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Old 11-16-2014, 11:59 AM   #11
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We had the same thing happen on one of our cross country trips with our previous TT a 26 RLS. Luckily my nephew who we were visiting had access to a welding shop and straightened it out for us. it has been flawless ever since.

You can purchase new brackets either through your dealer or from this site.

http://www.equalizerhitch.com/store/...&cPath=4_21_22

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:30 PM   #12
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I have to wonder if Equal-I-Zer will stand behind their product and replace the L brackets for you. It makes me wonder, because I am sure those L brackets are the same for 600 lbs bars and 1400 lbs bars.
That is an interesting point. If I remember correctly, the company has a lifetime warranty. I will check into that.

On edit - having just re-read the warranty statement in the manual, it is a limited lifetime warranty where they exclude certain wear and tear items. It is up to their interpretation as to coverage for this type of thing. They give an 800 number to call for a claim, which I will do. If they cover it, great, but I would not be upset about having to purchase the parts. I think they would be less than $100.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:12 AM   #13
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I spoke to the maker, Progress Mfg, in Utah and explained my situation. They are going to send me a pair of replacement L-brackets for free. Can't ask for more than that.
Yes, the L-brackets are the same part number across all weight ranges -- 600 to 1400 lb tongue weights.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:21 AM   #14
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That's good that they are replacing them. Still makes me wonder why they bent. You don't have nearly as much weight on yours as someone using a 1400 torsion bar...
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If it happened where I think it happened, I was turning at the same time as the gas station entrance slope. So, there was pivoting going on at the same time as the vertical forces. It's interesting that the spring bars are still straight and true, and as far as I can tell, the TT tongue and TV receiver are okay.
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Looking at the design of this hitch there is to much rigidness. A chain link round bar type has more flex. Built up the old brackets with a hardened welding rod to strengthen the bracket and see what happen? Before using the new brackets.
So have all systems their own trade off's
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Snip..... A chain link round bar type has more flex......Snip
Just a comment on this point.....there have been documented cases where the snap-up brackets in the chain type have become bent. They get replaced just the same. No question though about the Equal-i-zer being quite rigid in general.
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The snap-up brackets from Reese round bar can become bent when:
1. Not parallel with trailer (incorrect tightening)
2. Loose bracket (center bracket bolt up-side from set bolt not installed)
3. Incline angle to steep (like steep drive ways)
Otherwise they are more flexible


In the 50 years of using Reese round bars I never lost a bracket.
But what I also said; all systems have their own trade off's - means there is no perfections yet!
And who ever is happy with their hook-up system I'm happy for them.
So David472 I'm happy you like your Equal-i-zer.


When I look from an engineering point when they use 600 lb. brackets on 1200 lb. EQ system, then I start asking questions.


Every combination handles differently and everyone has different comfort levels.
And everybody has their likes and dislikes.
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Just cool it EH?
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I hesitate to add this post.....but here goes.
After much soul searching and consideration for how many tens of thousands of highway miles we intend to travel as part of retirement years ahead, I decided to bite the bullet and have aquired a Hensley Arrow hitch. We didn't want a fiver but they say this hitch will allow the TT to tow just as well as a fiver. Deep down, I really wanted a different hitch, so this is it.
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