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Old 04-24-2016, 06:04 PM   #11
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The "bucking" you're describing is the trailer bumping the hitch as you slow and accelerate. This is caused by insufficient trailer braking. Ideally, your truck brakes will stop your truck and your trailer brakes will stop your trailer. Best advise I can give is take it to a large empty parking lot and play with the controller until you find a good setting where the trailer is not pushing when you stop. This is best done at low speeds. It's not uncommon to have to tweak your controller from time to time as your trailer brakes break in and wear. As far as level, I just eyeball it on a level surface. You don't want it nose high. A little nose low is ok. Look at what you have and decide if a larger drop or adjustment is warranted. Hope that helps.
Thank you for this suggestion, I will be sure to try this with the break control. Since the trailer is new and my truck is only a year old, I wouldn't think the gain would need to be higher than 6 but who knows. Maybe I have it set too high?

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Old 04-24-2016, 07:05 PM   #12
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Bucking can be caused by too high or too low. Play with it until you found the "sweet spot." For me, I adjust up until I feel the trailer pulling on the truck when stopping, then backing off from there.


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Old 04-24-2016, 07:20 PM   #13
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I purchased some grease and the equalizer "jackets." Unfortunately my great dealer installed the hitch and didn't t provide me manual. You can view the manuals online.So grease the head and what else on the "truck" side? The bolts that control where the arms slide into? Inside the sleeves for the arms?

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Thank you for this suggestion, I will be sure to try this with the break control. Since the trailer is new and my truck is only a year old, I wouldn't think the gain would need to be higher than 6 but who knows. Maybe I have it set too high?With a new trailer, the brakes are a bit 'weak.' They need to 'wear in' a bit and that happens with normal driving and brake use. Others have reported that in this forum and it was true for my trailer. So don't worry if you believe the setting is high initially, you will probably need to adjust the gain lower over time.

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Old 04-24-2016, 08:40 PM   #14
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OP, your 3/4 ton truck should be strong enough to haul your rig thru a high wire act. With the advice of these seasoned RV'er's and practicing with your rig, you'll be in good shape. I love the first advice I got "Go Slow and Double your Distance".
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:36 PM   #15
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So I was outside today and I noticed there were black streaks where I pulled the trailer in the driveway leading out into the street for a littlw ways. I'm wondering now if the gain was too high and my trailer breaks were almost locked up causing the black streaks or could it just be that the tires were new and it was from my breaking backing in?

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Old 04-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #16
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depends if there was a slight turn in the drive, trailers will tend to skid to some degree with the tandem axles
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Old 04-25-2016, 06:57 PM   #17
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I've had black streaks coming out of my driveway too, especially with the WH and wide stance axles. Shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Not sure if you have the integrated brake controller on your truck, but if you do you may want to check the settings for the controller itself. Mine, and a lot of other Ram folks on here, have theirs set at Heavy Electric
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It was a wide turn into the driveway. I have a RAM as well, 2014 2500. When you say heavy electric do mean very high gain? I have mine at +5.5 right now. What is yours set at?

I also have a question regarding trailer connection. When I connect the trailer to the truck the tow/haul button does not light up. I have to manually press it to put it in tow/haul mode. Is that the same for you guys with the Ram?
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Looked into it and didn't realize there was a heavy electric setting in controls! I was towing on light before so when I hook up again I will see how much of a difference that makes.

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From Equal-I-zer's web site...


The steel-on-steel friction of the Equal-i-zer hitch will always generate some noise. This is not bad, or a sign that there is something wrong with the hitch or setup. In fact, it usually tells you that your hitch is working just like it's supposed to. Greasing the L brackets is not mandatory but greasing the sockets in the head are.
Bearing grease is the best to use if you want a quieter hitch.
Anything lighter (WD-40®, graphite, spray-on lubricants) just won't hold up against the intense pressures that are experienced in the hitch head.
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