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Old 02-01-2011, 12:04 PM   #15
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It was recommended to me to switch from 800 pound bars to 600 pound bars by you know who on my 25 footer towed with a HD 1/2 ton GMC. I did the switch, and I noticed the bars bent more to transfer the same weight, and that was all. I feel like in that circumstance, I wasted time and money.

So I believe every situation needs to be evaluated on it's own merrit, and not just jump off making changes because some parts salesman says it's "a must". Additionally, I don't think you can go too far from wrong if you follow the hitch manufacturer's recommendations, not the salesman's at the RV store.

These hitches are designed by engineers to do a specific job, and those engineers know more about the product than most of us will ever know.


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Old 02-01-2011, 12:22 PM   #16
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I'm not trying to be an advocate for any point of view, just to do whats right in the situation. I have Eaz Lift. Instructions PDF:

On page one, to me it infers the hitch has to have adequate bars to meet the hitch's rating. In other words using 600 lb bars with 900 pound tongue load would not meet the requirements of the hitch manufacturer.

I surely can see not going to overkill here--using bars in excess of whats necessary.

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Old 02-01-2011, 12:42 PM   #17
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1200# bars too much for my set-up?

Greetings Camp!

Originally Posted by Camp View Post
Hitch bars, while serving a very important purpose, are boring. Convertible Caddy tow vehicles are!! My son asked if I could tow the argosy with my 68 corvette. I like it without the wheel covers. How did you keep it from bottoming out? Just WD hitch or beefed-up suspension? Uh, oh, now I'm hijacking my own thread.
Prior to towing for the first time the rear springs were replaced with heavier new units froom Moog's Cargo Coil Division. Heavy duty gas-charged shocks were then installed along with air bladders in the rear springs. The air bladders are never inflated beyond 20 psi (minimum man. recommended inflation). The Reese Straight-Line Hitch with Dual Cam Sway Controls handles everyting else in the process.

Since the photo was take, I have acquired stainless stell beauty rings for the wheels along with simulated "knock-off" spinners for the center of the wheels.

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Old 02-01-2011, 02:13 PM   #18
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Went through the same thing, had 1,000# bars and got a 600# set-up on Ebay, sold the other set-up for even money to someone with a much heavier trailer. The cat, who rides back there, says it's smoooooth now. Takes a while to get all these things dialed in when you haven't owned a big trailer before but it's worth doing right I think.
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