Your WD bars are supposed to lay flat on the L bracket when hitched up. When they are angled either up or down as yours are, then only the edge of the bars is contacting the edge of the L bracket and you cannot get the sway control you need. In addition, that will cause a lot more noise than usual and may cause the L bracket mounts to move on the A frame.
You adjust the L bracket until you have the bars parallel to the frame (usually 5 holes - depending on frame size) and then adjust the number of washers in the hitch head to get the WD you need. This often means taking the hitch apart several time before you get it right but it is worth the effort. Most dealers don't take the time to do it right and they are working with an empty trailer. Best to do it yourself when you have the trailer loaded and ready to camp.
In looking again at your pictures, there should be two holes showing at the top of the L brackets - you have none. I would move the L brackets up two holes and check your WD. This should just about level the bars and if WD needs adjusting you change the tilt on the hitch head.
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Hensley "Arrow" 1400# hitch
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All of these guys are correct. My advice would be to get your installation guide and follow it step by step. I have the same hitch. It took me and a neighbor a good 3 to 4 hours of installing, testing, tweaking, removing, reinstalling, repeating, etc. before I got it right. Once it's right, you'll know it. Read those instructions.
2012 Keystone Bullet 286QBS
2006 Ford F150 5.4 V8
Assuming that the weight is being distributed properly, you need to raise the L brackets at least one hole, probably two. However many holes you raise it, take the same amount of washers out of the head.
With the bars running down hill like that, the brackets will tend to walk away from their installed position a lot.
Also be careful as you have a ghost in the area....Hope it's a nice one.
I gotta agree with Huntindog, especially about the ghost. How the heck did you photograph this... and who is that transparent guy kneeling behind the hitch in the pictures??
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Hi, I would also recommend that you turn your clip pins the other way around; (closed end of clip to the front) The reason that I do this is because, if you ever run over a small bush or anything while traveling, it could knock those pins out.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll definitely go through the manual and work through the instructions, needs to be right.
Really stinks that you can't count on people to do their jobs right, or even get you what you pay for. I could've put it on wrong and saved install money!
The pictures received a little post processing to remove the camera shy. He's a good ghost that'll hopefully donate a few hours of his time to help me get this right soon.
I dealt with the same thing. I let my dealer do the initial install, and some dummy went to it with zero knowledge and a small amount of tools. Once I got home, I had to completely re-install the hitch. I ended up calling my dealer back and raising hell. I was credited the cost of the installation towards parts. Maybe you should do the same.
I'm going to re-install the EQ hitch this weekend. One thing that I am trying to figure out is what to do about the self leveling system on the Armada, there is no way to disable this. When the truck is off and the trailer hooked up, the rear end of the Armada will sag. As soon as the truck is turned on, the self level kicks in and the rear end pick up.
So, do I follow the instructions and set it up with the truck off? Or do I do it with truck on?
If I go with "off", and the it all set up then turn it on and things change what do I do next?
I'm worried that if I try this with the truck on and leveling constantly tweaking the truck I will never have measurements to work with.
I would think "off" but others can weigh in. You'll want to take your initial measurements while unhooked. I think once you get your brackets right and your ball at the right height, from that point you're just checking and tweaking the angle of the ball to give you the correct weight distribution.
Once you hook up to the TV, you should be level anyways.......so after you hook up and turn your TV on, it shouldn't have to do much for self leveling. I'd assume they cover this in the Armada manual though......maybe check there?
Please follow up once you've had a chance to get it reinstalled. I'm curious how things go for you.
I contacted Equalizer support, they too suggested installing with the Armada off so leveling would not interfere. They also state the the TV shouldn't have much to do once turned on if the setup was done properly.
boosTT - I'm not sure what you are asking. The Breakaway that I have is attached to the hitch and the TV.