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Old 08-01-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Question Question about Equal-i-zer on lifted truck

So I have a 2014 Ram 2500 with a 5" lift and 37" tires. I set the Equal-i-zer hitch up according to the instructions (bought the 9" drop shank). The hitch works great, but it's super loud. I know they are supposed to make noise, but this is extra loud. After doing some reading, it looks like the problem may be that the bars from the hitch to the trailer are at considerable angles (upward from the truck to the TT).

Should the bars be closer to level? Will they still provide enough weight distribution like that? Should I angle the hitch head downward some if if lower the bars at the trailer?

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Old 08-01-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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Question about Equal-i-zer on lifted truck

It will get better with time. Most people who think it's too loud get the bracket jackets. You can find them on Amazon.

Equal-i-zer 95015150 Spring Arm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HRJNIE..._kOvVvb27J7V0C
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:40 PM   #3
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AV8B- Not sure about that hitch with the 5" lift and 37 inchers but most bars I have seen are about level, as mine are. You might check youtube.com and search for equalizer installation corrections. Saw a real good video there and it's very helpful. I think equalizer.com sent it to me so try their website also.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:49 PM   #4
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Without pictures, hard to tell what your considerable angle is, but from our experience, the bars are quite level with the TT and do not angle up or down at all. You may need to adjust some more. Also, it is quite loud, so you can grease the bars where they sit on the L-brackets, and also grease the swiveling parts on the hitch head. We do that at the start of the camping season and ours stays quiet. Never had any problems with sway as a result of greasing.
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It will get better with time. Most people who think it's too loud get the bracket jackets. You can find them on Amazon.

Equal-i-zer 95015150 Spring Arm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HRJNIE..._kOvVvb27J7V0C
I have these on mine. Quieted it down a lot. Great accessory that should come standard with the hitch.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:28 PM   #6
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I have a 4 point Equalizer and here is my advice and experience:
First get the setup right. Use the adjustment of the hitch head on the draw bar to get the trailer level or slightly nose low. This may take several tries. Adjust the L angle bars on the trailer tongue to get the spring bars parallel to the trailer tongue. Location of the ball socket on the trailer tongue drives this adjustment. Use hardened washers under the removable rivet on the hitch head to adjust the head tilt which adjusts how much pressure you are applying to the spring bars. All these adjustments are inter-dependent so it will probably take several tries to get everything working in harmony.
Now about the noise. My unit was horribly noisy when new. I noticed that under the spring bar sockets the metal of the cast hitch head was galling badly so I took it all apart. What I found was that the sockets, which are hardened, had burrs on the edges which were digging into the cast part of the hitch head. I used a fine flat file to remove the burrs on the sockets and a large flat bastard file to smooth out the damaged areas of the casting. Do not remove material, just smooth any raised areas. I then cleaned everything up real good to remove any remaining debris and reassembled it using a good heavy duty grease on all the contact surfaces. The noise is gone now and the hitch is working as it should. You should also check inside the ball socket on the trailer. Mine had grit embedded in the paint which chewed up my hitch ball. I cleaned that out and now I grease the ball before use. Noise is now almost non-existent.
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DO NOT grease the bars where they ride on the L brackets. That is how sway is controlled (part of it anyway) with the Equal-I-Zer 4 way system.

As mentioned, if the bars are pointing up at the trailer end, change the hitch angle by adding a washer (or two) to get the bars level. Adjust the L brackets down at the same time. Equal-I-Zer told me that a 1 washer change at the hitch head is equal to changing the L brackets by a hole.

Good luck!
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I have a 2015 Ram 2500, stock height. I just had to buy a 6" drop shank and am at the lowest setting for my 2015 29QBS. Seems to me you probably need a bigger drop shank... you are 5" taller than me and only dropping 3" more.

If all things are the same, it sounds like you could still be 2" high on the truck side. That would put a lot of force on your bars and brackets. The popping and squealing sound is your bars moving on your brackets. The more force, the more noise.

Just a thought.
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I have a 2015 Ram 2500, stock height. I just had to buy a 6" drop shank and am at the lowest setting for my 2015 29QBS. Seems to me you probably need a bigger drop shank... you are 5" taller than me and only dropping 3" more.

If all things are the same, it sounds like you could still be 2" high on the truck side. That would put a lot of force on your bars and brackets. The popping and squealing sound is your bars moving on your brackets. The more force, the more noise.

Just a thought.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

As for the drop, 9" drop is the biggest Equal-i-zer makes, and I spent a good amount of time on the phone with them to make sure I was going to be able to use their setup. After measuring everything exactly the way they told me to, they said to get the 9". When I tow, the trailer sits almost perfectly level, maybe even the tiniest bit nose low. When we set the hitch up, the measurements from the front of the trailer to the back were off by around 1/8th of an inch.

I really think the "L" brackets just need to come down (I had them at the initial setting, right in the middle). Then, if tension on the bars seems too little, I can add a washer to the hitch head. I'm just going to have to play with it a little, I'm sure.

Ill be sure to look for burrs and galling, too. I will mess with it this week, and I'll let everyone know what I come up with. Thanks!!
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Go look at the reviews for the bracket jackets on Amazon. They really seem to help with the noise.
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