprised when I put it in drive and the whole combination started to move even though I had not yet put my foot on the gas pedal. I knew from that moment we would be OK. The combination works well although the engine does work hard on the hills but does not slow down like an 18 wheeler would. We actually passed a GMC Topkick that was pulling a light duty flatbed last summer on a hill. At 65MPH it revs about 3200 which is good and in the power range. My next tow vehicle will have more power and will probably be another mini van. We want the good gas mileage, car like ride, and versatility.

The impressive part of our combination is the highway stability and comfortable ride.
__________________

__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

« coupler lock | Top | towing »

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to choose a shock-absorbing Hitch ? femuse Hitches, Couplers & Balls 16 06-05-2011 07:46 AM
Hensley Hitch Grease Princer Hitches, Couplers & Balls 3 04-12-2004 04:57 AM
Hitch Rating DaveJ Airstream Motorhome Forums 4 09-18-2003 08:29 PM
Interesting Reese hitch experience... 85MH325 Hitches, Couplers & Balls 25 07-30-2003 06:00 AM
Need HITCH help on a 59 59toaster Hitches, Couplers & Balls 3 02-14-2003 11:13 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.