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Old 12-07-2011, 11:01 PM   #85
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We use the Eq and don't like lifting hitches either, so we reattach it to the trailer and leave it stored and locked there when camping. (Of course it's a candidate for theft there but you will be happy if they leave the trailer behind.)

You will have to completely disconnect it from the trailer, but just pull the truck ahead a few inches and reattach it to the trailer with a minimum of lifting, and padlock it. (Don't forget to disconnect everything else, chains, brake cable, elect power cord.)

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Ok, let me see if I got this right. To unhitch:
  • run the jack up to take weight off the bars
  • unlatch the bars
  • remove the hitch pin
  • drive the truck forward leaving the hitch on the ball
Yes?
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:05 PM   #86
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No, never that way, you must disconnect it completely, then reconnect it.

You can't avoid lifting it, but the ball and bars must be disconnected before moving the truck or really bad things will happen because the truck is being held up by the hitch jack.

The idea is to remove the hitch close to the truck, and store the hitch on the trailer tongue so you don't have to carry it around.

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Old 12-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #87
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No, never that way, you must disconnect it completely, then reconnect it.
Aww shucks!

Ok, thanks. I guess that head is kind of heavy by everyone''s account.
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:00 AM   #88
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No, never that way, you must disconnect it completely, then reconnect it.

You can't avoid lifting it, but the ball and bars must be disconnected before moving the truck or really bad things will happen because the truck is being held up by the hitch jack.

The idea is to remove the hitch close to the truck, and store the hitch on the trailer tongue so you don't have to carry it around.

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Hi, this is where I keep my hitch when camping.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:06 AM   #89
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If you dont want to pick up anything heavy just leave the ball mount locked in the receiver. With my reese I just have to pick up the spring bars and stow them.
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:00 PM   #90
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Craigslist testimonial

We rescued our AS from a wacky Previous Owner who allowed her to freeze in a Pennsylvania outdoor storage lot. She came with a Reese dual cam and 1200# bars. After reading this and similar threads, and a helpful message reply from Inland Andy, I determined it was time to find some lighter bars. Andy recommended 600#. We tow with a Chevy Express 3500 (1 ton) van.

So on a whim I did a nationwide Craigslist search using one of the many search engines (just Google "craigslist search.") I looked through a bunch of ads until I was dumbstruck to find the following ad:

I have a Reese dual cam trunnion spring bar hitch that has 600# bars on it now and I would like to trade or buy some 1200# bars for it. Thanks

I contacted the gent - ironically all the way across the country in Vermont! - we exchanged messages, photos and a phone call and arranged a simple swap.

Craigslist really works!
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Old 12-08-2011, 07:44 PM   #91
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we rescued our as from a wacky previous owner who allowed her to freeze in a pennsylvania outdoor storage lot. She came with a reese dual cam and 1200# bars. After reading this and similar threads, and a helpful message reply from inland andy, i determined it was time to find some lighter bars. Andy recommended 600#. We tow with a chevy express 3500 (1 ton) van.

So on a whim i did a nationwide craigslist search using one of the many search engines (just google "craigslist search.") i looked through a bunch of ads until i was dumbstruck to find the following ad:

i have a reese dual cam trunnion spring bar hitch that has 600# bars on it now and i would like to trade or buy some 1200# bars for it. Thanks

i contacted the gent - ironically all the way across the country in vermont! - we exchanged messages, photos and a phone call and arranged a simple swap.

Craigslist really works!
awesome!
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:05 AM   #92
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We rescued our AS from a wacky Previous Owner who allowed her to freeze in a Pennsylvania outdoor storage lot. She came with a Reese dual cam and 1200# bars. After reading this and similar threads, and a helpful message reply from Inland Andy, I determined it was time to find some lighter bars. Andy recommended 600#. We tow with a Chevy Express 3500 (1 ton) van.

So on a whim I did a nationwide Craigslist search using one of the many search engines (just Google "craigslist search.") I looked through a bunch of ads until I was dumbstruck to find the following ad:

I have a Reese dual cam trunnion spring bar hitch that has 600# bars on it now and I would like to trade or buy some 1200# bars for it. Thanks

I contacted the gent - ironically all the way across the country in Vermont! - we exchanged messages, photos and a phone call and arranged a simple swap.

Craigslist really works!
Your PO must be a relative of my PO. My Safari 25 came with 1200# dual cam bars and had been left to freeze. The Atwood HW heater was split wide open. It is amazing the way some PO's do not take care of their AS. All is well now... 600# bars and all repairs complete.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:34 PM   #93
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Friday Evening:

Well, I am sitting in the new Flying Cloud over at 7 Feathers! I went with the EQ4 hitch and the guys at Pro Hitch and Tow Eugene did a great job. The pull from Eugene back to 7F was about 90 miles on I5.

It towed very smooth. There is some growl noise on slow turns on the street, but otherwise nothing too noisy. That hitch head is REALLY heavy. I haven't taken it off the car yet. The unhitch went fairly smooth for the first go 'round. The width of the trailer took some getting used too. My old unit was 7'W, this one is 8.5W. You look in the mirror and see nuttin but aluminum on the side!

We're in 7th heaven right now!
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Friday Evening:

Well, I am sitting in the new Flying Cloud over at 7 Feathers! I went with the EQ4 hitch and the guys at Pro Hitch and Tow Eugene did a great job. The pull from Eugene back to 7F was about 90 miles on I5.

It towed very smooth. There is some growl noise on slow turns on the street, but otherwise nothing too noisy. That hitch head is REALLY heavy. I haven't taken it off the car yet. The unhitch went fairly smooth for the first go 'round. The width of the trailer took some getting used too. My old unit was 7'W, this one is 8.5W. You look in the mirror and see nuttin but aluminum on the side!

We're in 7th heaven right now!
Congrats! You might look into the nylon sleeve for the L-bracket. It is available from the Eq website as well as Eq dealers. It will help quiet things down and allegedly does not reduce the sway control.
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redwoodguy,

Congrats, feels good to get some progress on a project, happy trails. I carry a spare hitch pin for the L brackets and instead of the 2 piece pins that my EQ came with , I also got 1 piece hitch pins for the bars to the trunions the keeper is attached to the pin and you flip it over to secure.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:19 AM   #96
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redwoodguy,

Congrats, feels good to get some progress on a project, happy trails. I carry a spare hitch pin for the L brackets and instead of the 2 piece pins that my EQ came with , I also got 1 piece hitch pins for the bars to the trunions the keeper is attached to the pin and you flip it over to secure.
Thanks! Some good ideas there. I didn't like all the small pieces like pins and keepers lying around.

And yes indeed, the progress feels good. Waking up this am in the rig was a sheer delight! The heat pump is making heat, the coffee is hot, life is good!
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Thanks! Some good ideas there. I didn't like all the small pieces like pins and keepers lying around.

And yes indeed, the progress feels good. Waking up this am in the rig was a sheer delight! The heat pump is making heat, the coffee is hot, life is good!
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I would also turn the heater and appliances on to burn off the metal smells during the day so you can air it out.
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