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Old 10-29-2015, 03:55 PM   #855
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New 2-1/2" shank came yesterday, made the change today and took the AS out of storage for a 20 mile run to see if I could tell any difference. I could, much better so far and it did not bind in the receiver like the 2-1/2" reducer did. So we shall see, hopefully next trip will be down south in late December or January so that should be a good test. Also, new 2-1/2" shank is much heavier.

I now have a 2" shank available if someone needs one - 3" drop.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:26 AM   #856
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I took the trailer with the new 2-1/2" shank to the dealers last week and picked it up three days later for some warranty furnace work. The new 2-1/2" shank in the 125 mile round trip worked great, lots of turns and hills with lots of bumps. Shank went in without a problem and pulled out just as easily. So far very satisfied with this switch as the reducer sleeve would no longer come out at all without banging on it with a hammer. I realize the Ford installed factory receiver is probably bent, but until I get to replacing that, this seems to fit the bill. Plus the hitch seemed to be much more quite and no change in the equalizer operation. Still like the Equalizer and will continue using it as I consider it much better for me than the Reese as I can turn 90 degrees without taking bars off and I need to do that to get in my driveway at home.

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Old 01-11-2016, 11:14 PM   #857
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Thanks to this thread I also upgraded to the 2.5" shank. No problems at all putting it in or taking it out.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:12 PM   #858
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Bars too tight

It's really difficult to move the sway bars in the hitch. Actually yesterday, the second time I unhitched, I needed my wife to help me pull the bar off the L bracket. And it looks like I can't swing the bar far enough to the left. Moving the bars is still very stiff.
I'm leaving my AS here at the Pesacola Airstream park till March, but I've ordered a torque wrench and when I come back down. I intend to take out the bolts at the hitch, lubricate the swing arm receivers, and then reinstall torquing to 45 ft.lbs.
Is it unusual for a new hitch to be so difficult to swing the arms?

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Old 01-21-2016, 04:30 PM   #859
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Richard, my Equalizer moves easily as yours should also. I use a lithium grease as needed. I get the feeling you're not using the jack (while still attached to the ball) to lift the trailer high enough to take the pressure off the bars. When doing this the truck rises also & that's ok as when high enough the bars swing freely. At this point lower the jack, unlock the ball & disconnect in the usual way.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:42 PM   #860
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Richard, my Equalizer moves easily as yours should also. I use a lithium grease as needed. I get the feeling you're not using the jack (while still attached to the ball) to lift the trailer high enough to take the pressure off the bars. When doing this the truck rises also & that's ok as when high enough the bars swing freely. At this point lower the jack, unlock the ball & disconnect in the usual way.
No, I get the jack high enough and the pins easily come out of the L brackets and the arms swing off. It's just that the arms are so tight at the hitch that the bars simply don't swing easily . It's just that swinging the bar it very tight. Even after I get the bars off the L bracket, the bars are extraordinarily tight in the hitch itself.
I'm using high temp grease, but the receivers weren't lubricated by the dealer when they were installed so I only can grease the small part of the place where the bars go in that is exposed.
As I said, I think I'll have to disassemble the hitch, grease the brackets, and reinstall torquing to 45 lb.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:20 PM   #861
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I am thinking about this hitch. I have a question-if I am pulling a trailer that will require very little wd, since the tension bars also serve as the sway control, how do I deal with that so I have plenty of sway tension without taking off too much weight from the tv?
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:46 PM   #862
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Kittyfeet - You seek sway resistance yet not much weight distribution. I don't think this is the hitch for you. Good sway resistance with this hitch is derived from friction created by lots of tension in the sway bars. Look at the Anderson hitch instead. It's anti-sway properties and weight distribution forces are mutuly exclusive.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:40 PM   #863
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Thank you. Thought about the need to look at another type of hitch.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:54 PM   #864
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Have a new hitch and one arm was real stiff and both arms were hard to take off lowered the l brackets,and sprayed penetrating oil in the joint and all is fine.Hitch has to be tuned then you'll be happy
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:01 PM   #865
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Have a new hitch and one arm was real stiff and both arms were hard to take off lowered the l brackets,and sprayed penetrating oil in the joint and all is fine.Hitch has to be tuned then you'll be happy
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I think the height of the L brackets is fine. No problem getting the bars on or off. It's the stiffness that's causing my problem. I can't really move the bars even when disconnected from the trailer. I'll try the penetrating oil but the bolts may be torqued too tight. Project for when I come back down in two months to where I'm storing the trailer. I have to head home to Ohio and I'm leaving the AS at the Airstream park in Pensacola. I'll get it worked out when I get back. Given the big winter storm, I'm not going to take any chances towing the Airstream north.
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Whitegs -
I had an identical experience. It resolved completely using some of Equalizer's "High Performance Lubricant" and adjusting settings with a torque wrench. Now it's no effort at all. I predict you will have a similar experience.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:42 PM   #867
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When my bars got loose it seemed that the sway control got less effective. I removed them, cleaned them, lubed them and re-installed, torquing to spec. Before I could move the sockets by hand. After I had to use a bar to get enough leverage and it was harder to turn, but I could do it by myself.

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Old 01-21-2016, 08:50 PM   #868
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After reading most of this, I will stick with my reese duel cam hitch .
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