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Old 06-05-2014, 10:59 PM   #15
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Ok, ok, ok.

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It's not that part that is noisy, really.
Most of the noise comes from the hitch head/ball.
They make an accessory called sway brackets jackets that cuts down noise where the spring bars move back and forth on the brackets. This only slightly effects the sway control.
When I lubricate it, I lubricate the moving parts of the hitch head and the ball. This cuts down noise tremendously.
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Sorry, don't believe that because I've had one of them, and I've watched them when people are parking at rallies. The majority of the noise comes from the bars sliding in the frame side brackets, and the "L" latches binding and popping on top of the bars, which is where most of the friction occurs creating the sway control. Lubricate them there to reduce noise, and you also decrease the sway control.
Hi, you are both right, sort-of. The spring bars riding on the "L" brackets, metal to metal, make a lot of noise. The "Bracket Jackets" do make the hitch much quieter. I have felt no loss of friction, but I'm sure there is some. I travel long distances and when the spring bar sockets get dry, there is a lot of moaning and groaning. On most long trips, I clean, lube, and adjust/torque my hitch at home, and do it again at the turn around or half way mark of my trip.
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:17 AM   #16
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What?

We just had an incredibly noisy experience with our Equal-i-zer, which was resolved by applying grease to the "L" brackets on the trailer's A-frame. We've never had problems with sway, nor did we have problems after lubricating those "L" brackets. In fact, we rode side by side with a tractor-trailer rig for enough miles to be annoying but not once did we have sway issues. I credit the AS design for that, I guess. We were much happier with our load balancing hitch after we greased those brackets and quieted things down.
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Eeeeeeeeerr
Aaaaaaawwwwww
Tick tick
Pop
Eeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeer
"I thought I heard that camper comin'"
Squeeeeeeeeeeeak
Squeeeeeeeallll
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:53 PM   #18
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"That expensive trailer and it sounds like a hunk o' junk."
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:56 PM   #19
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I know a guy who puts wax paper on the L brackets.
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I've known people who put wax paper on the hitch ball. Wax is a good lubricant, and it won't get your pants dirty.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:33 PM   #21
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I like it.
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I tried wax paper on the ball with a small trailer once. It lasted almost two miles.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:41 PM   #23
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Even when the paper falls away a little wax residue is left behind.
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I like the wax paper idea if it works, especially on the L-brackets. I now have a pair of "trailer pants" due to bumping my knees on those brackets while working around the front storage compartment of our 27FB.
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I immediately drop the greasy ends of the bars into ziploc freezer bags and zip 'em up tight to the shanks. Manage to keep myself clean.
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It gets louder after every rain. I guess the lubrication wears off. Another reason to get a ProPride...
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Not saying it would definitely work, but if I still had an Equal-I-zer hitch, I would try some Door-Eaz on the "L" brackets where the bars ride. If wax paper helps, it should also as it is a thick, waxy type lubricant.
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Wax paper from the Kuntry Boy sausage package- it has sausage grease, too!
My "link plate" on the curb side is bent. Justin Andrew said to turn it around. It just bent the other way...
If the link plate was as thick as the L bracket...
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