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Old 05-23-2009, 09:55 AM   #99
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woppa,

The 2008 literature I have from Equalizer doesn't mention a 750# bar, only 600, 1,000, 1,200 and 1,400. This must be a new one. In calculating your tongue wt., remember it doesn't include full propane tanks and maybe the effect of the spare tire. It's likely true tongue wt. is more than the number Airstream gives, and sometimes Airstream has different weights in different literature for the same model and year. The best way to know is to weigh it; how to do so is in the owner's manual.

The dealer we bought the trailer from put 1,200# bars on, much too heavy, but when I called Equalizer they said as long as it was set up right, that was ok. Of course, it wasn't set up right, but that's a different issue. I don't want to get a new hitch since you just don't replace the bars and I'm unsure what it would cost. I'd call Equalizer and ask them their opinion since you seem to be on the borderline and also ask them to remove those dashes from the name because I don't want to type them. I'm confused too and will be interested to read about what they tell you.

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Old 05-23-2009, 10:10 AM   #100
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Woopa4,

I'd have to say you are right in the 'ball park' using 1000# bars, tongue weight wise...going to the 600's would be too light, IMHO.

we use 1K bars on our 28, and have comparable weight to yours, and have great ride, no sway (but we only tow around 55 MPH) and no evidence of stuff moving around inside (more than normal) the AS when on the road...

I've had conversations with other using this same hitch, with 1K bars, but much shorter AS's...and questioned their set up, but haven't heard of any problems - and usually it's the opposite, they like their Equal-i-zer's performance...

I know it's a matter of 'flex' in the bars, but I guess with lighter tongue loads, and less loading of the bars still gives one enough actual 'flex' to do the job...those bars are made of 'spring steel', don't ya' know...
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:39 AM   #101
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Wrong hitch posted.

Sorry for the goof-up. I meant to post EAZ-LIFT rather than EQ. EQ was on my other unit.EL by camco lists the following weight ranges:

400,550,750, 1000, 1400

EAZ hitch range finder,specifies: 650-950= 1000 Bars.
850-1400=1400 "

I have used EL for over 2000 miles. without any noticeable sway or other problems. (You can read on another thread). After taking delivery 14 mar 09. I estimated that I had traveled at least 300 miles without any trailer brakes. Lead wheel roadside, was missing the interior brake pad which resulted in total fluid leakage, caliper breakdown( ground down to the fluid seal) plus a destroyed rotor. woppa4 (2009 30C L becoming an SA tech by default).
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:46 AM   #102
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woppa 4 follow-up

I do have a sway control bar attached. woppa4
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:38 PM   #103
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Ultimately, you need to get the manufacturer's opinion of the appropriateness of your hitch size. They know the product and the results of their product.

I have an Equal-i-zer hitch with 1,000 # bars because I often carry a 1,000 # golf cart in the bed of the truck when we go camping (I carried it with us over the Memorial Day Weekend to Stone Mountain Campground rather than pay $159 to rent their's) and the extra bars and two simple adjustments to the L-brackets compensate for the extra weight in the bed of the truck. I am very pleased with my set up. Your system is different as is your load and distribution so I'd check with the manufacturer to be sure if I were you.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:36 AM   #104
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Thought I would add my name to the very large list of satisfied Equil-i-zer owners. I love this hitch. I've towed four different trailers with this hitch and I've been more than happy with the results. To say this hitch doesn't offer any anti-sway is hogwash. The proof is towing in high winds and when being passed by 18-wheelers. Rock solid.
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Old 06-06-2009, 07:45 AM   #105
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The Equalizer hitch must work pretty good, because even Reese has designed a copy that works on the same principle, only of course, they say theirs is better.

High Performance Reese SC Weight Distribution System, 600 lbs. TW / 10,000 lbs. GTW 66152 : Trailer hitch bike rack and trailer hitches - etrailer.com
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:55 AM   #106
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I'm pleased with the Equal-i-zer hitch after my first year with it. My dealer advised me well, it seems, telling me that the Equal-i-zer was a good match for my 31-foot trailer and 3/4-ton truck. In my first year, I towed 10,000 miles through some very steep mountains without any handling concerns. It's really going to get the test this year as we have 100 days of camping scheduled. I learned an important lesson about this hitch. As others have posted, it's tough to get those 3/4-inch bolts tight enough that they don't allow an unsafe condition. I've had to use long-handled adjustable wrenches since I haven't found 3/4-inch wrenches with long enough handles to do the job. Otherwise, my first year with the hitch confirms what my dealer said, that this is a safe and sound hitch made of quality components that performs well with the right combination of trailer and truck. Best wishes, John
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Would love to see set up with F150 and 25FB as I cannot dial in proper weight dist. To front axles in particular and seem to TT using 1000# bars, thanks.
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What's the gap in the washers? Is adjusting bolt tight underneath?
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I'm using 1,400 lb bars on my 3/4 ton GMC van. My hitch weight is around 1,300 lbs due to my Classic being 30' slide out. I've towed with 2 hitches over the course of 30 years. My first was a Reese Dual Cam and the last 10 has been with the Equal-i-zer. The Equal-i-zer has done a great job in keeping my Classic rock steady behind my van. I usually have the dealer check the torque once a year on the ball nut since he has the socket that fits this.

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Old 02-01-2016, 05:18 PM   #110
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Would love to see set up with F150 and 25FB as I cannot dial in proper weight dist. To front axles in particular and seem to TT using 1000# bars, thanks.
I had the 10k/1k set up. It worked well for a long time, but as our load has increased over our first year of ownership, even with 7 washers and the L-brackets high, I could not throw enough weight forward for my Expedition EL to achieve good WD. I think you may have the same problem with your F150. I think the issue is leverage!

Expedition EL wheelbase is 131". Rear overhang 51.1"

Even with the new propride I have to crank to ~7.5" on the jacks, but I finally have good WD.

Hope that helps.
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I have a 27 ft. AS .I have an Anderson hitch that I got from Desert Autoplex in Mesa Az. It is the best hitch I have ever used. I do not have to use a sway bar and can hook it up with a Cresent Wrench.
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Old 02-01-2016, 07:01 PM   #112
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What's the gap in the washers? Is adjusting bolt tight underneath?
That definitely looks wrong. The adjusting pin looks loose. The washers should be taking all the compressive force. If you need that much tilt add more washers and get rid of the gap.
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