Weight distribution hitches to fit every towing circumstance
A 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:
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.