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Old 06-19-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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L-pins are grinding against the sway bars on my Equal-i-zer sway control hitch

This is a photo of one of the spring arms on my Equal-i-zer sway control hitch:

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Notice that the L-pin barely contains the arm, with the corner of the L-pin grinding up against the corner of the arm. It doesn't start out this way, but quickly works itself into this configuration while towing. This makes me a little nervous that the arm may eventually work its way out completely. Also, it makes a grinding noise while turning that I've been unable to completely alleviate by applying grease.

Is this how it works for other people? Are my L-pins defective? Do I have something installed incorrectly?
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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can't offer an opinion on an older hitch but the l pins on mine completely cover the sway arm, now mine are only 3 weeks old, but I would not feel safe if they looked like yours. either the l bracket is bent or the pins are worn.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:34 PM   #3
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My Equal-i-zer is now 4 years old and my L pins still cover most of the bar.

Do your L Brackets (that bolt to the A frame of the trailer) still have their shelves (where the bar sits) parallel to the ground and bent 90 degrees from the rest of L bracket?

Are the L pins wearing away or is the hole on the L Bracket enlarging?

I think I would start with new L pins.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:12 PM   #4
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Matthewsim,

I'm certainly not an expert on hitch setup, but I would be concerned -- the photo really helps.

First, you might want to review this thread that discusses the improper equalizer installations that many of us have found on our trailers, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tml#post401854. Airstream sometimes runs propane lines directly beneath the A-frame as shown in your photo, and because of this arrangement the Equal-i-zer brackets cannot be correctly attached until the propane line is rerouted. Your brackets could have become warped because the bolts were not right next to the A-frame.

I would also give Equal-I-zer a call. They were very informative and helpful during our setup.
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My set up looks exactly like yours. Even though I have never used grease on it the L hooks have never not held the bars on the ledge. Even though our trailer spends a lot of time off road.
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Matthewsim,

I'm certainly not an expert on hitch setup, but I would be concerned -- the photo really helps.

First, you might want to review this thread that discusses the improper equalizer installations that many of us have found on our trailers, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...tml#post401854. Airstream sometimes runs propane lines directly beneath the A-frame as shown in your photo, and because of this arrangement the Equal-i-zer brackets cannot be correctly attached until the propane line is rerouted. Your brackets could have become warped because the bolts were not right next to the A-frame.

I would also give Equal-I-zer a call. They were very informative and helpful during our setup.

Yea, I missed that.....that would explain the deformation of the L Bracket that would allow for the Bar to spend way too much time grinding away at the L Pin. Now how the "L" did I miss that?

Replacement L Brackets are the place to start, mounted properly.

If I can get to our storage facility within the next few days I will snap a picture of the brackets on our 28' CCD.
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:34 PM   #7
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The best advice you have been given is to talk to Equalizer. Share you photos with them before you start replacing parts.

I know that today's advice is to move the propane line. That wasn't the answer when I asked the question of Equalizer in 2004.

Keep in mind that it is possible can give the same problem to 4 engineers and get 4 different answers, all of which will work.

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Looks like your brackets are bent so the pins don't sit straight.
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I've been using the Equal-i-zer hitch for 7 years now, so I consider myself somewhat knowledgable in its use.

The first thing I noticed is that your L-Pins are bent, you can buy replacement parts for your Equal-i-zer at most RV parts stores. Most alarming, however, is the propane line running behind your L-Bracket. NOT GOOD. That needs to be corrected ASAP and is probably the source of your problem. The L-brackets must be flush with the A-Frame.

How is the L-bracket on the other side doing? Is there a similar problem there, too? If not, it's probably because it's mounted correctly.
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I agree . It's not mounted correctly, you need to re-route that propane line so that bracket is flush to the frame. I would replace the brackets and pins. Contact E-Qualizer and get their set up guide so you can reset everything at the correct height and angle for the hitch. I would not go a block the way it is.
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