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Old 06-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #183
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Yes, my Equal-I-Zer makes noise, but my EazLift makes more noise. I don't worry about people in the campground looking because I'm sure their weight distributing hitches make noise, too.
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Thankfully the Andersen WD system is virtualy silent.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:38 AM   #185
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The noise is more in a tight turn/backing scenario, but the all noisy hitches are that way. You don't notice the noise until you get in a campground. I have tried putting grease on the contact points. The noise did quiet down, but I was always getting grease on my clothes. I decided I could listen to the noise. I saw a man put wax paper between all the contact points. I haven't tried that, but I will.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:07 AM   #186
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Another observation I have made: the more weight (fire wood) in the truck bed th noisier the hitch is. No matter what it ain't nearly as noisy as the hitches with torsion bars with chains that hook to the trailer tongue.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:22 AM   #187
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Gene,
The trailer is level. The truck appears OK but the design has a tilted forward style that can be deceptive. The front fender changed very little (less than 1/4"). The rear went down @ 1".

The hitch would not accept a 9th washer.

We used it as described in the previous post and it seemed to tow a little stiffer.

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Old 06-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #188
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Jay, it can be hard to figure out whether the truck is level, so if you can't, it is not of great consequence. If you found a reference before hitching, you could tell afterwards how it has changed. You don't want your headlights pointing at the sky.

But the height of the top of the wheel wells is important and you seem to be fine. You did better than I could with the front and about the same with the rear. My bars tilt upward at the tongue attachment and I could not get them any more close to level without screwing up something else.

A level trailer is great—and if it is a little off, that is not all that bad either. This is not rocket science where perfection is required.

You do the best you can and go camping. Between all the adjustments, it is a trial and error experience.

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #189
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oh man, when I pick up my first TT this year, yet another confusing decision to make, lol.....I read 5 pages of this thread so far...helpful information so far.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:39 PM   #190
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'Geek, it has only begun. You could read all the hitch, tire, tow vehicle, wheel, WBCCI, corrosion, etc., etc., threads and never leave the house.

I've been reading posts for 5 3/4 years and I'm still confused.

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well that is re-assuring...
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:35 AM   #192
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The dealership where you purchase your trailer can help guide you through the process of choosing a hitch and will install it for you. The "hitch work" is part of the "deal" when you buy a trailer.
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The dealership where you purchase your trailer can help guide you through the process of choosing a hitch and will install it for you. The "hitch work" is part of the "deal" when you buy a trailer.
Would that it would be true in all cases. The dealer where we bought ours did a poor job with the trailer and the hitch. Others have reported the same poor service from other dealers.

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Also keep in mind that the dealership may have a special interest in pushing a specific line of WD hitches. It may not acutally be the best for your use.
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Michael is correct. Which hitch will give the most profit, is fastest to slam onto the trailer and what is sitting on the shelf all may be why you end up with a specific hitch.

The dealer put a 1,200 lb. rated hitch on our rig when a 1,000 lb. would have been more appropriate. I assume they either didn't have a 1,000 lb. hitch and didn't care. The salesman said an Equalizer would be best for us and the shop setting up things was going to put a Reese on. I went to the salesman and asked what was right and he told them to use the Equalizer. You can tell a lot of thought went into this.

Not having read a lot about hitches at the time, I was plain dumb. Later I realized the trailer wasn't level and the truck wasn't ok either. That's when I started from the beginning in setting up the hitch. And by that time I had had so many problems with the dealer, I was ready to give up on them. I suspect I had the worst Airstream dealer on the planet. Even a good dealer can screw up, so you have to know exactly what you want and watch every step when things are being set up.

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:41 AM   #196
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I guess I have been lucky. I think I got a pretty good hitch the first time. The second time around I "upgraded". I still have the first setup if anyone needs it.
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