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Old 10-28-2011, 10:04 AM   #15
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I usually travel one week per month for work. After fourteen years in the hotel, I decided to try a trailer this year

IMO, this choice is going to work out very well for you. Some tax advantages exist and the neighbors, the privacy and the comfort can't be beat.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:42 PM   #16
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Just to follow up...
I contacted Equal-i-zer support. They told me the 10,000# hitch and 1000# bars were fine for the 4000# trailer. Was told to be sure to adjust the WD properly. That was all.

I went ahead and ordered two 600# bars. They are smaller than the 1000# bars and leave a little more space for movement where they connect to the hitch. Hope this won't cause issues.

Took a 250 mile trip with the new setup. Seemed fine. Stiffer ride. More of the movement was transferred to the TV than before. Used to see the trailer sway a little in some situations. Now if it starts to sway, it stops almost instantly. Mileage dropped 2mpg.
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Just to follow up...
I contacted Equal-i-zer support. They told me the 10,000# hitch and 1000# bars were fine for the 4000# trailer. Was told to be sure to adjust the WD properly. That was all.

I went ahead and ordered two 600# bars. They are smaller than the 1000# bars and leave a little more space for movement where they connect to the hitch. Hope this won't cause issues.

Took a 250 mile trip with the new setup. Seemed fine. Stiffer ride. More of the movement was transferred to the TV than before. Used to see the trailer sway a little in some situations. Now if it starts to sway, it stops almost instantly. Mileage dropped 2mpg.
I believe you will have to have sleeves made to fit the 600# bars in the 10,000# head. Actually, that would be great, we were talking about someone doing this on another thread. I am sure any good metal fab guy could make you sleeves for not much money.

We WILL of course expect pics and full feedback on how this works out. 600# bars in a 10,000# head is, IMHO, the only way to make an EQ work for me.
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More of the movement was transferred to the TV than before.

I am assuming that this is felt by the driver through the steering. My first step is TV tire pressures. Maintaining factory FF/RR balance and playing with a range. As before, no substitute for certified scale weights. Several reasons for "stiffer ride" come to mind.

Second is any slop in TV steering. R&P doesn't have much room for play, but the system should be examined while on the rack for play, loose mounts, etc.


Reduced mpg is possibly: colder weather, more start & stop, higher travel speed (with quartering headwinds the worst); brake drag, alignment and gasoline with higher ethanol content (winter gas). More steering corrections per 10-miles is cited by big truck makers as worthy of correction.

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