St. Stephen, SC
Good Sam RV Club Member
buddy just purchased a tt with 600 lbs of hitch weight and is curious if a wdh with a higher rating say 1000 lbs would hurt anything or does he need to buy one with the 600 lbs rating?
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If the 600 lbs you are quoting is the "dry" hitch weight then you friend will need a WDH with a bar rating of at least 1000 lbs.
Post the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of the trailer and you will get solid advice here on the Forum.
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The bar rating is related to the tongue weight of the fully loaded trailer. I have always preferred to have the next size up of bar, so for 600 true lbs of tongue weight, I would go for the 800 to 1000 lb bars. I bought a new hitch for my new trailer, that has a tongue weight between 400 and maybe 700 lbs, and I find the 600 - 800 lb bars I bought are a little light. It depends on your tow vehicle and hitch as well. 600 lbs on a 2500 series pickup - you can't tell if the bars are on or off. Same deal on a light 1500 series and you need the heavier bars. What the bars do is cut down on porpoising, btw, in terms of ride quality.
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I too would go with 1000 Lb bars. Your final hitch weight will be much more than 600.
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I say the 1000lbs bars are fine. Once you load the TT for camping I am sure your tongue weight will be more than the advertised 600lbs.
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Forget the 600 lbs dry hitch weight and plan on the neighborhood of a 1000#. Some actual info would help us give some better advice. Like the trailer GVWR and model number.
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