I think if you put the parts back in, hook up the wdh bars you will be ok for the short trip home. We traded campers in 1976, took the new one home, loaded it and left for Knoxville, IA 175 miles away, spent the weekend, towed the 175 miles back home, unhooked and went in the house, phone was ringing, it was the camper sales owner frantic. She said I hope you didn't go anywhere with the camper. I told her where we had gone and she said "OMG, did you change balls? I said no. She said "you pulled all that way with a 2" ball and the new trailer has a 2-5/16" socket." Went outside, backed the car back up to the trailer and sure enough the hitch fit down on the 2" ball without being open. So, the bars will hold the hitch socket on the ball.