Originally Posted by dbawden
So I'm going across the US on a six month trip in my 21' Escape. We are now into 4-5000+ miles using this hitch. It still clunks on tight uneven corners and scares the begeezes out of my wife. Manual says to expect this during break in and some noise is to be expected. No problem. What bothers me is the link plates that support the stabilization rods keep shifting out of vertical. You'd think...just tighten them. Right. The manual says...tighten to 65-75 pounds (check) and have no further than 30" from ball (check).
My link plates keep moving out of vertical no matter how I tighten them. There is also serious abrasion where the bars hit the link plates. In addition the both "L" retaining mechanism have bent on both sides. (The manual says to just switch sides to "increase positive contact".) Okay.
Are others experiencing this?
We had a similar experience with our '21 we picked up last month.
ETI installed/configured the E2E for us when we picked up the trailer, and it had squeals, groans and disconcerting "pops" on turns.
First night out camping we have, I think, a user(me) error, and the hitch coupling latch is somehow bent(too much downward pressure trying to latch it?), so we head back to ETI to have it fixed, as it now won't completely close on the ball, making us, as you'd expect, very, very nervous towing, being complete novices(although a guy we hired to come out to look at it, said it was good to tow).
Back at ETI Reace fixes the coupling latch for us with a sledge hammer(hey, it worked) and we mention the squeals, groans and pops coming out of the E2E. So, he inspects the hitch, and raises our L bars a notch, adds 6 PSI to our tires and we're on our way.
Until it squeals while we're leaving the ETI parking lot. So we head back.
Reace re-inspects and adds grease to the knuckles(upper and lower) on the trunion bars as well as the hitch ball. We circle the ETI lot 4 - 5 times testing, still an occasional groan and pop, but a lot less frequent.
Now, 4000 miles on it, still an occasional pop or groan, but we're used to it.
We do have some(I wouldn't call it significant) wear on the L bars(but you're supposed to) and we've never had our L bars move or pins bend.
It sounds like yours may need an adjustment. Maybe over adjusted, would be my guess.
ETI gave us a hard copy of the E2E install/config guide, but a .pdf can also be found here :