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Old 08-15-2016, 03:26 PM   #1
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1000 lb spring bars?

I have the old style round spring bars with the curve at the end for a dual cam sway ctrl rated at 1000 lbs. One of them have been ground down on the elbow removing almost 1/4 of the thickness. I have started to look for a replacement and found only 800 lb and 1200 lb bars of this style. We tow a 31' Sovereign with a yukon xl 3/4 ton.
My question is, is there a good source for finding old style spring bars?
If not, is there an issue in having one bar at 1000 and the other at 1200?
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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I wouldn't ever mix bars....even an age difference could create uneven lifting forces, let alone different ratings. If I were you, I'd replace both with 800# bars.

Edit: Both 800 and 1200# bars are likely to have different diameters than you old 1000# bars. It may be time to get a new hitch, if you can't find old stock or lightly used old ones.
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Is it safe to assume that round bars of different ratings are not interchangeable? Do you need a different head for each size bar?
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Is it safe to assume that round bars of different ratings are not interchangeable? Do you need a different head for each size bar?
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Rusty,

O don't know enough about all brands. I know Hensley uses bushings of different diameters and they are replaceable. Reese uses the same Trunion for multiple bar sizes. Not sure about others.
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Check eTrailer

eTrailer will likwly be sble to help you. They will need to know what make and model your hitch is....at any rate you should replace both at the same time...
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Old 08-17-2016, 02:18 PM   #6
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Check with the nearest dealer

When I went looking recently for Reese Dual cam set, my local RV dealer had dozens of used 800#, 1000# and 1200# bars for sale. Usually 1/2 price of new.
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Your bars may be too stiff. Your trailer will start to show signs of shaking as a result. Look for Inland RV input regarding trailer damage from using too stiff of a set up.
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:35 PM   #8
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Dual Cam Spring Bars

I have a 2006 31 Classic. E350 Ford van tow.

I started with 1200# bars. I would get severe bouncing of the trailer on certain cement pavement highways.

I replaced them with 600# bars and have never looked back. Bouncing is gone. Trailer is level.

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Thanks guys.
the po had 1000 bars and after reading about the wear and tear, I now know why parts are loosening and cracks in the ceiling are forming. I'm now looking to switch to smaller spring bars.
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