1. Weight Distribution Hitch
  2. Blue Ox
  3. 400 lbs
  4. WD With Sway Control
  5. Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  6. Allows Backing Up
Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 6,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW

Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 6,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Lindsey S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Have a lighter weight trailer with 350 lbs – 550 lbs of tongue weight that only experiences occasional sway
  • Hate the loud scraping and popping of other hitches with built-in sway control
  • Want an easily adjustable system that gives you good weight distribution

No, if you:

  • Have a trailer with a C-channel frame or a crossmember that could interfere with the clamp-on brackets
  • Have a significant amount of sway on a regular basis and need something that can really hold your trailer in line
Shank fits 2" hitches and offers up to an 8" rise and a 2" drop. System uses optimal points of tension to help prevent sway while it balances your trailer's load for a more level ride. Clamp-on brackets require no drilling. Lowest Prices for the best weight distribution hitch from Blue Ox. Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 6,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW part number BXW0550 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Weight Distribution Hitch - BXW0550

  • 400 lbs
  • WD With Sway Control
  • Blue Ox
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Allows Backing Up
  • Prevents Sway
  • Includes Shank
  • 4-Point
  • Electric Brake Compatible
  • Surge Brake Compatible

Shank fits 2" hitches and offers up to an 8" rise and a 2" drop. System uses optimal points of tension to help prevent sway while it balances your trailer's load for a more level ride. Clamp-on brackets require no drilling.


Features:

  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of tow vehicle and trailer for stability and control
    • Creates a level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer
  • Built-in sway control helps to prevent trailer sway
    • Constant tension in trunnions helps force trailer in line
    • Rotating lift brackets ensure that chains are tight and secure to keep spring bars from moving
  • Trunnion spring bars flex for a controlled, even ride
    • Automatically lock in place and easily remove
    • Interchangeable with other Blue Ox spring bars (sold separately) to raise or lower the weight capacity
  • No pins or clips needed - self-locking devices function throughout system
    • Easy-to-operate bracket locks automatically secure rotating brackets in place and release with push of lock pin
  • 2 Grease zerks inside head assembly make maintenance simple and clean
  • Unique, rotating-latch lift brackets connect spring bars to trailer
    • Quick and simple to use - insert lift chain into slot and rotate bracket with wrench
    • Clamp-on design - no drilling needed
  • Required tilt is built into head assembly - no adjustment needed
  • Powder coated steel construction
  • System includes head assembly, adjustable shank, spring bars, lift chains, rotating lift brackets with handles, reducer bushing for ball shank, pin and clip, and all necessary hardware
    • Hitch ball sold separately - requires 1" or 1-1/4" diameter shank
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Tongue weight: 350 lbs - 550 lbs
  • Gross towing weight: 6,000 lbs
  • Application:
    • 2" x 2" Trailer hitch receivers rated for use with weight distribution systems
    • Trailers with frame height between 3" and 6"
  • Lift-bracket positioning: mount about 29" back from hitch ball
  • Lift bracket will fit trailer frames up to 2-5/8"
    • Lift bracket measurement from top to bottom: 6-3/64"
    • Lift bracket width at top of frame: 5"
  • Shank length:
    • 9" From center of hitch pin hole to center of adjustment holes
    • 10" From center of hitch pin hole to front of shank
    • 8" From center of hitch pin hole to back of shank
    • 13" Overall
  • Total height adjustment along shank: 8-3/4"
    • Maximum rise: 8"
    • Maximum drop: 2"
    • Overall height: 10"
    • Holes are spaced 1-1/4" apart on center
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Dimensions

Included w/ BXW0550Required - Sold SeparatelyOptional Add-Ons
  • Adjustable Shank
  • System Head
  • Lift Brackets
  • Spring Bars
  • Hitch Ball w/ 1" or 1-1/4" Diameter Shank
n/a

Create a stable ride for your tow vehicle and trailer with a weight distribution hitch. Adding spring bars to your towing system applies leverage, which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer, resulting in an even distribution of weight throughout. The result is a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow the maximum capacity of your hitch.


