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Old 06-17-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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WD bar # selection

TV = 2013 F150 Super Crew short bed (5.5') no max tow or HD payload. Payload sticker is #1,642 - GVWR of #7,100

TT = tandem axle 27' 1966 Avion - no weight placards, but axles are both Dexter #3,500 - leaf springs

Trailer weight is 5,100 per scales - ready to camp

Tongue weight is # 540 - ready to camp - a bit light, but I will address that separately

Hitch is a round bar Husky WD with a single friction sway bar added.

PO gave me #800-#1,200 bars with the hitch

I get good WD back to the front axle (less than 50% of no WD rise) with 6 links, and have ability to add one more washer for tilt. Bars end up parallel to ground when set. Trailer is about 1/4" nose low.

It tows great......but,

Seems these #800-#1,200 WD bars are overkill.......?

(Avion frame is "stouter" than AS )

There is no "bend" discernible on the WD bars when hooked up.

Should I go for lighter bars?

I usually don't carry much weight at all in the TV bed rear of the axle.

I'm thinking the #500- #800 would be a better match?


1966 T-27 Avion
2016 Chevy 2 WD Tahoe LS w/tow package - 3.42 axle - ProPride hitch
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:34 PM   #2
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If your real tongue weight is in the 500-600# range, the bars are probably a bit stout for your application but if it tows well and you are happy with the WD return, I wonder if it is worthwhile changing things. As you say, the Avion has a heftier frame.

Sure would be nice if you could borrow some lighter bars for a test. A dealer might have some you could borrow or rent. They often accumulate hitches when they get trades.
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