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Old 05-23-2015, 08:48 PM   #589
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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 05-23-2015, 11:41 PM   #590
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Definitely on the right track, though I always thought it sounded like we were hauling a trailer full of groaning zombies before we learned how to quiet things down.
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:13 AM   #591
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Drathaar after looking at your pic it appears that you simply attached the original hitch to the AirSafe. Hopefully that is a secure connection. Thanks for the info and the picture.
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:40 PM   #592
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I'm taking delivery of a new 30' Signature next week. I'm planning to twin up the Airsafe with an EQ. TV is 2012 Ram 2500 4WD. I used an EQ for the past 10 years on a 28' 2004 International CCD with great results. The dealer (Albany RV) is pushing the Reese which doesn't excite me. The only other option would be to go to the PP, but the $$$ is an issue.
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:10 AM   #593
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Dealers are always pushing what they get the best deals on. I think you will be fine with Equalizer. It is so easy to hook up I keep thinking that I must be missing a step.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:55 AM   #594
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Dealers are always pushing what they get the best deals on. I think you will be fine with Equalizer. It is so easy to hook up I keep thinking that I must be missing a step.
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The EQ is definitely one of the easier to hitch up.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:27 AM   #595
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Another +1 for the EQ hitch. We use the bracket jackets and grease in the usual places, which keep the thing fairly quiet. My question is where do you all store the shank and bars once you unhitch at your campsite? I put a cover on the ball and then toss everything into the back of the 4Runner. But with all the grease, it's become a kind of a mess back there, mostly on the removable rug which I clean from time to time. I don't care too much about the grease on the rug because that's just what happens, but I wonder if there's some better, neater way to store all those greasy parts when they're not in use. I've thought about leaving the shank and ball in the hitch, secured with a locking pin. But the greasy bars need to go somewhere too. It's just so easy to throw them in the back of the 4Runner. What do you all do with yours while you're camping?
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I just put mine under the trailer. Too heavy and messy for me to put anywhere else.
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I usually just lay the bars across the battery box and put the ball/hitch section under the trailer on a hard plastic tray so it slips on the grass
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:30 PM   #598
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I store them in an ABS pipe placed in back of the truck.

It keeps them clean and secure.

I'd hate for them to disappear while on the road.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:00 PM   #599
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I made a box for mine, out of scrap wood, lined with duct tape. It looks like an old style tool box with a handle on the top, an old piece of conduit. I can tilt the box as necessary to get the bars out, putting them in is easy. I can store in the back of the 4Runner and then take it out and store in the garage when at home. I can store the 'lifter' tool and greasy pins in it too. The pins are in a zip-loc bag that gets refreshed from time to time.

The hitch I store in any available cardboard box, near the AS door, recycles piled on top. The cardboard keeps dirt off and it looks like a recycle bin

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I store them in an ABS pipe placed in back of the truck.
It keeps them clean and secure.
I'd hate for them to disappear while on the road.
Is that 3" pipe? Both ends capped with 1 end cemented?
Looks like I could fit the bars, bag 'o clips and the lifting tool in there. I think I'd add something to keep it from rolling so I could carry in the 4Runner.
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4"x42". No cement.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:06 PM   #602
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I just slide the bars back in the L-brackets until the ends go under the trailer and leave them in the L-brackets. I don't see any reason to remove them at all.
When I couple the trailer to the truck, I just slide them forward into the receivers on the hitch head and insert the pin.
This is why I like the Equal-i-zer- easiest to hitch up that I'm aware of.


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