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Review of Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Hitch - WD With Sway Control - EQ64FR

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Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution Hitch - WD With Sway Control - EQ64FR Review


Hi there. I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Today we're going to take a quick look at the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System. Now, if you've ever hauled a trailer on your ball mount, you've probably noticed that all of that trailer weight gets put onto that one point on the back of your vehicle, which causes your vehicle to sag in the back. That's got a few different disadvantages for your vehicle. One, it's going to put your trailer out of level, so it's not going to be the most ideal situation for your trailer.

But then for your vehicle, having it sag in the back can raise the front end up, which can make the headlights shine into oncoming drivers' eyes, can make your steering kind of light. You won't have as much control because the tires in the front aren't getting as much traction.The back end of your vehicle, a lot of weight is going to be put on that back axle. It can take its toll on that over time, and your suspension is going to have to be holding up more weight. A lot of downsides to having that vehicle sag, having a weight distribution system like this is going to help eliminate a lot of those problems. Rather than just having that one point where your coupler is attaching to your ball, it's going to spread out that weight.

Kind of like a wheel barrel, it's going to help lift up so that that weight is distributed across all the axles on your vehicle and your trailer so you're going to have a much more level, smooth ride. It's going to take less toll on your vehicle's suspension and have everything ride the way it's supposed to.The way it's going to do that, just a quick overview. These brackets here are going to attach to your trailer frame. This is going to slide into your hitch, just like normal ball mount would. But then, these spring arms are going to be under tension, so you're going to put them up on the bracket's L face there.

That's going to give you that how uplift to compensate for the downward pressure of your coupler onto your ball. So, it's going to help, again, make sure everything is nice and level. The added benefit of this system is that because you have those connection points there, it's also going to help reduce the amount of sway that you're getting. So, as you're driving down the road, if a semi comes by or a big gust of wind, it's going to help to reduce that sway so you get a nice straight ride with your vehicle.Now, this is made of a nice durable steel construction so it's going to be very strong and durable. It's going to give you a maximum gross towing weight of 16,000 pounds.

