Originally Posted by Scoutr2
The hitch does not include the ball. Not sure what size ball you need, but most travel trailers that would require a 12,000# rated hitch need a 2-5/16" ball. The ball nut is difficult to hold on the Equaiizer hitch. ...snip...
I have the sway bracket jackets, which make the hitch fairly quiet. Well worth the $20.00 asking price....snip...
I also purchased extra pins and clips, just in case I lose one on a trip. But I'm a worry-wart about that kind of stuff - but prepared!
An issue with the 2-5/16" ball, is to be sure the threaded portion is NOT TOO LONG
. If it is too long, on VERY sharp turns the weight distribution bar sockets may contact the threaded portion of the ball and may damage the hitch. Progress Manufacturing should be able to provide you with the maximum length for the threaded portion.
I ordered all of my hitch stuff online YEARS ago. To secure the ball, I walked into a hitch shop that sells Equalizer hitches into the shop area with the ball loose on the shank, and a $5 bill in hand. In 2 minutes or less, the ball was secured.
As for the noise, it really doesn't bother me very much. But, from time to time, I give the areas that rub on L-brackets and weight bars a coat of black spray paint. Not messy and it is quieter for a while.
I, too, have a set of spare pins and clips, just in case.