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Old 09-07-2016, 09:21 PM   #11
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Good question. I'm in the same boat with Red dog on this. Should we be worried?
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:32 PM   #12
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You could go to Groups and form Worriers.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:03 PM   #13
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Holy Cow! I plan to order the E2 for my 2017 21' Escape and 2014 Ford F-150. I hope ETI installs it correctly and I get the correct operating instructions. Should I be worried?
My 2010 F 150 came with the trailer sway control as part of the trailer tow package. It also has "advancetrac with roll stability control" antilock brakes and a limited slip differential. I would wonder how helpful the E2 would be over all the other stuff already on the F 150.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:08 PM   #14
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I think I'd spend a little time reviewing the overall setup. If there really is "serious abrasion" on the brackets, I would be wondering if the bars are applying too much force on the brackets, trying to compensate for an incorrect initial setup of the hitch body on the TV. Extra downforce would explain excessive wear, additional friction forces trying to rotate the brackets, and perhaps some of the noise. Hopefully the hitch is set up fine, but I'd be confirming that before looking for other remedies.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:21 PM   #15
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I'm in the same boat with Red dog on this. Should we be worried?
I don't think there is much reason to be concerned. Quite a few people have hitches of this design, and very few have issues. Even in this case, where there is a legitimate issue, the resolution could be easy (and of course I hope it is!).

The fact that the bracket design could be a lot better doesn't keep it from working fine for most (probably nearly all) users. Experiences such as this one (once it's sorted out, as I'm sure it will be) add to the knowledge base of the user community, which should give people more confidence that any issues can be resolved.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:22 PM   #16
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Holy Cow! I plan to order the E2 for my 2017 21' Escape and 2014 Ford F-150. I hope ETI installs it correctly and I get the correct operating instructions. Should I be worried?
Personally, I like this one better.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:52 PM   #17
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Holy Cow! I plan to order the E2 for my 2017 21' Escape and 2014 Ford F-150. I hope ETI installs it correctly and I get the correct operating instructions. Should I be worried?
Red Dog, We have the standard Equalizer Hitch from ETI, the Pro Series 600 lb. Trunnion, and are totally satisfied. No issues whatsoever, and with Sway Control, only $400. We no longer use the Sway Control as it is not necessary. Just say'in........
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:53 PM   #18
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I think I'd spend a little time reviewing the overall setup. If there really is "serious abrasion" on the brackets, I would be wondering if the bars are applying too much force on the brackets, trying to compensate for an incorrect initial setup of the hitch body on the TV. Extra downforce would explain excessive wear, additional friction forces trying to rotate the brackets, and perhaps some of the noise.
Tom explained the abnormal wear, but still I think that's a good point, and it's reasonably easy to check. Just measure the height to the top of the front wheel opening without the trailer attached, and with it hitched and the WD system engaged - with WD must be no lower than with the trailer unhitched.

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Hopefully the hitch is set up fine, but I'd be confirming that before looking for other remedies.
Even with the right spring bar setting, the brackets still need the bolts in the right holes and the link plates parallel, so that's three things to check. Incorrect weight distribution adjust is in the Trouble Shooting guide of the manual (Appendix A), but not as a cause of bracket shift; the trouble shooting table doesn't cover all aspects of installation and setup which can be incorrect.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:30 PM   #20
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I myself am just operating on what ETI told me

That the E2 is best (of what they sell) for a 21'



So to the original poster dbawden- have you contacted the manufacturer with your issue and concerns?

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