First of all, my purpose is not to convince anybody of anything.
My sole purpose of the first post was to be sure that the members with the original questions saw that this advice to use bars below their ratings was at least questionable.
I just got through visiting several hitch sites. Of those that addressed the issue, all said that hitch systems were rated for tongue weight and max trailer weight. for instance 1400/14000, 1000/10000, 600/6000, etc. They all said make sure not to exceed either number. Personally I am going to follow those rules and every time I see someone giving out advice saying that it is not necessary to follow those rules, I am going to make it known that this advice is not universally believed in and is contrary to hitch manufacturer's guidelines.
I an not in this discussion to prove or state it won't work. I am only attempting to show that it is not a practice sanctioned by hitch companies. If anyone wishes to operate that way then I want it to be well informed decision.
Unless someone comes up with a statement from a manufacturer that this is a safe and sanctioned practice, I am going to mention this each time I see that advice given out.
Personally I would not do it myself simply because people say it works for them and nothing has happened yet.
This is the last post I am going to make in this thread (I know everyone is saying thank goodness).
Sincerely, if someone can get a hitch company to say this is OK, I would very much like to see it.