Selecting a Weight Distribution System

The tongue weight rating is the most important factor in determining which size weight distribution system you should use. If the bars of the system you choose are rated too high for your setup, they will create a rigid ride, which can result in a bouncing trailer. If, on the other hand, the bars are not rated high enough, the system will be unable to properly distribute the weight, rendering it virtually useless.


To determine the proper weight rating for a weight distribution system, you must first determine your trailer's tongue weight. Then add to that the weight of the cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. These two measurements make up the tongue weight rating for a weight distribution system.


Unique Features of Blue Ox SwayPro

Blue Ox SwayPro Spring Bars

Unlike other weight distribution systems, the SwayPro has automatically locking brackets throughout. Both spring bars insert, slotted side up, into the head assembly and then lock securely in place. Removal is just as easy - simply lift the locking pins on the trunnions and slide the bars out. Blue Ox spring bars are interchangeable with each other. If you buy a new trailer or tow vehicle and you need to increase or decrease your capacity, you can simply buy new spring bars instead of purchasing a whole new system.


Blue Ox SwayPro Rotating Latch Brackets

Other systems have lift brackets that require you to apply a good amount of leverage to get them to snap up, which can be difficult and frustrating. With the SwayPro, all you have to do is insert the lift chain into the bracket slot and rotate the bracket with the included wrench until the lock pin engages.


Another feature of the SwayPro is the easy-to-use head. The required pitch is already built into the head, so the only adjustment that may be needed is the placement of the head on the shank. Move the head up or down along the weight distribution shank to achieve the proper height. No additional, fine-tune adjustment is needed, which means no hard-to-access washers or difficult-to-use thumbscrew.


Built-In Tension Stops Sway

Blue Ox SwayPro System with Built-In Sway Control Hooked Up

The SwayPro offers four points of built-in sway control. Within the head assembly, the trunnions are designed to hold the spring bars securely in position, placing just enough tension on them to cause them to constantly force your trailer in line. At the other end of this weight distribution system, the rotating brackets ensure that the lift chains are pulled as taut as possible. In addition, the basic design of the brackets keeps much of the length of the lift chains wrapped up inside of the brackets. Typically, only a couple of links hang down from each bracket. So each chain is held more stable than in traditional weight distribution systems, where more than twice as many links are exposed. This tight, stable design limits the movement of the spring bars so that they can exert more force on your trailer to effectively keep it from shifting side to side. Furthermore, unlike many friction-style sway controls, the SwayPro allows you to back up your trailer without having to remove or disengage the system.



BXW0550 Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Hitch - Clamp On Brackets - 6,000 lbs

Installation Details BXW0550 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 6,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW - BXW0550

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (184 Customer Reviews)

Shank fits 2" hitches and offers up to an 8" rise and a 2" drop. System uses optimal points of tension to help prevent sway while it balances your trailer's load for a more level ride. Clamp-on brackets require no drilling.

- BXW0550
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Outstanding service! I ordered several components from etrailer late afternoon and I received them the next day. Everything was well packaged and nothing was missing. I was also told to call if I had any questions. We'll use them again. 217215


Comments
This is a wonderful product. We pulled a 25 travel trailer on a long trip last year and I didnt have to worry about any sway on any road. The Blue Ox handles cross winds easy also. Very easy to use, I wouldnt buy anything else!
Matt W - 08/05/2016

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The BEST Purchase I've made thus far!! Once I installed the new hitch system I can honestly say it made a 100% difference! I have a Mercedes ML500 and I pull a 17' Forest River Wildwood X-lite travel trailer. There is no more sag in the middle, both tow vehicle and trailer are level driving down the road and my SUV handles almost as if there is no trailer on the back! I HIGHLY Reccomend the "Blue Ox" System! It's the best! 513835


Comments
Still The BEST Purchase Ive made thus far for my trailer! Now that I have used it multiple times, I can say its a life saver in so many ways. My tow vehicle is stable on the road, breaking, maneuvering, the weight distribution has been key for me with a smaller set up and the Blue Ox continues to deliver. I Still HIGHLY Recommend the Blue Ox System to everyone!!
Dean - 05/30/2019

