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Old 03-13-2017, 10:28 AM   #15
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One more note from mine. My welder looked at the trailer frame, and didn't like the way the bolts would 'squeeze' the "C" channel. He welded about 5 inches worth of plate to help bolster the steel from that, and I like the confidence I got from it. It cost a little weight on an already borderline rig, but I didn't like the idea of bending the frame.
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:38 PM   #16
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Good advice. I just got off the phone with "Joey" at Equalizer. He said I could put the L brackets as far back as 32". According to my wife, I don't have anywhere near 32" and am just wishing...
It looks like I am going to cut the tank brackets and move them up about 6" and that will let me put the L brackets at 30". The problem with moving the tank bracket is that Casita used angle iron to support from about the crank back to within 3" of the tank bracket. So, if I move the bracket forward, it will be one inch higher in the front than the rear so I need spacers bolted to the rear of it or weld something else for to rest on. I will try to add a pic. later when I figure out how. Thanks again to everyone. dmad1
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:44 PM   #17
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I'm thinking if you gave to weld, do the little extensions mentioned above and problem solved. Do you have the 400? That's the one you can shorten the distance to the L brackets and it fits.. just barely.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:13 PM   #18
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You used your Equal-i-zer with a 32' trailer, so my guess is that it's rated for maybe 10K lbs? If so, my concern is that the heavy duty bars may put undue strain on the relatively lightweight Casita frame. If you had the 6K lb unit you're probably somewhat better off. Even then, the square bars don't really flex much (if at all).

I had a 10k Equal-i-zer, and when I bought a smaller 16' TT I felt uneasy about using that heavy hitch. So I went with the Andersen No-Sway and liked it. The Andersen doesn't weigh much, it's easy to take off and stow away, and it helped smooth the ride greatly. The chains can be shortened if necessary (I cut off 2 links to make mine fit the desired mount location). There are other WD hitches with spring bars that would also be more gentle on the frame than the trusty Equal-i-zer.
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Even then, the square bars don't really flex much (if at all).
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There are other WD hitches with spring bars that would also be more gentle on the frame than the trusty Equal-i-zer.
I agree, and I'm not a big fan of the Equal-i-zer for this reason.
I'm currently looking at Reese's 600# Steadi-Flex WDH for my trailer. Greater bar flexion and smoother ride seems to be one of their selling points.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:00 PM   #20
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Going from a larger trailer to the Casita and using the Eq. was a big concern and I asked Eq. about it this afternoon. They said using the 10k spring bars should not be a problem. They said I could move the L bracket rearward but 32" was about the max distance I should go with. From 27" to 32" still leaves no room to mount the brackets because of tanks. I need to move the bracket about 6" forward. I was hoping that moving it forward would leave enough room to set the Honda gen. but that isn't quite enough. Going to take a step back and re-evaluate things and maybe opt for one of the cabinets from OMW and set the gen. on top. Also, maybe a rear receiver hitch and platform may be the way to go. Was reading the installation on their hitch and they indicate that for every 10 lbs. you add to the rear platform, you take almost 6 lbs. off the tongue weight and suggest you add weight up front to offset it. So, if you carry the Honda gen. of about 50 lbs., you need to add nearly 30 lbs. to the front.
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"...need to add nearly 30 lbs. to the front" ... depends on your current hitch weight. Suppose your Casita weighs 3200 lbs loaded, with a hitch weight of 450. Adding 50 lbs to the rear makes the trailer 3250 and the hitch 420, which is still 13% of the weight and is more than enough for good handling. You should be fine even at 10% weight on the hitch, and you're planning to have sway control besides.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:06 PM   #22
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I cut off the short angle iron stops on the side sides of the propane mount with a reciprocating saw, ground off the remains of those ears and installed a 1/2 inch wood strip in the front and rear angle iron propane tank mount and set the tanks on the wood strips.
This allows mounting the WD brackets on the frame without torching off the end stops and possible damage to the frame. A little paint and all was well!
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According to my wife, I don't have anywhere near 32" and am just wishing...
Can't help but wonder; You may be wishing, but I'm betting she's glad.
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