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Old 10-16-2013, 12:01 PM   #11
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I have a Fastsway E2 and just got our first TT last weekend. Seemed easy at the dealership yet when I got home had a heck of a time getting bars off. My wife was scared raising it so high yet I had to. One side came of yet had to go a couple inches higher for the other side to come loose. I was told at dealer ya need that A-frame look or teepee to get bars off just seems a bit much on the hitch. Now the post above me from thomasmnile he states he takes it off completely off the ball...The dealer had mine still locked on the ball as I did when I got home..It sure seems like it is really is putting a bind on the ball but that's the way it comes off..at least that is what I thought.. I would feel you would have to keep it attached or your just raising the trailer which wouldn't loosen the sway bars..Am I wrong ??? HELP !!!!!!!
Don't know if it matters or makes a difference, but I have the Reese Strait Line hitch. Our dealer installed it after completing the trailer PDI/Orientation. They have a level pad they park the trailer and TV on for the hitch install. I watched a good bit of the process and the tech with the service manager's help adjusted the the cam mounts and the hitch head angle 3 times before they were satisfied with the installation and likewise hitched/unhitched the trailer to check their work. I know when coupled, the combination appears quite level. The service manager did note the left side of the truck bed seemed higher than the right when the truck was parked on the pad, and observed it is possible the "cockeyed" appearance can and does happen and there's no obvious problem with the truck's rear suspension (ours is an '05 Ram 3500). Since the trailer tows well and the hitch is absolutely doing its job, (especially sway control) I'm hesitant to mess with it. The most pronounced problem I have unhitching and removing the right trunnion bar is at the storage facility. The right side of our assigned parking spot is lower which seems to help keep the right side bar "loaded". Perhaps I should try to remove the trunnion bars on a level part of the storage yard drive before parking to see if it makes a difference.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:37 PM   #12
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I know the the tech said when on uneven surface it would be much harder..when we got home the left side came off fairly easy yet the right side was a bear. Like I said we had to raise it a inch or two more to release that one.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:45 PM   #13
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I know the the tech said when on uneven surface it would be much harder..when we got home the left side came off fairly easy yet the right side was a bear. Like I said we had to raise it a inch or two more to release that one.
I raise my truck up alot before mine release, it's designed for it just keep going up until it's free.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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It is just scary looking...Ball looks like it's going to get ripped off backwards. LOL
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:18 PM   #15
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If my vehicle is not straight inline to my trailer I notice one side is harder then the other to take off in my driveway. I was afraid to raise my jack to high when I first used it thinking it might break something. Now I don't worry about it but I do only raise enough to take the bars off easily
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Just be sure you let it back down before trying to release the ball. The sequence is important for safety.
1) block the jack so it's supported well and not fully extended once you are unhooked.
2) Raise truck/trailer until the weight bars can be removed.
3) Lower the front until the jack lifts slightly off the ground. this places the weight back on the truck.
4) Release the ball lock, remove the safety chains and unplug.
5) Raise the trailer off the ball.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #17
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I have the Reese Strait-Line 1,500lb rated WDH (I have a 1,300lb TT loaded tongue weight). Even with my TV/TT raised adequately via the electric tongue jack, one of the spring bars always seems to be under more load when engaging and/or dis-engaging them.... just the nature of the WDH physics and my particular TV/TT combination.

Since not all TV/TT combinations are created equal (suspension stiffness, ground clearances, WDH ratings, tongue jack travel, etc.), the actual spring bar load conditions can very during the engaging/dis-engaging process. In the case of the conventional snap-up bracket WDH's like mine, I always use the cheater bar supplied by Reese and keep a grip on it at all times until the safety pin is in place....., I don't use my hands even if there doesn't seem to be a load on the spring bar(s).

In the case of the Equal-i-zer brand WDH like the OP has, for safety reasons the spring bars shouldn't be under any load to safely remove them because the supplied hand held lever assist is designed to be used only during the spring bar "engagement" process.

Always keep the TT coupler locked to the TV hitch ball when engaging/dis-engaging the spring bars for safety reasons. IMO a mallet/hammer shouldn't be required to dis-engage a spring bar.

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Just be sure you let it back down before trying to release the ball. The sequence is important for safety.
1) block the jack so it's supported well and not fully extended once you are unhooked.
2) Raise truck/trailer until the weight bars can be removed.
3) Lower the front until the jack lifts slightly off the ground. this places the weight back on the truck.
4) Release the ball lock, remove the safety chains and unplug.
5) Raise the trailer off the ball.
CHOCK the TT wheels!
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I always look at the shank and the receiver. I have a couple mm of play, so as soon as the shank starts moving up, you know that the weight is starting to come off the tow vehicle.

When using the bars always be to the side of the vertical path. If that thing flings for some reason you don't want to get struck. Don't ask why I know that
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