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
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 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Weight Distribution Hitch - BXW0550

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

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
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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   (233 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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I put this on my trailer as soon as I bought it (Coachman Apex Nano 194BHS) so I can't say how it would drive without it. But it is a very solid and well crafted system. No weird popping noises from it, which is what I didn't like about solid bar systems. Installed quickly and easily (watch the etrailer install video!) Mine came with the new hefty tire iron like wrench (instead of the flat knuckle buster). Seems like a huge improvement, absolutely a necessary upgrade for such a premium product



- BXW0550
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Easy installation after purchasing a couple of specific tools: A big adjustable wrench, a Torque wrench and a 1 1/2 socket to be able to remove and reinstall the hitch ball. Easy to follow instructions. Plan to test it during a trip this weekend.



- BXW0550
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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.


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



- BXW0550
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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!


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



- BXW0550
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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.


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



- 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.


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



- 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.


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


- 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.



- BXW0550
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The Blue Ox trailer hitch works great.



- BXW0550
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Received product in good time.



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



- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


The product is well built, easy to install and tows great. The downside is the chains. Before upgrading to a new trailer, I got rid of the standard chain style weight distribution bars and went to the square bar style. After getting a new trailer, my 14k bar style wasn't rated for the tongue weight and I had to upgrade to this. The new trailer is only 14k loaded but has a 2k pound tongue weight. This is the only hitch on the market that would carry the tongue weight and I am back to chains. They are difficult to deal with and if you dont have the tongue jack taking most of the pressure off of them, the wrench to release the chains can get away from you. If somebody make a chain less unit, I would get away from this.


Comments
Great product, absolutely no issues with it. However, the chains still stink and wish they had a better alternative for this heavy hitch.
Shay S - 05/07/2021


- BXW1000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


Great product! Exactly what I was looking for to use with my hitch extension for my boat trail and camper set up.


Comments
Excellent! This is exactly what I needed to help with the tongue weight of my boat trailer. This product takes the worry out of towing with the extended trailer hitch due to the camper on the truck.
Paul - 04/07/2021


- BXW1000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


Pros: Easy to install, doesnt squeak like all of the other ones. Able to back up without disconnecting. Easy to use as long as you lift the trailer up all the way on the tounge before you connect/disconnect. My truck (2017 F150 with 2020 Cougar 29BHS) sits perfectly level with no sag at all. Sway is minimal although I have yet to drive in anything with winds greater than 30MPH (thankfully) Cons: Main con for me is having to raise up the tounge everytime to connect or disconnect the chains. If you dont do this, you will never be able to get enough links in for proper tension, and when you go to release the chains the tension will be extreme causing the breaker bar to go flying forward.



- BXW0750
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


We have a 23 foot Airstream we pull with a Suburban and use the Blue Ox Sway distribution hitch. We purchased this a year ago and went on 10 weekend trips last summer 6 of them over the continental divide in Colorado. This summer we have been on 3 weekend trips and once over the continental divide. We have many more trips planned. The hitch is easy to hook up and was easy to install. Etrailer was great at helping getting the correct size bars. We have pulled the trailer in rain and winds and feel very secure in any road condition we have encountered. No issues with backing up. Nice hitch I recommend it.


Comments
We have a 23 foot Airstream we with the suburban for 3 seasons now with the Blue Ox Sway Hitch. We go every weekend somewhere in Colorado. Drove through New Mexico for Christmas. That is a windy state. I did not know the wind was blowing so hard until we stop and get out. Must be working. I did put a piece if tape on the part that turns so I can see where the wrench goes and on the chain link. This helps with hooking and unhooking for reference. Enjoy.
John H - 06/09/2021


- BXW2000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I installed the hitch but have yet to have my travel trailer out on the road yet, to test it, hopefully it will be sometime this summer, the installation was no problem.


Comments
The hitch works fantastic easy to hook up and no sway, and it is quiet.
Brian - 05/24/2021


- 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.



