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Old 05-29-2015, 07:24 AM   #631
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It looks like you drilled and pinned your L Bracket retainers and abandoned the stock wire bales. Is that what I'm seeing in your photo?

Did you have a stock one with the wire bale fail?
Up until last year, they were through drilled and secured with pins. The flip over is relatively new for the L-pins.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:42 AM   #632
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Had a surprise when I hitched up a few days ago for this weekend's outing. As I lowered the tongue onto the ball the ball spun! It was a good thing I was looking at it. I raised the tongue and put a wrench on the base of the ball. Sure enough it was loose. We have a Camping World nearby and they had the special thin-wall socket and an impact wrench that they told me would go up to 800 ft-lbs. The mechanic fixed it quickly and I returned to hitch up the trailer and we were on our way. It cost us a couple of hours, but averted a possible disaster.

The ball was installed on my hitch by our Airstream dealer last year. It looked like they knew what they were doing, but I'm thinking they must have used an impact wrench calibrated for lug nuts. I think I'm going to invest in the special socket and a 3/4" breaker bar just so I can check it periodically. The Camping World mechanic told me it should never come loose again, but it would be reassuring to know and be able to get it tight enough to get somewhere if necessary.

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Old 05-31-2015, 01:26 PM   #633
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Had a surprise when I hitched up a few days ago for this weekend's outing. As I lowered the tongue onto the ball the ball spun! It was a good thing I was looking at it. I raised the tongue and put a wrench on the base of the ball. Sure enough it was loose. We have a Camping World nearby and they had the special thin-wall socket and an impact wrench that they told me would go up to 800 ft-lbs. The mechanic fixed it quickly and I returned to hitch up the trailer and we were on our way. It cost us a couple of hours, but averted a possible disaster.

The ball was installed on my hitch by our Airstream dealer last year. It looked like they knew what they were doing, but I'm thinking they must have used an impact wrench calibrated for lug nuts. I think I'm going to invest in the special socket and a 3/4" breaker bar just so I can check it periodically. The Camping World mechanic told me it should never come loose again, but it would be reassuring to know and be able to get it tight enough to get somewhere if necessary.

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Glad you caught it in time.

Have you found a source for the thin wall socket? What size?
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:17 PM   #634
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it's a 1 7/8" thin-walled socket, 3/4" drive. $83.00 from equalizerhitch.com. There may be other sources, but I haven't researched that yet.

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Old 05-31-2015, 03:27 PM   #635
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Powerbuilt 643216 3/4-Inch Drive 12 Point 1-7/8-Inch Socket - - Amazon.com

$14.99 - Temporarily out of stock but more on order. Several reviews say they purchased for their Equalizer hitch and it worked perfectly for them. 4/7 of 5 stars. 1 2-star for not fitting on a 14,000 lb. hitch.

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Old 05-31-2015, 03:40 PM   #636
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Had a surprise when I hitched up a few days ago for this weekend's outing. As I lowered the tongue onto the ball the ball spun! It was a good thing I was looking at it. I raised the tongue and put a wrench on the base of the ball. Sure enough it was loose. We have a Camping World nearby and they had the special thin-wall socket and an impact wrench that they told me would go up to 800 ft-lbs. The mechanic fixed it quickly and I returned to hitch up the trailer and we were on our way. It cost us a couple of hours, but averted a possible disaster.

The ball was installed on my hitch by our Airstream dealer last year. It looked like they knew what they were doing, but I'm thinking they must have used an impact wrench calibrated for lug nuts. I think I'm going to invest in the special socket and a 3/4" breaker bar just so I can check it periodically. The Camping World mechanic told me it should never come loose again, but it would be reassuring to know and be able to get it tight enough to get somewhere if necessary.

