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Old 07-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #197
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So if you add another washer to the head this should make you have to jack the coupler up higher so you can swing the bars onto the brackets or involve using the special tool. Can the tool be used to pry the bars off the brackets if you are in a situation where you can't jack up the coupler high enough or should I carry a separate pry bar?

I'm installing an Arvika bike rack which bolts onto the A frame around the propane tanks. I calcualting it may add another 100 to 120 lbs once the bikes are loaded.

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #198
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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.
M, sounds like you had a good experience. I have experience that is quite the contrary. The dealer equipped mine did an extremely poor job choosing and installing the hitch. I am sure there are good dealers out there but "buyer beware" until you are certain.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:06 PM   #199
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Can the tool be used to pry the bars off the brackets if you are in a situation where you can't jack up the coupler high enough or should I carry a separate pry bar?

Kelvin
I've never been in the situation where I could not jack up the tongue far enough so that I had to use the lever. I've never used it. The only situation I can imagine is if I'm on a spot which has the front of the truck significantly higher than the back. And even if so, a few blocks under the tongue jack will help get the tongue higher.

And - to other comments regarding noise - the teflon bracket jackets helped cut the noise - a lot. No need for grease on the bars.

But definitely - its a process. Even after installation by a knowledgeable dealer, there's tweaks which need to be done. I was just about ready to toss the thing last year, and go with something else. But with advice from this forum, and the manufacturer, finally have it dialed in. Just got back from a 3000 mile trouble-free trip.

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Old 07-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #200
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For me to switch to the teflon bracket jackets I'd have to purchase a set of the old pins to use them. The new style pins with the spring clip doesn't work with the current bracket jackets. Equalizer should come out with a new set of jackets.

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Old 07-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #201
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Here she is, ready for the road. I cannot imagine anything towing better. This setup tows so well. I would love the opportunity to trade rigs with someone for a few miles for comparison and to prove a point. I wonder what a 3/4 ton diesel and a Hensley or ProPride would feel like. I just can't imagine that it could be that much better.
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #202
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What are your bars rated?

How many washers did you have to use? What is your tongue weight.

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Old 08-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #203
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:50 PM   #205
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Proper EQ for my TV and Tradewind

I have been doing a lot of research and have found the EQ to be my choice. One thing I am still uneasy about is what weight system should I use? the 6000Lb GTW / 600TW or the 10,000lb GTW / 1000lb TW? My TV is a 08 f150 4.6 2wd the AS 1970 25' TW. Any help with this would be appreciated. Also any pointers would be great. I have experience towing but its been 10 yrs. and we are almost ready to get this TW on the road.
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The 1970 Tradewind with double bed has a dry weight of 4,250 lbs. and a tongue wt. of 445. The twin bed model is 4,290 and 455. I don't have numbers for GVWR, but the 600 lb. bars sound ok to me.

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Yea I cant seem to find the GVWR numbers anywhere. Thats part of why I hesitate. If you look at the model year that do have them listed it seems to be a fluctuation of a 1000-2000lbs GVWR and adds 1-200 lbs to the GTW. I dont see me exceeding 1000 lbs of additional stuff.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #208
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I have an old Snap On torque wrench that is rated to 250lbs but the large bolts on the head require 320ft/lbs. I guess you need a long extension to put the much torque on the nuts. I think the dealer only used a air wrench to put my Equalizer on. I could hear it going while we were inside going through the orientation. They showed me the trailer was level with the trailer hitched to the Tundra.

How many of you have added/removed washers yourself? What torque wrench did you use? It seems once you get over 250ft/lbs torque wrenches get very expensive.
Maybe I can rent one somewhere?

Or should I just take my truck with the Equalizer head to an RV repair and have them add the washer? How much change can I expect with one washer added to the 4 I have?

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #209
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I used to use Eq and did a lot of research....If I were in your shoes, I'd go 6000/600.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:12 PM   #210
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Kelvin, I just use a box end wrench and give it all I've got. Has never let me down.....but as I age, I'm not too sure what I had is still what I got.
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