Weight Distribution Hitches2022-10-14T18:12:18+00:00
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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

Is jackknifing acceptable with a weight distribution hitch?2022-10-14T18:53:33+00:00

No. Jackknifing, also called extreme articulation, can cause departure and severe approach angle problems that can negatively impact the product, resulting in irreparable damage. For this reason, it is strongly advised that you avoid jack-knifing to the degree that the WDH contacts the trailer’s frame.

Are the shackle bolts provided with Milford Tow Bar strong and durable?2022-10-14T18:53:49+00:00

Yes. The shackle bolts have a safety factor of over 2.5 times the maximum light vehicle tow rating of the Australian Standard AS4177 requirement and are 70% more powerful than the Standard’s requirement.

Are Universal/Off-Road style couplings compatible with weight distribution hitches?2022-10-14T18:53:53+00:00

No. These couplings are incompatible with weight distribution hitches due to their approach/departure interference with the hitch’s head plate.

What weight distribution hitch will I require?2022-10-14T18:53:57+00:00

It depends. First, you must determine your overall hitch weight; the weight distribution hitch should be able to manage this weight. For instance, if your trailer’s download is 159kg (350lbs) and your boot carried an additional 90kg (200lbs), that’s 249kg (550lbs). Therefore, you would require our 272kg (600lbs) weight distribution hitch.

Why and when are weight distribution hitches required?2022-10-14T18:54:03+00:00

Often, you’ll see vehicles hauling hefty loads with the vehicle’s front pointing upward. This situation results from additive weight pressing down on the vehicle’s rear – like pulling trailers or caravans. It alters the vehicle’s stability and engineering traits when this occurs. Generally, hauling hefty loads is a cause for shoddy vehicle handling.

Moreover, the lack of weight over the vehicle’s front will impact steering control and braking proficiency, making the car less receptive and hazardous to operate. At night, the high-front end will also yield misdirection of the headlights, further worsening the forenamed condition.

However, these problems are all readily handled with the help of a properly positioned weight distribution hitch. As the title suggests, a weight distribution hitch spreads the hauling weight evenly over the vehicle.

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