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Old 10-02-2014, 06:52 PM   #435
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I ordered extra back plates and found new WD bar pins that don't require the cotter pins. Also requested in the notes section for them to throw in a couple of hitch head angle washers.
Socket Pins w/Thumb Clips : Equal-i-zer Hitch Store

I was able to bend my back plates a little straighter by pounding on them in my vise and on garage concrete floor with a heavy hand mallet.

Got my SnapOn torque wrench working again. A little machine oil helped.

Found some plaster/drywall sandpaper. As long as everything is off might as well repaint the parts.

Got to attack the hitch head bolts next. I need to pick up a 1 1/8" deep socket. Might as well pick up a breaker bar and some steel piping so I can be self sufficient for hitch maintenance.

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Old 10-02-2014, 07:02 PM   #436
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Mine have not moved. I've got a welder so would place a small spot weld if needed.
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Old 10-02-2014, 09:16 PM   #437
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I have the L-pins with the flip-over latches, the Sway Bracket Jackets, and the weight bar to hitch head pins with the flip-over bracket. When I unhook I leave the weight bars sitting in the L-brackets- easy peasy-
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:08 AM   #438
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Guess I am missing something...why not just get a BlueOx SwayPro... :-)
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:05 AM   #439
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I have seen a Blue Ox failure in real life. The clip that holds the weight bars in the hitch head breaks and the weight bar falls out.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:03 AM   #440
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If you tighten the bolts too much without the spacers it bows the plates. I made the spacers out of copper pipe as someone on here suggested. I tow a Safari 25 and have had no bowing or slipping since i put the spacers on.

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Old 10-03-2014, 08:57 AM   #441
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When I had mine, I just reversed the bowed plates and tightened till just straight. I put some friction tape under both sides and they never moved.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:16 AM   #442
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Maybe I should have tried that. Mine just bowed in the other direction.
I got the Stowaway hitch tightener. Due to the Rock Tamers and gusset on the Equal-i-zer shank, I had to mount it upside down, but it works!
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No more slop/play! No more elongated pin hole!
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:23 AM   #443
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When I had mine, I just reversed the bowed plates and tightened till just straight. I put some friction tape under both sides and they never moved.
Yep, reversed the bowed plates after the last painting and ADDED fender washers and regular washers as gusseting material - $1.60 at local hardware store and now we have more even tension across the back of the plates with no bowing. Check my earlier posts for witness dots to check on bracket movement.

This is the third trailer now with the same EQ hitch and still very happy ... with my trailer level, bars parallel to ground / frame, and all of the load equalization I could want - no sway / fishtailing!
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I have seen a Blue Ox failure in real life. The clip that holds the weight bars in the hitch head breaks and the weight bar falls out.
Was that your experience and when was that? In past 10 years I have owned/used an Equalizer, 2 Reese (one which gave out when backing up 3 years ago), and 2 Sway-Pro weight distribution hitches from BlueOx over past 10 years....SwayPro seem best on the 3 25's I have owned. I have had no "issues" with either BlueOx Sway-Pro...and the new one I have on my 2014, 25' FC, has new auto head adjustment built in. I watch this thread with interest, and it's like a Ford, Dodge, or Chevy lover...If you have not used a BlueOx yourself, perhaps look again.... You can spend a LOT of money and pull w/ a MBZ tow vehicle also, if that is what you want to pull with...BlueOx works for me so far...
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It was a man from Covington, LA in Gulfport, MS towing a 27 with an F150, One of the little spring loaded retainers that holds the weight bars in the hitch head had broken/fell out and the weight bar fell out of the hitch head. It must not have been much to rivet the retailer back on there because his trip to the dealership and back with a repair wasn't a very long period of time. The new rivet was obvious because it was a slightly different color. The dealer must have been familiar with this since they fixed it so fast. Seems like the dealer told the guy that type of failure was common. This was last year in November.
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Hi, simple check with Harbor Freight $5.00 angle gauge. Comparing the receiver angle to the tow vehicle angle. And checking the hitch head angle.

(1.) Angle gauge on running board; A few degrees off due to angle of vehicle and angle of driveway.

(2.) Angle of receiver [actually on hitch] showing very close to the same.

(3.) Angle of hitch head. Equal-i-zer recommends about 10 degrees down and mine is roughly 12 degrees down.

This was done quickly for purposes of show and tell. I was cleaning and re-greasing my hitch for our next trip in a few days.
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Just drug it 250 more miles nose down. I reckon that's how it's gonna be.
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We're considering replacing the Huskey WD/friction sway control system that was dealer installed on our new 2014 International 23D. One option under consideration is the Equalizer system.

I've already experienced WD bar overkill on two trailers. We drove away from the dealer with 1200 lb. bars on the 23D. The ride was horrible. I immediately installed the 800 lb. bars from our previous trailer, a 2013 International 19 (btw. we drove away from the same dealer with 1200 lb. bars on that trailer.....yikes). Given all that, I'm not sure that we want to purchase an Equalizer system from our local dealer.

We are towing the 23D with a 2013 RAM 1500 Crew Cab, 2wd with AirLift 1000 manual air bags set to minimum pressure. 20 inch Michelin LTXs.

Our 23D has a "rated-published" tongue weight of 720 lbs. and GVWR of 6000. The actual tongue weight is 800 lbs. loaded. CAT scale trailer weight for a recent trip was 5220. Front RAM axel was 120 lbs. less than rear axle.

I'm satisfied with the truck and trailer being level and with neutral steering. The big issue is with WIND. Lots of white knuckle moments. Friends who have the Equalizer (on a variety of AS TT and TWs) are satisfied with it's performance in the wind. So, we thought we might give it a try.

The big question (in terms of purchase) is 10,000/1000 or 6000/600? As most of you probably know, Equalizer's has an online system size calculator. It specified the 10,000/1000 (1000 lb. bars) for us. I want to make sure that I don't overbuy.

We'd love to hear from anyone who has purchased an Equalizer for an Airstream International 23D or any AS 23 for that matter, tell of your experience with system sizing for their trailer.
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