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Old 06-22-2004, 05:55 PM   #1
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I'm picking up my new 3023 Friday & planned to use a Eaz-Lift hitch that I got at a yard sale. On closer inspection I have 14000/1200 # ball mount & 1000# arms. I had read here that some people recommend one wt. larger that hitch wt. or750#. I called the factory and they said it 's OK but will mak e the ride stiff. TV is 03 Tundra Access Cab V-8. Any comments or opinions will be greatly appreciated. Oh! I hope to get to Alaska from LA(Lower Alabama)!
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Old 06-23-2004, 06:38 AM   #2
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I have 12,000/1200 and 1000 pound arms, and it rides just fine. I'm not sure where you read the "one weight larger than hitch weight", but I don't think there is much to it. We do have one member who didn't care for overly light spring bars - I think it was RockyMtnRay with 500 pound bars, if memory serves.

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Old 06-23-2004, 11:02 AM   #3
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[quote author=Bill link=board=23;threadid=2047;start=msg14402#msg1440 2 date=1087994307]
ess2 -

I have 12,000/1200 and 1000 pound arms, and it rides just fine. I'm not sure where you read the "one weight larger than hitch weight", but I don't think there is much to it. We do have one member who didn't care for overly light spring bars - I think it was RockyMtnRay with 500 pound bars, if memory serves.

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That is correct! When I bought my 2720SL, I also got a Reese WDH from the TM dealer...with the 550 lb bars. Found out that when loaded for travel, my TM's hitch weight is around 520 lbs and I was getting binding in the bar-chains whenever I tightened them enough to level the tow vehicle. So I got a set of 750 lb bars and found they worked perfectly with reasonable tightening (4 links dropped).

Depending on how you load a 3023 you could probably hit a 600 lb hitch weight which is going to require at least 5 dropped links on 750 lb bars. I too have an '03 Tundra and have noticed the rear springs on this truck are somewhat soft...targeted more for a comfy ride than good weight carrying. So, IMHO, the 1000 lb bars are probably just about right for a Tundra/3023 combination...might be a bit stiff but given the 3023's high hitch weight and soft rear springs on the Tundra, probably a better solution than 750 lb bars. I might add that replacement bars are not cheap either...list price is around $200 for the pair. So I'd just try the 1000 lb bars and see how they work out.
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Old 06-23-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot men!! I'll put it on and give it a try. By the time DW gets all the stuff in truck bed I may be near 1K. WE are 1925 & 1930 models so we think on the "do it right school"
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