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Old 03-29-2011, 11:04 AM   #15
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Exactly what parts are intended to be "greased" on the equalizer hitch?
In the case of the Reese torsion bars, you can lube the top and bottom of the 'trunnion" which is the part that goes into the ball mount. You can also lightly lube the saddle of the dual cam sway control.

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:21 AM   #16
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I read this and yes I felt a little silly. Part of being new to this with an older trailer and no manuals I guess. But I immediately walked outside to the shed, grabbed the bars and sure enough they stand right up on there just like Andy said. I am trying to attach pics but no guarantees there....
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:40 AM   #18
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With the Equalizer you grease the end that goes into the hitch head. That end is locked in place, but does make a lot of noise and will wear faster without grease.

To store the bars I took 4" PVC, cut to length, glued cap on one end, and have a cap that can fit on the other. I don't bother with the removable one because it's hard to get on and off and the bars don't slide out. In fact, I have to grab one with a Channel Locks to get it out, the other comes out easily. To keep the pipe from rolling around the back of the truck, I made a small wooden box to put the Channel Locks, hitch head and any other hitch parts. I used large pipe clamps to secure the box to the pipe. I'm sure a better solution could be created, but this works for us.

This helps with the grease problem, but grease does love to migrate to my hands and clothes anyway.

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Grease? Who uses grease? Isn't the idea of the bars is to create friction?
Greasy friction = torsion.
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I read this and yes I felt a little silly. Part of being new to this with an older trailer and no manuals I guess. But I immediately walked outside to the shed, grabbed the bars and sure enough they stand right up on there just like Andy said. I am trying to attach pics but no guarantees there....
Well, I learned something new today!
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I know, right. I was just laying them on the ground under the tongue or laying them in the bed of the truck. Neither was a satisfying option. Gotta luv the forum....I see the pics made it so I may have learned something else too...how to post pictures.
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I didn't have a clue! For years have been putting them in the back of my Yukon or on the ground under the front of the trailer.
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Me needer! You learn something new every day. I've just been carefully tossing them under the A-from or front of the trailer!
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I read this and yes I felt a little silly. Part of being new to this with an older trailer and no manuals I guess. But I immediately walked outside to the shed, grabbed the bars and sure enough they stand right up on there just like Andy said. I am trying to attach pics but no guarantees there....

The pix turned out fine.
Were the bars pretty stable mounted that way?
I wouldn't want them to fall and crease the stream.
It looks pretty stable from the pix.
I'm glad Overlander63 brought this to our attention.
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I just plain love the bar holders the original poster made...tell me more about how you made em will you please?
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Bluto,
Yes they are very stable. They do move a bit but I think if the two chains were pulled together and linked with a small clip they would not move at all. Pretty clever storage technique actually.
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I never knew what that hole in the end of the trunion bar was for .... pretty neat! but I think I'll still keep putting the bars in the back of my pickup. They're lots less likely to wander off when they're out of sight and locked up, methinks.
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You got me thinking about where to store our bars (we have an Easy Lift). One more of your great ideas to borrow/steal and a new project for Dave. Got to keep the guy busy.
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