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Old 03-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by David472 View Post
One thing I noticed in the Equal-i-zer instructions, is they say you need to check the L-bracket bolts for proper torque tightness, before each time on the road. Keeping the L-brackets from slipping under load is the issue here. Certainly welding or adding a bolt which goes through the tonge will keep slippage to a minimum.
Don also pointed that out about the torque. Best we could do was just to verify they were tightened down before each trip.
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Good question.
My experience in manufacturing tells me, sometimes it comes down to an argument within the company between the marketing types and the engineering types. In this case, I would bet the marketing types like to push the fact it will mount with no holes drilled.
I'm guessing the same!

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Old 06-10-2011, 09:44 PM   #12
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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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Old 07-25-2011, 11:20 AM   #13
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The fix (per Equalizer)!!! The dealer was instructed to drill a hole mid-way between the top and bottom of bracket and through the tongue. Then inserted a bolt. That bracket is going no-where now! Last pic shows the additional bolt.

(Additional holes you see toward front of tongue was from the Huskey hitch we originally had)

So if you have probs with your brackets "slipping", hope this info helps [/SIZE]


We have traveled 3000 miles since the "fix". We have been watching our tongue/hitch/wdh/bars/etc. No sign of failure or damage. It's nice not having to worry about the brackets slipping and bending anymore
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #14
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We are currently using our third Husky hitch. All have worked well for us. The one we have now is the heaviest we have owned.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:54 PM   #15
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I have experienced this shifting of one L-bracket, by a small amount, even though they are the new design. It happened while backing into our laneway, which slopes upward from the street level. During a turn like this, the L-bracket on the inside of the turn is under alot of strain. Also, because our laneway and road are narrow, I need to jockey in and out a few times during the turn. I think the shifting happened during this jockey back and forth. It only shifted about 1/4 inch, and has only done so once in seven times of backing in. This highlights for me, the need to watch the L-bracket alignment and bolt tightness like a hawk.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:53 PM   #16
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I had one do this today, and its the new design. Funny thing is it did it on the outside of the turn.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #17
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Healthi, thanks for this post. This morning I looked at my Equalizer hitch. I found one side bracket slightly twisted. I do not recall noticing it out of alignment when I unhooked Monday. Iíll take a few pictures and try to determine what happened.

I have two suspects. 1st my brackets are to far back for sharp turning radius. I did do a fairly sharp uturn in a parking lot Monday morning. 2nd I have to heavy of a hitch. I read a note on the tong earlier this week not to use a WD hitch over 10K lbs, and the dealer installed a 12K EQ hitch.
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Old 12-13-2015, 11:57 AM   #18
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Has anyone used the formula for sizing your Equalizer hitch for your GVWR, tongue weight, and weight behind the rear axle? (Link to mfg formula below)

I ask this because when I recently ordered my TT, they quoted a 12K model. Did not give it much thought at the time but when I went back and ran the numbers, the 12K model is not sufficient. AND, if I add more than 300lbs behind the read axle of the TT, even the 14K is not adequate.

May be negotiating for a different mfg or a stronger solution.

Just thought I would add this to the discussion. You can not rely on your dealer or salesperson to provide the correct solutions.

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Old 12-13-2015, 04:02 PM   #19
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I've had my Equal-i-zer hitch for 9 years and now on my second trailer. I installed it myself on my 29BHS Outback. It worked perfectly for the 8 years I towed that trailer. Last March I bought my Jayco and the dealer moved the L-brackets to the Jayco and set up the hitch. And they did it improperly. I started to see the L-brackets tilting back like that and after a little studying, I figured it out.

The spring bars were angled up from front to rear. They are supposed to be parallel to the tongue frame. I had to raise up the hitch head one bolt hole (1 inch), then tilt the hitch head back (using about 3 additional spacers) to get the correct weight distribution. Since then, I've had no problems.

I suggest you take a look at the setup and if the bars are not parallel, it needs to be adjusted. You can download the installation instructions and owners manual from the Progressive Mfg website: Installation Instructions & Parts Breakdown

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Old 12-13-2015, 07:02 PM   #20
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snip..... May be negotiating for a different mfg or a stronger solution.....snip
I would tend to agree....., IMO the 2016 Eagle 330RSTS would be better suited with a WDH w/spring bars rated at 1,500lbs minimum......, when considering a 13% to 15% loaded tongue weight range of the TT's potential loaded weight. Spring bars rated at 1,400lbs will work, they just limit the loading of the heavy 330RSTS.

No, I haven't used the "Hitch Formula" in the link you provided. I plug in different TT "loaded" weights considering different loading habits, and also use a TT's GVWR as a worst case scenario. On the heavier/longer TT's I always use a 13% to 15% loaded tongue weight range......., IMO anything less would compromise TV handling under less then ideal towing conditions.


ps: This is an inactive thread (2011-12), so it may not get much visibility.


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