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Old 07-08-2016, 12:57 PM   #71
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Outbacker Trailer Owners with Equalizer Hitch Problems

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This began 29 July 2007 and bad L Brackets. The last 28 July 2013.

This is just a FYI concerning Equalizer Hitches and other brand of Trailer owners using them. Many photographs and a discussion much like some on this Forum.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:52 PM   #72
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Ford Hitch replaced by warranty...

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Update with new condition......I recently towed from Michigan to Colorado using the spacer with my 12K Equil-I-zer. Estimate that we towed about 3200 miles for this trip. I noticed that the Ford spacer was getting harder and harder to remove from the 2.5" hitch, then to the point I couldn't get it out without forcing with hammer and vice grips. To make the story short, my 2.5 hitch is deformed from the movement allowed by the slop in the system using the spacer. Being that my 350 is only a few months old, I held Ford accountable asking for their review as a warranty issue as they say towing like this is acceptable. Ford is covering the replacement of the hitch and the spacer. I will no longer be using the spacer for towing our RV, only for light duty utility trailers around town..... I have adapted the 12k EQ to the 2.5" drawbar. Stay tuned as that will be "up for sale" soon as we are in process of ordering a 5th wheel...... Anybody want a 2012 301BQ???
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Old 08-25-2016, 06:07 AM   #73
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A hitch tightener/anti rattle device would have prevented that.


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Old 08-25-2016, 09:48 AM   #74
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This reminds me of the old adage, "Measure it with a micrometer. Mark it with a grease-pencil. Cut it with a hatchet."

The multi-millions of hitches towing around out there with the designed amount of unimportant slop is truly frightening...I suppose there's a lawyer awaiting in the wings for that bodacious lawsuit...if only someone could show where some harm is due to a horrific non- problem...
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:07 AM   #75
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Actually there is a problem with the 2 1/2" in using the adapter. I towed our 27' from Florida to Nevada using it and there was enough slop/torque to actually bend a Master brand locking hitch pin. Replaced the stinger with the proper 2 1/2" stinger, no problem since. Others have experienced the same thing.


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I will be getting the 2 1/2" hitch and avoid the extra slop with the adapter.

I had inserted stainless steel into the slop on this last trip and it appeared someone had taken a hammer and distorted the edges outward. Obviously something not good is happening while towing on unlevel roads!
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:08 PM   #77
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Hey AStreamers, those of you that are pulling a 30' Classic can you tell me the best hitch? Colonial says the Hensley.

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If you want a Hensley, get a ProPride- the "new improved" Hensley.
I still use the Equal-i-zer Original 4-point Sway Control hitch.
I had an EazLift.
I think they are all good and do a job.
Some have quirks and peculiarities and get approval or disapproval based on that.
If you have $2,300, get a ProPride 3P.
I ain't got $2,300...
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Zak - what will you be towing it with?
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EQ90-02-4700 Hitch out of stock at etrailer.com

Tried last week to order a 2 1/2" hitch to convert from my current 2" hitch.

Etrailer.com is out of stock of the EQ90-02-4700 and will have stock by the end of September 2016. ($139.95 'free shipping')

One may be found on EBay or some other source, but I am patient and will sit on this until they become available.
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Tried last week to order a 2 1/2" hitch to convert from my current 2" hitch.

Etrailer.com is out of stock of the EQ90-02-4700 and will have stock by the end of September 2016. ($139.95 'free shipping')

One may be found on EBay or some other source, but I am patient and will sit on this until they become available.
Ray,

Have you done a Google search for the Eq part number? That's how I found mine, and the price was better too.

One source -
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/90-02...-p/14-5621.htm



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Al... Thank you.

Saved myself nearly $8.00, enough for a Double Cheeseburger and Fries! Apparently they have them in stock.

Mfg. P/N: 90-02-4700 ($139.00)- 2 1/2" Shank, 3" Drop, 7" Rise, 12" length

Their Product Code: 14-5621 ($131.16)

Soon I will have less slop and will be anxious to relay anything new...
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Ray,

I thought the in stock was probably important, the $8 less so.

I don't recall what I paid or where I got mine, but it made a huge difference over the adapter I tried first.

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I, too, had a lot of slop in the 2.5" receiver in my '15 Ram 3500. This was greatly exaggerated by the fact that I have an AirSafe/Equalizer combination that puts the ball about 14" back from the receiver. The AirSafe shank was a 2"; and most of the slop came from between the reducer and the shank. After using shims for two 3,000 mile trips, I had the reducer sleeve welded to the shank, and also got the u-bolt shown in previous post. It seems to work, as there is little movement and no rattle on the most recent 3,000 trip. I am still curious as to how much actual weight distribution is being accomplished, but I would have to guess more than was happening before with the sloppy fit. I will check on that some time when I have some transit time on my hands and can tie up a CAT scale for 20 minutes or more...
OK - finally got around to taking photo and doing measurements. It is 18" from the collar welded on the shank of the AirSafe (where it stops when inserting into the receiver) and TDC on the ball of the Equalizer. A bit long, but the TT/TV do not seem to notice. But you can see how that much weight and length really emphasized the sloppy fitting on the sleeve/shank. I literally had almost 2" play at the ball before the weld job and clamp. I still need to use the CAT scale to determine how much weight distribution I'm actually getting out of the Equalizer; but with that big Cummins up front, there is no danger of the front wheels lifting off the ground...
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