Weight Distribution Towing Hitch

Weight distribution hitches to fit every towing circumstance

weight distribution hitchesA weight distribution system helps ensure a smooth, level ride and allows you to tow your hitch to the maximum capacity. It also helps to correct tow vehicle sag, improve steering and stopping, and – when used with sway control – correct trailer sway. Systems that better distribute the weight are recommended if your trailer weighs more than 50 percent of your vehicle.


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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:

Trunnion Bars

A hitch that has square springs bars that connect into the center of the ball mount of the hitch.

Round Bars

A towing hitch that has round spring bars that fit into the bottom of the ball mount.

Frequently Asked Questions

You typically need a weight distribution hitch if:

  • You’re towing something that weighs 5,000 pounds or more.
  • The weight of your trailer exceeds half of your vehicle’s weight.

A weight distribution hitch doesn’t directly increase your towing capacity. However, it allows you to tow at the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch by distributing the weight more evenly. It corrects tow vehicle sag, improves steering and stopping, and can be used with sway control to address trailer sway.

Yes, weight distribution hitches can be used with surge brakes. However, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and ensure compatibility with your specific setup.

To choose the right weight distribution hitch, consider the following factors:

  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW): Determine the total weight of your trailer, including cargo and fluids.
  • Tongue Weight (TW): Measure the downward force on the hitch ball when the trailer is fully loaded.
  • Hitch Class and Receiver Size: Ensure compatibility with your vehicle’s hitch class (Class III, Class IV, etc.) and receiver size (1.25-inch or 2-inch).
  • Sway Control: Decide if you need an integrated sway control or a separate sway control device.
  • Type of Towing: Consider whether you’re towing a travel trailer, boat, or other types of trailer.
  • Manufacturer Recommendations: Follow the guidelines provided by the hitch manufacturer for your specific setup.
Yes, you can use a weight distribution hitch along with an anti-sway bar. In fact, many weight distribution systems come with built-in sway control. If not, you can add a separate sway control device to enhance stability during towing.
Yes, you’ll be less likely to jackknife with a weight distribution hitch. The purpose of a weight distribution hitch is to make sure your vehicle and your trailer are towing level and, as the name suggests, distribute the weight evenly. When the weight is evenly distributed, the trailer will be less likely to sway, promoting a much safer and smoother ride.
No. These couplers are incompatible with weight distribution hitches due to their approach/departure interference with the hitch’s head plate.
This depends on the vehicle and trailer. At the Calgary Hitch Shop, we can help you find the right weight distribution hitch based on the vehicle you’re towing with and the length and weight of the trailer you’re towing.
Traditionally, if your trailer is heavier than 4,000 lbs, you may need a weight distribution hitch. However, small vehicles towing less than that may require a weight distribution to help the car tow better.
Regular maintenance is essential. Grease the spring bars, hitch head, and other moving parts before each towing trip. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the type of grease to use.

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