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Old 06-08-2016, 04:55 AM   #11
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Mine do the same thing,nothing to worry about,retighten yourself.torque to spec. Don't overtighten.even angled like you show in the picture,they are still working.hope this will ease your fears.next time you unhitch just straighten then out.
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Old 06-08-2016, 06:20 AM   #12
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Have you made any very tight turns? Or have you backed up with a tight turn? If you come close to "jack-knifing" so to speak backing up, that may bend a bracket. It's odd that it's just one side, which brings me to believe maybe that was the case. Probably wrong but, just throwin' that out there. Hope you get it worked out soon.
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Or maybe just replace it with a new one with new bolts...everything. Could be a bolt tightening issue.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:51 AM   #14
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During my first trip with my new travel trailer I noticed that the bracket attached to the trailer tongue had moved from straight up and down to a slight angle. (This is the bracket where the sway bar attaches to the tongue.)

I had to take the trailer into the dealer for service on another issue and asked them to straighten and tighten the bracket and they did. The service advisor told me to keep a tool with me to tighten the bracket if it moved and this happens because of the movement while towing. Today I picked up the camper and drove about 30 minutes to the storage lot and the bracket was at an angle again. The bar on that side was not as easy to remove as the straight side when unhitching at the storage lot.

Additional info.- I bought this equalizer wdh used from the dealer and they installed it.

Is this movement normal and I should just keep a wrench with me to tighten it or should I worry and insist the dealer tighten it again? Any other suggestions?


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Not normal. Maybe a problem with this design as others seem to have experienced the same issue. You have to ask yourself why the dealer had this as a used hitch for resale. My guess is someone else bought it and had the same issue and took it back to the dealer and exchanged it for a better hitch. The dealer just sold you someone elses problem.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:18 AM   #15
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As long as the bracket is torqued correctly, and the plates are flat against the frame, and the brackets are the proper distance from the coupler, this shouldn't happen.

I bent some brackets on my hitch from torquing it wrong (if you bend them, they'll never be right again). When I went to order replacement parts, I discovered that these spring bar hangers and brackets have been re-designed. I can't tell from the pics whether you have the new design or the old one. I can tell you that the new design is FAR superior and solves all sorts of problems.
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Old 06-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #16
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Mine do that too. Make sure they are tight but I'm sure they will keep moving slightly. I use my WHD bars to knock them back into place.
I feel better knowing that this is not unusual. I had a pop up before so this is my first experience with a WDH and worried maybe I had made a mistake buying used.

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Overtightening them causes the brackets to bow and less surface area is then touching on the frame allowing them to shift. I'd re-torque them to specification and see if that resolves the problem. If not I'd then have a hitch shop tack weld them in place.
Thank you! This is my first WDH and I am learning a lot.
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Mine do the same thing,nothing to worry about,retighten yourself.torque to spec. Don't overtighten.even angled like you show in the picture,they are still working.hope this will ease your fears.next time you unhitch just straighten then out.
Thank you! This helps ease my worry.
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Have you made any very tight turns? Or have you backed up with a tight turn? If you come close to "jack-knifing" so to speak backing up, that may bend a bracket. It's odd that it's just one side, which brings me to believe maybe that was the case. Probably wrong but, just throwin' that out there. Hope you get it worked out soon.
That's a good thought. I can't think of any tight turns that would move it in that direction. I thought it was odd that it has happened twice to that same side.
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Not normal. Maybe a problem with this design as others seem to have experienced the same issue. You have to ask yourself why the dealer had this as a used hitch for resale. My guess is someone else bought it and had the same issue and took it back to the dealer and exchanged it for a better hitch. The dealer just sold you someone elses problem.
I am worried this might be the case. I probably should have insisted on buying new.
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