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martinandlouisa

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We're looking for performance feedback from the 1% of customers that would not recommend the Equal-i-zer hitch to their friends.

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martinandlouisa wrote:

We're looking for performance feedback from the 1% of customers that would not recommend the Equal-i-zer hitch to their friends.


Good luck.

Most users report excellent results. I have never heard of anyone on this forum report negative reviews to the point where the product was not recommended.

A few years ago there were several reports of "L" arm brackets being bent. However this seems to have been addressed in current models.

I am anxious to here of any reports of "I do not recommend this hitch" and I would be inclined to dismiss them as the hitch was ot properly installed or something was drastically wrong.

Again, I am anxious to here the 1% too.

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We are with the 99%.


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coolmom42 wrote:

We are with the 99%.


same here

never though we'd be in a 99% club


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You sure there ARE ANY one percenters? Heck I just bought my second one a few years ago (bought a heavier TT).


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OK, I'll put in my 2 cents. Not only would I not recommend one, I'm considering replacing mine. 1200/12,000 model with a long wheelbase truck (160 inches plus or minus) with 7 washers (two of which are thicker than stock) and arms pulled up TIGHT I can barely get pre trailer weight back on the front axle. Every trip requires greasing the hitch head (generally every 500 miles) and a complete torquing of most bolts. The L bracket holders continuously want to walk on the trailer tongue, and the two bolts that hold the L brackets to the L bracket holder continuously work loose. I know I'm equalizing a lot of weight, but the constant maintenance is a drain. And if you don't like using a lot of grease, expect a lot of noise...not a little bit, but waking the neighborhood type of noise, and it doesn't sneak up, once it starts the next turn is going to scare everyone around you. This hitch came highly recommended by the shop I bought my trailer at, and it has been nothing but a disappointment. So was the install; I have had to rework the install several times to get any type of reliability out of the setup, I made it about 5 miles from the dealership on original install before I had to call them to come and tighten everything as it was walking all over the place, and that was with 5 washers. Maybe I have a lemon, or maybe they aren't really designed to transfer as much weight as I am.

The good? There is not a lot of linkages to play with, hook up the bars and done. And I have never experienced ANY sway with this setup; I've towed in high winds and white pavement, as far as sway goes I am extremely happy with this hitch. I just don't like dinking around with it at nearly every stop to make sure it's tight and has enough grease.


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MyKidsDad wrote:

OK, I'll put in my 2 cents. Not only would I not recommend one, I'm considering replacing mine. 1200/12,000 model with a long wheelbase truck (160 inches plus or minus) with 7 washers (two of which are thicker than stock) and arms pulled up TIGHT I can barely get pre trailer weight back on the front axle. Every trip requires greasing the hitch head (generally every 500 miles) and a complete torquing of most bolts. The L bracket holders continuously want to walk on the trailer tongue, and the two bolts that hold the L brackets to the L bracket holder continuously work loose. I know I'm equalizing a lot of weight, but the constant maintenance is a drain. And if you don't like using a lot of grease, expect a lot of noise...not a little bit, but waking the neighborhood type of noise, and it doesn't sneak up, once it starts the next turn is going to scare everyone around you. This hitch came highly recommended by the shop I bought my trailer at, and it has been nothing but a disappointment. So was the install; I have had to rework the install several times to get any type of reliability out of the setup, I made it about 5 miles from the dealership on original install before I had to call them to come and tighten everything as it was walking all over the place, and that was with 5 washers. Maybe I have a lemon, or maybe they aren't really designed to transfer as much weight as I am.

The good? There is not a lot of linkages to play with, hook up the bars and done. And I have never experienced ANY sway with this setup; I've towed in high winds and white pavement, as far as sway goes I am extremely happy with this hitch. I just don't like dinking around with it at nearly every stop to make sure it's tight and has enough grease.


X2, the re-greasing every stop is annoying. It works good, as advertised but it's messy. I did put a small 1/2" weld near the top of the L brackets and had no trouble with them moving. JMO a Reese would be cleaner.

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I have the 1,400, 14,000 bars on mine and don't have the problems described. After about 3 re-torques or so you don't have to tighten it or check it very often, plus when you do it literally takes about 1 minute max. As far as re greasing goes, you just put a small amount on the bars when you add grease to your ball. Not a big deal. It works great!


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goducks10 wrote:

MyKidsDad wrote:

OK, I'll put in my 2 cents. Not only would I not recommend one, I'm considering replacing mine. 1200/12,000 model with a long wheelbase truck (160 inches plus or minus) with 7 washers (two of which are thicker than stock) and arms pulled up TIGHT I can barely get pre trailer weight back on the front axle. Every trip requires greasing the hitch head (generally every 500 miles) and a complete torquing of most bolts. The L bracket holders continuously want to walk on the trailer tongue, and the two bolts that hold the L brackets to the L bracket holder continuously work loose. I know I'm equalizing a lot of weight, but the constant maintenance is a drain. And if you don't like using a lot of grease, expect a lot of noise...not a little bit, but waking the neighborhood type of noise, and it doesn't sneak up, once it starts the next turn is going to scare everyone around you. This hitch came highly recommended by the shop I bought my trailer at, and it has been nothing but a disappointment. So was the install; I have had to rework the install several times to get any type of reliability out of the setup, I made it about 5 miles from the dealership on original install before I had to call them to come and tighten everything as it was walking all over the place, and that was with 5 washers. Maybe I have a lemon, or maybe they aren't really designed to transfer as much weight as I am.

The good? There is not a lot of linkages to play with, hook up the bars and done. And I have never experienced ANY sway with this setup; I've towed in high winds and white pavement, as far as sway goes I am extremely happy with this hitch. I just don't like dinking around with it at nearly every stop to make sure it's tight and has enough grease.


X2, the re-greasing every stop is annoying. It works good, as advertised but it's messy. I did put a small 1/2" weld near the top of the L brackets and had no trouble with them moving. JMO a Reese would be cleaner.

I have the 1400/14000 lb model and my L-bracket holder bracket walked along the trailer frame as well. I drilled a hole on each side straight through the bracket holder and through the frame. I added another nut and bolt through that hole and it has never moved since. The nuts that hold the L-bracket on never loosened up again after that either. I think that when that bracket moved, it caused the L-bracket to spin and that motion loosened up the nuts on it. As for the noise, I don't see the issue. So what if it creeks a little at slow speeds. I'm sure nobody in the campground cares either.

Also, is your hitch receiver bent down at all? Also, you may want to consider raising the L-bracket a notch to get more distribution if you need it.

* This post was edited 02/28/12 07:00am by Campin LI *

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