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  • Does Adding a Weight Distribution System Increase a Hitch's Gross Tongue Weight Capacity
  • A weight distribution system does not increase a hitch's tongue weight capacity. Rather, it takes weight off of the tongue, helping loads stay stable and level. In other words, if you use a trailer without a weight distribution system with a tongue weight that is just under the hitch's gross tongue weight capacity, it can cause the rear of your vehicle to sag. The weight distribution system evens things out by re-distributing weight across all the axles of the towing setup. I've linked...
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  • Weight Distribution System for Audi Allroad
  • Your trailer hitch receiver may or may not be rated for weight distribution. If you let me know your model year I can help with specifics. If your trailer hitch receiver is rated for weight distribution, normally the tongue weight is increased and you'd need to fall within those parameters. There should be a part number or even a specific tongue weight listed on your trailer hitch for use with weight distribution. If you just find the part number plug it into a search and see if you...
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  • Weight Ratings For Hitches With and Without a Weight Distribution Hitch.
  • Yes, all hitches have a tongue weight and towing capacity weight rating for standard towing. However, some hitches additionally have adjusted tongue weight and towing capacity weight ratings when used in conjunction with a weight distribution hitch set up. For instance, The Curt # C13182 Class-3 hitch has a standard 600 pound tongue weight capacity and a 6000 pound towing capacity. BUT, when used with a weight distribution hitch the tongue weight capacity is 750 pounds and the towing...
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  • What is Weight Distribution in Relation to a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Draw-Tite Hitch
  • The maximum tongue weight with weight distribution for the Draw Tite Trailer Hitch # DT78MR is 675 lbs. Weight distribution is designed to distribute the weight more evenly to all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. Since the weight is carried more level you will often see a second weight capacity for hitches and vehicles if they use a weight distribution system. Typically weight distribution systems are recommended when the trailer weighs more than 50 percent of the weight of the vehicle....
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  • Can I Use a Hitch Extender w/ a Weight Distribution Hitch?
  • Hitch Extenders, like the Curt Hitch Extension and Reducer for 2-1/2" Trailer Hitches - 24" to 34" Long item # C45048, you were looking at do two things when paired with a weight distribution system. First of all they decrease your vehicles hitch receiver's tongue and towing capacity by 50%. However, you also increase the weight capacity of the hitch extender when you utilize a weight distribution system with it. Here is the capacities for the Curt item # C45048: Weight capacity when...
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  • Are All Trailer Hitches for 2019 Honda Odyssey Compatible with Weight Distribution Systems?
  • Great question. Not all of our hitches for your 2019 Honda Odyssey are rated for use with weight distribution. The highest rated hitch we have for your vehicle with weight distribution compatibility is the etrailer hitch # e98855. This hitch has a rating of 525 lbs tongue weight and up to 5,000 lbs towing when using weight distribution. This hitch is clean looking, but the hidden crossbar hitches like # 76170 for your vehicle are not compatible with weight distribution. This is a...
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  • Reese Weight Distribution Hitch Recommendation
  • I have a weight distribution recommendation for you, but the Reese Weight Distribution Hitch # 66069 is obsolete and no longer available from Reese. If you are looking for a light duty weight distribution system, I recommend the Reese Light Duty Weight Distribution System with Sway Control # 66557. This weight distribution system features trunnion bars for greater ground clearance, fits tongue weights between 250 - 400 pounds, and uses friction pads to help reduce trailer sway. This system...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Tongue Weight Measured With or Without Weight Distribution Hitch Installed
  • The tongue weight used is going to be without weight distribution installation. Tongue weight of your trailer is something that can be measured using a variety of different methods. There is no effective way to try to measure what the tongue weight becomes while using a weight distribution hitch. If you are looking for a weight distribution hitch I would be happy to make a recommendation if you let me know the tongue weight of your setup. I have attached a helpful article on how to determine...
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  • Is the TorkLift Cannon Hitch Extension TLE1648 Weight Distributing?
