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Old 10-24-2008, 07:39 AM   #1
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Right size WD hitch?????????

Ok, I borrowed my Friends 2004 Safari 28' for our last trip.... I fixed a lot of lose hinges, Shower door etc.. Stuff gets bounced around a bit... it seems...

He has a 3/4 ton Suburban and a regular Reese WD with 1000 lbs bars and a sway control bar. (I used this set up to tow it with my Sequoia)

My Question is: Are the bars too much? or is it normal for the newer hinges to start coming lose, Screws undoing?

He has had no rivet popping and they use it quit a bit...

Is this normal wear and tear? or are the 1000 lb bars to much for the 3/4 ton?

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Old 10-24-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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I personally think 1000lbs bars are to heavy for a 3/4 or 1 ton supension. I use 550 lb bars and I get the right (in my estimation) weights on the steering and drive and trailer. We also get the Lincoln like ride. We have wheelbase so that gives us ride also. Since I put new axles under the trailer we have none of that throwin around of things in the coach that we had before I made the axles change.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:33 AM   #3
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I have always been told, and it is also my experience that the trunion (square) type bars which the Reese WD hitch uses, ride rougher than comparable weight round bars. That coupled with the heavy duty suspension of the 3/4 and 1 ton pickups that are so popular these days as tow vehicle, the 1000 pound bars are probably too heavy in those situations. In our father's times large sedans were "the norm" as tow vehicles, and the heavy weight bars with heavy trailers probably did fine.
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The 1,000 pound bars are way too much for the 'burb. More like 600 pound bars, maybe 750, would be more than enough.
Stiff suspension+stiff WD bars= stuff thrown around, loose fixtures and fittings, and eventual popped rivets.
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I use Reese WD 550# bars.Seem to be just right.
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