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RickeyS1

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Posted: 01/12/18 06:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anyone have two different tow vehicles, and if so do you have a hitch head adjusted for each vehicle or do you adjust every time you swap/change vehicle. I have a equalizer hitch and just bought a new truck but may tow with either vehicle (which are way different). So was wondering what other people do.

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If there is a height difference between the two tow vehicles, you will probably want to get two hitch heads, each specific for the tow vehicle. The trailer height will never change, so the hitch head height will need to be adjusted (up or down) with a rise or fall in the shank so it's always level to the trailer hitch. Otherwise, if you use just the one, you'll need to make the adjustment every time you switch back and forth.

I think in time, you will probably end up towing with only one vehicle as the primary tow vehicle, and use the second one as a back-up only in case the primary vehicle is down for repair. If this is the case, then a second purchase is probably not necessary. However, if you are sharing the trailer with someone else and thus, the reason for 2 vehicles, then definitely get the correct height hitch head for each vehicle.

It's really your call, it's just a matter of convenience to have both so you don't have to unbolt everything and adjust every time you switch.

As for me, if I had 2 different tow vehicles .... yes... I'd get 2 hitch heads if the height was different between them. I have a utility trailer, and a specific hitch I use for it, as it's a fairly long drop-down. I have no problem getting the right tool for the right job, even if it's used only 1 time.


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Posted: 01/12/18 07:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Too much hassle to re-adjust each time you switch. Keep it simple and get a 2nd head.


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I have just one adjustable hitch head and adjust it as necessary when switching tow vehicles. Pretty expensive hitch head cause its an Equal-I-zer. For a while I was loaning my TT to my son, so had a third adjustment to make for his '05 Dodge Ram. He's since bought one.
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The OP referred to his hitch as an "equalizer" but if it truly is an Equal-i-zer brand hitch then another potential issue is the head angle may have to be changed when switching from one vehicle to the other. Anyone who owns an Equal-i-zer knows this is a real PITA as it means pulling the head apart and changing the number of washers in the head, which in turn means having a torque wrench on hand that will properly torque those two shank bolts. [emoticon] Perhaps the OP could be more specific and tell us just which hitch he really has. [emoticon]

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I have different trailers I tow (same thing but different). I have two hitch heads and drawbars I use depending on which trailer I'm towing. I also have different bars, 600 lbs and 1000 lbs.

I would not want to be raising and lowering a hitch, adjusting or whatever depending on what vehicle I was using. Just me but it would be worth it to me to spend the few hundred $ to get a different hitch and drawbar.

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If you have to readjust it often, it will soon become a huge PITA. Like Sound Guy says above, if you need to change the head angle (which is likely) it will be even more inconvenient. I'd just go with two heads if it were me.


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well if you have so much time on your hands and can spend an hour or two making the change from one TV to another that's great. but to set up each tv once and just leave the hitch head in each tv that's even better.

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downtheroad wrote:

Too much hassle to re-adjust each time you switch. Keep it simple and get a 2nd head.

In other words, two heads are better than one.

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Mortimer Brewster wrote:

downtheroad wrote:

Too much hassle to re-adjust each time you switch. Keep it simple and get a 2nd head.

In other words, two heads are better than one.


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