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Old 10-18-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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removing the Equal-I-zer

i'm probably going to go with the equal-i-zer hitch setup for my tahoe, '56 flying cloud, however i currently have a dilemna;

i'm looking into buying a power mover AC Trailer Dollies,DC Trailer Dollies,Fifth Wheel Dollies,Electric ATVS because i have a slight grade to my driveway and very very tight space to get the trailer into the back.

BUT as you'll see by the pictures, there is very little clearance between the coupler and the sidewalk. and there would be even less with the equalizer hitch as it hangs down lower (i'm afraid there wouldn't be enough room for the powermover because i don't want to raise the tongue too much).

SO my question is do people remove the equalizer hitch regularly, i.e. when you get to camp, etc. or is it designed to be more of a permanent installation, and if so, how do you keep people from stealing it at camp?

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:13 AM   #2
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Hi David,

I usually keep the hitch attached to the truck after disconnecting the trailer at a campground. I use a keyed hitch lock that goes thru the hole in the receiver and hitch. I then push the weight distribution bars towards the rear of the truck to get them out of the way. I usually have the Enkay rock tamers mounted on the hitch too.
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How much clearance do you have? Also it will depend on the installation on your particular vehicle, on one of mine I actually had to reverse the head so it doesn't hang down far at all. As far as removal, if we are going for just a weekend or a week it typically will stay on the truck. When it isn't going to be used it is taken off and stored. I do keep it locked to the truck. A decent receiver lock isn't very expensive compared to the hassle of having to replace a hitch head mid trip.

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SO my question is do people remove the equalizer hitch regularly, i.e. when you get to camp, etc. or is it designed to be more of a permanent installation, and if so, how do you keep people from stealing it at camp?
We put it on when we go camping, keep it on during our trip (hitched or unhitched), and then take it off again when we get home. We use a hitch lock.
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:26 AM   #5
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great info guys, i think i got my answer. basically when i get home i can take it off (as would be the normal thing to do) then hook up the power mover and move it to the back of the driveway. then when i get ready to go i can move it with the powermover, put the hitch on and go.

once you get everything dialed in, how long does it take to take on and off? also, you do you have to readjust the bars or anything once you put it back on?
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once you get everything dialed in, how long does it take to take on and off?
Less than 5 minutes
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:43 PM   #7
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once you get everything dialed in, how long does it take to take on and off?
About 30 seconds plus time to carry to/from garage.
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do you have to readjust the bars or anything once you put it back on?
Nope. You do attach and remove the bars every time you hitch and unhitch, but there is nothing to adjust. Once you've tweaked the Equal-i-zer's angle and bolt setting for your tow vehicle and trailer it is set and forget.
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