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pappi49

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Weight Distribution Hitch
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:29:30 PM »
I have a question for all of you that use a wdh. My toy hauler has a tongue weight of 800 lbs. with my Harley loaded and 1150 lbs. with out.

Mu question is which spring bars would you use, the 1000 lb. or the 1500 lb. Currently using 1000 but when towing the trailer with out the bike, It doesn't seem as if I get enough weight back to the front. Tried to contact etrailer but they did not really answer the question.  I am leaning towards the 1500 lb. bars for use both loaded and unloaded. Thanks in advance for all your help.
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scottydl

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Re: Weight Distribution Hitch
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 02:08:49 PM »
You'd want the spring bars that cover the heaviest load you can carry (within the capabilities of your trailer and tow vehicle)... otherwise you are not getting the distribution advantage with lighter spring bars, when you have the Harley loaded anyway.

For the make/model of WDH you have, are those the only two spring bar options in that upper limit (1000# or 1500#)?  Mine are 1400# and I think I've seen 1200# on some models before, which is why I ask.  Even if you have the 1500# (more than you need), there are probably ways to fine-tune the adjustments to get the ride you need.
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pappi49

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Re: Weight Distribution Hitch
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 02:44:26 PM »
Sorry, didn't mention that the hitch is a Blue Ox. You can just change the spring bars if needed whenever you change trailers. I believe that all of their spring bars come in 500 lb. increments.

Not really that concerned with the smoothness of ride but more with the proper weight distribution. I have even thought about getting another set of bars (1500 lb.) so that I can just use the bars that fit my tongue weight at that time.
pappi49
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2018 Coachmen Catalina TH26 Trail Blazer
2010 H-D Ultra Classic

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Weight Distribution Hitch
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 07:53:40 PM »
You shouldn't need to change spring bars for moderate differences in tongue weight - just add or reduce the tension on the bars (different number of chain links) to shift the appropriate amount of weight.   I would use the 1500# bars, since the 1000# are not enough for the heavier tongue weight.
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