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Weight distribution hitches to fit every towing circumstance

weight distribution hitchesA weight distribution system helps to ensure a smooth, level ride and allows you to tow to the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch. 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, the proper distribution of weight is critical for safe towing. Equal distribution of weight promotes safer and smoother towing and will prevent swaying and steering mishaps from happening out 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. If there is too much tongue weight from the trailer, this can cause the trailer to dive or sink, and can be dangerous out on the road. 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” and it is a system that 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.

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