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Old 07-27-2016, 04:03 AM   #43
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Never have taken my Equalizer bars off backing.
I'm in this camp. I've never taken off my Equalizer when backing up.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:26 AM   #44
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Grease the ball and the moving parts of the hitch head.
Get the Sway Bracket Jackets for the L-brackets.
It will pipe down.
When it gets noisy again, grease it again.


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[QUOTE=cazual6;1826959]Have a look.[/
That's not an Equilizer brand hitch. It is an equilizer type hitch, though.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:42 AM   #46
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Have a look.
That's an eazlift hitch, I believe, it has WD bars with add on separate sway control brackets not shown in the picture. A good hitch, should probably use two sway control units. It is an equilizer type hitch but not an Equilizer brand hitch.
Sorry for the gibberish,.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:47 AM   #47
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Have a look.

That looks like an Eaz Elite.
It looks like the EazLift I had.
Yes, you have to remove the sway bar when backing.
Failure to do so bent that little ball.
Now, maybe it can be straightened with a big hammer and heat.
Otherwise, the ball could be moved to the other side on the truck and trailer.
It doesn't matter which side it is on.
Sometimes there is a sway bar on both sides.


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Old 07-27-2016, 09:22 PM   #48
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This has been discussed at length. Lubing the sockets and applying a LIGHT layer of lube to the L brackets does not diminish the effectiveness of the hitch. This is according to the manufacturer.

This sounded counter intuitive to me so I checked, read some more and double checked with the manufacturer. I suppose if you go crazy with the lube it could make a difference. Each spring I lube the ball and the sockets. If the L brackets get very dry I might lube them lightly but I usually don't. Over 30K miles and no problem and very little noise.

I find that following the manufacturer's recommendations is good practice.

I was out of grease 3-4 months ago but had a little bottle of something like a very liquid version of lithium. Just wanted to shut the hitch up so I got liberal with it thinking it wouldn't work or last long if it did. Finally the other day after driving through a torrential downpour I noticed the creaking again. It wasn't messy at all. Will try to find it again in the garage.
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Grease the ball and the moving parts of the hitch head.
Get the Sway Bracket Jackets for the L-brackets.
It will pipe down.
When it gets noisy again, grease it again.


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Hi, Thank You m.hony this is the perfect statement that I have been I have been looking for when people ask, when do you re-grease your hitch: How many miles? How many days, weeks, or months? Once a year, or twice a year?

I will also add that I take my hitch apart, clean it, and re-grease it after I get home from a trip, so it will be ready for my next trip.
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:48 AM   #50
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When it starts making noise again.


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Old 07-28-2016, 07:44 AM   #51
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It seems like this has been thoroughly voted upon but I have the Equalizer hitch and leave it connected when backing in. I'd consider taking it off for tight maneuvering with very tight turns but it would have to be extreme. You should grease the balls and the L brackets though. People will say otherwise as it reduces the effectiveness of the sway bars but I just can't stand all that creaking, groaning and popping.

I suggest you get a Blue Ox. No groaning or moaning. Quite, smooth and very effective.
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I would think even the Blue Ox would moan and groan after some time and age and years of pressure and dirt and grime and rust.
The Equal-i-zer was quiet when it was new.
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I would think even the Blue Ox would moan and groan after some time and age and years of pressure and dirt and grime and rust.
The Equal-i-zer was quiet when it was new.

Mine was quiet when it was BRAND new. Like days, not weeks. It stays quiet when it's been lubed but tends to need it after driving in the rain. I LOVE it otherwise. No sway at all. There's plenty of counter steer when a truck passes by but much less noticeable on my shorter wheel base tow vehicle. I hate over analyzing all this stuff but something with chains doesn't appeal to me but something that was faster to unlink and go definitely would. Haven't checked out the Blue Ox but will.
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7 years, never did any adjustments to hook up at the hitch. The idea is not to stress anything or rack the vehicles in the backing in procedure. I would hate to remove what is meant to help towing just to see damage to the TV or the AS. Slow as she goes is the key!
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For the 6 years we owned our '93 Excella 1000 29', we used an Equal-i-zer with a friction sway control bar, and we always disconnected the sway control when backing. As I remember, back then the instruction manual for the sway control device recommended it.

However, when we moved on to a '00 Classic 28 and now an '05 Classic 30, we use a Reese Strait Line hitch with Dual Cam Sway Control and have never disconnected any component when backing. This is even true when we back at home as our street is somewhat narrow, and we have to put sharp angles on the setup.

I agree with some of the earlier posts regarding the Equal-i-zer with regard to disconnecting the friction sway control if installed, but not the spring bars. I am not familiar with the other WD's mentioned.
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