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Old 03-28-2015, 07:54 AM   #1
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Question equalizer hitch barely move sway bars?

So when the dealer showed us how to hitch up our E4 and was pushing the sway bars in they were VERY hard to move. As in had to use the pry bar and kick them hard. Dealer said new ones are always stiff and it would loosen up. Unhitching was a PIA because the things wouldn't move. Had to get a rubber mallet and hit them. Now watching the set up video's I see those bars get spread apart with what looks like major ease. So why is mine not wanting to budge? Did the dealer over tighten something? Do I need to lubricate something? I have watched 5 youtube video's and haven't seen an answer to this but each video the bars spread inward and outward very easily so I know something isn't right. Before we hitch back up tomorrow to take it to storage I'd like to fix whatever the problem is so we don't struggle to unhitch again. If I need lubricant any recommendations on the kind? thanks
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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I don't think you want to lubricate them as the anti-sway feature uses the friction bars to keep it from swaying. If you lubricate the slides then you'll probably (just a guess) lose some of the anti-sway function. Mine are hard to take on and off too and I think they may be adjusted a little too aggressively because it took so much weight off the rear end that sometimes my rear tires will spin a little on take-offs. I have the husky equilizers.
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I'm just wondering why in the video's the guys spread the bars to the side like its nothing but mine you have to smack with a mallet to move. It seems like I must have something to tight. This is even in the official instruction video they move easily.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:17 AM   #4
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The bolts on your bar sockets may be over-torqued. And you should absolutely lubricate the sockets! I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but here is the exact wording from page 23 of the Owners's Manual, "The friction surfaces of the head and sockets should be kept clean and well lubricated with a good quality lubricant. They should be lubricated before each trip. Check for damage or abnormal wear at the beginning of each towing day and replace if necessary. Use a rag to clean dirt and road grit from all friction surfaces regularly.
All nuts and bolts should be checked before each towing day and retightened
or replaced if necessary.

If you don't have the Owner's Manual, you can download it here: http://www.equalizerhitch.com/pdf/eq...anual_0111.pdf

Hope this answers your question and solves your problem!
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Ok so making sure I understand, lubricate where the sway bar inserts into the receiver? What is the friction surface that needs to be lubricated? Looking at the diagrams I'm not seeing what is referred to as the friction surface. Could that play into why the bars are so tight or does it sound like the dealer over tightened something? Should I also lubricate those bolts? Any suggestions on what lubricant to buy? Thanks
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I'm just wondering why in the video's the guys spread the bars to the side like its nothing but mine you have to smack with a mallet to move. It seems like I must have something to tight. This is even in the official instruction video they move easily.
Are you sure you're looking at Equal-i-zer w/4-pt sway control videos and not ones of the Fastway E2?

Here's one that shows both, there is supposed to be significant resistance on the Equal-i-zer...
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The two sockets that the sway bars are pinned into have a friction surface top and bottom - where the metal slides across the metal of the head. The force of the bars creates most of the friction, but they will wear prematurely if not kept lubricated and clean. I always wipe down (dry cloth) and apply a thing line of grease to the tops and bottoms of both sockets before each trip. The bars will move easily when hitching up, but when the torsion from the load is placed on them, there's enough friction to control sway.

the Equalizer hitch is well designed!
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Mine are a different type I think, so disregard.
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Are you sure you're looking at Equal-i-zer w/4-pt sway control videos and not ones of the Fastway E2?

Here's one that shows both, there is supposed to be significant resistance on the Equal-i-zer...
I'm sure. I've owned my Equalizer hitch for 8 years and it has performed wonderfully. I towed an Outback 29BHS for 8 years with it. Works well on my Jayco, as well.

As I said . . . download the Owner's Manual and read for yourself.
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Watch this video for maintenance, but at the 9:40 minute mark, they show you exactly how to clean and lubricate - and you'll notice the bars move easily by hand. The video also shows you what bolts to check. Equal-i-zer Videos

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