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Old 10-19-2016, 02:40 PM   #1023
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Give that thing some grease on the ball and the moving parts of the hitch head.
Get Sway Bracket Jackets.
The noise will pipe down considerably.
When it begins to get noisy again, grease again- for me about once per year.


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Old 10-19-2016, 06:31 PM   #1024
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I recently got the "new" L pins. They also helped to quiet down my hitch. After 850 miles, I never heard it once!! Nice😀


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Old 10-20-2016, 09:20 AM   #1025
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What do most of you guys end up with for a ground clearance? (From the bottom of hitch to the ground)
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:09 PM   #1026
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Not much.
I'll measure it when I get home.


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Old 10-22-2016, 01:11 PM   #1027
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I was at the dealership and while there the Lead Mechanic told me my Equalizer hitch should have approximately a 3 degree pitch.
He adjusted same and photos are enclosed. I spoke with a factory rep who stated all the hitches should have a "slight" angel.
Didn't impact the level and I'm still within the requirements.
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:46 AM   #1028
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I was at the dealership and while there the Lead Mechanic told me my Equalizer hitch should have approximately a 3 degree pitch.
He adjusted same and photos are enclosed. I spoke with a factory rep who stated all the hitches should have a "slight" angel.
Didn't impact the level and I'm still within the requirements.
Anyone else encounter this?
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Sounds like this Lead Mechanic doesn't understand exactly how this hitch works. If they all need 3 degrees of pitch, they would all be made that way and not be adjustable. Tell him to read his Equal-I-Zer product description.
Just my $0.02 worth.
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:43 AM   #1029
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Rearward tilt ofthe ball is a good idea on most hitches. The tech was correct.
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Old 10-23-2016, 07:46 AM   #1030
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After posting this I went back and started reviewing the Equalizer video streams from the factory. Low and behold each one shows small amount of tilt that is basically the top elongated bolt hole.
I went back through the installation guide and it doesn't address the use of tilt.
So I have arrived at the conclusion that my first set up was not 100% correct; only 97%.
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:01 AM   #1031
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Rearward tilt of the ball is correct, but...
How many degrees of tilt depends on other things...
1/2 ton, 3/4 ton or 1 ton? 1/2 ton will need more tilt. 1 ton will need less tilt.
Tongue weight? More tongue weight will need more tilt, less tongue weight will need less tilt.
Hitch receiver height? Seems like higher would need more tilt.
"Take" of vehicle? Does it sit level? Does it sit lower in front?
Every rig is different.


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Old 10-25-2016, 04:12 PM   #1032
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I've still not got this hitch to transfer enough weight to the front axle. Just returned from a trip and experienced a light front end, particularly on rough road.

My last trip across the scales, full fuel, me, wife, empty tanks, loaded for camping:

front axle: 3586 lbs
rear axle: 4048 lbs
trailer: 5896 lbs
GCVW: 13,530 lbs

TV unhitched: 6424 lbs - Ram 1500 EcoDiesel c/w 3.92, factory air suspension, short box, AWD.

TW: 850 lbs

I am at 6 1/2 spacers, wheel well measures are spot on, hitch height correct.

The bars have tension as they are not parallel to the trailer frame, but have some upwards angle.

Will going to 8 spacers really do it for me, or should I try another hitch?
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:19 PM   #1033
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It seems harder to transfer weight on a 1/2 ton.
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Old 10-25-2016, 05:05 PM   #1034
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I don't have this exact system, but similar and I was always instructed to use stiffer bars than the TW suggests on a truck to compensate for the difficulty in transferring weight.
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Old 10-25-2016, 05:18 PM   #1035
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I have 1,200# bars rather than 1,000# bars.


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Old 10-25-2016, 06:51 PM   #1036
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It seems harder to transfer weight on a 1/2 ton.
That's why CanAm Andy suggested to me that I use 1400# bars on my FC25FB. I thought it would be overkill, but he was correct. I'm glad I followed his advice.
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