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Old 08-12-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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We just bought a Bigfoot 17 trailer and were towing it home and lost a spring bar for the weight distribution hitch. The remaining bar has a stamp of 550 on it. I know I should have matching bars, but I'm not sure what that marking means. I'm looking at used bars but I don't know if some of them that are heavier duty would work. Are the bars different diameters were they insert into the hitch?


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Old 08-12-2015, 05:48 PM   #2
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I'd suggest going to a trailer shop and find out what you need. Substituting different or non-matching bars may put an unbalanced load on your trailer and cause it to drift one way or the other. Putting heavier bars in place may lead to a cracked or bent frame. Even the spring bars that came with the hitch may be the wrong ones for the trailer and TV.


Gotta say though, I have never heard of someone losing a spring bar, was it attached at the time?
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Yeah it was, but I'm new to these hitches and may have not had it tightened enough. Seemed tight when I went to wiggle it. The spring wire that prevents it from coming un sprung is broken. We pulled out of a gas station that had a decent curb and it fell out. We went 3 blocks and stopped at a light where somebody told us it fell out.


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Hi Mike. what brand of Hitch is it? thnxs.

Also can you tell us more about your set up? What tow vehicle?
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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The hitch has DSP 550 stamped on it. It also has a CP products sway control model 34715. My truck is a 2008 Toyota Tacoma 4wd with tow package. The equalizer spring bar has EL 550 stamped on it. Thanks for the help.

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The hitch has DSP 550 stamped on it. It also has a CP products sway control model 34715. My truck is a 2008 Toyota Tacoma 4wd with tow package. The equalizer spring bar has EL 550 stamped on it. Thanks for the help.

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Thanks. I'll phone tomorrow. Much appreciated.


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Old 08-13-2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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Another cost effective option: If you are anywhere near a Harbor Freight Store they sell a complete weight distribution system ( everything included except the hitch ball...and it looks like you might need one of those anyway) for $199.
It is the same system I have been using for years. It may be available for shipment, however the heavy weight might make that costly for shipment.

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Old 08-13-2015, 12:04 PM   #9
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With an 08 Tacoma 4x4 with tow package you might not need a WDH at all. I tow my Bigfoot with an 07 Tacoma 4x4 and do not see any need for one.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:37 PM   #10
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DSP quoted me $57 for a new bar. After shipping and tax I'll be around $100. I just realized I installed the bar wrong when I lost it. If I would have inserted it at 90 degrees it would have been locked in there. My mistake. I've got the hitch so I'll use it. Won't hurt. We towed it home 250km without it and the truck did fine, but like I said, why not use it if I've got it.


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When towing a travel trailer I have a minimum standard amount of equipment.
This minimum is the net result of having been towing travel trailers since 1985.

My must have list: trailer brakes and quality brake controler, sway controllers, weight distribution system, safety chains with working break-away switch.

Memo for Jack L.....the type and size of your truck does not dictate the minimum equipment that you should have to provide safe stabil towing. An interesting video was posted on this site about a week ago showing what was a Ford F-150 being swayed all over a highway by a travel trailer. If the above equipment was in place and the driver knew how to use it the total destruction of the travel trailer might have been avoided....truck spun-out and did a "180" coming to rest in the median.

Better safe than sorry.
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My must have list: trailer brakes and quality brake controler, sway controllers, weight distribution system, safety chains with working break-away switch.
I'm in that group of thinking too. Better to have more safety items than you need than less.

I do have one additional item I found valuable. Our trailer is equipped with fiber optic driven indicator lights that are on the road side of the trailer, which I can see in my rear view mirror. When the trailer lights are working normally the FO lights indicate that. If for any reason the trailer lights fail the FO lights are not lit. A nice feature.
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How about a pic of that FO setup Wayne?
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How about a pic of that FO setup Wayne?
Dave, it is not that clear in the pic but it was a factory installed option on the early 70's models. From the drivers seat it is quite visible. Looks like an LED but not as bright.
There are two lights visible. One shows that the tail lights are on and the other glows when the brake lights are on. One will also glow when a directional signal is operating.
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