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Old 01-27-2021, 02:44 AM   #1
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Is it common to break a spring bar on a WDH?

Posted this on the Ram forum and figured I’d post it here too.


Have a new Husky Centerline WDH with spring bars (model 32218, 800-1,200#) towing a 6000# loaded (4800# dry) travel trailer with my 2020 BigHorn 5.7 Hemi. Bought the hitch off Amazon in Nov. About 500 mile into our very first trip one of the spring bars snapped right in half while pulling into a gas station at about 10 mph. Everything working perfectly fine right up until it just decided to snap (with a large bang!). Not sure how it would have reacted had it snapped while doing 65 mph on the highway, but glad I never found out.

Looking at the cross section of the broken area my feeble brain is telling me it looks like there is/was a serious casting flaw that occurred during manufacture covering about a third of the cross section (see pic) versus the clean “break” area in the cross section. Would you agree?

I contacted Husky right away (after hours) and waiting to hear back. We’re in the middle of driving from NC to middle FL. After the failure I just pulled both the broken bar and good bar off and continued to our midway camping spot. A bit more sag without the bars on but nothing crazy. Obviously not as well behaved without the friction bars in place but it managed ok doing 60 mph on I95. I would sure like to get a replacement bar on their ASAP. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-27-2021, 06:28 AM   #2
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Definitely appears defective. Looks like it may have even started to rust inside the crack. Hopefully they will make it right for you.
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Agree, looking at the rust and fracture point, it looks like there was a crack in the bar creating a weak point.
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I drove about 100 miles with the bars removed but I’m starting to worry that using the hitch without the bars (we are in the middle of a trip) might be risky for the 5 hour drive today. Calling Husky now. There are a couple of RV dealers close by. I don’t have any real experience with what you can and can’t do with WDH hitches
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Old 01-27-2021, 07:17 AM   #5
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Yes looks like it was cracked before use.The rust is a good indicator.

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Old 01-27-2021, 07:37 AM   #6
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Just spoke to Husky. They will replace the broken bar right away. They also wanted bar stamp numbers to identify what manufacturing lot it came from.

To finish the trip they said just remount the one good bar on the drivers side and of course, keep highway speeds a bit lower than typical. Back in biz.
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No it is not common. Agree with a manufacturing flaw
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:18 PM   #8
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Buy a heavy duty tow hitch to use in the meantime. I bought one at Tractor Supply with I believe a 12k or 13k rating.

I've used the Husky Centerline since 2016 without issues. I upgraded the bars from 800 to 1200 when we bought a heavier trailer.
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Old 01-27-2021, 02:20 PM   #9
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I would say NOT common. I've never broken a spring bar but I have bent the brackets that bolt to the tongue of the trailer that pull the spring bars up. 2x. It was a Reese hitch and after that I went to a different brand (name eludes me right now) and never had that issue again.
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I have never heard of a torsion bar breaking. I pulled 3 TT’s over 40 years with the same
10,000 LB. Reese hitch. Last year the hitch head cracked where one of the torsion bars was mounted. Those were the square bars, they were still useable after all those years.
I replaced with round bar Fastway hitch and I am really happy with it.
I won’t be around to use this one for 40 years.
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Old 02-08-2021, 04:43 AM   #11
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We got our replacement bar from Husky as promised and made the full Trip home (~900+ miles) with no issues at all. Based on all the feedback, Iíll rack this one up to an uncommon manufacturing flaw. No harm done
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Thanks for the update! Happy camping.
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