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wnjj

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Posted: 12/31/19 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The sticky thread at the top of this forum has a lot of info. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/17730894.cfm

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I (Mr. All Thumbs) did it...therefore anyone can.


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Posted: 12/31/19 12:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Iraqvet05 wrote:

It can be a DIY project but you may need some uncommon tools. In the case of the Equal-i-zer, a 1-7/8" thin wall socket and 320 lb torque wrench are recommended to install the ball.


If you’re at all handy, it is an easy install with the exception of this. I was fortunate when I did my install in that I was able to bring the hitch head to work where they had a big a$$ torque wrench.

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As others have said, the hitch comes with instructions, YouTube is full of vids, and it's a straightforward operation. Go for it. Not only will you save a few bucks, you'll learn how your hitch works.


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if you can read instruction you can do it it is not that hard


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Sure. Follow the steps. You can fine tune it with some trial and error.

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I had to re-do the installation on our last TT after the dealer messed it up.


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mbopp wrote:

I had to re-do the installation on our last TT after the dealer messed it up.

Not uncommon at all. That is why I made this post quite a few years ago to help members get their hitch set up correctly. Before that, I used to e-mail members a Word copy of it when asked.

You have to realize that most of the techs who set up the hitches at a dealer are not RVers themselves and most likely have never actually towed a travel trailer on the highway. They usually set up a hitch the same way for every trailer that goes out the door regardless of what the instructions say. Also, the setup for a new, empty trailer are quite different from one that is ready to go camping in.
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BarneyS wrote:

mbopp wrote:

I had to re-do the installation on our last TT after the dealer messed it up.

Not uncommon at all. That is why I made this post quite a few years ago to help members get their hitch set up correctly. Before that, I used to e-mail members a Word copy of it when asked.

You have to realize that most of the techs who set up the hitches at a dealer are not RVers themselves and most likely have never actually towed a travel trailer on the highway. They usually set up a hitch the same way for every trailer that goes out the door regardless of what the instructions say. Also, the setup for a new, empty trailer are quite different from one that is ready to go camping in.
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The last hitch I bought was also the first ever set up by a dealer. It was done by a kid who probably shaves once a week (whether he needs to or not), and he nailed it. I use a bit more bar tension with a full load, and it's perfect. Yes, I was amazed.

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If you know how to use basic hand tools and follow instructions, you can do it. I installed one having no prior knowledge of how to do it. It took me 45 minutes or so, but it got done.

As a previous poster said, you likely will do better than most dealers. I sold the camper I installed the hitch on and bought a new one. Had the dealer install it since I was already there. It looked level when they pulled it around, but then once I got to see it on an actual level surface, it clearly isn't, so I will have to adjust it. Yes, they installed it, but it isn't properly adjusted. I'l wait to do this until we get most of our gear in it.

I wouldn't blink at installing one again.

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