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Old 01-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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Load Leveler / Equalizer Hitch

I was wondering if anyone knows whether it is neccessary to use load levelers or an equalizer hitch. I have Jayco X17Z and I am towing it with a Dodge Nitro I was told by the car dealer that since the SUV has anti sway and factory installed towing package the equalizer hitch was not neccessay. However, the trailer dealer said it was neccessary. So, now I am confused on whether the equalizer hitch is truly the way to go.

If it is truly neccesary are there any tricks to keep the squeaking and clunking to a minimum.

Thanks for any insight.

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Old 01-24-2012, 06:29 AM   #2
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I was wondering if anyone knows whether it is neccessary to use load levelers or an equalizer hitch. I have Jayco X17Z and I am towing it with a Dodge Nitro I was told by the car dealer that since the SUV has anti sway and factory installed towing package the equalizer hitch was not neccessay. However, the trailer dealer said it was neccessary. So, now I am confused on whether the equalizer hitch is truly the way to go.

If it is truly neccesary are there any tricks to keep the squeaking and clunking to a minimum.

Thanks for any insight.

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I'll only attempt to answer the question on the squeaking and clunking.

Towing my small tent trailer (~1.5k lbs) with my Acura MDX, I would hear so much noise, I thought the trailer was coming loose. After looking it over, it seemed like the ball mount shaft was loose in the hitch receiver. Some Gorilla tape wrapped around the outside of the shaft where it slides into the receiver took up the slack and quieted it down so much, it was amazing.

You might try that.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Jayco forums .

Whether a WDH (Weight Distribution Hitch) is required depends on a few things. First is knowing the weight limitations of your TV's receiver (should be stamped on it), and second how it compares to the maximum weight limitations of the X17Z loaded tongue weight and GVWR (loaded weight).

The receiver will have two ratings, Weight Carrying and Weight Distribution. If the X17Z "loaded" tongue weight is below the Nitro's receiver Weight Carrying limit then a WDH may not be required..., however, in many cases having a WDH may provide enhanced handling and/or weight distribution characteristics even under these conditions.

When the trailer's loaded tongue is above the receiver's Weight Carrying limit, then a WDH is required as long as the loaded tongue weight doesn't exceed the receiver's Weight Distribution limit (up-graded receiver may be required). When using a WDH make sure that there aren't any WDH restrictions noted on the trailers V-frame.

IMO incorporating a sway control device with or without a WDH will aid in TV handling should a sway event arise. Adding a manual friction control sway bar, or a WDH that has an integrated sway control feature like the Reese HP Dual Cam brand WDH or Equal-i-zer brand WDH are options. Please note that a standard WDH isn't a sway control device, it's a weight distribution device (hitch).

As far as noise, lubrication on the correct WDH components keeps things generally quiet, but some noise is normal. Making tight TV turns can also contribute to some WDH noise as well.

Remember to always think in terms of loaded weights when sizing a WDH or reviewing TV/TT weight specifications, not to many of us tow empty trailers

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What would you reccomend to use as a grease and which parts?
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:45 AM   #5
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Rookiecamper.. what does a car dealer know about towing.... IF the vehicle squats at the rear end when the trailer is attached (loaded and ready to hit the road... ) then you need the equalizers...
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