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Have used the SwayPro for 1 year now and overall very satisfied. I tow a 23' Airstream which weighs about 5500 lbs. The receiver hitch mount that comes with the SwayPro was unable to get the ball low enough as instructed in the Install Instructions so I gave Blue Ox a call and they immediately shipped out the one I needed and I shipped them the original. The BO SwayPro is fairly easy to operated and is quiet. I will say that it does not eliminate sway, I have tried several different adjustments but anytime I drive above 65mph, especially in headwinds or gusty conditions, sway is possible. The sway is manageable by slowing and never gets too bad but it will make you grip the steering wheel tighter. I was not surprised by this, just had a hard time shelling out the $2500 needed for the non-swaying hitches. 407456


Comments
The Blue Ox is performing fine, it does not eliminate sway but as long as I drive 65 mph or less, sway is rarely an issue. As you go over 65 sway can happen with adverse winds, semis passing, or poor road conditions. One other nuisance, is when I attempt to disconnect the chain on the right side, the chain sometimes gets wedged in the metal channel that you rotate and will not release. Usually I have to spray the area with a lubricant and then rotate the whole “chain engaging device” back and forth and the chain will become unstuck so that I can get the bar off. All else is fine, sometimes I do wish I had bought the Pro Pride but that seems a bit too complicated, heavy and expensive.
J A - 07/20/2018

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We have a 24' travel trailer pulled by a Suburban. This hitch levels everything out and makes handling much easier. Very little sway, only during windy storms and the suburban is much easier to drive. This hitch is also easy to set up (we were lucky to have a local store install it) and very well built. Etrailer delivered it fast, no damage and had the best price by far. 524533


Comments
Great hitch. Weve taken 3 trips to other states and have even had a tire blow out and this hitch is so good, I almost forget the trailer is there.
Phil L - 06/24/2019

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The Blue Ox trailer hitch works great. 365294



- BXW0550
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Received product in good time. 264315



- BXW0550
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I chose this product as I was able to install it myself which saved about $300-400. Connecting and disconnecting is easy. Overall a good purchase. 255019



- BXW0550
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This weight distribution system is the best. It is easy to install and if you need to put it on a different trailer that has a different weight you just have to buy new distribution bars. 78458


Comments
This system works great. Needs to have a better system to lock in the parts that go on your trailer rails. Sometime they come loose.
David R - 05/02/2014

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Haven't installed it yet, but it's built like a tank... 55752



- BXW1506
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I just received this yesterday, and will be using it this weekend to tow a 34 1/2' Toy Hauler home from Virginia. It is extremely heavy/well made and the powder coating looks like it was applied very well. Should be a great W.D. hitch system that will last for many years 310976



- BXW0750
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


Product has done its purpose, no complaints at all. I trust it to pull my 20 foot car hauler. 637374



- BXW1500
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


The Blue Ox SwayPro 1500 arrived today. Ordered online from eTrailer on Tuesday and delivered to West Michigan on Friday. FAST! etrailer service and support is always First Class. While heavy, the Blue Ox WDH was in perfect condition. The quality and appearance of the Clue Ox is great. The hitch is powder coated and very clean. I was impressed that Blue Ox has totally upgraded the chain latch wrench. No longer that flat piece of metal. The new wrench is a plated, heavy duty socket wrench. Much like a wheel lug nut wrench that is made especially for releasing the latches. Our new TT was delivered to our dealer while our state is in lockdown. There it sits until May 1. I will update review after install and first trip. With all the changes in the world... very happy to purchase a product Made in U.S.A. 777044



- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


First blue ox hitch purchase, I'm impressed with build quality, but haven't been able to put it to use yet. I'm thrilled with etrailer.com, super fast shipping and great pricing! 760385



- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


This WDH is excellent! Heavy Duty, high quality, and handles my RV (35ft, 10,000 lb Jayco) with no problem. Gives me more capacity than I need and makes the ride great! Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 20,000 lbs GTW, 2,000 lbs TW - BXW2000! 477295


Comments
Awesome Control. Robust Product and great customer service.
Jason C - 02/20/2019

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- BXW1506
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


Just what I needed. Easy to install, arrived on time, and packaged well. 368669


Comments
Thank you for following up. Everything has been working great.
Brian F - 04/18/2018

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- BXW1000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


