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Old 11-25-2012, 09:11 PM   #29
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Equalizer offers Sway Bracket Jackets for the L brkts. They are not too pricey and do quiet the noises somewhat. I use them on both of my hitches. Something else I do that helps reduce noise a bit is to drill a second hole in the" L- pins". The hair pin above the L brkt seems to decrease the possibility for these pins to wedge against the spring bars. Another forum member did this earlier so I can't take credit for this tip.
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Hi, I drilled a second hole in my "L" pins and installed a roll pin in it; This helps hold this pin in place so it won't flop around and get bent or bind on the spring bars.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:16 PM   #30
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Hi, after repainting my spring bars a few times, instead of ordering [free] decals for them, I decided to put reflector tape on them. I use a straight edge to cut them with because they are a bit too wide.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:02 PM   #31
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Hi, Mark. What I did was to add a third bolt assembly to the frame brackets. On the top bolt and bottom [third bolt] I used a piece of 1/2" copper tubing that I cut to the same width as my frame. This allows for tightening the bolts tight enough to hold, but not allow then to bow. I will locate a picture for you if I can find it.
Good idea. Of course, I just took all of my old copper pipe to the recycler. Baa Humbug. LOL
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #32
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We have used our Equlizer to tow our 22' and now our 27' since 2004. Our trailers have been on every imaginable type of road in Mexico and the US. Never the sligtest problem with the hitch.
Am getting some good ideas from this thread.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:12 PM   #33
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Noise ? That means its working. I never understood when someone would tell me, a little grease would help with the noise. Would you grease the breaks on your car? A nice thank you and on my way helped with a nonsense acal conversation. I never liked the old style L brackets, I lost one while towing once, but I think the new style works well. I did tap into the back plate to allow the set screw to screw into it. That would keep it from slipping. The new style takes care of that issue. If possible, I would recommend an upgrade to those still using the old set up.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:32 AM   #34
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Bob,

Thanks for the photos of your L pins—yours are as bent as ours. I have always wondered whether ours are bent too much. Now I know that if they are, so are yours. The company told me they bend and not to worry about it, but I did worry. They may make a good hitch, but they aren't good therapists.

Your bracket is different. Ours are more of an L shape and the retainer clip on the L pin is below the bottom of the L bracket. I don't know if what we have is what Rum' describes as the "new" brackets. Ours dates from 2007.

The decals on our bars are all chewed up and I have thought of scraping them off, but never have. I used to remove the rust and repaint the hitch annually, but most of the paint wears off quickly, so for the last couple of years, I have ignored them. They work just as well.

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:27 AM   #35
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Hi, after repainting my spring bars a few times, instead of ordering [free] decals for them, I decided to put reflector tape on them. I use a straight edge to cut them with because they are a bit too wide.
Great idea when mine become a little more seasoned. Here is my storage tray.
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These are all great ideas. You guys have added to my already long to do list before I hit the road.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #37
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Great idea when mine become a little more seasoned. Here is my storage tray.
Hi, No. 13; Nice job on the storage box for your spring bars. Here is what mine looks like and it looks like we both keep them in the same place.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:21 PM   #38
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Thanks for starting this thread.

I have a 2007 27' Safari SE. My TV is a Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. I bought the trailer used one year ago. The previous owner had a Equalizer Hitch that came with it. It has 1200lb. spring bars. I noticed that when the trailer when over bumps it snapped back quickly causing shock to the trailer and things moved inside. When I investigated I found the hitch was not set up properly. After a proper set up the performance improved, however there was still shock to the trailer when I went over bumps. I bought a Equalizer hitch with 1000lb. spring bars and installed it properly. This again improved the performance and reduced the shock to the trailer. I think I now have the best hitch for my trailer and TV, and am satisfied at this point.

I would like to hear from other owners that have a 27' trailer and TV similar to mine. I want to learn from your experience to see if I need to do anything else that would improve my towing.

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I store the bars in a 4" piece of PVC with a cap glued at the far end and keep it all in the back of the pick up when traveling. I made a small wooden box to keep the rest of the hitch parts in—hitch head, pins, retainer clips, lever for bars, old channel locks to pull bars out of PVC, and a split tennis ball to put over the ball when I don't want to take the head off. The box is attached to the PVC with some plumber's strap pipe hanger.

After 4+ years, the box is pretty banged up, but still works.

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My Equal-I-Zer Setup Thread

Hey Gang,

It took me a few days to find this:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ort-34484.html

This is the long and painfully detailed thread I did way back when, when I set up my new Equal-I-Zer 14,000/1400lb hitch on my 34 footer. It shows how I handled the problem of the link plates flexing and moving.

About 12,000 miles later, she's still working great!

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #41
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Hey Gang,

It took me a few days to find this:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ort-34484.html

This is the long and painfully detailed thread I did way back when, when I set up my new Equal-I-Zer 14,000/1400lb hitch on my 34 footer. It shows how I handled the problem of the link plates flexing and moving.

About 12,000 miles later, she's still working great!

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Hi, JimGolden. Those were quite some doubler plates that you made. I'm sure those never bowed.
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I have a 2007 27' Safari SE. My TV is a Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. I bought the trailer used one year ago. The previous owner had a Equalizer Hitch that came with it. It has 1200lb. spring bars. I noticed that when the trailer when over bumps it snapped back quickly causing shock to the trailer and things moved inside. When I investigated I found the hitch was not set up properly. After a proper set up the performance improved, however there was still shock to the trailer when I went over bumps. I bought a Equalizer hitch with 1000lb. spring bars and installed it properly. This again improved the performance and reduced the shock to the trailer. I think I now have the best hitch for my trailer and TV, and am satisfied at this point.
I agree with this point. I have a 1988 32' Excella. I was using a 1200# bar set up and it was so stiff I thought I was going to damage the trailer. I put on a 1000# bar set up and it feels much better. Bigger is not always better. I cant imagine using a 1400# set up. Some would still say that Im still to hitch heavy with using my 3/4 ton truck.

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Your bracket is different. Ours are more of an L shape and the retainer clip on the L pin is below the bottom of the L bracket. I don't know if what we have is what Rum' describes as the "new" brackets. Ours dates from 2007
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The old style I believe is the one with a set screw that tightens into a hole on the L bracket. If this loosens up and backs out, it will cause the bracket to slip. Trust me you can feel it in the TV. What I did to fix this is to tap the hole in the L bracket with the same thread so that the set screw could turn completely into the bracket.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...0&d=1353817867

The new style I believe is the one I currently use. The L bracket is bolted to the frame mounting plate with 2 bolts. I don't see how this could slip under load. I would recommend updating from the old brackets to the new. Im sure you could just buy the frame brackets and not the hole assembly.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/Equal-...structions.php
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