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Old 06-10-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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Need help with noise

O.K. I have my Equal I Zer hitch installed and when I turn the thing makes a terrible noise from the bars moving in the L brackets. Some one said they think there is a nylon cover that I can get to slide over the L bracket to keep the noise down, does anyone know where I can get these and what they are called.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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Not sure about the nylon cover, but the noise is just the nature of the beast. Mine sounds like something is breaking, those awful metallic groans. But its normal.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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Same with Crabman. The noise reminds me that it's working properly. I only notice it now on tight turns and slow speeds.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:31 PM   #4
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I have the same Equal I Zer hitch and I know what your talking about I was thinking of trying a little greese the next time I tow to see if it makes any differance
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I have the Equalizer hitch, and corner turning is noisy. I read in the manual, they recommend grease in the bar socket pivot area of the hitch head. I did that, and the noise is somewhat less. Like the others have said, the noise lets you know the anti-sway is working. For this reason, it seems the L-bracket on the tongue should be dry steel, to provide the anti-sway friction. This is a case where noise is a good thing.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:46 PM   #6
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Joe,
Another thing to watch for with a new Equalizer hitch;
The angle of the head is set with washer spacers on a pin. Below that is a bolt which snugs things up against the washers. After you've towed for 100 miles or so, check that bolt for tightness (while still hitched up). Mine required a half turn extra during the break-in period, and I regularly check that bolt, and the L-bracket bolts for proper tightness.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:09 PM   #7
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Joe, we love our equalizer and use the grease as mentioned above. It helps but doesn't eliminate the noise entirely.

Here is a thread I started after having some problems arise with our Equalizer. There was an easy "fix" to it but hopefully the hitch you have has the encorporated fix in the newer models and you won't have to worry about it.

Equalizer Failure....
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I have a Husky Centerpoint hitch and it also pops during turns. Nothing to panic about.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:47 PM   #9
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My new equal i zer hitch has the two bolts that attach the bracket to the tongue, so I Guess that is the new design. No I have only towed it home from the dealer and to the RV parking lot so I haven't had a lot of experience with it yet, but I was concerned about the noise if and when I pull into a camp site late and don't want to wake everyone up. I will do the grease thing next time I hook it up. When I would travel on my Honda Gold Wing, which is quiet anyway, motorcycle if I leave the motel early I always make sure my bike is away from the rooms so I won't disturb anyone. So the quieter I can get the hitch the better, Thanks again for all the help I have received here already, It is a great help.
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