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Old 07-31-2017, 04:22 AM   #1
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Loud/screeching metal sound when towing 213RBSL

I am a new RV owner and have taken my 2017 Aerolite 213RBSL out three times so far. We use Equalizer sway bars when towing. I noticed that after we have been towing for about an hour and start to make turns, I think the next state over can hear a loud metal on metal sound coming from our trailer during each turn. I talked to the service guy and he said it is normal. I don't think it seems to be normal because literally everyone in the campground looks and stares at us when we pull in and I have not heard any other rig sound nearly as loud as ours. Has anybody else experienced this and, if so, any advice? Thanks!!!
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:04 AM   #2
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1. Did you grease the tow ball? I put a liberal amount of bearing grease on the ball before every tow. I use a tub of grease with a disposable popsicle stick from the craft store.

2. If it is an E2/Equalizer hitch you will get some metal on metal sound in tight turns at low speed. You are not supposed to grease them as greaseless provides a form of friction based sway control.

If you want to know for sure it is your bars making the noise you can spray that area down real good with WD-40. That WD-40 will last long enough to tell you that is where the sound is coming from, but not long enough to actually provide any long term lubrication there... which you down't want.
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:08 PM   #3
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I'd bet money It's your wdh bars(if you have the type that lock up into the receiver), squirt a little WD-40 on them and the ball. If you have sway control, maybe it's way overtight, don't lube that! I was told to just tighten it until the stud attached to the handle is flush with the nut on the back. It's totally normal for those setups to make a little noise, especially on tight turns.

I always loosen my sway control before going into a campground. Once you cure the squeak with WD-40, you can decide if you want to, 1- use that every trip, 2-let it squeal, or 3-grease it with automotive grease and have it all over your pant legs for the rest of your life.

I use WD-40 exclusively, it will easily last a trip and I just reapply before the next one.
I'm not talented enough to slop grease all over everything and not get it on myself. I have tossed two pair of shorts from rubbing up against a greased hitch.
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:14 AM   #4
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I'm with these guys. You're hearing your anti-sway mechanism complain. Actually proves it is working.

However, it could be adjusted TOO tight. Depending on what brand\type, there are different methods of adjusting antisway devices. You may need to fetch the manual for yours and try to reduce the anti-sway force.

Like dawniewest, I either remove or release mine before backing up.

(I have 2 different kinds)
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Old 08-01-2017, 01:43 PM   #5
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I'd read this bulletin from Equalizer and follow their instructions. As you can see, WD-40 is not an approved lubricant to use. I bought the Equalizer lube last year, and put a dab of it on my hitch before every use, and the noise is still prevalent at times, but not all the time like it was previously.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/blog/...al-i-zer-hitch
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I'd read this bulletin from Equalizer and follow their instructions. As you can see, WD-40 is not an approved lubricant to use. I bought the Equalizer lube last year, and put a dab of it on my hitch before every use, and the noise is still prevalent at times, but not all the time like it was previously.

https://www.equalizerhitch.com/blog/...al-i-zer-hitch
Of course they sell their own brand of lube. WD-40 is by no means the best choice, but we are not talking wheel bearings here, just some simple friction. All of my trips are under 75 miles in length, it's super quiet and my bar ends still have the paint on them. I sit in my chair at the campground on Friday night and watch the weekend warriors pile in, i'd say 75% of them use nothing, the noise is staggering.
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I recommended WD-40 as a temporary test on the bars to prove it was the bars. Mainly because WD-40 sucks as a lubricant and would only last long enough to see/isolate where the noise was coming from.

Again... For the ball, white lithium grease is commonly recommended, though ANY heavy grease will work well.

For the bars where they slide up into the hitch assembly at the tow vehicle I use a spray lubricant specifically made to stick and not run. .. Again, WD-40 is not a lubricant regardless of what people claim... It is good for short term, but not long term lube.... Considering what the WD in WD-40 stands for.

When I unhook it is a pretty simple task to wipe the ball clean with a paper towel and also wipe the bars clean from where they bend up to the end of the bar that goes into the hitch socket.
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Mainly because WD-40 sucks as a lubricant
And I thought the WD stood for weight distribution, that's why I was using it.
Your point is taken and is correct, however, it's what I have in the garage and it works for me. I suppose I could try some of my slide lube on it, but that stuff is expensive.
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:55 AM   #9
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Sway Bar

I am new to the RV life but I like to think I catch on quickly, Sometimes. The incredible noise is your swaybar. What I was told and I believe it makes sense. It is basically a brake and what you are hearing are the brake pads rubbing together and they are loud and annoying. Loosen them up and they wil be less bothersome. BUT if you are concerned about trailering at high speeds and having your rig trying to pass you.
IGNORE it. I would rather be embarrassed everytime I pull into a camp site by the noise than looking in my mirror and seeing the entire side of my camper trying to pass me.
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At every place we go, we have to stop and check in before we get to our site. That's when you loosen the sway bar. Tight for highway, loose for maneuvering.
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