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Old 08-01-2016, 10:11 AM   #1
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Has anyone had the spring bar fall off while making a sharp turn while towing your TT? What could be the issue ?


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Old 08-01-2016, 10:25 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by rxrodr3 View Post
Has anyone had the spring bar fall off while making a sharp turn while towing your TT? What could be the issue ?

If it's like my Husky, you swivel the spring bar to release it - about 90 degrees, or a little more. If your bar made it that far during your sharp turn, I could see that it might fall out. Never had it happen myself, but I could see where it might.


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Old 08-02-2016, 04:03 PM   #3
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What is the name/model of the hitch, and the tongue weight (TW) rating of the hitch? Round bar or trunnion bar?

I don't think it's possible for the trunnion bars in my Reese Strait-Line hitch to disconnect while going forward. Maybe when backing into a severe jackknife, but I doubt it.

And I'm positive the trunnion bars in my ProPride hitch cannot come disconnected while towing, assuming they were properly installed and adjusted.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:12 PM   #4
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When I had the bar and chain style, mine had a pin lock after you pushed the bar far enough into the hitch. No way it would come out, no matter the degrees turned. Just had to make sure you clicked it in far enough.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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A friend has a husky centerline (trunnions). When he turns too far the bar slips out with quite a thud.

He worked with the dealer and husky without resolution. Pathetic considering the hitch cost.

I have had 3 husky round bars and believe in their quality and design.
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I have seen interference with the ball threads on some hitches. Check if the bar can contact the threaded portion and saw off the excess length if needed.
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I had a Reese blow out the top piece where the bar nubs go into. I was turning on a hill. I had to replace the head piece at $125
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Originally Posted by rxrodr3 View Post
Has anyone had the spring bar fall off while making a sharp turn while towing your TT? What could be the issue ?

Yes, I had it happen twice on a trip to Florida. Both times I was making a sharp turn in a gas station lot. When I got to my destination, I measured the distance from the swivel point of the spring bar to the L bracket it sits on on the trailer frame and the L bracket had slipped aft a bit. I moved the l bracket back into place and tightened the attach bolts to spec's. I still check it from time to time.
Haven't had the problem since.

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