This is one of the best products I have purchased. It works even better than I thought it would. The item was delivered on time and in great condition. Very nice people to do business with. 127805



- BXW1003
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I love the Blue OX. Much easier to use and maintain than the Equalizer, which is what I had previously. I think the BO is equal in effectiveness at sway control to the EQ but not sure because I'm now pulling a bigger trailer. The cam latch system with the BO is easy to use but you must raise the trailer tongue "to the sky" in order to release the tension from the load bars before releasing the chains. The load bars will slam down if you're not careful creating a hazard if you're not careful. 496829



- BXW1506
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I purchased the Blue Ox Sway Pro (15,000 lbs GTW) clamp on to pull my 14K tilt bed PJ T6 trailer. The trailer is a 6 inch C channel frame trailer. I worked with Troy who was very helpful and assured me that I would get the Blue Ox in time for a trip within the next 4 days. The shipping was very fast and I received it in just 2 days. However, I did not understand the clamp on set up is only for box framed trailers. Therefore the clamp on lift brackets would not work correctly. I did not see this information anywhere on the site regarding which trailer frame type is right for the various setups (box or C channel). I called Etrailer after finding this out and was told I could purchase the bolt on lift brackets separately but I would basically eat the ones I had. So my weight distribution hitch would now cost me NOT HAPPY. Be sure to ask about the type of lift bracket attachment for your trailer frame type. 438432


Comments
The clamps on this WDS system part # BXW1506
Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 15,000 lbs GTW, 1,500 lbs TW
$610.79
may not install properly on a c-channel trailer frame. c-channel frames will need the bolt on bracket option part number: BXW4021.
-- Heather A - 10/04/2017

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- BXW1506
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


After purchasing/pulling my my 32’ weekend warrior with the supplied sway control, I was terrified by the amount of sway I was experiencing after fully loading with the toys. This Blue Ox tamed the beast 99%. Be mindful on how you distribute your load weight when overstuffing your toy hauler and you’ll have zero issues. Great product!! 716511



- BXW1506
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I decided to give a SwayPro hitch a try when I purchased a new TT (37' TT). The previous two Equalizer hitchs (24' TT and 33' TT) I had owned worked fine, but I hated having to stop and get out to tighten/loosen the anti-sway device when having to maneuver around and they were noisy. I installed the SwayPro myself, it was very easy to do. The instructions are clear, and the online videos very helpful. I waited to make this review until after making a couple of trips with the trailer. The trailer is very locked in behind the vehicle and that sucking over as a large vehicle goes past was non-existent, was very surprised and happy. I expected a little of this since this trailer is taller and longer than my last ones. Love being able to remove the equalizer bars and store in the trailer compartment without worrying about getting grease everywhere. Super easy to get hooked up and ready to go. I spent a few dollars more getting the SwayPro. Every extra dollar was worth every penny, this is a great hitch design with many advantages, wish this had been my first equalizer type hitch. 567629



- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


In the box are two 12 SWL 3300lbs quick link shackles. Not shown in parts or instructions. Do these have a purpose? Also the 12mm threads on the clamp-on rotating latches for the tightening bolts were painted, thus the bolts would not screw into the clamp. I had to use a tap to clean out the threads. Other than the above the unit seem to be good and heavy duty. 598548


Comments
It does the job but is very heavy due to the hitch being the largest they make. You need to be careful attaching and detaching the spring arms. I found the best way is to raise the trailer as high as possible when attached to the truck hitch. This relieves the tension enough to make install and removal of spring arms easier. The install video showed 3 exposed chain links when attaching spring arms. I have found 4 is better.
Robert - 01/19/2020

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- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I have had the Blue Ox 2,000 lbs WD hitch for a little over 1 year. My previous WD hitch was under capacity based on the tongue weight of my 37 ft travel trailer. This hitch has greatly improved the pulling stability of my trailer over the previous set-up. It has exceeded my expectations. 451573



- BXW0750
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I had the unfortunate experience with having your new airstream 20' taken out by a hydroplaning car last month. The airstream rolled right and on to its side, and the hitch released keeping our Suburban from rolling. The stabilizer bars and chains maintained the trailer connection and eased the stop with the rear tires of ground. The hitch bent the receiver on the truck, and the only damage appeared to be one " sprung" spring bar. A good result from a bad experience! 237404



