Trailering Tips

Sep 26, 2018

Winterizing the Equal-i-zer Hitch

Your Equal-i-zer hitch is the best sway control hitch on the market. With integrated sway control and weight distribution, you can be confident your Equal-i-zer hitch is working to keep you safe every time you hook up. Each Equal-i-zer hitch comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which means with a little maintenance, you can plan on your Equal-i-zer hitch lasting longer than your tow vehicle or trailer!

When winterizing your trailer, it is a great time to quickly complete the Equal-i-zer Hitch Winterization checklist below. The entire process takes a few minutes and will keep your Equal-i-zer hitch in top condition. Print out the checklist and infographic below, and keep them in your trailer as a reference for next season too!

1. Wipe the hitch clean including the trailer brackets.

  • Remove grease and grime from the hitch ball and between the head and arm sockets.
  • Use a wire brush to clean and remove any rust spots. Household vinegar or other methods may also be used to clean any surface rust that remains. Rinse and dry well.

2. Protect any exposed metal to prevent rust.

  • Touch up any areas where the metal is exposed with a quality spray paint. Even a silver spray paint could be used to touch up and protect the hitch ball or bolts if needed.
  • Also touch up the trailer brackets. When painting be careful not to overspray and get paint on other undesired areas of trailer. The brackets could be removed for better coverage and to prevent overspray. Just be sure to reinstall them properly and in the same location after the paint is completely dry.

3. Store your hitch (shank/head and spring arms) in a clean dry location - garage, shed, basement, etc.

4. Come next year, don't forget to lubricate the hitch before towing again. Open and follow the Equal-i-zer Hitch Lubrication Guide to lubricate the hitch head, and place a tin film of grease all around the hitch ball.

Print out the infographic below for a quick and easy reference sheet to use when you're winterizing your hitch this winter.

For information about winterizing your RV click here.