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Old 09-08-2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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How many washers - Equalizer

When I bought my 2016 FC 28 at Tampa RV, they installed my Equalizer hitch on my F150 with my truck empty - no passengers, dogs and and empty bed. The truck and trailer were level.
Then the real world set in and my wife and I and 2 100 pound dogs inside with 2 Honda EU2000 generators, 2 gas cans, a Thetford smart tote 18, and some miscellaneous other not too heavy stuff and the trailer is slightly nose down.
I took the setup to a CAT scale today and got the following:
Front axle 3080 (GVWR 3525) Rear axle 4320 (GVWR 3800) and trailer 6020 (max 7000+). So it looks like I need to get 500# off the rear axle onto the front axle.
There are only 3 washers in my Equalizer. Any guesses how many washers I should add to get the 500# moved from the rear axle to the front? Can I get the washers at a hardware store? If any came with the hitch, I never got them.

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Old 09-08-2016, 05:20 PM   #2
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I have and F150 and 27 FC FB and I'm using six washers in my equalizer with the brackets set so the bars are level. I bought an extra washer at the hardware store but you can also order a set of equalizer washers on Amazon.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:50 PM   #3
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You can get hardened washers at a hardware store but if like mine are a little larger in diameter but they work. Equalizer recommends starting with 4 but with the 28 which probably has a 1100 tongue weight I'd start with six. You can measure the fender height from the ground while solo, then when the trailer is hitched without WD. Then measure with the six washers and the hitch in place. If the front fender clearance is close to solo figures you can then take it to the scales for final verification.

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Old 09-09-2016, 10:41 AM   #4
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Is there anyway to add washers without taking off the shank bolts.
The manual says the shank both are three-quarter inch but they appear to be much larger on my hitch.
I would love to be able to just loosen the bolt holding the washers and add washers that way
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:04 AM   #5
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Is there anyway to add washers without taking off the shank bolts.
No. You have to remove those to get at the bolt with the washers.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:08 PM   #6
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The correct answer is likely as many as it takes and there is room for. I remember using all that came with the hitch plus one hardened one of the same diameter but a little thinner from ACE Hardware. I think the Equal-i-zer is a pain in the neck to get exactly right but well worth the effort as once properly installed it works great. BTW, the factory has excellent technical assistance, just give them a call.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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With my Tundra and 30' Classic I am using 6 washers.
To get it all level under load I also raised the L-brackets one notch.
The further the weight bars angle toward the ground + the higher the L-brackets = the higher the weight bars will lift when attached and the more weight is transferred to the tow vehicle's front axle and the trailer's axles.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:38 PM   #8
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I have an Elite 'Ezi-Lift, thar Andy gave me.
It has no washers, but rather a big thumb screw and a lower locating bolt.
Seems to work OK.

I just drove a out 450 km. From Blenheim to Sudbury; and forgot to tighten up the Friction anti-war bars. No problem. Very little if any sway.

Much better than my expensive Reese Dual Cam (Still for sale.)
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That is the new EazLift style.
It is really neat.
My old EazLift had washers.
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I am in the middle of doing the same thing. Not sure why all these dealers keep the extra washers...we own the hitch.
I started with 4 spacers, and was 600 lbs light on my front axle. Added 2 more, and still 400 lbs light. Going to measure everything up again tomorrow, add one more spacer, and see where I'm at.
Grade 8 washers the same size, or close to it, will work. A good hardware store, or a Cat dealer, will have them.
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Very similar situation here, except I bought my trailer used, and the PO threw in the hitch with the deal. I knew nothing about WD, so he showed me how to hitch it up, and then said, “It looks about right,...” I took two short trips before I ever made it to the scales. My numbers looked a lot like yours. I cinched the chains way up, and got radically improved handling. But then the chains were too short.

I took the rig over to a local RV dealer for some expert eyes to look over my setup. The parts guy came out and took a look, and with mild incredulity, said, “You’ve only got two washers in there!! You usually see about five.” I asked to buy some washers, but they don’t sell them. After a bit the guy went over to the service department, and brought me a handful of washers gratis.

There are plenty YouTube videos of how to set up WD. After watching several, I broke the whole thing down, and rebuilt the hitch. In addition to adding washers, I also raised the ball a bit too. Amazing how remarkably well it all works together. My numbers all came out great, and it tows completely different.

Previously it felt like the truck was trying to carry the trailer. Now it feels like a unit, and the engine is doing all the work.
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