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Old 03-21-2015, 01:59 PM   #11
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Whether or not you should be backing up with a WDH may depend on manufacturer. A video on the Equal-i-zer website (timecode 2:15 to 2:35 in the video) says there are no backing, turning or weather restrictions. Check it out here --> https://www.equalizerhitch.com/Equal...ort/videos.php

The dealer did not inform me about any restriction and just told me there will be some noise during break in. They did recommend cleaning, lubing some friction points and making sure everything remained tight, so to your point, there may be some additional wear by not removing them for backing etc. Since Equal-i-zer says there is no need to remove them for backing I will go with what they are recommending. Having to pullover to attach/remove the bars frequently doesn't sound like fun but sounds like it depends on the manufacturer.

I may attempt to run without them though just to see how the trailer handles with out them.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:06 PM   #12
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Regarding the brakes, my dealer told me there is a break in period and he told me it would take about 5 stops before they started working properly. He set my integrated brake controller to 5 and told me to adjust as I felt I needed to. He said you should feel the trailer brakes working but if it feels like the trailer is pushing the truck during a stop, apply more control. If the trailer is tugging and slowing the truck during a stop to back off a bit.

On may way home I only added a little control as I could tell they were working and the truck stopped like it would w/o a trailer on the back.
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Old 03-21-2015, 02:13 PM   #13
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Sorry, please do not misunderstand. I do not no pull over and remove the WD bars frequently. I back up a lot with them on. However, when I park my TT at my house, I have a very sharp turn to negotiate while backing, so I take the bars off only when I get home and am ready to put the TT away (sometimes I will take the bars off when backing into a campground spot depending on the severity of the turn). However, during travels I leave the WD bars on.
Not everyone has one. Many people have the misconception of calling the WD bars, sway bars.The sway bar is a different device altogether.On that, I will pull over at the earliest convenience if I find myself towing my rig through standard city traffic.
However, as I said, with our new TT and the wide stance axles, the dealership told me to give it a try without the sway bar and see how it performs. He was right. I haven't used it.
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Old 03-21-2015, 03:36 PM   #14
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I just purchased a 23MB and took delivery. I towed it home and noticed that when I go backed it up on my driveway that the leaf springs rockers really make a loud creaking/poping noise while slowing backing it up the driveway. Is this normal for a new trailer?

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I'm not sure if this is related but I could never get the trailer brakes to lock up using my F150. I was told setup the TBC to go about 20mph and squeeze the controller until the brakes lock up. Then back down one notch. No matter how much gain I put on brakes they would never lock up the trailer. I was at a 10 gain and while I could feel it grab pretty good they never locked up. Is that normal?

Truck: 1 year old 2013 F150 with Ecoboost V6 and tow package. Never towed a thing with it until now.

Towing: WDS rated for 10k and anti sway bar

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Hi Andrew, You mentioned that your F150 is a year old. If you haven't done this yet, check to make sure the fuse and/or relay is connected powering the plug on our tow vehicle. When I purchased my 2500HD there was a 12V hot wire that still had to be connected by the dealer. It was in the engine comartment. The easy way to check is have someone step on the brake while parked and get down next to the TT wheels, you should hear the electric brakes make a slight whining or humming sound. Just a thought.

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Old 03-21-2015, 08:23 PM   #15
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Could it be that the brakes just aren't broken in yet? Just like your car after a brake job your trailer won't stop it's best until you have a few hundred to a thousand miles on the new brakes. You may find yourself having to back off the gain as the miles increase.
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I must apologize for my own confusion. I have finally noticed you are utilizing the Equalizer system which is weight distributing and sway control is integrated. It does not allow for varying chain link positions to make adjustments per the loadout of the TT and TV. Personally, I have never utilized the equalizer system. I am just not a fan. I do have a good friend who had one. He no longer has the equalizer as well.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:02 AM   #17
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I remove my WD bars when I am backing into places where There is more than a 25 percent angle. First time that I backed my TT into my campsite, I has a really difficult time removing them. I had to pull forward to straighten out, remove the bars andd then back in....never had a problem since.
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My brother in law just picked up a used 2015 x23b and has a 2013 f150. When he was setting up his brake controller (factory integrated) he did the 20mph method and also he didn't get the trailer brakes to lock up so he just left the gain at the highest setting. Also i have the equalizer hitch it does make a lot of noise when turning sharper turns (city street driving and backing up).
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You can quiet a lot of that creaking sound by applying a good amount of bearing grease to the ball. I found after about 1500 miles I start to hear the creaking again. I use a 12 Oz? ? Solo cup to cover the ball when not in use. It fits perfectly.

I did not notice what type if wdh you have. On my Eq hitch I grease the pivots on the turn ions too, and that helps too. That area has to be grease more often.
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I rolled a trailer on the I 75 20 years ago. You do want the trailer brakes the lock up when you push the slider on full. Even now with my 5th wheel I push the slider full my brakes lock up. I learned a lot of things back then I carry with me today.
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