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Old 08-15-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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Trunnion bars weight

How do you find the weight of a trunnion bar.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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How do you find the weight of a trunnion bar.
That depends on whose bar.

Round, square?

Dimensions?

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Normally there is a sticker that tells of the weight capacity of the bar. If not I had read something from Inland RV some time ago about the dimension of the bar at the vehicle side. Don't quote me but I beleive the 1000lb bars are around an inch thick or better and the 750lb bars are around 3/4 of an in or better. I will let the experts chime in now.
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Thanks Andy, I will go down to the storage place tomorrow and get the dimensions of the bars. We acquired the bars with a weight distribution hitch when we bought the PRE OWNED 2006 CLASSIC. We bought a 2011 Ford diesel 250 truck for a tow vehicle. Perhaps this is not important but I would feel more comfortable knowing that this set up is a good one for our tow and trailer.
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Hi Andy, I went by the storage place where I keep the Airstream and measured the bars across the slotted end that fits up in the stinger. It measured 1and1/4 inches across the center. The bars are round and slotted on one end and flat at the other. They are also very heavy. But look in good condition as does the stinger however the stinger was made in one piece it looks like it was custom made.
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Hi Andy, I went by the storage place where I keep the Airstream and measured the bars across the slotted end that fits up in the stinger. It measured 1and1/4 inches across the center. The bars are round and slotted on one end and flat at the other. They are also very heavy. But look in good condition as does the stinger however the stinger was made in one piece it looks like it was custom made.
From your description, it appears that your bars are rated at 1000 pounds, which is far to heavy for what you need to do.

Perhaps the following information will be helpful to you.

The Hitch Torsion Bar Story

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Hi Andy, I suppose what i am really asking is if it were your rig what weight bars would you be using...
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Hi Andy, I suppose what i am really asking is if it were your rig what weight bars would you be using...
600 pound bars, is what I would use.

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Andy - I purchased a weight distribution hitch from a local trailer supply store. My tow vehicle is an SUV and the my trailer weighs less than 3000 lbs. dry. They sold me 1000 lb (round bars) because its all they had in stock. I questioned it thinking it didn't sound right but they said I was fine.

What do you think? Will they hurt my trailer?
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Andy - I purchased a weight distribution hitch from a local trailer supply store. My tow vehicle is an SUV and the my trailer weighs less than 3000 lbs. dry. They sold me 1000 lb (round bars) because its all they had in stock. I questioned it thinking it didn't sound right but they said I was fine.

What do you think? Will they hurt my trailer?
In one respect, the heavier the bars, the more road shock will transfer to the trailer.

A 750 bar rating, at most, would work far better.

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Thanks, for the info. Andy. I need all the help I can get. Smile. will be on the look out for the lighter bars.
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