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Old 06-18-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Towing with only one weight distributing bar

I have a buddy that regularly tows with a single weight distributing bar. Of course he has two bars but choses to use a bar on one side only. The single bar does distribute the weight from the trailer to the truck. Is he doing any harm to the trailer, or is this a dangerous practice? Has anyone heard of anyone doing this before?

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Old 06-18-2015, 07:40 PM   #2
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Doesn't make much sense; you'd have to put twice as much tension on the single bar to get the same weight transfer.
Hard on the bar, the bar mount bracket, the trailer frame rail.....

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Old 06-18-2015, 07:53 PM   #3
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Why? weight "distribution" is it's name it won't distribute if it's half there.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:16 PM   #4
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I would guess that it would be dangerous, because of the torque stresses that using one bar would put on the hitch. This could cause a premature failure at any time. The manufacturers put 2 bars on them for a reason, usually an engineering reason, so i would say that using 1 bar is a really BAD idea, and an unsafe one to boot.
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Never heard of anyone doing that. One would think it would want to twist the tongue, draw bar and the receiver.
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and the ball and hitch aren't twisted????

I would think it would snap or distort...

that is some seriously dangerous stuff.....

I hope I never cross his path on the road.....
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Bent tongue anyone?
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Ugh...if one is better than two just think of using none.

I wonder what else goes on in this guy's head. Using 2 quarts of oil is better than full oil. Using 1/2 the torsion bars makes no sense...
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:26 AM   #10
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He is probably using 1 because he has bars for a much heavier trailer. Don't make it right, but it works for him.

If you had a boat trailer, a single bar would work, with the right hitch head.
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Can you say "just plain lazy". Not something I would do. I equate that with just running with one dual.
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Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Not designed for it, will cause torsional stress that it wasn't designed for and just sounds...well, dumb.
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If he's using one bar and that works for him, maybe he really doesn't need the bars at all.

It's not a doomsday event that he's doing this, it's not going to hurt anything, these spring bars can't bend a frame. But with only half the transfer capacity being used, why bother, it can't be helping much, looks crazy and makes people wonder.
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On a rough road I wonder if the one bar would introduce a significant corkscrewing motion. Likely make steering a bit problematic.

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