- BXW1500
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


Have only used it to drive 15 miles from my trailer dealer to home, but I think I'm going to like this WDH. It seems to do the job, is relatively easy to use. The dealer I bought my trailer from mounted it for me, they'd done many before so it went quickly. Some hints I'd learned from them and discussion forums - use the trailer jack to lift the front of the trailer/back of the truck to make it easier and safer to install or remove the chains. Use a long breaker bar with a 1" socket for the same reason - the extra leverage over that with the tool supplied with the hitch helps. I painted the chain link on each side that the dealer hooked to so I could get the tension back the way they had it. Will have to see how that works out in the long run, may have to adjust up or down. FWIW, I measured the distance from the ground to the top of the front and rear fender wells on my truck before and after hooking up the trailer with the BO Sway Pro. The front ended up exactly where it was before, the rear dropped only one inch with 1000 lbs of hitch weight. I'd say the WDH is doing its job! 462535


Comments
Ive replaced the 1 socket with a 26mm socket, as it fits better. Only snag we are running into is that the u-bolts that hold the chains to the arms are being bent and worn down from occasional ground scrapes. Ive purchased a pair of the little u-bolts and four self locking nuts from e-trailer, so Ill be prepared if they ever do rub or break off completely.
Erik D - 12/24/2018

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- BXW1500
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I have both an Equalizer and this Blue Ox hitch. I purchased the Blue Ox after I complained of a poor ride with my travel trailer to the dealer. They recommended Blue Ox instead. Frankly it didn't improve the ride at all. Worse, the bars hung so low that they scraped on every speed bump. However this was exacerbated by the way I had to set it up to make the ride at least tolerable. I have now changed travel trailers and tried both hitches on the new one. The new travel trailer sits significantly higher and rides much better. I don't have the problem of the bars hitting the ground. The ride also seems much better then when I use the Equalizer. The final problem I have with this hitch is the that saddle that holds the chains seems to stick very frequently and requires that I release the pin and force it to release the chain with the provided wrench - resulting in frequent minor injuries. Not sure why this happens but I'm getting better at forcing the release with no injuries. Just irritating. 289769


