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Old 10-22-2015, 08:38 AM   #841
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Just about hit 3k miles with the Equal-i-zer. It has worked perfectly. Over time I have added washers as the load has increased and added the teflon jackets. Apart from that I have occasionally checked the torque of all the bolts and added some grease to the hitch head every few hundred miles to keep it quiet.

Really, it has been delightfully uneventful!
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:31 AM   #842
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Can you submit this as a warranty claim on your 2015 F350?

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Old 10-22-2015, 10:43 AM   #843
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KJ if you are asking me I am going to take the truck to my Ford dealer and have them check the specs on the receiver, which I am willing to bet they don't have nor does anyone else for that matter. I am also waiting on the arrival of the 2 1/2" shank I ordered to see what happens with that.

Again, ours worked without issue until we passed about 4,000 - 6,000 miles then the reducer shim starting getting stuck and now it's every time. Also, again the customer support at Equalizer said "we have never heard of this before". Seems they have and are not being truthful. Disappointing, but then I get it. However, after 40+ years of towing with Reese, never had this issue.
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Old 10-26-2015, 04:43 PM   #844
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Somewhere between Lubbock and Dallas one of my sway bars vanished. Don't know when or how. Can't find a replacement bar in Dallas. Any suggestions? Can I drive to FL with only one?
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:06 PM   #845
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If you are towing a 30' with a Tahoe, I would advise against it!


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Old 10-26-2015, 08:23 PM   #846
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Somewhere between Lubbock and Dallas one of my sway bars vanished. Don't know when or how. Can't find a replacement bar in Dallas. Any suggestions? Can I drive to FL with only one?
Equalizer sells replacement bars on their website. May be sold elsewhere online as well.

Good luck.
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:05 PM   #847
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Craigslist? Camping World? Harbor Freight? Tractor Supply? U-Haul?

May be in for a wait or a new hitch. Good luck with the search.
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Old 10-27-2015, 05:46 AM   #848
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Seems like any RV dealer would have replacement bars-


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Old 10-27-2015, 08:32 PM   #849
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I'm towing a 26'ft, 6200 lb. Argosy. What do you think?
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:43 PM   #850
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My Airstream dealer replaced my Huskey chain and bar system with an Equalizer last December.......day and night difference. Don't cheap out and do the install yourself. Have an experienced expert do the work.

I just returned from a month long journey though the Southwest US. We traveled 3000 miles though wind, rain and 75mph I40 truck traffic. NEVER skipped a beat. We never experienced the white knuckle sensations that we did with the very basic and rudimentary chain and bar system.
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Old 10-28-2015, 01:51 PM   #851
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Don't get me wrong, I love my Equal-i-zer, but...
Some chain and bar systems do work well.
My EazLift worked well, but was many more steps to couple/uncouple.
The Equal-i-zer may well be the most effective, but also easiest to use system out there.


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Old 10-28-2015, 03:01 PM   #852
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Somewhere between Lubbock and Dallas one of my sway bars vanished. Don't know when or how. Can't find a replacement bar in Dallas. Any suggestions? Can I drive to FL with only one?
We broke a part on our Equalizer many years ago in Saskatchewan. Nearby RV parts dealer had Equalizer demo model on the floor, but no "L-brackets". He suggested we take one off his demo model, invited us to install while on his parking lot, and wouldn't take money for the part.

He said, "Progressive is really good about supporting their product. They won't even ask for the part, they'll make it good."

My two cents: find local RV dealer(s) and find one with Equalizer parts. Most RV dealers with Equalizer will have the bars, I would bet.

Good luck, safe trip!
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Over 100K mile on our Equalizer hitch head shank, it shows some wear on the top surface of the shank where it contacts the receiver tube collar. Very small effect, nicely radiused. I haven't checked but suppose the indention corresponds to a slight thickening on the inside edge of the top of the collar on my heavy duty Curt receiver.

I have friends who have added shims, extra collars onto the shank, and other remedies to perhaps reduce noise or slop. As m.hony says, this Equalizer seems really effective and easy to use. I'm not interested in making it more complicated by adding attachments.

Debbie challenges me, at will, when I suggest solutions for our towing or living experience. Her words are, "What problem are you trying to solve?" Those of you who know Debbie already know she's way smarter than me and more frugal. Don't get me wrong, she's by no means gonna avoid spending where it's wise.

I mean heck, she bought an Airstream, right? But she senses when I'm cooking up a project that overdesigns or lacks any kind of ROI, and she redirects me to find another project before I remember I was on the wrong one.

Bottom line, over 105K miles on this trailer and Equalizer hitch with this same 2500HD gasser, zero that we would consider changing on it. I did contact Equalizer, provided pictures of the worn end sockets for the bars. I mentioned the bars, when unloaded, swing a lot more freely than 10 years ago. They emailed me promptly, suggested I up the torque on the hitchhead over the sockets. Also addressed the evidence of wear and surface distress on the sockets' top face saying something to the effect of, "This is two-layer steel, you're seeing the hardened surface. It's a wear layer. It will show marks that don't weaken the socket."

We are super fine with this setup. No change intended anywhere on the horizon. For me, again it's like m.hone said, t's easy and effective for me. YMMV
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Old 10-29-2015, 12:24 AM   #854
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Thanks so much. Wasn't as lucky as you, but did order one from factory to be shipped ahead to my destination.
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