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Old 10-30-2020, 01:04 PM   #1
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Equal-i-zer 4-way hitch.

I have an older Equalizer 4way hitch. Can someone tell me how much weight is changed per hole. Mine is the hutch that uses a single bolt per side instead of 2 nuts per side. I would like to shift about 180 lbs to the steer axle. Here is the scale tickets from today. No air in my shocks and all tanks are empty including the LP tanks. I do not travel with water in FW tank. I am pulling a '76 Ambassador 29T. TV is an '89 GMC Sierra 1500 w/350 4sp auto. Any help would appreciated in this matter.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:17 PM   #2
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There are a lot of variables in trying to calculate the amount of weight you want to move. What size bars do you have, how far back on the A-frame are the brackets, how long is the shank, are the bars new, what angle is the ball set to, ?? etc.

The way I've done mine is to adjust the ball angle by adding washers (5 or 6 seems to be a general starting point), then if necessary move the brackets one hole at a time. Ideally you don't want too much angle on the ball and when ready to tow the bars should be pretty much parallel to the frame and ground.

I'm not as concerned so much about weight as returning the front of the TV to at least 1/2 the distance it moved before being loaded.

That's pretty basic, for more detail read through the thread dedicated to Equal-I-zer hitches on the forum.

There is an entire thread on Equal-I-zer hitches on the forum.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:45 PM   #3
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the bars are 600 lb bars, the shank is the standard drop shank and the brackets are at 32" from the center of the coupler. I already have 7 washers on the angle pin. I plan on replacing the factory 3+1 leaf springs on the truck with either 4+1 or 5+1 leaf springs. And I did not have any air in my shocks when I weighted it today. As for the hitch head, it only about an inch or 2 from the bumper edge. My reciever sets about an inch to 2 up under the bumper (toward the axle). I also intend on buying the 1000 lb bars for the hitch sometime winter, especially after seeing my tongue weight is 780 lbs now. When I weighed it today it was just me so 8 have to add my wife's weight in, plus there was no food or our clothes in it at the time. Everything else we take camping was in the trailer except what I mentioned along with the blue boy and about 2 days worth of wood I normally take. Blue boy and wood are carried in the bed of the truck though.
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Old 10-30-2020, 04:02 PM   #4
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Hi, with your trailer I think you should have the 10,000 lb. hitch with the 1,000 lb. spring bars. To change to 1,000 lb. spring bars you will have to replace the hitch head and the spring bar sockets. The magic number for my trailer is 6 1/2 washers. I do not like to raise or lower my "L" brackets because I want my spring bars level.
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Old 10-30-2020, 04:38 PM   #5
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From what I was reading a few weeks ago on Eual-i-zer's website. The 6000lb hitch and 10000lb hitch use the same head just different bars. The two sets of bars are the same dimensions, just one is stiffer then the other. This is from what I read on there site. But I will look deeper into that.was hoping just having to buy new bars instead of the whole assembly
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Hi, with your trailer I think you should have the 10,000 lb. hitch with the 1,000 lb. spring bars. To change to 1,000 lb. spring bars you will have to replace the hitch head and the spring bar sockets. The magic number for my trailer is 6 1/2 washers. I do not like to raise or lower my "L" brackets because I want my spring bars level.
I agree, didn't realize you had the 600 lb bars. On my 25FC I went with the 1200 bars and head. The 1200 bars have an off-center slot so they cannot be inserted into the 1000lb or less head.

I'm not sure how ROBERTSUNRUS got the 1/2 washer but I did something similar. Used a stainless steel washer (Ace Hdwre) to get the angle I needed.
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Either he found one that wasn't as thick as the rest or used a sander/grinder to grind it down to be half as thick. That's what I would do.

After just looking up new leaf springs, I discovered the ones under my truck are only rated for 1425 lbs per side. The 5 leaf (4+1) that i been thinking of putting are rated at 2025 per side. I can get 6 leaf (5+1) that are rated at 2350 per spring. Right now without the WD hitch my shank will be less than 4" off the ground, put the bars on and I get it up to about 6" off the ground.

As for the bars, yeah I have the 600 lb bars and my tongue weight right now is 780.
I see a lot of people say they weigh 3x to figure out the axle weights and tongue weight. I did it in 2 weighs. Weighed the truck on my way to get the trailer, picked up the trailer and did a reweigh. This not only gave me the GCVWR it also allowed me to subtract the loaded drive axle weight from the unloaded drive axle weight to give me the tongue weight. to determine each axle weight of the trailer I just need to take the trailer weight and divide it by 2, since I have 2 axles. If I had 3 axles I would divide by 3. That would tell me roughly how much is on each trailer axle.
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Hi, the factory Equal-i-zer hitch washers are pretty thick; I found a washer that was about half as thick.
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