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Hi, glad that you caught that; Mine is over ten years old and still tight. I think your mechanic is right, "it should never come loose again". [now that is has been tightened properly]
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Old 05-31-2015, 04:11 PM   #637
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Question which I have not been able to find on the thread:

I've used Reese products for 40 years. Bought an Equalizer 4 Point for our 30' FC. I am having a tough time with the bars. Putting them on the L brackets or taking them off. Sometimes it goes smoothly but most of the time it does not. I picked up some helpful info from another AS this weekend, but when we got home had difficulty removing the bars again.

So, question is do the truck and trailer need to be level for easy install and removal? I could not get them off when the unit and truck were on a small incline. I put everything away and moved to a pretty level spot and raised the hitch and rear of the truck and they came off, one much easier than the other.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I like the hitch when traveling, but might go back to the Reese.

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Old 05-31-2015, 04:35 PM   #638
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Question which I have not been able to find on the thread:

I've used Reese products for 40 years. Bought an Equalizer 4 Point for our 30' FC. I am having a tough time with the bars. Putting them on the L brackets or taking them off. Sometimes it goes smoothly but most of the time it does not. I picked up some helpful info from another AS this weekend, but when we got home had difficulty removing the bars again.

So, question is do the truck and trailer need to be level for easy install and removal? I could not get them off when the unit and truck were on a small incline. I put everything away and moved to a pretty level spot and raised the hitch and rear of the truck and they came off, one much easier than the other.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I like the hitch when traveling, but might go back to the Reese.

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Hi, Lift your trailer with your power tongue jack and the spring bars will almost fall off. Never had any problem in over ten years.
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Glad you caught it in time.

Have you found a source for the thin wall socket? What size?
See post #616 on page 62. Had the same issue. Links to what I purchased. Worked great.
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Old 05-31-2015, 11:55 PM   #640
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See post #616 on page 62. Had the same issue. Links to what I purchased. Worked great.

Hi, see post #616 on page 44, we haven't made it to page 62 yet.
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Old 06-01-2015, 06:49 AM   #641
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Hi, Lift your trailer with your power tongue jack and the spring bars will almost fall off. Never had any problem in over ten years.

Thanks for the idea, however, even if I lift it to the top of the jacks ability at times they will not move. And by so doing the jack is showing signs it no longer wants to participate and it's only a 2015. Yesterday I had it all the way to the top, one bar would not budge, had to use another bar to leverage it off.
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I just traded in my 2007 Ram for a 2015 F250. This week I am bringing my AS from storage, 2 miles to a nearby RV dealer to have my Equal-i-zer hitch adjusted to the new truck. (I'm just going over side streets, not highway.) The AS specs say the hitch ball height should be 17 3/4 inch. Should I get the ball as close to the 17+ inch height as possible, and drive over without the sway bars? I know that the bar angle will be way off. Suggestions??????
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I just traded in my 2007 Ram for a 2015 F250. This week I am bringing my AS from storage, 2 miles to a nearby RV dealer to have my Equal-i-zer hitch adjusted to the new truck. (I'm just going over side streets, not highway.) The AS specs say the hitch ball height should be 17 3/4 inch. Should I get the ball as close to the 17+ inch height as possible, and drive over without the sway bars? I know that the bar angle will be way off. Suggestions??????
I don't see any problem hauling with the bars off for two miles with that truck. Especially if you drive slowly, say under 40.
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:46 AM   #644
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Thanks for the idea, however, even if I lift it to the top of the jacks ability at times they will not move. And by so doing the jack is showing signs it no longer wants to participate and it's only a 2015. Yesterday I had it all the way to the top, one bar would not budge, had to use another bar to leverage it off.

Hey, Paiceman, you may want to get your hitch adjusted, as we've not had this experience with our EQ.

Separately, the jack may be uncooperative if your batteries are low, so that's worth looking at. Worst case, you should still be well under warranty for the jack.

Lastly, we sometimes shortcut the distance our jack has to raise the trailer by putting several lego blocks under it before lifting. Not an absolute necessity, but it hurries things along by saving several inches of jack raising and lowering when un-hitching and then hitching again later.
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