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Subject: Equalizer Hitch problem... Date: 10/15/2013 5:53 PM
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I have what appears to be a 12,000 lb hitch on my F150, Reese.. Looks to be this one...

A earlier version with simply chain at the ends of the L bars...

Problem is, back when I bought it and the trailer, I never gave a thought to lubing the wear points, where the hardened steel bars rub on the cast steel of the hitch. So they have worn the sockets oblong, a bit sloppy, maybe 1/8" at least.. I was thinking I could make some copper shims, close the gap, keep them lubed and be OK... But, the ends on the steel bars are stepped, not straight, to allow for the key that holds them in place... It should have been a bearing, or at least have grease fittings, so for now I'm using heavy wheel bearing grease, getting by...

Cost of welding, re-machining the socket would be more that a new hitch.. I could gut just that cast section, but I'd need some pipe on the ends of big wrenches to get them to the 300 ft-lbs they call for...

Now as I look around there are several newer types of load sharing hitches.. Any favorites?

I'm about to leave for a week or two, but I think it's OK for that, just down the coast to Solvang, Pismo beach... Mostly highway...

weco - Surprised at the wear...
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