- BXW1003
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I have no experience with other WDH's but this unit does what I expect it to do. I pull a 33' 7,500# Jayco trailer and it allows me to move the weight as needed to the front axle and it seems to control sway very well. I originally used this with an F-150 that was exceeding my rear axle rating so it was crucial that I get the weight shifted forward which this unit did well. I have since moved up to an F-250 so it is not nearly as critical but it still makes the trips pleasant. This unit is specific to underslung couplers like Jayco uses. Also being able to back the trailer without disengaging the WDH is an advantage over some of the other brands. The action of the chains during disconnect can be intimidating and dangerous until you get accustomed to the process. The one complaint I have is not with the unit itself but the wrench that is provided to load and unload the chains. It is flat (hurts your hand) and too short to get adequate leverage. I suggest you use an 18-24" cheater bar with a 1" socket to load/unload the chains. Otherwise very happy with the purchase



- BXW0750
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


One year later and we logged a few thousand miles pulling our Rockwood Mini-lite with the Blue Ox Sway-Pro. It took a little getting used to the chain hookup but once you do it a couple of times it’s pretty easy. The hitch is awesome. It has great weight redistribution and the trailer has never swayed once. Even in strong cross winds. Very pleased with this purchase and with e-trailers price and tutorial video. They are my go to for all things towing.



- BXW1000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


1yr review. First off Amy with customer support was extremely helpful with making sure I picked the correct product and to get it to me in a timely manner. Now for the product The BlueOx unit has been great, the hitch is a little heavy for some people but it is manageable, the installation was a breeze with clear instructions (video) and took about an hour with a quick trip to rent a torque wrench to tighten to spec and have my local dealership install the ball to avoid the cost of another socket. Setting the correct chain tension is a trial and error process based on your vehicle and trailer weight, I have two different settings based on it I’m carrying fresh water or not. Using the cam tension system can take some force to tighten but lift the tongue more it will help alleviate this but my wife does struggle with it when she hooks up (Don’t get hurt when camping). As for pulling it keeps the trailer on track (I pull a 33’ TT) provided you have good tension on the bars of it sways a bit take up another link. The unit is quite so no popping or cracking (like most) and you can back the unit in without disconnecting. The unit has held up to the Arizona weather and still looks like new except for the nuts welded to the tensioner where the wrench connects has some surface rust and wear. Overall this is a great product I like that additional parts can be purchased separately for additional trailer uses or upgrade for new trailers. My only complaint would be the amount of force needed to set the cam tensioners.



- BXW1003
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


etrailer is excellent as far as providing vast amounts of info before the sale and providing communication after placing your order through order delivery, and even after delivery. What other company shows you when and who processed your order, who packed your order, who shipped your order - providing names and pictures of the people involved along the way, along with all the other tracking info. As far as the equalizer hitch, I haven't towed with it yet but seems extremely heavy duty and well made and should do the job. Most reviews I researched on it were good. I will follow-up once I tow with it. I do have a few issues with it though before even using it. First issue is that the spring for the spring loaded button that holds each equalizer bar into each side of the head is so strong that it can't be lifted up with fingers in order to release the equalizer bar when removing them. Need to remember to have a screwdriver handy to pry the button up in order to release the bars. I did see 2 versions of equalizer bars in videos. One version had a slot, one version had a blind hole that these buttons went into. The bars having the slot allowed the bars to be rotated during disassembly for easy removal. Can't do that with the blind hole version. I don't know which version is the latest or best - I will call etrailer or Blue-Ox to find out. I had 3 people try to lift up on the buttons with the hitch assembled but not installed, and no one could lift them enough to release them. That might be a good thing though - prevents them from inadvertently releasing. Also, based on the 2 sets of exploded views that came with the instructions (one dated 2013, one dated 2020), it appears I might have received an older model that comes with a flat rotating latch wrench because the newer dated exploded view shows a rounded wrench (like a lug nut wrench) with a different p/n. I'll have to call etrailer or Blue Ox on this issue too. Lastly, the box the hitch came in was heavy duty, but it still should have been a little stronger knowing how very heavy packages get handled by delivery services. The box had a small opening ripped open in it in the corner and the hand hold slots were ripped open twice as big as normal, along with the hardware bag inside was ripped open. Some hardware was scattered inside the box when I opened it and 2 of the 4 hex headed "set screws" were missing. Although you only need 2 set screws, these were different lengths, so I contacted etrailer and they have been working on getting me replacements. Lastly, I can now see after watching some of the review videos on You Tube and playing with the hitch - about what some people were talking about - how the chains could get wedged during use unless you twist them somewhat, and I can also see how when you try to do a controlled release of the tension on the equalizer bars with the rotating latch wrench - if you don't have a lot of the pressure off of them by jacking the hitch up high enough before releasing them that this may cause the wrench to uncontrollably rotate into the released position unless you really have a good hold on it - which may be hard to do since you're other hand would be busy removing the release pin on the rotating latch. I'll know more when I actually use it, but it has me a little concerned.



