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Old 10-30-2007, 04:04 PM   #15
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The reason you were advised to use lighter-than-normal weight-transfer spring bars is the hope that doing so will reduce the negative effects of a heavily sprung tow vehicle on a trailer. But using lighter-than-needed spring bars may not be a good solution.

To my knowledge, only one type of hitch actually addresses the issue: the air hitch. I use the AirSafe air hitch on my trailer, and it does, indeed soften the harsh effects of my pickup truck on my trailer. However, this is not a cheap alternative: it cost me about $1000 for my Class V AirSafe hitch. But the hitch works exactly as advertised.

So many options. So many opinions. So many decisions.
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Or you could......

Follow the maunfactures directions. Its just possible they know what they are doing.
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Thanks so much for all the information. It is quite a lot to digest.

I was advised (from several sources) that a 1 ton is very stiff for an AS and could damage it, therefore the 550 lb bars were recommended.

So you are saying that a HAHA will also correct the problem of a 'stiff' or hard ride????

I have not heard of the AirSafe Hitch, I will look into that as soon as my head stops spinning


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...So you are saying that a HAHA will also correct the problem of a 'stiff' or hard ride????
no.

i'm suggesting that with 1000 lb bars on the haha they can be tightened as little as need to balance the tow vehicle and redistribute tongue mass...

THAT should be your primary concern,

not that a/s may be using such a flimsy frame on heavy new trailers, which may not support the real tongue mass...

the issue of 1 ton tow vehicle is completely UNRELATED to safe towing hitch selections....

the 1 ton van is gonna be FANTASTIC as a tow vehicle, you are gonna LOVE IT!

and the 1 ton issue will be the same REGARDLESS which hitch is choosen ( except for the air-safe)

there are safe mods that can be done TO the van IF they are needed later on...

look it really is ALL already posted so keep reading....

besides, your trailer isn't gonna explode or fall apart for a few years....

how long is that finance plan?

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If it were I, I would look at a standard weight distribution hitch with recommended bars. As 2Air mentioned, you can tweak away after towing for a while and seeing how the rig performs. It might be that your 1 ton won't beat up the trailer to bad. I would find out before spending thousands of dollars to fix a problem that may not be there.

I will be watching for much the same thing on my F250 in the coming year. If it rides to rough there are some things like tweaking leaf springs, after market shock dampeners (my term), and the airhitch which I might then try.
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