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Old 05-17-2008, 08:47 AM   #21
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I agree. Go with the 500s or 600s. I use to tow a 19' and a 25' with my softer suspension sedan and had 1200lb bars. There was lots of flex in the bars and it worked great. When I upgraded to a 3/4 ton truck, the 1200lb bars were nothing more than dead weight. They had no flex to them. After reading on this forum, I learned that I was way overhitched. So I went down to the 800lb bars, much better, but then tried the 600lb bars and was even better than the 800lb bars. Now with the 25', I have the dual cam sway, so having some bend/tension on the bars is key. With 600lb bars, life is good. I have about between 750 and 875lb hitch weight (750lbs by the specs) based on a hitch scale I bought.

I bought my bars off eBay. It's hard to break weight bars, but I suppose it can happen. Also the bars are available online from many vendors and I would feel pretty comfy in saying, buying bars off eBay or new via an online Reese shop would cost less than it would at Camping World.
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Old 05-17-2008, 02:49 PM   #22
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Well, went to Sierra Truck and Van, Fairfield, Ca, 707-864-1064 today and got set of 550# bars. Since my ancient Reese 1000 # bars would not work with new Drawtite 550 # bars, had to buy new weight dist heard and deep drop shank as well.

Which is not a problem because my old 1000 # set up can sit in garage incase ever buy a heavier trailer (i.e. Holiday Ram)...but dont think so.

Thanks to all who gave me suggestions and help.
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Well, went to Sierra Truck and Van, Fairfield, Ca, 707-864-1064 today and got set of 550# bars. Since my ancient Reese 1000 # bars would not work with new Drawtite 550 # bars, had to buy new weight dist heard and deep drop shank as well.

Which is not a problem because my old 1000 # set up can sit in garage incase ever buy a heavier trailer (i.e. Holiday Ram)...but dont think so.

Thanks to all who gave me suggestions and help.
Please post your opinion, for the benefit of others, once you use the new rating bars.

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Old 05-17-2008, 06:17 PM   #24
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Well Andy, I hope I will be better off. The local dealer gave me some new reese 750's for $42.00 w/exchange of my very old #1000's. He had a pair of 550's but 1 in the pair was drawtite the other a reese, he said it didnt matter but I didnt like that program. My 1/2 ton 4x4 suburban is a soft ride in the rear so I hope I these #750's works out. Thanks for the tips. PS why dont you open up a store in OH. it sure would be nice. Robert
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Follow up to my original post about bars and stain...

This is a follow up to my original post.

I installed 550 lb bars and they seem to do better job than the heavy duty 1000 lb bars I was using.

Chris at factory told me they will take care of the stain on ceiling (bathroom wall) when I come to Ohio.

As always, Chris and Kevin do a good job of helping customers.

Also, thanks to all who commented on my original post.
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