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Old 04-17-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question 750# or 1000#??

I have a 73' Argosy 26' and am getting a hitch for it. I have located a used one and the option is available for 750# or 1000# bars.

My uneducated figuring tells me the 750# bars are a great plenty for this
trailer as it weighs in at 3800# x 15% = 570#....... But chances are my
figuring is way off as a rookie here.

Please advise........ and thanks
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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I have a 73' Argosy 26' and am getting a hitch for it. I have located a used one and the option is available for 750# or 1000# bars.

My uneducated figuring tells me the 750# bars are a great plenty for this
trailer as it weighs in at 3800# x 15% = 570#....... But chances are my
figuring is way off as a rookie here.

Please advise........ and thanks
Sundance,

What is your tow vehicle, that has an effect on the bars. I use 1,000 lb on my Lincoln with a 1979 Safari gvw of 5800 lbs. I could use 750 lb on the PowerWagon with the same vehicle because of the stiffer suspension on the PowerWagon.

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Old 04-17-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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TV may be the important factor

I've got a 1976 Argosy '24 and tow with a 2005 3/4 ton Dodge Ram. I don't use any sway or weight distribution devices. Just got back from southern Arizona where we ran through one of the worst wind storms to hit the flatlands south of Phoenix in years. The twinkie stayed tucked right in behind the TV. Typical speed on I10 south of Phoenix is 70-75.
The folks we travel with have a 1/2 ton with their '24 Argosy and use 750# bars which are entirely adequate. They may actually be a little too agressive but they adjust just fine.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:57 PM   #4
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If you're towing with the truck shown in your profile info, 750 is more than enough. In fact, if you can find 500# bars it would be enough. 500's are not made anymore, so you may have to settle for the 750's.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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Do you need bars?

On my 1/2 ton pick-up the bars make the ride sweet, like my old SUV. We have 1 000 lb bars. The hitch factory recomended that weight. I would rather they were lighter though say 750's, it would go easier on the trailer.
For a ton dual wheels, ask a guy that has one or ask the local dealer.

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I used 1200lb bars with the soft ride of a Chevy sedan, but when I went to a 3/4 ton truck, the 1200lb bars were not working at all. I went down to 750s and it was a drastic improvement with the dual cam, then went down to I what I think are the 550s or 500s. Even better. My hitch weight, which is also an important part of the equation is about 850-900.
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Thanks all........ The 1 ton 3500 is the main tow vehicle
as listed in the profile. The other is a 3/4 ton 2500HD.

I'll run with the 750's. I like over kill, better safe than
sorry is my thought.
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Thanks all........ The 1 ton 3500 is the main tow vehicle
as listed in the profile. The other is a 3/4 ton 2500HD.

I'll run with the 750's. I like over kill, better safe than
sorry is my thought.
In weight bars this is not always true. Do a search on being overhitched. There is some great info on it. It's an additional reason why I went lower than 750s. Not that I'm even remotely suggesting that you do the same, just pointing out that overkill in this area is not always best......

With a 26' Argosy, if that is the coach being towed by the 1 ton and 3/4 ton, I personally would go with the smallest bar I could find. The Argosy line in particular was in some cases significantly less weight than the Airstream counterparts, and even the Airstream counterparts of the day were but a speck of weight themselves compared to the Airstreams of today.....
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