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Old 03-23-2015, 11:21 AM   #1
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Reese spring bars

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I recently purchased a Reese straight line, cam lock sway control hitch. It was for pulling my Salem 27DBUD that had a 1000 Lb. tongue weight wet. I'm trading it for an Ever lite 232RBS that will have an approximate tongue weight of 800 Lbs. wet. I currently have 1200 lb. spring bars and I'm thinking these may be a little to stiff for the new trailer. I am having a hard time locating 1000 lb. bars for this hitch. Does Reese even offer 1000 lb. bars or is the 1200 as close as I can get? I figured I would ask here first since 1. you guys would probably know and 2. it's a lot better than making a bunch of phone calls. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:17 AM   #2
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Why not try it out with the bars you have currently before spending the money on something you may not need? what is your tow vehicle?
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Most spring bars have a variable weight. Your 1200 bars could very well be 800-1200lbs. I talked to one of the tech guys when we had our Equalizer hitch and that's what he told me about their bars. I also have some regular round WD bars. The label on one was 400-600lbs. I would just use the same bars and adjust it lightly. 1-2 less links or tilt the head back up a bit. Worth a try.
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I have to agree with try the bars you already have. Adjust the links if needed.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for your input. The published dry weight on the new trailer is 400 lbs. The old trailer 772 lbs. My loaded weight on the new trailer is an estimate loaded as it's on order and I can't get an actual dry weight. The old trailer a 2015 Salem 27DBUD is just too heavy at the tongue for my 2012 F150 FX4 w/max tow safely tow with a loaded TW of 1050 lbs. This overloaded my truck. I would like to show up at the dealer on pickup day with the right equipment to tow it home (through Atlanta) safely. I have learned a lot on these forums. I thought I had a solid combo for camping but I was wrong. Live and learn. An expensive lesson for sure but better to learn it now than later down the road.
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Hi Folks.
I recently purchased a Reese straight line, cam lock sway control hitch. It was for pulling my Salem 27DBUD that had a 1000 Lb. tongue weight wet. I'm trading it for an Ever lite 232RBS that will have an approximate tongue weight of 800 Lbs. wet. I currently have 1200 lb. spring bars and I'm thinking these may be a little to stiff for the new traile.
The Reese 1,200 pound spring bars (either trunnion bars or round bars) are both good to go for hitch weight between 600 and 1,200 pounds. You're good to go with your current spring bars. Simply adjust the chain lengths to the correct tension to maintain a level trailer.

Carefully read the specs on the spring bars in the lengths below:

Replacement Trunnion Spring Bar for Reese Weight Distribution System - 1,200 lbs TW Reese Accessories and Parts RP66009

Replacement Round Spring Bar for Reese Weight Distribution System - 1,200 lbs TW Reese Accessories and Parts RP58115
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The Reese 1,200 pound spring bars (either trunnion bars or round bars) are both good to go for hitch weight between 600 and 1,200 pounds. You're good to go with your current spring bars. Simply adjust the chain lengths to the correct tension to maintain a level trailer.

Carefully read the specs on the spring bars in the lengths below:

Replacement Trunnion Spring Bar for Reese Weight Distribution System - 1,200 lbs TW Reese Accessories and Parts RP66009

Replacement Round Spring Bar for Reese Weight Distribution System - 1,200 lbs TW Reese Accessories and Parts RP58115
Thanks, The RP66009 bars are the ones I have. I thought I had read where it was best to use bars at the high end of the functional spread of the arms to avoid them being too stiff. I guess I misunderstood. 1200 lbs. it is. I'm really hoping this new trailer is going to be better to tow than the old one. This one loaded will be well below payload on my truck. Thanks again.
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