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When towing a trailer, proper weight distribution is critical for safe towing. Equal weight distribution promotes safer and smoother towing and will prevent swaying and steering mishaps from happening on the road. The purpose of a weight-distribution hitch is to shift the weight of the hitch forwards towards the rear of the vehicle, with less weight at the back of the hitch, for a more even distribution of weight from the trailer to the towing vehicle.
Weight distribution is calculated using the gross trailer weight (GTW) and the trailer tongue weight (TW). The GTW is the overall weight of the trailer, including the cargo and the TW. Too much tongue weight from the trailer can cause the trailer to dive or sink and be dangerous out on the road. Therefore, proper weight distribution between the towed trailer and the vehicle is integral to safe towing.
Here are some of the main benefits of proper weight distribution when towing a trailer:
1. Even front-to-back distribution between the vehicle and trailer
2. Very minimal risk of sway or side-to-side motion
3. Better road control with safer steering and braking
4. Increased towing capacity
5. Less long-term wear and tear on your vehicle
A weight distribution system can also be known as a “load equalizing hitch,” which helps evenly distribute the trailer weight on the towing tongue. There are different types of weight distribution systems as follows:
A hitch that has square springs bars that connect into the center of the ball mount of the hitch.
A towing hitch that has round spring bars that fit into the bottom of the ball mount.