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Old 09-06-2015, 01:35 PM   #785
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I like they way they use AS trailers in their ad.

So what do you think of it?

I think I would have a hard time lifting it with one hand. It would throw me off balance it seems. Wearing cheap work gloves, I put one hand under the ball head and the other under the shank. It seems to be working and I don't have to carry or wipe down another piece of equipment.
Before the Hitchgrip I was squatting down with one hand under the shank and the other around the ball lifting to chest height and using my legs to lift up so I could waddle over to the truck then partially squatting to slide into the receiver. The stomach muscles were straining the whole way. It wasn't too bad with the 2" shank but the new 2 1/2" shank itself weighs over 30lbs. With the HitchGrip I grasp the handle and lift with my legs arm straight and walk over to the truck and slide in the receiver without squatting. It would be nice if the handle base was taller for these longer shanks but I can live with it.

The only other solution is to make an elevated dolly so I could roll the hitch head to and from the truck.

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Old 09-06-2015, 02:02 PM   #786
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I apologize in advance if this was covered somewhere else, but I could not find via search.

We have an Equalizer hitch for our Sport 22.
TV is Toyota Tundra.

Regarding the part of the hitch setup that attaches to hitch and ball to the TV. This attaches to the truck with what Equalizer calls a hitch pin. The hitch pin slides through an opening, and then is held in place by a cotter pin.

We are unsure exactly how to use the cotter pin on the hitch pin.

It is a bit difficult to get on in the first place. The pin has a wavy side with an open end, a middle wave, and then the U turn to the straight side of the pin. DH has been pushing it into the middle (center) bulge in the cotter pin. He has been doing this for all of our (3) trips.

When looking at this I thought that it should go all the way through to the big part where the cotter pin loops over and U turns to the straight side. My thinking that it wold be more secure this way.

But neither one of us was able to get the pin pushed through that far.

The equalizer instructions don't plainly state the answer.

So how do you do this if you have this pin,if it does indeed go in further. Is there some sort of pliers or special tool to push the pin in further, and more importantly allow to pull it out to remove the cotter pin?

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Old 09-06-2015, 02:06 PM   #787
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I use a locking hitch pin. Makes it more difficult for someone to steal either the trailer or the hitch.

If using the cotter pin (in other applications), I only push it to the point that the wavy part is over the hitch pin.

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Old 09-06-2015, 02:45 PM   #788
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We are unsure exactly how to use the cotter pin on the hitch pin.
Here's some instructions and commentary.

NOTE: The clip is pointing in the wrong direction in the title photo.

The clip should point in in the same direction as the "handle" on the end of the pin.

How to install hitch pin clip

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:01 PM   #789
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Get a locking hitch pin. Deadboltlocks.com

Get the 3 5/8" length for 2 and 2 1/2" receiver shanks.

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Old 09-06-2015, 05:01 PM   #790
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Thank you all, Al, Ron, and Kelvin.
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Old 09-06-2015, 05:23 PM   #791
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:13 PM   #792
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What are the dimensions. Got a side view photo?

I'd like to build something small that doesn't take up much room in the back of the truck and that can be used in dirt/gravel campsites.

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Old 09-06-2015, 06:24 PM   #793
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Kelvin, credit where credit is due. I copied the design from another forum member several years ago. Don't remember who it was. The height should be about 1" lower than the receiver height, minus the height of your drop shank so when you back it under the tv, you only have to lift it a bit to start it into the receiver. If you use PP or HaHa, height should be about 1" lower than box opening height. Width is irrelevant, except for stability. I'll look for more pictures.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:27 PM   #794
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Her ar two more. I can measure if you like. What hitch do you have?
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:57 PM   #795
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Never mind. Found your picture up thread. Make the top floor about an inch lower than the distance from the ground to the bottom of your eq head. Mock up a block fixture to hold the assembly upright.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:33 AM   #796
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Here's an amateur question: Where does everyone attach their breakaway switch wire? What is this thing REALLY going to prevent? It's longer than the chains are so in order for it to deploy I'd think the entire hitch assembly would have to come off... no? If so, attaching it to anything but the hitch assembly seems futile. Thanks for input!
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There have been discussions of that. One camp says you want the brakes to activate should the trailer become unhitched but remain attached by the chains. Another camp says the intent is to apply the brakes in the event that the trailer becomes completely disconnected. There are probably other camps. I haven't figured out how to make the cable short enough to activate while the trailer is still attached by the chains and still be long enough to make turns. I also suspect that if the trailer is still attached by the chains the umbilical would still be connected and the TV could still activate the TT brakes. So i hook mine through a convenient pair of holes in the bumper mounting bracket.

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Good, so you agree: it's ridiculous. I'm all about safety and multiple forms of redundancy I just do see how that one deploys when needed or without multiple independent things going very, very wrong. Like, my ball came loose to the point where the hitch separated, the TWO chains broke and / or were not connected and the amount of drag caused by the trailer setting down on the WD hitch bars didn't effectively do the same thing as deploying those brakes. In the interests of keeping this topic on track I'm going to create a new topic called "Trailer Breakways: What's the point?"
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