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Old 05-26-2017, 08:39 PM   #1
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New equilizer hitch

Well today the ups truck drove up and delivered my new 12000 lb equilizer hitch so I installed the hitch and L brackets. Tomorrow I'll hook up and adjust the hitch and take it for a ride. I hope this hitch is the right size for my 6500 lb trailor.
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Well today the ups truck drove up and delivered my new 12000 lb equilizer hitch so I installed the hitch and L brackets. Tomorrow I'll hook up and adjust the hitch and take it for a ride. I hope this hitch is the right size for my 6500 lb trailor.
That hitch is almost 2x the size you needed. Some people might say you will get a really ruff ride but I have a 10k trailer and the 14k hitch and have no problems. You will probably want to have no washers or just one. I would weigh it and make sure you have it setup when you can.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:26 AM   #3
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When you set it up follow the directions like I know you will. Nice to see someone not afraid to set up his own hitch. As you know the key measurement is the one from the ground to the lower edge of the inner front wheel fender. Don't listen to anyone on how many spacers to use, follow the instructions and you will be perfect.
You could have gone with the 10 K unit but if you went with a heavier trailer later you would end up having to buy the hitch you have now.
Kind of like the debate on trucks, stress a half ton to beyond its limits or purchase the correct truck first. No one is ever sorry to have more capacity than they need. Bigger is indeed better in most cases.
Good job!!!!!
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:30 AM   #4
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That hitch is almost 2x the size you needed. Some people might say you will get a really ruff ride but I have a 10k trailer and the 14k hitch and have no problems. You will probably want to have no washers or just one. I would weigh it and make sure you have it setup when you can.
If you have a trailer that weighs 10k or more you wouldn't use the 10k anyhow. Your setup is correct. Why would anyone buy a hitch that is maxed out to maximum capacity?
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:55 AM   #5
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The hitch you got is for a tongue weight of 800 to 1200 lbs. Without knowing your actual tongue weight, it is impossible to know if you have the correct hitch. More hitch is not better, the bars need to flex and too heavy will prevent the flexing. My guess is that you should have bought the 600 to 1000 lb unit to get in the middle of the range.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:24 PM   #6
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Yes I know how to set up the hitch because I had an E2 hitch with 1000 lb bars and had to keep adding washers and moving L brackets till I got it right. I bought 1200 lb bars this time because I had to jack it up so high to put the bars in the L brackets and it did a lot of sea sawing up and down on expansion joints. My 272 Vibe has almost 700 lbs tongue weight so I got the 1000 lb bars well I read a lot and I found out the bottles,battery,and hitch and all the camping gear should be included so that's around 1000 lbs so my hitch was not enough so I upgraded to the 4 pt equilizer 1200 lb instead of the 2 pt E2. It said 800 to 1200 lbs so I think I will be ok
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:15 PM   #7
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Buy a tongue scale from etrailer. Will be a good investment. No more guessing
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Old 05-27-2017, 05:34 PM   #8
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I took it out on the road and did my measurements and hooked everything up but the bars were angling up so I added a washer 6 total now the bars are parallel to the tongue and had to lower the L brackets one hole. The camper and truck are level. I took it for a test spin and it was a big improvement when going over dips the back of the truck stabilizes quickly and doesn't go down then up in the back. Overall it felt good and more stable but I'm going on a trip 4 hrs away Saturday and will let y'all know about wind and truckers pushing on the camper. I'm happy with the Equilizer hitch quality made in the USA.
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My Husky Centerline has a 200 pound range on the bars. For my 5500 max TT, I went with the 800-1000 bars, because the numbers work out that at 15% of 5500, I could conceivably be at as much as 825 lb tongue weight. I towed 1300 miles with the new hitch 2 weeks ago and it all worked fine, even though I'm currently well under 800 pounds on the tongue.

I even had some long stretches of concrete roadway (hwy 20 through northern Nebraska and Iowa) with worn expansion joints, and the porpoising was minimal - not significantly rougher than I experience when not towing.
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That's great. I'm glad it worked out for you. I had a lot of porpoising with my other hitch because my camper is 34 ft total length and 6500 lbs empty is I needed a bigger hitch with sway control. 15% of 6500 lbs is 975 lbs plus bicycles and stuff so I opted for the 12000 lb equilizer.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:32 AM   #11
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You have purchased and installed the hitch you determined to be the one required for your needs. I would say that the majority of people have no idea on how to set up a hitch or adjust it properly. You are more capable than most.
It's always a smart idea to have some reserve capacity.
My hat is off to you for having spent the time learning how to properly set up your hitch.
A good percentage of dealers set up hitches incorrectly. If you watch them they do no measurements. They just rely on what they hope will be good enough. My dealer didn't have much experience with Equal-I-Zer hitches and installed a ball with a shank that was too long. I noticed this right away and explained to them that this would be a serious problem in turns. They were glad I caught it. When I got home I set up the hitch the way it should have been set up.
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Old 05-28-2017, 04:55 PM   #12
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Thanks 09 Harley for all the kind words. I didn't buy the hitch when I bought my camper so I had to do it myself so I read the instructions several times and put it together but it took several times but got it right.When my brother in law bought his camper a couple months after me they installed his hitch. The camper was down in the front and his truck was down in the back so we took it apart and added a washer and it was close. I can't believe the camper place let it go like that. He added coil over shocks and he said it helps a lot and a cheap option. I found irv2 a couple years ago when I was looking at campers and wow what a lot of information on here. I started reading general discussion then the towing section. I learned a lot and I couldn't wait to help someone else out so when I do something to my camper I try to post it to maybe help someone out.
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I also went with the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch. I ordered mine off of Amazon, with free shipping. I don't know how much they paid for shipping but it sure made the UPS man grunt when he dropped it off in my garage.

Great hitch but you have to follow the directions carefully to get it set up right. Don't loose the book.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:34 PM   #14
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We just got back from our trip and I love the equilizer hitch. I found sometimes I was doing 70 and had to slow down to 65. The hitch makes the truck and camper more stable. The 1200 lb bars are stiff so if you camper is less than 6500 lbs get the 1000 lb bars. It is a lot more relaxing driving with this hitch because the wind didn't push me around so much I still feel the truckers but it's half as much as the old hitch. I got 11 mpg doing 65 in 405 miles with my Z 71 5.3.
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