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Old 09-18-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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help to Identify weight bars

Hello all.
I have a 69 Trade Wind which weighs 4340 dry, and has a weight of 490 at the tongue. the hitch set up I'm using came with the trailer. I need help determining the weight distributing bar capacity IE: 600Lb or? My tow vehicle is a 2013 f-150 with tow package. It can handle 500 lbs on the tongue weight. I'm attaching pictures. I am concerned the bars are too much with my tow vehicle. The hitch is a Reece.Thank you for any help.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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Measure bars at trunnion end 1inch bar is 550 lb. rating 1-1/8 =750 lb. 1-1/4 is 1000 lb. You should be all right with 550 0r 750. Look when hooked up should be at least 1 inch bow in bars. the old style reese that you have us same new as dual cam but in my opinion old style is better, easier to set up no threaded and to adjust also I think threaded end is weak point. I use 750 bars on my 76 31 ft. AS.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:02 PM   #3
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featherbedder, thanks for the help. I just measured them they are 1 1/4.I guess I will have to look for a lighter set up.
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:25 PM   #4
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1000 lb bars way to heavy for you they will beat your AS to death. I would keep your old style Reese and look for bars as they are dif. now. Head and snap ups w/saddles fit all the bars sizes that I quoted. Some times there are some on e/bay, unless you can find some 1 to trade bars, or some 1 replacing Reese with Hensley or other manuf. New style bars are dif. curved saddle ends dif. wght. ratings. Google up Reese there are some suppliers that have them.May be if you can not find. I might have 550 bars if I don't use them, as I have other trailers that I use wd set up on. If I find a set I will pm you.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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Mine are marked on the head. Did you remove them from the hitch and turn them over to see if there is a number on the bottom side.

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