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Old 02-11-2016, 10:01 AM   #897
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After 15 months of use, I have put my Equal-i-zer up for sale on CL. It served me well for the majority of that time, but my needs changed...

For 75% of people this is the perfect hitch and I will always recommend it as such.
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:16 PM   #898
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I got the jackets and the pins and I'm thoroughly pleased. Now I don't get grease all over my hands when we hook up and I don't have to fool with all those cotter pins.

It's much quieter now, even if the head is making noise the rest is quiet, except for that CLUNK that drives the wife crazy. With every CLUNK I get an AIEEE from her; weird echo. When I see I'm going to have to round a corner I turn the radio up to minimize the noise level, from both.

Get you an old timey cardboard can of axle grease.
Slather it all over, under, and in between every moving part.
Move the weight bar sockets side to and push tease up into every single bit until you move the sockets back and forth and everything is greasy- nothing dry-
Hitch head will hush!


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Old 02-11-2016, 01:16 PM   #899
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I should have said wheel bearing grease...


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Old 02-11-2016, 07:59 PM   #900
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I know what you meant.
Can you even GET axle grease anymore? Wasn't that for the old covered wagons? I think it's just an old term for any thick grease.

The wife doesn't mind the squeaks, although I do clean up the spring arm sockets from time to time and slather them with waterproof outboard motor prop shaft grease. It's that big CLUNK when the spring arms move to the L-bracket or out to the retaining pin that makes her yell.
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:38 PM   #901
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Sway Jacket Pads. Which way should I install them, vertically "A" or horizontally "B"?
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Slide them on like 'A', then drop them down like 'B'. The spring arm will ride on the nylon pad. That cut in the center is to allow the pin to go through it into the L-bracket.
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Slide them on like 'A', then drop them down like 'B'. The spring arm will ride on the nylon pad. That cut in the center is to allow the pin to go through it into the L-bracket.
That's what I thought. My Airstream dealer's service manager and mechanic, both of who had formal Equalizer training, insisted that they remain vertical, "A".

They claim that the friction at the bottom resting point of the bar is what creates the ant-sway protection, so advocate position "A", vertical.
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:16 PM   #904
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Ask yourself why they would put a slot on the sway jacket. B
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Ask yourself why they would put a slot on the sway jacket. B
Yes.....I indeed asked that question of the mechanics. They said it gives you the option of two positions, one of which (the horizontal) keeps things quieter but inhibits sway control.
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Pretty sure they are wrong about position "A". We always use our sway bracket jackets in position "B" and we're very happy with the results.
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Yes.....I indeed asked that question of the mechanics. They said it gives you the option of two positions, one of which (the horizontal) keeps things quieter but inhibits sway control.
That's true, the friction is what gives it the sway control. I have the dual axles and sway isn't a problem, even after the pad installation. I just got really tired of the noise and the grease (to stop the noise). There is still noise but I don't need to grease the spring arms, just the spring arm sockets, and that doesn't last long before they start squeaking.

If you have dual axles, I think you'll be OK. Put them on and go for a test drive on a windy day and see if you have any problems with sway. Use caution, of course.
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:17 PM   #908
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Sway Jacket Pads. Which way should I install them, vertically "A" or horizontally "B"?
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That's what I thought. My Airstream dealer's service manager and mechanic, both of who had formal Equalizer training, insisted that they remain vertical, "A".

They claim that the friction at the bottom resting point of the bar is what creates the ant-sway protection, so advocate position "A", vertical.

Hi, in position "A", in my opinion, the pads are useless. In position "B", in-which Equal-I-zer shows where they go, they are quieter. Also in my opinion, and with my experience, The sway jackets create more friction than the original metal to metal design.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:01 PM   #909
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Equal-i-zer for 2016 23Flying Cloud FB??

About to purchase this new trailer and wondered what model is best. The dealer seems to think that a SwayPro is more than adequate.
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That's a topic guaranteed to stir up a kerfuffle. Use whatever WD / Sway control hitch works best for you and your TT/TV combo. We like our Equal-I-zer, but there are plenty of folks out there who use other things.
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