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Old 05-21-2015, 12:55 PM   #575
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Sounds great! If you still have creaking where the bars slide across the brackets on the trailer, you can always add sway bracket jackets. We love those.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:18 PM   #576
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Hate to beat a dead horse.....but....I'm still wondering if you give up sway control effectiveness if the bars are not allowed to interact with the brackets naturally....metal to metal, without the interference of lubrication or rubber jackets.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:35 PM   #577
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Dead Horse Rising: While we briefly greased the point at which the WD bars crossed the brackets, we did not observe any real change in towing behavior. That said, we don't recommend it - in part because EQ doesn't recommend it, and in part because it was such a doggone mess. Ewww! It was admittedly a desperation move that we recanted as soon as we found the sway bracket jackets.

OTOH, given the sway bracket jackets are manufactured by EQ, aren't messy, and don't seem to interfere with normal operation of the hitch, we're very pleased to use them and suggest them to other EQ owners.

I realize we're not a statistically significant sample, but we had great results with our EQ on our last trip, roughly 8,000 miles in 8 weeks.

One thing we did do on this trip, however, was re-tighten the pivot bolts, which loosened a bit over time. At some point in the near future we may disassemble the hitch head, clean everything out and put it back together again, just to get all the crud out and prepare it for the next few thousand miles of towing.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:39 PM   #578
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I lube with thick silicon grease on the pivot bar fittings and use bracket jackets. I insure the pivot bar attachments are torqued to specifications. The only downside to bracket jackets in some hook up situations you have the raise the hitch higher for the bar to clear the extra thickness of the bracket jacket. But the hitch is now much quieter.

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Old 05-21-2015, 05:15 PM   #579
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I tried not greasing, tried greasing lightly and finally went to water repellant wheel bearing grease. I have marked the bars with tape and never grease between them so I have a place to grab them without getting too messy. I grease all of the moving/sliding areas. I carry a torque wrench and periodically check the torque on the smaller bolts, use a long handled 1/2" drive breaker bar on the shank bolts.

The popping and creaking was worrying the wife so much I just kept adding more lube until it got quiet. I haven't noticed any difference in handling but I have the tandem axle, so it's pretty steady anyway. The grease always wears thin at the friction points so more greasing is needed when we get ready to head out somewhere.

I really wanted to go grease-less but reached the "Popeye moment".
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:18 PM   #580
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I have the Sway Jacket Brackets. I just used wheel bearing grease on the hitch head and on the ball. I swung the sockets for the weight bars parallel to the bumper and greased them liberally. I swung them perpendicular to the bumper and greased them liberally. I then swung them to a 45 degree angle and greased them liberally- top, bottom, front, back, left, right, inside, outside. Then, I worked them back and forth to try to work the grease into the areas I could not touch with my finger.
We'll see tomorrow if it is any more quiet.


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Old 05-21-2015, 08:16 PM   #581
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Now that sounds like a plan!

However, now you must remember that your hitch has become a weapon of greasy destruction. Every time you approach the back of your TV on foot, you'll be at risk of catching the dreaded "trailer pants" disease (e.g. grease stains on your shins). Please don't ask how I know this.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:38 AM   #582
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Now that sounds like a plan!

However, now you must remember that your hitch has become a weapon of greasy destruction. Every time you approach the back of your TV on foot, you'll be at risk of catching the dreaded "trailer pants" disease (e.g. grease stains on your shins). Please don't ask how I know this.
Not to worry, "trailer pants" happens only when you've taken a shower, put on fresh clothes and then walked past the hitch, getting ready to head out somewhere special or to hook up for the next leg of the journey. It happens mostly when you're too lazy to walk around the TV and attempt to step over the hitch. Lesson learned.
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Curious if anyone on this thread uses an AirSafe hitch in conjunction with their Equalizer. I seem to be getting a lot of bounce with my 30 footer which I did not seem to have with my 25 footer. AirSafe claims that there hitches will take the bounce out of the ride.
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Not to worry, "trailer pants" happens only when you've taken a shower, put on fresh clothes and then walked past the hitch, getting ready to head out somewhere special or to hook up for the next leg of the journey. It happens mostly when you're too lazy to walk around the TV and attempt to step over the hitch. Lesson learned.
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Curious if anyone on this thread uses an AirSafe hitch in conjunction with their Equalizer. I seem to be getting a lot of bounce with my 30 footer which I did not seem to have with my 25 footer. AirSafe claims that there hitches will take the bounce out of the ride.
Yes, we are using an Airsafe EQ combination. It damps out the shocks nicely, but you still see a lot of 'bounce' with respect to the truck. Plan on lifting close to 100 pounds when putting it in the receiver. Eat your Wheaties, they "ain't" light.

So far, just one trip from northern Oregon to Death Valley and back. On the return, we came up I-5 from Bakersfield because of weather around Susanville. That's about as crappy an interstate as it gets. No popped rivets, no damage of any kind. We are pulling with a F350 crew cab, long box.
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Thanks Drathaar for the info. I am still trying to visualize how it all is set up and installed and which flavor of AirSafe to get.
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Thanks Drathaar for the info. I am still trying to visualize how it all is set up and installed and which flavor of AirSafe to get.
I think there is a photo of mine a few pages back.

Edit: Yup, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...ml#post1573636

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The creaking I can stand, it's that occasional THUD that sounds like it's reverberating throughout the entire chassis that freaks the wife and I out. It seems to only happen when we're going slow up a small incline and at an angle.
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