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Old 01-23-2014, 05:19 PM   #15
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My Hensley has 1000# bars and I feel they are just a bit too stiff.
I'm likely misinformed, but I thought the Hensley and ProPride allowed you to dial in as much or as little WD as you want up to the rating of the bars. Is that wrong?
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #16
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I'm likely misinformed, but I thought the Hensley and ProPride allowed you to dial in as much or as little WD as you want up to the rating of the bars. Is that wrong?
Well, yes, but the FLEXIBILITY of the bars are cast in. That doesn't change...much.

Inland Andy did a study on that with a few manufacturers a couple years ago.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #17
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Well, yes, but the FLEXIBILITY of the bars are cast in. That doesn't change...much.

Inland Andy did a study on that with a few manufacturers a couple years ago.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:14 PM   #18
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Now am trying 1000 # bars

Hello All, Happy Daylight Savings time!
Continuing this saga-
I scored a used EazLift WD hitch with 1000lb bars- good shape and cheap on Craig's List. Gives me the opportunity to try 1000 lb bars with out much investment. And, it's virtually identical to my own unit that has 1200 lb bars, so I can compare measurements, angles, etc.

Starting point- full trailer weight on hitch (NO WD Bars)- rear wheel wells depress 3.5 inches, front wheel wells RAISE 1".

With the 1000 lb bars installed, and tensioned up, the rear wheel wells end up depressed about 2" and the front returns to exactly what it was with no weight on hitch (0").

With the 1200 lb bars, I could get to 1" lower in the back, and 1" lower in the front. BUT, with lots of tension which I guess is not good for trailer.

Seem OK?

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Old 03-10-2014, 04:40 PM   #19
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We pull with a 1/2 ton 2012 Ram. I had light weight distribution similar to your description on my last hitch and the front tires did not have decent steering traction on foggy wet interstate. I pulled off for the night. The headlights were also shining into the eyes of oncoming traffic on low beam and that was unsafe.

I bought a ProPride hitch and Owner Sean insisted on 1400# bars which can bring the truck back to its original attitude, down both front and back equally. The steering is better in slippery conditions and the headlights are aimed properly.

I used Inland Andy's simple test of jumping up and down on the trailer connection to check flexibility. It was very good, much of the flexibility in the coil rear springs of the truck and some in the Airstream's torsion rod suspension.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #20
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I tow with a Tundra and use 1,000# bars on my Equal-i-zer hitch. I really can't tell a difference in the ride quality with or without the trailer hitched up until I get to a road with expansion joints that are all wallowed out- then it is only marginally rougher-
Instead of BAM BAM! BAM BAM!
It's BAM BAM BAM! BAM BAM BAM! With a little more jarring and bouncing...
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:06 PM   #21
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Don.

You need to use a rating bar that will not increase the stiffness of the tow vehicle.

I would suggest that you use a 600 pound bar, that has some decent resillience, like a Reese, but with full sway control.

We do not sell load equalizing hitches.

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Andy, what do you think of the Blue Ox, to match a Dodge Ram 2014, 1500 ecodiesel, 7900lbs of towing capacity with spring coils suspension to tow a 25FB Flying cloud. 800lbs bar? Thank you
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:30 PM   #22
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Figuring the right WD bars- 1000# or 1400#?

I have basically the same rig and Blue Ox recommended the 1000 lb bars.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:39 PM   #23
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I went with the Blue Ox recommendation of the 750 lb. bars for my new rig, 2006 Safari 23.
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:31 PM   #24
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Andy, what do you think of the Blue Ox, to match a Dodge Ram 2014, 1500 ecodiesel, 7900lbs of towing capacity with spring coils suspension to tow a 25FB Flying cloud. 800lbs bar? Thank you
^00 pounds with dual cam sway control is what you need.

I don't see that Blue Ox has any sway control, let alone one that has a brain.

Friction sway controls do not, by any stretch of the word, have a brain.

I personally used Reese products for the Caravanner Insurance Company testing, even up to over 100 MPH. Not a problem one. Other brands had obvious drawbacks.

Using other brands with have zero in field research testing, only the manufacturers word, personally tells me nothing.

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^00 pounds with dual cam sway control is what you need.

I don't see that Blue Ox has any sway control, let alone one that has a brain.

Friction sway controls do not, by any stretch of the word, have a brain.

I personally used Reese products for the Caravanner Insurance Company testing, even up to over 100 MPH. Not a problem one. Other brands had obvious drawbacks.

Using other brands with have zero in field research testing, only the manufacturers word, personally tells me nothing.

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Andy, thank you a lot for your advise, I have reading your papers and field testings, quite impressive what you have acomplish in this field. I will follow your advise with the Resse Dual cam. There is a typo at the beginning of your message, you meant 800lbs bar? Thank's again
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Andy, thank you a lot for your advise, I have reading your papers and field testings, quite impressive what you have acomplish in this field. I will follow your advise with the Resse Dual cam. There is a typo at the beginning of your message, you meant 800lbs bar? Thank's again
I did no mention that we are planning to spend the next Two to Three years traveling/living full time in the trailer, also been able to get on the road and drive long distances with no worries about sway and providing to the AS a smooth ride. Thank you again
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Hmmm, 800# w.d. bars with most probably a 1,000# hitch (tongue) weight and a light duty pickup, and quite possibly some additional weight for the bars to lift in the truck's bed (behind the truck rear axle). Bed cap?
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:37 AM   #28
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Andy, thank you a lot for your advise, I have reading your papers and field testings, quite impressive what you have acomplish in this field. I will follow your advise with the Resse Dual cam. There is a typo at the beginning of your message, you meant 800lbs bar? Thank's again
Sorry for the typo.

That up arrow is on the # 6 key.

Therefore I suggested 600 pound torsion bars.

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