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Old 12-07-2015, 11:43 AM   #11
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With some TV/TT combinations underrated WDH spring bars may have the ability to transfer (return) the required amount of weight to the TV's front suspension under "static" conditions...., but while "in-tow" the underrated spring bars may have difficulty "maintaining" the initial weight transferred, especially under less then ideal road conditions.

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Old 12-07-2015, 12:08 PM   #12
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My tongue weight is about 1280 lb. and my dealer told me that 1200 lb. bars are fine. I inquired about 1400 lb. bars but they told me I should be fine with the 1200 lb. bars. I towed it twice with the 1200 lb. bars and it felt great, handled great, braking, everything. I still opted for heavier bars which I had to pay additional for. A little, don't wanna say rough, but sturdier ride. To be honest, I like the feel of the lesser bars myself.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:53 PM   #13
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I havn't measured it but the front axle of the TV weighs 100lbs less with TT hooked up. TV sits level and the front of TT is ever so slightly lower.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:36 PM   #14
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My tongue weight is about 1280 lb. and my dealer told me that 1200 lb. bars are fine. I inquired about 1400 lb. bars but they told me I should be fine with the 1200 lb. bars......snip
I would imagine one's results would have a lot to do with the specific TV suspension, how much heavier the tongue weight is over the spring bar rating, and loading habits.

I originally had 1,200lb bars on my TV/TT combination with a loaded tongue weight shy of 1,200lbs and it worked great. A couple of years ago I upgraded to (2) 6V Deep Cycle batteries and some additional tools in my front pass-thru. The end result was that my loaded tongue weight increased to a tad over 1,300lbs but I experienced a noticeable increase in TV/TT bounce (static weight transfer was fine) with the existing 1,200lb bars. I went to the 1,500lb bars, readjusted the WDH accordingly, and found my towing characteristics improved.

Also, I do have heavy loading habits do to frequent extended traveling, so I tend to carry additional cargo in my TV & TT.

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Old 12-07-2015, 06:46 PM   #15
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Do your current bars allow you to setup the tow vehicle properly? If you're getting the right weight transfer to the front of the tow vehicle then they're fine. Have you actually measured the front of the TV to see if it's right?
Haven't measered but the front axle is 100lb less with TT hooked up. The TV looks level and the TT is ever so slightly lower in the front.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:15 PM   #16
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When i purchased my 2015 26rks it came with husky w/d rated up to 1200 lbs.
The w/d bars work well no issues at this time.
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:56 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info. Im pretty sure I should at least have 1000 lb bars.
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I have seen this so many times from multiple dealerships. I don't get it - it would be in their best interest to sell a heavier rated hitch for a higher price AND the customer would benefit from having a better towing experience.

My 28BHS had a 800lb Blue Ox installed on it from the dealership. When I bought it used I told him to keep the hitch because I knew how severely underrated it was. I ended up with a 1000lb equalizer.

I put very little faith in RV dealerships and salesmen. They have told me incorrect things on numerous occasions and screwed up repairs/installations a bunch too. The best thing you can do is learn for yourself as much as you can, and coming to a place like this is a fantastic way to do so.

For your trailer I would suggest going with 1200lb bars, if that increment is offered. 1000lb would be OK for light loading but with a GVWR over 8K I would step up a bit more.
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I suggest you go to a CAT Scale and drop the front jack on the scale and see the actual weight. Then get a certified weight ticket from the scale and if the bars are to light take that scale ticket to the dealer and now you have a actual weight which he can not argue with.
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