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    The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. With the towing capacity of your...
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    Patrick, the Blue Ox SwayPro part # BXW0550 and the Blue Ox SwayPro part # BXW0553 are the same except the BXW0553 is designed for underslung couplers (less common) and BXW0550 is designed for overslung trailer couplers (more common). You more than likely have an overslung trailer coupler on the 2020 Rockwood GeoPro 19FBS. An underslung trailer coupler is one that attaches to the bottom of the trailer frame and an overslung one is one that attaches to the top of the frame. Since you...
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    You generally want to have your tongue weight towards the middle of the prescribed weight range of your weight distribution hitch and your trailer tongue weight should generally be between 10% and 15% of the GVWR of the loaded trailer. For that reason, and because the Blue Ox # BXW0753 is designed for underslung couplers, it's not the best solution. Instead, I recommend using the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 6,000 lbs GTW, 550 lbs TW # BXW0550, which...
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  • Is Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution Compatible with Aluminum Trailer Frame
    I reached out to my contact at Blue Ox who said that they don't have any stipulations about using the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control # BXW0350 with an aluminum frame trailer. Just note that you also need a hitch ball with this setup like the 2" # A-90 or the 2-5/16" # 19286. You also want to make sure that the loaded tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle doesn't exceed the 350 lb tongue weight rating for...
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  • Can I Upgrade Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution System With Higher Rated Spring Bars
    You certainly can upgrade your Blue Ox Sway Pro weight distribution system part # BXW0550 by replacing the spring bars with part # BXW4007. All of the Sway Pro systems use the same weight distribution head so they will fit. The 1,000 lbs TW replacement spring bars are rated for trailer tongue weights 750 lbs to 1,000 lbs so they will work well for you.
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    The tongue weight of your trailer is just the vertical weight that is present at the coupler. You would not need to factor in weight transferred from the front axle to the rear. You would need to just put the tongue's weight of the trailer on a scale to get its weight and then add in any weight behind the rear axle. I attached a help article that covers this more for you to check out as well. Now before we go any further I cannot recommend you exceed the weight capacity of your trailer....
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  • Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Recommendation for Trailer Trailer with 4,080 GVWR
    Ideally you want your loaded tongue weight to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of a weight distribution system. Since trailer tongue weight is typically 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight the Blue Ox Sway Pro part # BXW0550 would be the better option as it has a range of 350 lbs - 550 lbs which seems to be a better fit for the weight of the trailer you listed as well as the towing capacity of the Ford Explorer you mentioned. If you need a higher range though...
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    I did some research and you are correct that the maximum towing capacity for your 2008 Acura MDX is 5000 lbs. The hitches we offer for your vehicle are all Class lll hitches and rated for towing weight capacity of 4000 lbs with a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs unless you are using a weight distribution system. I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, part # 75614 for your MDX. If a weight distribution system is used the gross towing weight is 5000 lbs and the tongue weight...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2013 Ford Edge and R-Pod Trailer
    For the factory-installed hitch receiver on your 2013 Ford Edge, I recommend the Draw-Tite Ball Mount # 2923. It has a 3/4 inch rise and a 2 inch drop with a weight capacity of 6000 lbs, which should be more than sufficient for your 188 inch R-Pod. You will also need a pin and clip for this mount and I recommend the # PC3. For more information, I have provided a link to our FAQ page on how to choose the correct ball mount. For a weight distribution system with sway control, I recommend...
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  • Best Weight Distribution for a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Rpod Travel Trailer
    Weight distribution cannot be used with a Class II trailer hitch. To determine the actual Class hitch you have it may say it on the hitch somewhere or in the owners manual for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. A Class II hitch would have a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening size. A Class III hitch would have a 2 inch receiver opening. I have included a link to the right that covers the differences in hitch classes for you. If you do have a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver, check the...
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  • Can Mechanical Sway Control be Used with Trailer Sway Control on 2019 Jeep Cherokee
    Thank you for all of the information! The short answer is that you can utilize a mechanical sway control that would come with a weight distribution (WD) system without disabling the trailer sway control (TSC) on your 2019 Jeep Cherokee. I took a look at the online owner's manual for your Jeep and the TSC only activates when the vehicle senses that excessive sway is happening. If you have a WD installed that works to fight sway then it should even prevent the TSC from coming online while...
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  • What is the Easy Weight Distribution System for Someone with Back Problems
    One of the easier systems to use is a Blue Ox Sway Pro system, # BXW0550. This is because to put tension on the bars you using a pulling motion rather than a lifting motion so you do not have to bend down as much. For any system, to make it easier, with the trailer coupled to the Astro, use the trailer jack to raise both the trailer and the back of the van. This makes it easier to set up the system, put the spring bars/chains in place, and so on. I have linked the instructions for...
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  • Weight Distribution with Sway Control for a Toyota Sienna and 2013 Jayco 17Z Trailer
    I will be happy to help you out with choosing a weight distribution system. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Your trailer has a dry weight of 2,900 pounds with a 600 pound carrying capacity for a total gross capacity of 3,500 pounds. The...
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  • Weight Distribution System for Venture Sonic 170 Travel Trailer Towed by 2008 Toyota 4 Runner
    To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the SUV or truck bed behind the rear axle. I've linked to an FAQ article that explains how to do this. These combined figures comprise the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your set-up. The TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for a Ford F-150 Towing an Airstream Bambi Trailer
    When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight when it is loaded and ready to tow. For your trailer, 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight (of 3,500 pounds) is 350 to 525 pounds. If you like the Blue Ox weight distribution, then I recommend the SwayPro Weight Distribution System, # BXW0550. This system has a range of 350-550 pounds, so it would work well for your...
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  • Sway Control For 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Towing 4500 LBs
    Normally, adding a second sway control unit is not recommended unless the trailer being towed is longer than 26 feet. The first thing you will want to do is determine what is causing the sway. If it was caused by incoming traffic or cross winds, then you may be able to solve the issue by simply shifting the trailer load forward, which would add tongue weight. If sway isn't caused by crosswinds or oncoming traffic, check trailer suspension components for excessive wear. Check tires for...
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