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Old 09-07-2011, 07:25 AM
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If I understand what you are saying, then when the weight of the trailer is on your truck it's so low the bars are pointed down and you are having issues attaching the chain?

If that's the case, either add some air bags so the truck doesn't sag as much, or attach the bars before completely dropping the trailer off the jack.

Can you post a picture with the trailer attached and full tongue weight on the truck - before you connect the bars? Maybe the shank is dropped too much?
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:29 AM
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And to answer your question on bar spring load - there should be no difference in how the 1200 lb bar connects and it's position in comparison to the 800 lb bar. It simply allows you to put a little more force on the truck and give you a stiffer resistance at the hitch.
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is there a downside to using the 1200 lbs bars compared to the 800?
I have a hard time connecting the 800 to the very first link because the trailer A frame is 6 inch and the hitch mount is underneath so it makes for a much longer space between the bar to the hook thingy.
Would I be able to use the 1200 lbs if it's stiffer?

Be careful putting too much tension on the WD system with too large bars, you CAN bend the trailer frame, and they will also stiffen up the ride.

You can also make it easier to install the bars and get the chains on them
by using the jack on your trailer to raise the ball height. Many people
don't even bother with the "pipe", and jack up their trailer to hook and unhook the chains, especially if you have an electric jack. It's also a good way to check positive connection with the ball.

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That's the only way I can connect the chains up (by raising the jack. Before readjusting the ball angle, we had to place a block underneath the jack to raise it high enough. it also raises the truck pretty hight. I think it should be easier than that but it's the set up of the 6 inch A frame and under the frame ball coupler relationship. I still need to use the pipe to put it on but it's ok.
So I called Reese today and was told to go ahead and use the 1200 lbs bars as the 800 lbs won't distribute the weight once I load the trailer. the trailer tongue weight is 750. Told me the only drawback from using the 1200 bars would be a stiffer ride.
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ended up with the 800 lbs trunion bars
the tech installing it ordered me the 1200 lbs but thought it would be overkill
tongue weight on trailer is 750 lbs dry so I was concerned but as it is now, I don't plan on adding much more than what is already in the trailer.
The truck and trailer sit nice and level, measurements on front wheels are the same as without attached trailer.

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I have found when fighting a trailer loading up hitch weight works assuming all other things are taken care of ie air pressures. Have noticed this towing cars. Start fighting trailer, stop, move car up 6 inches, seems to do trick.
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