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Old 02-02-2016, 08:07 AM   #113
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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.
The picture you're referencing is from a person in 2011, but your statement to Bigfandave is correct, there are no gaps in the washers and the angle set bolt should be snug against them.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:18 AM   #114
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:48 AM   #115
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Dohh!
Yeah, been there, done that. I think any post over 6 months old should have some visual alert, like a different background color.
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Old 02-04-2016, 02:34 PM   #116
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We are at 55,000 miles with the Equalizer. Works fine as always. The washers will compress over time and you may have to add one or two. Get grade 8 washers since by the time you need to add any, you probably will have lost any extra ones that came with it.

Either the dealer will have installed it badly (they don't want to spend time with it because it reduces profit), or after a while, it will need some adjustment. That can be a challenge, but is necessary to have to perform at its best. The company will help you with advice. If you are in Utah, you can stop there and ask them to look at it—I've never stopped there, but they told me they would be glad to check it if I did.

If I were towing a 30' trailer, I would look into the Pro Pride (an improvement over the Hensley), but the Equalizer works very well. There is very good sway control—I have driven with string crosswinds, including on slippery snow where 18 wheelers were stuck, and the trailer just followed right behind me. Of course, good M&S tires help on the trailer too.

It is a very simple design and not much can go wrong with it. No chains, no need to disconnect to back up, easy to hitch and unhitch (unless the truck is on a grade and the trailer isn't).

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If I were towing a 30' trailer, I would look into the Pro Pride (an improvement over the Hensley), but the Equalizer works very well. There is very good sway controlóI have driven with strong crosswinds, including on slippery snow where 18 wheelers were stuck, and the trailer just followed right behind me.
It is a very simple design and not much can go wrong with it. No chains, no need to disconnect to back up, easy to hitch and unhitch (unless the truck is on a grade and the trailer isn't).

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Hi, this is pretty much my opinion too.
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I like our Equalizer and would not change to ProPride or Hensley for the simple fact I can hook up the Equalizer by myself while my wife does other things and we can be off in 20 minutes from walking out the AS door to pulling out of the site. Plus in our first 10,000 miles using it last summer and fall we had no sway issues and while alone on an interstate I tried to get it to sway a bit, came right back.

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Old 02-07-2016, 02:34 PM   #119
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A VPP hitch won't allow the trailer to move out of alignment. At all.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:01 AM   #120
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A VPP hitch won't allow the trailer to move out of alignment. At all.

Hi, not even while going down hill, on a curve, with tow vehicle brakes activating first??????? BUMP!
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Let us know when you've used one.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:41 PM   #122
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Let us know when you've used one.
The OP wanted to know if there were any negatives to the equal-I-zer.
Personally after 3 Airstreams that have superior trailering characteristics to begin with, and 100,000k of comfortable no sway towing with the equalizer I personally don't have to experiment with anything else.


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Let us know when you've used one.

Hi, just like my propane tanks, there is no reason to change them to something else. I'm perfectly happy with my Equal-I-zer brand hitch. Over eleven years of use with no problems, no broken parts, and no worn out parts. I see no logical reason to try something else. Close to 25,000 miles towed, just on two trips alone.

"My trailer, only once, swayed violently out of control; It was parked in my driveway during a 5.0 Earthquake."
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We also have a lot of experience with the Equal-i-zer, very good sway control for 125,000 miles on the same hitch, with 1000 lbs. bars used on two different Airstreams, 80,000 miles on a 2005 25' International CCD and a over 45,000 miles on our 2012 28' International Signature Series. Previously used an Equal-i-zer with 600 lbs. bars to pull a 22' International CCD with a Jeep Cherokee. Of course neither hitch performed very well when we drove home from the two different dealers; I spent several hours measuring and following Equal-i-zer's directions to give some drop to both the front and rear of the tow vehicle. At most i might buy a new one for peace of mind but the high mileage hitch still performs well.
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Did not post negatives. Only one I can think of, it makes some noise. I grease it where all posts and info says too but I still get the squeaking noise. Not bothersome enough to change, however.
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Did not post negatives. Only one I can think of, it makes some noise. I grease it where all posts and info says too but I still get the squeaking noise. Not bothersome enough to change, however.
I installed the nylon pads on the L-Brackets; huge difference. It eliminates all that grease on them, much cleaner to handle. It's VERY quiet for that portion, although you still get the 'clunk' when the spring arm moves in or out. Now I just have to grease the pivot in the hitch head.

http://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-95...r+bracket+pads
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