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Posted: 12/29/19 06:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One socket clip on my Reese round bar broke while on the road..it won't hold the bar now..

Getting a repair or replacement can't happen until after our return leg later this week

Our trip home about 325 miles

Left side bar and socket fine

Here's the question.. for our return trip, am I ok/better to run with a single w/d bar? In other words, is one better than none? Or does having a w/d bar on only one side create an unsafe imbalance situation or something, such that it's better/safer to run with no w/d at all?
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Just opinion,but I would think that none at all would be the way to go.
I think that one would throw off your balance and unnaturally stress both the truck and trailer.

For only 325 miles I would go bareback, stay on secondary roads and reduce my speed.

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X2, pitch.


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Concur with pitch.
I have to get out of my drive and in the flat before installing the load bars. I failed to properly fasten one and lost it along the way from home to campsite, about 70 miles, over half interstate. Found it missing during set up. Didn't notice any difference while driving. Going home, I just used a basic ball mount vice hassling with the WDH heavy hitch head. There were noticeable winds on the interstate so I tried to limit my speeds 60-65MPH. On the way there, I was driving closer to 70 to stay with traffic, pushing 75 on the downhills.
I was concerned with a single bar putting a twisting force on the TT A-frame, WDH assembly, and htruck hitch/frame. My sway control is dependent on the load bars so I just drove a bit slower.


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trailernovice wrote:

Getting a repair or replacement can't happen until after our return leg later this week
Really??
What if your drawbar breaks because you've exceeded its rating? Just speculating on what the other side of the coin looks like.

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wing_zealot wrote:

trailernovice wrote:

Getting a repair or replacement can't happen until after our return leg later this week
Really??
What if your drawbar breaks because you've exceeded its rating? Just speculating on what the other side of the coin looks like.


Not sure, but I think the forces on a drawbar are about the same with or without a WDH. That is, I don't think the purpose of a WDH is to reduce the force on the drawbar.


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Been there done that. Took them off.
Make sure trailer is reasonably level to nose down. May have to raise ball up a knitch. Otherwise. Head home.

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wing_zealot wrote:

trailernovice wrote:

Getting a repair or replacement can't happen until after our return leg later this week
Really??
What if your drawbar breaks because you've exceeded its rating? Just speculating on what the other side of the coin looks like.


Don't know about breaking drawbar. But "repair can't happen" worries me. If the WDH is needed for safe towing, fix it. If not, why have it? If it can't be repaired because your vacation time is more important than safe towing

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Bungee cord, used them when still had the boat


Worked so well, kept them in case another emergency crossed our path


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I only use mine to keep the headlights down on the road.
Do a lot of towing without it.
Never any sway either way.


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