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Old 12-04-2013, 08:52 AM   #253
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Equalizer told me new style bracket jackets are due any week now to will work with the new spring clip bracket pins.

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Equalizer shipped me a set of the new bracket jackets that allow the new style pins to be used. I haven't tried them yet but here are photos showing how they fit.

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Old 12-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #254
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We just got a set of this new style pin. They are really cool. I still think the steel is too soft, but that's another issue. These are nice because the retainer is always attached!
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:02 AM   #255
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Kelvin, thanks for the pics. Very interesting.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:45 AM   #256
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I got the new pins that go at the hitch head end. They are a lot easier to get on/off.
Next, I want the new style L-pins and bracket jackets.
I sprayed the hitch head with silicone spray. It sure is a lot quieter- just an occasional pop or squeak.
I still can't get the brackets tight enough- I wonder if I should use an air ratchet-
I might try putting them at a slight angle that matches the angle of the weight bars. Then maybe they won't move because they will never be in a bind.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #257
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This is good.

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Equalizer shipped me a set of the new bracket jackets that allow the new style pins to be used. I haven't tried them yet but here are photos showing how they fit.

Kelvin

Hi, if you go back to page #3 and post # 29, looks like Equal-I-zer copied, or got their idea from, my modification. I'm glad that they did it. Mine has been working flawlessly.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:37 PM   #258
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Thanks to you and farmer dan, I made a printout and am going to drill mine for a second pin like you did. Guess I better hurry before you want royalties for the idea. LOL
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #259
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I have only been using an Equilizer since early Spring this year. A question;
Do you all carry an extra set of bracket pins with you in case of a melt-down? From some of the pictures, the pins look to start looking like they might bend or break. Where is the best place to get them? Direct?
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:54 AM   #260
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Direct is best because most RV dealerships are out or don't keep them- or they will have one-
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:05 AM   #261
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I have only been using an Equilizer since early Spring this year. A question;
Do you all carry an extra set of bracket pins with you in case of a melt-down? From some of the pictures, the pins look to start looking like they might bend or break. Where is the best place to get them? Direct?
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We always carry an extra set of both the forward pin, and the rear square L-pegs, as well as cotter keys. There is always the chance of losing one in the dirt or weeds or who knows?

The square L-pegs in the rear do bend. I don't like that, and I think the steel is too soft. I have complained to the company and got no answer of course. I replaced my bent pegs after about 15,000 miles.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #262
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We have towed lots and lots of miles (I think we hit 50,000, but maybe it was 40,000) with Equalizer—the L shaped pins that secure the bars to the L brackets bent almost immediately. Once they bent, they have stayed the same way for years. I asked the manufacturer if it mattered and was told "no". They look like aluminum to me. I don't worry about it.

There are several adjustments to this hitch to make it work for a specific truck and trailer. There are probably few combinations that are perfect, so we do the best we can. I think one of the stress points that finalizes the adjustments is those L pins—they bend to fit the particular combination. Maybe that's why they are aluminum—sort of like a pin meant to break before something more expensive does—my snowblower has pins like that if a rock or gravel gets caught in it (happens every year). The aluminum bends but doesn't break. New ones will bend too, so I don't see why they need to be replaced.

I do carry extra retainer pins because they are easy to lose, but I think we have only lost one in all that time.

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Old 12-14-2013, 02:10 PM   #263
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There is a couple that we sometimes camp with who have had bent L-pins since the 80's or 90's.
They have towed all over with those bent L-pins.
One of mine is bent- the other is not. I don't think it will hurt a thing.
I will be getting new ones at some point. I want the ones with the easy disconnect flip-over clips that are permanently attached.
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Trouble with angle bolt

We just bought a new truck so I had to readjust the equalizer hitch to fit. Upon inspection I discovered that the angle bolt's head had sheared off. I attempted to drill it out and extract it but was unsuccessful so took it to machine shop. They told me that they may have to make the hole bigger and re thread it and put a bigger bolt in. Two questions: one has anybody else had trouble with the head sharing off the angle bolt and two do you think it will cause a problem to put a bigger bolt in than the one that was in it.
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Harpo,
The area the bolt is in looks like it would be safe to slightly enlarge the hole to re-thread with the next size larger bolt. I think the original bolt size is 7/16" X 20 so 1/2" X 20 is the size I would try. The shop will let you know on this. As far as shearing the bolt head off, I've never heard of or seen this. Maybe the 3/4" clamping bolts were not loosened enough before an adjustment was tried ? It does seem that I saw on an Equalizer thread on these forums that someone had trouble backing that adjuster bolt out because the end was battered. That's another possibility for shearing the head off.
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Thank you. I will talk to the folks at the machine shop about using the 1/2 in 20 bolt.
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