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Old 08-28-2014, 10:57 PM   #407
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Hi, depending on the length and time on the road, I will take my hitch apart, clean, and re-grease it once a week or at the turn around point. Short trips which I almost never do, I will do my hitch before leaving home and again after I get home.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:21 AM   #408
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The noise certainly gets the attention of pedestrians and cyclists.
Why y'all lookin' at me like that? Yo camper makes the same noise.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:54 AM   #409
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Get a Blue Ox an eliminate the noise and greasy mess.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:52 AM   #410
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Thus far we've found that as long as we periodically grease the pivot points and use the sway bracket jackets our EQ hitch makes very little noise. We know it's time to grease the pivot points again when it starts making noise.

It does seem a good idea to wipe everything off and start over, including the ball and coupler, now and then so we'll certainly do that.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:13 AM   #411
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My solution to the noise from the hitch is to close the windows and turn up the radio. Noise problem solved. I think that since the hitch uses friction for sway control, using grease or teflon covers reduces the friction, thus reducing sway control.
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Out of curiosity, are the Pro-Pride hitches or Hensley Hitches as noisy as the equalizer? Pulling out of the driveway at home, I know I've startled neighbors with the snap, crackle, pop of my equalizer... A friend traveling with me once yelled "stop! You broke your axle!"... I'm used to it but it can be distracting...
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:09 PM   #412
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My EazLift before the Equal-i-zer was noisy, too. I thought they all were noisy. Someone said ProPride and Hensley aren't as noisy, but I don't really know.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I had been thinking once a season for a through cleaning and greasing. I'm mostly a long weekend camper right now. Not yet retired. About 4,000 miles a year (I track by google map distances). A couple long trips mixed with several short trips. This aside.....

When cleaning do you mean (1) wipe the hitch head down and lay new grease on the exposed parts, or (2) completely dissemble the two pivoting WD bar parts from the hitchhead clean inside and out and regrease? Also, last cleaning I saw some serious smoothing out (wear) inside the hitch head where the WD parts rub under load. If a friction hitch, how long is this hitch expected to last?
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Out of curiosity, are the Pro-Pride hitches or Hensley Hitches as noisy as the equalizer? Pulling out of the driveway at home, I know I've startled neighbors with the snap, crackle, pop of my equalizer... A friend traveling with me once yelled "stop! You broke your axle!"... I'm used to it but it can be distracting...
No, silent.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:41 PM   #415
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I had been thinking once a season for a through cleaning and greasing. I'm mostly a long weekend camper right now. Not yet retired. About 4,000 miles a year (I track by google map distances). A couple long trips mixed with several short trips. This aside.....

When cleaning do you mean (1) wipe the hitch head down and lay new grease on the exposed parts, or (2) completely dissemble the two pivoting WD bar parts from the hitchhead clean inside and out and regrease? Also, last cleaning I saw some serious smoothing out (wear) inside the hitch head where the WD parts rub under load. If a friction hitch, how long is this hitch expected to last?
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Hi, on the bottom of the top part of the hitch head were the spring bar sockets ride, Mine got a few wear marks on it. I cleaned those up with my cut-off wheel, being used as a grinder. Then my spring bar sockets can be greased and installed.

(1.) You can see were I did some grinding.

(2.) On my hitch, the socket bolts go in through the bottom.

(3.) Top view with sockets greased and torqued in place. I also changed these bolts to grade eight bolts. And also had to cut some of the threads off because they were too long. I torque these bolts to 80 lbs.
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Hi, now that my hitch is all back together, painted, greased, and torqued, it's time to grease the ball and cover it up so it will be ready for our next trip.
Hi, these were posted on page one and post numbers 10 and 11. [with pictures] My hitch has been used for nine years and no parts have gone bad, worn out, or replaced. I have towed in 13 Western States and 3 Western Provinces; Some places several times. In my Alaska trip alone I was gone for 50 days and went over 10,000 miles. [lot of miles on this hitch] Decals replaced once and hitch repainted a few times.
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My wife and I are new AS owners and the dealer recommended an Equalizer hitch for our 2014 FC 27'. We're pleased to read the many posts here on the Equalizer and will follow them with much interest. On our maiden tow from the Jersey shore to home earlier this week we experienced some rough roads, tight conditions, and heavy truck traffic along the GSP and I-287 in NJ and we're pleased to report our hitch handled it all quite well.
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We've used the Equalizer for 50,000 miles all much of Canada and the US. Nothing on the hitch has worn out. I added a couple of washers early on, adjusted it properly, and left it that way ever since.

It is relatively easy to use, you don't have to detach it to back up (I think a few hitches require that), requires little maintenance, and works well on the highway.

It is even made in the US (I think).

How many products for RV's are that reliable?

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Old 10-01-2014, 11:35 AM   #418
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After my mishap this past Sunday forgetting to put the hitch pin in the receiver head

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ut-125955.html

I have my AS hitched to my Tundra in my driveway without the weight distribution bars connected. My power jack is a total loss so I can't raise or lower the AS without a floor jack. I noticed there is a gap between the washers and head with the weight of the trailer on the Equalizer head. Shouldn't the washers be snug up against the head? I think I may need to take the trailer off the TV and have my Equalizer head checked.

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Old 10-01-2014, 01:12 PM   #419
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There should be no gap. Get out that big ole inch and a quarter socket and breaker bar, loosen both bolts, put it where it belongs, and tighten as hard as you can.
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Don't forget to tighten the set bolt at the bottom of hitch head as well!


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