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Old 08-18-2015, 06:37 PM   #15
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Well I ordered a replacement spring bar for my hitch. I installed it and found it sits 4" higher than the original. I compared both and found the angle of the bar where it mounts into the hitch, is different. I'm going to notify DSP, but they told me it was there last one. Probably a return years ago that was an oddball. I think I'll have to heat it up and bend it. Not sure how easy this will be with spring type steel.


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Old 08-18-2015, 08:47 PM   #16
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If you try to heat and bend suggest contacting the company again to see if they recommend that process. If they do then maybe a good spring shop would understand how to best do it.
I know when they re arc leaf springs they don't use heat. Just a powerful press to reform them.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:56 PM   #17
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I talked to DSP and they said they can't be bent without weakening the spring bars. There is a difference of 3" between the 2. The owner is recommending I return the oddball bar and buy a whole new hitch for $250. I'm wondering if I can use the different height bar. I'd just have to guesstimate tension to get them equal. Probably not ideal.


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Old 08-19-2015, 07:23 PM   #18
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Sorry to hear of your problem, but on the bright side, you're that much wiser now.

While you're replacing the lost bar you might want to spray some Ospho on that hitch to stop the rust, followed by some black spray paint. The whole unit will look brand spanking new. Also when ordering from DSP you may be able to get replacement decals to put on after the paint.
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I talked to DSP and they said they can't be bent without weakening the spring bars. There is a difference of 3" between the 2. The owner is recommending I return the oddball bar and buy a whole new hitch for $250. I'm wondering if I can use the different height bar. I'd just have to guesstimate tension to get them equal. Probably not ideal.
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:52 AM   #20
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I'm waiting for a shipping quote for a whole new hitch from DSP. I need to pay shipping back to them for the oddball spring bar, and then the whole hitch to me. I'm afraid it's going to be really high. If that's the case I see Costco has a whole hitch for $367. I'll update with what direction I go. Thanks for your insight.


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Old 08-21-2015, 01:35 AM   #21
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Just wondering if you've ever tried towing your trailer without the WDH? You may find that you don't need it after all. I don't need or use one with my SD 17 which is tongue heavy and really would not like to add an extra 40lbs or so at the hitch if it wasn't really needed. I'd certainly give it a good road test before replacing it. Also, I see all kinds of WDH's on Craig's list pretty cheap if you do find that you need one. OK, that's my 2 cents worth .
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Old 08-21-2015, 08:54 AM   #22
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I think the most important safety item is an engaged brain! The truck video is the perfect example.
Engage brain before engaging with towing anything. A careless idiot can wreck anything.

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Old 08-21-2015, 09:07 AM   #23
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I just bought a DSP WD400 hitch last month from the factory here in Edmonton, $250. They are shutting the doors as they cannot compete against the chinese stuff coming in. My neighbor has one of their hitches that is 25 years old so very good stuff. Sad to see it go, just about every hitch I see in town is one of theirs. You may want to check out Kijiji in your area and you may get lucky and find a used one or a pair of DSP arms
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Old 08-21-2015, 09:27 AM   #24
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If you are anywhere near a Harbor Frieght Tool store you might look at their weight distribution hitch @ $199. Check it out on line before you spend a fortune on one!

They do ship but the weight might result in a very heavy shipping charge!

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Old 08-21-2015, 09:48 AM   #25
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Hmmmm... Just a thought... I was looking at the pics you posted and notice that the difference in the bars was with them hanging down. Is the difference the same when each is held UP and seated in position with only hand pressure. UP is the position they will be in when in use. There is a possibility that they seat differently at rest than when in use. Give it a try, that's free....
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:05 AM   #26
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Bob I did apply upward pressure and measured the difference at 3" exactly. The difference is in the angle of the spring bar.

I towed the new to me Bigfoot 150km without the wdh after we lost the spring bar. It towed perfectly fine, but I wasn't breaking any speed records.

I've been looking at used hitches as well, but most seem like they are for heavy trailers. I read somewhere that some mention you can run a heavy hitch, you just don't crank down the spring bars as much.

I'll see what DSP comes back with shortly.


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Old 08-21-2015, 10:59 AM   #27
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The right WDH relates to the tongue weight, type and wheel base of the tow vehicle etc. What is your TV Mike?

For lightweight trailers the Easy Lift brand is very forgiving on frames etc.
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