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Old 10-04-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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Equalizer Hitch Question

Sorry vintage folks.

Can anyone share the bolt sizes for the equalizer hitch set up (both at the hitch and on the trailer)? In SC for business and plan to set up the TV this weekend when I get back. Want to make sure I have all the tools. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2017, 08:30 PM   #2
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Shank bolts - 1-1/16", you will need a wrench to hold one end and a BIG torque wrench on the other end, 350 lb. ft. IIRC
Bar socket nuts - 15/16", socket only, the bolts are welded to the head
Trailer bracket bolts and nuts - 3/4"

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Old 10-05-2017, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thank you Al!
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:33 AM   #4
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Save your back.
1/2" drive "breaker bar" from Harbor Freight is about $20.
1 1/8" socket for bolts, I choose a deep socket so I'd clear the bolt threads. (actually, two of these is better, one for each side, or a 1 1/8" box end wrench.) Then, add to your collection a 3' piece of pipe about 1 1/2" ID, enough to go over the breaker bar.
Those nuts holding the shank bolts are tight! Position the hitch in the receiver so you can slip the pipe over the breaker bar and pull away from your vehicle (to avoid bashing the back if it slips)
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:47 AM   #5
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I believe that if you are also putting the ball on the hitch you will need a torque wrench that gets up around the 400 to 450 pound range. Needless to say, this is a lot of force.

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Old 10-18-2017, 11:42 PM   #6
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Trying to choose the 'right' equalizer anti-sway hitch for my 'week old' 2016 23FB (4806 # dry, 6300# GVWR, 440# TW) with a tow vehicle similar to a Porsche Cayenne (6600# maximum towing capacity. Will tow maybe 2000 miles per year. BTW, no towing experience here - new to the 'lifestyle'!
Any help / advice / experience feedback is most welcome. Many thanks.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:07 AM   #7
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For a smaller trailer I'd consider this hitch by Fastway.
Fastway is the jr. brand for Equal-i-zer.

https://www.fastwaytrailer.com/e2-hitch
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Hi Greg. We have setup hundreds of Porsche’s and Touareg’s. I would suggest an Eaz-Lift with 800 lb torsion bars. It is much easier on the hitch receiver because the bars are tapered. This gives you more range of motion going through dips etc. If you like send me an email andy@canamrv.ca and I can send you instructions on how to configure it correctly. The 23FB tows best with the fresh tank full.
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The 23FB tows best with the fresh tank full.


Fascinating! Curious as to why?
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Fascinating! Curious as to why?
Look at a schematic. Where is it located relative to axles? Offset, or centerline? Is it above or below floor level?
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Correct. The tank is under the floor between the frame rails just forward of the axles.
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Weight distribution / balance / center of gravity matter a lot. It's not just about the total weight involved. That's true in way more than just trailers. Boats and airplanes most certainly get into issues very quickly if things they are loaded poorly.

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