- BXW1000
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


I bought the blue ox weight distribution hitch as an upgrade from my original weight distribution hitch that I purchased from Harbor freight. What a difference!



- BXW1500
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Review from a similar SwayPro in Weight Distribution Hitch


The hitch came very quickly and was well packaged. I was surprised to find an upgraded chain tool and 20k lbs ball already attached to the hitch. The reason I have four stars was there was not option to select a longer shank length. So, $[XX] dollars later I was able to get an extended shank for my 3/4 ton truck.


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    When choosing a weight distribution system you will need to know 2 important items. You will need to know the gross trailer weight which is the trailer weight you are towing when it is in its fully loaded ready-to-tow condition. You also need to know the tongue weight. This is the tongue weight of the trailer added to the weight of any cargo placed behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle. The tongue weight of a trailer should be about 10 to 15 percent of the trailer weight, so...
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  • Can Air Lift 1000 Air Helper Springs Be Used With a Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System
    Yes, you can use Air Lift 1000 Air Helper Springs with a Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System like part # BXW0550. In regards to setup, you'd want to put air inside the bags first and then apply tension to the spring bars to take up the rest of the slack. It is perfectly acceptable to combine air bags with a weight distribution system to fine tune a setup and there are many others that do this as well.
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed for a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    It's never a bad idea to use a weight distribution system, they not only help with distributing weight but most also help with trailer sway. In certain cases, the vehicle manufacturer will actually require one for trailers over a certain weight. The general rule we use is that if the loaded weight of the trailer is over half the weight of the vehicle then you'll want to use one but you can certainly still use one even if you're under this. The Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution part...
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  • Weight Distribution With Sway Control Set Up for a Pole Tongue Trailer
    Adding weight distribution to the pole tongue on your 2018 Hymer Touring GT travel trailer with a 3200 lb gross trailer weight rating and a 300 lb tongue weight requires a pole tongue adapter. The adapter allows you to use weight distribution by giving the arms somewhere to attach on the trailer side. I recommend the Blue Ox Pole Tongue Weight Distributing Hitch Adapter Item # BXW4023. It offers a 2000 lb max tongue weight and fits 2-3/4" to 4-1/2 inch tongue widths. It is also a steel...
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  • Best Quiet Weight Distribution Hitch For 450 to 500 lb Tongue Weight
    Thanks so much for that good information, and we can get you exactly what you are looking for - a quiet weight distribution hitch that is rated correctly for your 465 lb tongue weight and provides outstanding sway control. For that the best option is from Blue Ox: - Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution with Sway Control # BXW0550 This system, which is rated for tongue weights between 350 lbs and 550 lbs, is quiet because it is a chain-style so you won't hear the noise that comes with...
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  • Sway Control Option For Straight Tongue Trailer
    There are a couple of options to add sway control to your boat trailer with a straight tongue, but pole tongue adapters are not compatible with friction sway control bars because they don't allow proper turning clearance. So that leaves a couple of options for you, the easiest and most economical of which is an electronic sway control unit. This is only compatible with electric trailer brakes, which I assume your boat trailer does have because friction sway control is not compatible...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2021 Toyota Sienna
    We have a hitch for your 2021 Toyota Sienna! It's the Curt Class III, part # C22UR. This was made for the new body changes to the Sienna line. It has a gross tongue weight of 350 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds. If you use a weight distribution like the Blue Ox SwayPro, part # BXW0550, you can increase those weights to 500 pounds and 5000 pounds, respectively.
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended Blue Ox Weight Distribution System for Trailer with 470-lbs Tongue Weight
    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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  • Calculating Tongue Weight to Pick Out a Blue Ox Weight Distribution System
    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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  • Trailer Hitch And Weight Distribution Recommendation For 2008 Acura MDX
    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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  • Blue Ox Weight Distribution System For 2020 Rockwood GeoPro 19FBS
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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