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Old 05-18-2013, 05:29 PM
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Equal i zer hitch system

Who has this same system? How do u like it? Also how many spacer washers have u been using? I have a 2012 screw and my camper is about 7500-8000 loaded, tongue weight of about 800ish I think, my water tank is close to the front of camper. I have been using 6 but seems like it could drive a little better, just curious how many everyone else is using? Also my L brackets are in the middle bolt. Thanks.
 
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:22 PM
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We install a few of them and I tell everyone there is no correct number of spacers or settings except for what you need to make the truck and trailer ride right. I try and get about 1in of sag on the rear of the truck and some on the front as well. Although I have never measured the front sag and the trailer should sit level behind it. Another idea is to try and scale the setup and see where your weight really is Ideally I like to see weight go to the front and to the trailer so if you had 800lb tongue weight then hooked up it would be nice to see 200 more on the front 200 more on the trailer axles and 400 on the rear axle. However very few are going to spend the time to scale one out so go by the seat of your pants so to speak if the truck drives good and it and the trailer sit level then you are fine.
 
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:57 AM
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Yeah I was kinda thinking that, thanks for your input!

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:58 PM
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Ha... I'd really be surprised if you have #800 TW with a #7500-#8000 loaded TT... I have a #5000 GVWR TT and it has a #650 TW..

Regardless of the actual weights... Why don't you just try different settings and see what works best for YOU??

I know when I had the dealer set my hitch up, it sucked.... I towed with it for a season before I realized I could adjust it...

After I adjusted and set it to MY liking, it's towed great for the last 10 camping seasons since...

I only have a simple EAZ-Lift WD, but it works fine for my setup..

So, get out your tools and adjust it to some extremes so you know what the adjustments are doing and go from there.. Find what works for YOU and that's where you keep it and enjoy!

Good luck..

Mitch
 
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:46 PM
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I use the Equal-i-zer with 4 way sway control. I'm very happy with the setup. My trailer is 33' 7500lbs. My dry hitch weight is 850lbs.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:05 AM
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Cool

I had the same set up when I had my travel trailer. I had a Keystone Bullet Premier. She was about 33' in length, had a Dry weight of about 6100 lbs., a GVWR of 7600 lbs., but never was that heavy. As long as the water tank, and HW tank were full, she towed like a dream. But if I didn't have any water in the tanks I could feel the difference. But yea, I liked it. It was initially set up by the dealer and seemed to be OK.
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:48 PM
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Kevin I think I have similar hitch weight and length, how many washers do u use? Thanks for all the help guys, I changed my washer count from 6 to 8 and ill see how she does this weekend, thanks!
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:09 PM
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Kevin I think I have similar hitch weight and length, how many washers do u use? Thanks for all the help guys, I changed my washer count from 6 to 8 and ill see how she does this weekend, thanks!
I'm actually only using 5 washers on mine. Good luck, Kevin
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:25 PM
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Don't worry about counting washers the guys who count washers on install seldom set one up right. The trick is getting it to pull right and when I do them I can almost make you forget the trailer is back there. You also have to understand things are going to change so make sure you have the trailer loaded the way your going to pull it most of the time. This makes it tough on us installers because if we set it perfect for a empty trailer it won't pull right loaded so I always err a bit on the high side empty so it will hopefully settle to correct when loaded. It is however a constantly changing game so learn to adjust to it till you find what feels best.
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:38 PM
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Kevin, please tell me you don't have your break away cable looped around the hook on your safety chains....

I know that the placement of the cable can be different places for different reasons, but I'm just a nosey old fart and noticed it and had to ask...

I attach mine to the bumper, completely separate from the hitch all together...

Anyway, just asking... Didn't mean to divert the topic of the OP..

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Old 05-21-2013, 11:08 PM
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Another thing is I also have my atv in the back so i think that throws me off as well, can't really get the front end back into specs with the atv in back. Also the bars seem like they have a bend to them when it's all hooked up...:S
 
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What are the ratings on the bars you are using? They can range from #800 to #1400..

I have #1000 bars for my trailer, but I load up my bed with useless stuff when I camp, but I can still get my front end back down..

How much payload do you have on your F150? #800+ tongue weight + load in the bed + load in the cab = ?? compared to your available payload of the truck??

Mitch
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:35 PM
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I have the 1000# bars as well, I did all the math awhile back and I was just under my max fully loaded, it was damn close I went over the scales and had about 50lbs to spare I figured, although I'm not 100% sure of tongue weight it was 600# dry a the water tank is towards the front of the camper
 
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:40 PM
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Sorry 650# dry. And 60# just for propane on front plus everything in front storage and water I figure closer to 850-950# TW.
 

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Well, I'm not one to talk about payload.... I'm over my trucks GVWR when I'm all loaded and ready to roll..... By several hundred pounds too....

Anyway, you should get some weights empty and when hitched up to find out how much weight you are putting back to the front axle.. That's what really matters.. How much weight you have have lost on the front end when you are hitched up. Ideally, you should be able to transfer back what you lose with the WD bars. That's where you feel the loss of control IMO..

Even with me being overloaded, my rig tows great and I'll take it anywhere and have never had 'sway' issues..

Good luck!

Mitch
 
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