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Old 07-12-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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Eqaulizer hitch pinching front of new X23B

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I'm having a major problem with the equalizer hitch that was installed on my new X23B that I picked up on July 1st. The hitch head of the equalizer is pinching against the front of the trailer. It has already sheared one of the chain links on the safety chains. I have not driven the trailer at all except for my trip home to Ohio from the Indiana dealership I bought it at. It has been parked in my driveway since I returned. I discovered the broken chain link when I went to hitch up the trailer for a trip we had planned to Maryland this coming week. That trip is now canceled until we can get this resolved.
The first picture shows the hitch head about to pinch the chain link. The second picture shows the angle the truck was at when I took the first picture. (As you can see, it's not a severe angle at all.) The third picture shows the chain-link on the opposite side that has already been sheared off. You can see the broken link and the mark made on the hitch head where it pinched. The last picture shows several pinch marks made in the chain attachment point at the front of the trailer. I'm now waiting on a response from the dealers service department on Monday. Looks like I might be headed back to Indiana.
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Old 07-12-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Sorry the pictures are turned. Not sure why that happened.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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It looks to me from the picture that your chains are coming out of the square tube right under the toungue of the trailer , my safety chains are mounted on the toungue on both sides where they can hang free with the proper slack for turning and i also use a equilizer hitch .
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:18 PM   #4
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I agree with Kellys. I only have chains attached in one point but its further away from the hitch point. I also have an Equalizer hitch. Looks like Jayco attached the chains too close to the end of the trailer's hitch. I'd contact the dealer ASAP and if they don't give you immediate results, then contact Jayco. Good luck and happy rving!
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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Eqaulizer hitch pinching front of new X23B

Pic 3 looks like problem is your hitch. My trailer chains attach to my trailer just like yours. Why does your shank go rearward past the ball? That your problem....
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:49 AM   #6
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I agree that the hitch sticking out beyond the ball is an issue, but that is the design of the Equalizer hitch. The clearance is so tight that not only the chain, but the front of the trailer frame can actually touch the hitch head. And, you don't have to be at a very great angle to do it. It would be possible to have the two touch each other by simply making a turn while driving down the road. Jayco has apparently redesigned the front of the trailer and it's not compatible with this hitch??? The only fix I can see is to have some sort of a tall shank on the hitch ball that would raise the trailer frame above the hitch head... I can't be the only person with this problem. This trailer/hitch combination is far too popular.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:43 AM   #7
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Pic 3 looks like problem is your hitch. My trailer chains attach to my trailer just like yours. Why does your shank go rearward past the ball? That your problem....
I think those are the tension bars not the shank
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:08 PM   #8
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I have a Husky Centerline, very similar design to Equal-I-Zer.

On my previous trailer, like yours, the coupler was mounted on top of the frame. This makes the geometry tight for any of the trunion bar mount type hitches. Spcifically in my case, when backing at an angle greater than 45* the Trunion Cam would contact the frame and caused to damage. From what I can see in your pictures you are having the same issue, except it's the hitch head not the trunion that is hitting. Also the contact is the safety chain not further back on the actual frame like I had. Eitherway I think the same solution is required.

My solution was getting a new ball with a 2" rise in it. This allowed the coupler and bottom of frame to sit high enough that the when turning the trunion freely cleared under the frame and safety chain mount. Although this solved the problem, it required a complete re-setup of the hitch to get the trailer to ride level and properly distribute weight.

I realize Equal-I-Zer has a special ball and not just any ball will work. If they don't offer a riser ball you may need to go with a different hitch to solve the problem. That is something I didn't want to do because I liked the integrated sway control and round bar hitches don't offer that.

My new trailer the coupler is mounted on the bottom of the frame. So I went back to the original ball with no clearance issues at all.

The top mount/bottom mount makes a big difference in hitch selection and set up but rarely do you hear it discussed nor do dealers seem to be aware.

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If you closely at Pic #3 -- imagine having the gap between the coupler and hitch head being 1-2" more, that is what a riser ball will get you. May require you to extend the safety chains, but that is easy.

Just trying to give a visual reference to what I tried to describe above.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:21 PM   #10
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Thanks for the advice clubhouse. I'm glad to hear you're seeing the same thing I am. I already looked at some of the high rise hitch balls on the internet. I agree with you that this would probably solve my issue. My only problem now is I'll probably have to take time off of work to make the five hour drive back to the dealer to get it fixed. I'm amazed that someone who is around hitches daily didn't recognize the issue when he set it up.
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