That's your trailer and your load included. It's also going to give you a max tongue weight of 1,600 pounds. You do want to make sure that you have at least 1,200 pounds of tongue weight on here to engage the system properly. If you have less than that, it's going to be very rigid, can cause your trailer to bounce. So, you want to make sure that you have at least that. If you go over the max weight rating, it basically becomes useless. It's not going to engage and distribute the weight the way it's supposed to, so you want to make sure that you're right within that range.If we go over some of the features here, we'll start back here with the shank. This is going to slide into your 2-1/2 X 2-1/2 inch receiver tube opening. So, on the back of your truck, if you've already got one of those hitches, it's going to just slide right in place. We've got the pin and clip here to make sure that it stays in place, it's not going to wiggle its way out. I would recommend maybe picking up a locking pin to supplement that, to make sure that this is going to be more secure, you're not going to have to worry about anyone coming along and taking off with it. This will only work for your hitches that are rated for weight distribution system use.As far as our measurements for our shank, go here from the center of our pin hole. It is going to be right about eight inches up to the center of our adjustment holes here. It's nine inches to the front of our shank, seven inches to the back of the shank here, and then only about four inches to the start of our gusset plate. Our overall length is right at 12 inches. So, keep all those numbers in mind, make sure that your hitch is going to be compatible. It should give you plenty of room. Talk about some other features here in a moment, but you can see these adjustment pin holes here. These are going to be spaced out every 1-1/4". So, we're only about an 1-1/4" apart. It's going to give us a great option to use this in the drop position as we have it now. So, very important to make sure that our trailer is going to be level so that we don't have it in a decline or inclined position as we're traveling.So here, we've got it in the drop position. We're going to have a max drop of three inches from the top inside edge of our receiver tube, down to our ball platform here. So, three inch drop. We can also switch this, flip it over and use it in the rise position. That's going to give us a six inch rise, again, from the top inside edge of the receiver tube to the ball platform, six inches. So, we're going to have a maximum travel of about 7-1/2 inches of adjustment that we can make to make sure that our trailer is going to be level as we're going down the road. We do have a standard 2-5/16 inch ball included.Now, one thing to keep in mind, I would recommend, it's kind of a tight fit to get in there to tighten your ball down in place. So, we do sell the Equalizer 1-7/8" Thin Walled Socket that you can put onto your wrench and driver and make sure that that's going to fit in there, get everything nice and tight the way it should be. But, it is a very tight fit so a standard walled socket might be a little bit too thick to get in there. Just a piece of advice to make sure that your ball is on properly.Our clamps on our brackets, as I said, these are going to mount onto your trailer frame. Very easy to do. They include instructions with pictures so that you can make sure that everything is going to be in place. Basically, just a bracket on either side of your frame. Now, this is going to have a maximum trailer frame height of eight inches. So, you want to make sure that your trailer frame is going to be compatible, but you can adjust these along your trailer frame anywhere from 27 inches from the coupler up to 32 inches, so that way you can accommodate different frame mounted things like your gas tanks, tool boxes, or generators, make sure that they're going to be in a position that works for your setup. So, those are going to be nice.The system is going to be compatible with your surge type brake actuators, because these spring bars will slide on the brackets forward and back as you're turning corners and those sorts of things. So, they will allow a surge brake actuator to function properly. Keep in mind though, with that metal on metal, it is going to be pretty noisy, so one thing to be mindful of as you're looking into the system. If that noise is going to be a big issue for you, there might be other options. But, this is a really nice option and just has that one downside of metal on metal contact being pretty noisy.Our spring bars here are going to be right at 35-1/2 inches long by about 1-1/2 inches wide, square bars. These are constructed of a Chromoly steel so they're going to be a very springy and help to make sure that everything's going to be nice and controlled as they flex when we're going down the road. Our snap lever here is a pretty nice little tool that they've included in this kit. Basically the way this will work, you'll install your coupler and head onto your vehicle. You'll put your brackets on your trailer, and then you're going to have to lift your bars up to slide them onto the L bracket here of your brackets.I'm not going to be able to remove that the way I have it set up, but basically these are already on your trailer, so you've got to get your bar lifted up onto this L here. So, that's what this tool comes in handy for. You basically just use your leverage. You put it under the bar there, put that in there and you lift it up. That gives you a little extra leverage to lift the bar up into place. You will be using your jack on your trailer to make sure that it's a little bit easier for you, but sometimes it might be easier to use the tool. Only jack your trailer so far, and then you can get these pushed up in place. So, very convenient that they've included that tool for you.Another nice little feature, you've got the classic washer tilt system so the head of your unit can tilt forward. I've got it shimmed in right now so that it's pretty level, but that will help to fine tune your leverage on your system. So, you'll just add or remove washers to get it to be tilted to the angle that's going to work best for you. They do have instructions on how to fine tune that, but a very effective classic system there with the washers. This system is going to include everything that you need. It's got the adjustable shank, the head assembly, the pitch ball spring bars, and sway control brackets, as well as the lift handle, instructions, and all the hardware that you're going to need to get this installed.This is made here in the USA, so you can trust it's meant to the high quality standards that we've come to know and trust for products that are made here in the US and it does come with a limited lifetime warranty. So, if you we're to have any problems with it, you could give us a call. We'd be happy to help you out with that. We always want to make sure that our customers are getting quality products and having a good experience with us. But, I really don't think you're going to have any problems with this other than that noise, that steel on steel movement. I think you're going to be very happy with the results of this, helping to level out that ride so that your vehicle sits more level, more comfortable, less strain on both your trailer and your vehicle, and help to reduce that sway.Overall, I think this is going to be a great system for you if you are using a trailer pretty frequently, or if you're just to the point where you need some help. This is going to be a great system. I highly recommend it, and I think you're going to be very happy with it. That's going to complete our look for today. Again, I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Thanks for watching.


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