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Old 02-01-2006, 12:21 PM   #15
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:44 PM   #16
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Here is a link to their site and a Quicktime video. I sent them off an email about the teflon L bracket availability.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/productinfo/video.php

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Old 02-02-2006, 04:02 PM   #17
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Well it looks like a few of you have been contacting the folks at Equal-i-zer regarding the noise reducing brackets. Here is the scoop from them.


"Our company has moved from the town of Lindon, UT to Provo, UT and we have changed the company name to Progress Mfg Inc. We still pride ourselves in manufacturing the Original Equal-i-zer 4-Point Sway Control Hitch. Our company recently had its 60th anniversary having started as Mobile Manufacturing in 1945, so we've been around quite a while. You are the third person to inquire about what some people have called "Teflon" L-Brackets as a result of the Airstream forum on the subject. I see that you are a moderator for this forum, and thank you for your support of the Equal-i-zer Hitch. I have previously explained the details about this optional L-Bracket accessory to "Bambi Bandit" in your forum, but I will provide the same information for you as well:
"We do have an accessory L-Bracket item available that the forum is referring to, but there is a misunderstanding about the description of this part. A few years ago these items were being tested, and had been given out to select Equal-i-zer customers at no charge. Now that these items have been tested, they will no longer be given out for free, but are now sold as accessory items.
The L-Brackets are not coated with Teflon, but rather have plastic pads fastened to the base where the Spring Arms rest. Also, the pad is actually not made of Teflon, but of high density polyethylene. This accessory part is called a Noise-Reduction Pad. Due to the property of this material, it will reduce the amount of noise when the Spring Arms are sliding through the Sway Control Brackets, and this is the sole function of this accessory. However, this plastic surface does also reduce some of the friction that is normally generated on the L-Brackets to contribute to the 4-Point Sway Control. Understand that using the Noise-Reduction Pads will also reduce some of the effectiveness of the 4-Point Sway Control. It will be a trade-off for what you feel is more important: less noise or complete sway control.
The Noise-Reduction Padded L-Bracket is sold for $36.00 each plus shipping ($72.00 for a pair). These padded L-Brackets will replace your current L-Brackets, which you can keep as spare parts. You can also purchase just the Noise Reduction Pads, but this will require that you have two holes drilled in the vertical side of each L-Bracket to install the pads. Each pad costs $10.75 plus shipping ($21.50 for a pair), and comes with two bolts and two Nyloc nuts for fastening the pads to the L-Brackets. If reducing the noise is more important than complete sway control, then this option would help provide what you are looking for without the mess of lubricating the L-Brackets. You can order these and any part for your Equal-i-zer Hitch over the phone by calling our toll-free number listed below and asking for Customer Support.
It should be noted that lubricating the friction surfaces in the Hitch Head is essential not only to reduce noise but to prolong the life of the hitch, while lubricating the L-Brackets is optional, and will help to reduce the noise. This does not reduce the sway control like using the Noise-Reduction Pads will. If you choose to lubricate the L-Brackets, the sliding motion of the Spring Arms will spread the grease up and down the bars. This not only becomes messy when you need to handle and store the Spring Arms, the build-up of dirt over time may also cause binding, which can result increased wear and making more noise. If you lubricate the L-Brackets, you should plan on regularly cleaning off all this grease to prevent dirt and road grime from sticking."
I hope this information has been helpful. If you would like, please share this information to benefit the other Airstream forum users. Please let me know how I can further assist you.
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:57 PM   #18
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Jack.

Thanks so much for the information and following through with this. I'm thinking of just keeping my set-up well lubed, and cleaned and pass on the noise reducer things. I also wonder how often one would have to replace the actual "pad" surface due to the rubbing of the spring bars.

As long as my unit is really not bending in half, I suppose I'll leave well enough alone, and only go straight with no turns.

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Old 02-02-2006, 05:14 PM   #19
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Well, given enough miles I'm sure you are going to see some wear there, although what the rate of wear is, I'm not sure. From Josh's note I can see their point of concern is the friction areas of the hitch head. While I have lubed that area infrequently, its obvious that I might need to give it a little more attention since excessive wear can cause that area to loosen up in an accelerated fashion. The two nuts on the hitch head that you torque to 45 ft lbs keeps that friction at its optimum.

I didn't know that the noise reduction pads sacrifice some of the sway control. Like you I'll live with the groan that the bars make during low speed. I'll consider it like a back up warning that some vehicles have. When heads turn when the groan occurs, I know that folks see me. I don't want to compromise one bit of the sway control.

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Early in our ownership of our AS, we used a traditional weight distribution hitch. After a stomach churning white knuckle ride up I 94 cros Michigan, I bluntly told my husband, this ain't hacking' it! I don't care WHAT you have to say! Then I called our RV tech and said to him, Ryan, I don't care what it costs, have a new hitch laid out for us when we get back! Okey dokey! All I sell is the four point equal-i-zer. Wondered how longit would take for you to switch!
Best thing we ever did! We've beenover that stretch many times and never felt a thing! Easy to hook up and use. Company has great support for users, and much of it is on the site.
http://www.equalizerhitch.com/productinfo/
There might be a better product. Might be. But not in this price range, and I can't bring myself to believe the high dollar 'premium' hitches are the thousand times better than the equalizer as reflected by price differential!Equalizer vs say a hemsly at 3 grand!

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