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Old 08-02-2016, 06:48 AM   #21
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For those of you who have the "Equil-i-zer" brand sway control hitch, follow this link to their website and download the Owner's Manual.

In the 6K-14K Owner's Manual

Page 23 it states:
The friction surfaces of the head and sockets should be kept clean and
well lubricated with a good quality multi‑purpose or bearing grease. These
are the surfaces where the arm sockets rub against the top and bottom plates
of the head. See Figure 23. We recommend Equal-i-zer high performance
Page 26 states:
Noise is a normal occurance when towing a trailer and using any weight
distribution or sway control hitch.
The majority of hitch noise can be eliminated by lubricating the friction
surfaces of the head as shown in Figure 23.
In some cases the friction on the L-brackets can generate noise. Lubricating
this joint is not recommended. A better solution is a set of official Equali-
zer brand Sway Bracket Jackets™. They quiet the ride and reduce wear
without the mess of using a lubricant.
This website information helped me to understand a) where the noise is coming from, b) why it was happening, and c) how to eliminate a majority of it. Hope this information helps.

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Old 08-02-2016, 09:22 AM   #22
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Creeking WD HITCH

I have a Reese SC (sway control) WD system with an separate anti-sway bar.

The bar trunnions require lube where they attach to the ball mount, to prevent excessive wear (it is metal-on-metal grinding).

The bars, where they are placed on the hangers, must stay dry. This is a friction-point that serves as the built-in sway control. This movement of the bars across the hangers generate a bit of noise. (On this system, there are replaceable brake pads on the hangers for best friction.)

The anti-sway bar also needs to stay dry and is a brake-pad-on-steel friction device. This generates A LOT of noise.

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In any case, sway-control components will generate noise because friction is how sway is controlled. If you don't understand how the system works, read your system's instructions to determine where and where not to lube. You do not want to lube everything in order to get rid of the noise.

Keep in mind, most (all) the noise takes place while turning. Don't worry about it.

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Old 10-30-2016, 02:42 PM   #23
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Re: Creeking WD HITCH

On an Equalizer hitch you are SUPPOSED to have noise from the friction from the bars to the L brackets. The friction is what gives you the anti sway feature! If you lube it, you will cause more sway. I only hear the noise when turning or backing slowly in the CG. Not at highway speeds where the turns are slight.

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Old 01-15-2017, 07:06 PM   #24
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Eq lubricant

Originally Posted by RLM5150 View Post
I have the e2 hitch. I got a lot of noise at first, then after the paint wore in the primary friction spots I used the equalizer brand lube where the bars install in the head and on the ball. The only noise I have now is when the bars move on the L brackets. I'm used to it and understand why it makes noise so it doesn't bother me.
We have the Eq hitch, bought lubricant from Eq and has taken away the noise completely. Hubby does clean off hitch after using, but amazed at the lack of squeaking.... also put on those locking Pina in the bars..
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Old 01-16-2017, 10:12 PM   #25
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The 1st TT with WDH I used was my dads about 40 years ago. Since 3 of my own. They make noise. If it is a problem in campgrounds take it off at or near the entrance. Takes 2 mins. Or you could drive a diesel with 5 inch exhaust and than you cannot hear the WDH.
But, really don't you look at others as they drive thru also. It's what people do the RV campgrounds. Everyone outside and some inside their RVs checks out the other trailers and tow vehicles. Do you ever walk thru the campground. If so, what do you look at besides the local landscape. I think if you did a poll most would agree. Rvers check out the others stuff. I think if you did a poll on WHD noise most would not care.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:26 AM   #26
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Ditto on Ken/Claudia comments. I used to worry about it. Then I realized no one cared about the noise. They were just checking out the rig.

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Old 01-17-2017, 09:49 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Tbos View Post
Ditto on Ken/Claudia comments. I used to worry about it. Then I realized no one cared about the noise. They were just checking out the rig.

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I usually just wave as I go by with my creaking hitch. If I can pull it off, I try to give one of those parade waves like the queen of England.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:56 AM   #28
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Funny! Chip.
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