  • The TorkLift Cannon Hitch Extension - 3" Ford Super Duty Factory Hitch - 48" Long # TLE1648 you were looking at itself is not weight distributing, the chains and turnbuckles used are to keep the extension stable. When used with a standard hitch, the tongue weight rating is 300lbs and the trailer weight rating is 3000lbs, but if you do used a weight distribution hitch the ratings are increased to the 600lb tongue weight you mentioned, and 6000lb trailer weight rating. The reason for this...
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  • Why Can't A Draw-Tite Weld On Hitch Be Used With A Weight Distribution Hitch?
  • The Draw-Tite Ultra Frame Service Body Trailer Hitch Cross Tube # 41990 has not been rated for or tested with weight distribution. Due to this, Draw-Tite has said that this is not for use with weight distribution at this time. This is a pretty common listing/warning for weld-on truck hitches, unfortunately. I was hoping to refer you to an RV hitch as some of those are rated for use with weight distribution, but the maximum capacity for these hitch will only be 6,000 pounds. And that is...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch System For a 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • To determine if you will be able to use a weight distribution hitch on your 2013 Toyota Highlander you will want to check the data tag on the receiver. This tag will tell you if your receiver is rated to be used with a weight distribution hitch. If it does not state a rated weight capacity with weight distribution it is not to be used with such. Since the owners manual does specifically state that you cannot use a weight distribution hitch you can install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer...
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  • Is The Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution Compatible With BulletProof Hitches Distribution Shank?
  • Yes, the Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution System # C17501 will work with the Weight Distribution Shank for BulletProof Hitches # 358WEIGHTDIST. This shank is compatible with BulletProof Hitches Adjustable Ball Mounts like # HD306
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  • How does the Weight Distribution Affect Weight Put on the Ball and Receiver
  • Using a weight distribution system will add more downward pressure on the hitch ball. A better way to think of this is that the weight distribution system is actually adding upward pressure to the trailer tongue. As the spring bars are tightened, they will pull downward on the trailer tongue and force the head of the weight distribution system upward. This is how the weight is distributed among the other axles. I have attached a photo showing how a weight distribution system applies pressure....
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  • Should Hitch Ball Angle Be Adjusted Up and Down or Angled to the Rear Using Weight Distribution
  • The hitch ball angle adjustment on weight distribution systems is designed to provide more or less distribution of the tongue weight on your trailer hitch to the trailer and vehicle axles. If you adjust the ball angle farther away from the towing vehicle, you will angle the weight distribution spring bars down toward the ground and that will distribute more weight. Angling the ball forward towards the towing vehicle puts less angle on the spring bars and therefore less weight is distributed. We...
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  • Why Does a Trailer Hitch have 2 Gross Trailer Weight and 2 Tongue Weight Capacities
  • The WD stands for weight distribution. A weight distribution system includes spring bars and other components and when properly installed and set up properly it more evenly distributes tongue weight to all the axles of a tow vehicle and trailer. You may have also heard the term equalizer hitch which has come to mean weight distribution in general but comes from the Equal-I-zer brand of weight distribution systems such as # EQ37100ET. So basically if you are not using a weight distribution...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch with Gen-Y Torsion 2 Ball Mount
  • Yes. You can use your existing weight distribution hitch with the Gen-Y Torsion 2 Ball Mount # 325-GH-1324 without any additional components, but it is not the optimal setup. Gen-Y recommends that you use the Gen-Y Torsion Weight Distribution Shank - 2" Hitches - 6-1/2" Drop/Rise - 1,700 lbs TW # 325-GH-1202 as a replacement for your current weight distribution shank in order to use the Gen-Y Torsion 2 Ball Mount # 325-GH-1324 with your current weight distribution hitch. This weight distribution...
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  • How Much Weight Can a 2003 Ford Explorer V6 Tow With a Reese Weight Distribution Hitch
  • You will need to check with the vehicle manufacturer or your specific vehicles owners manual to get the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating) for your 2003 Ford Explorer V6. Once this is located you will need to subtract the gross weight of your vehicle fully loaded from the GCVWR and that will give you the total amount of weight the manufacturer allows for towing. You will also need to determine the weight ratings of the hitch on your Explorer, and whether it is designed for use...
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  • Can Weight Distribution be Used on an Aluminum Horse Trailer Towed by a Class A Motor Home
  • To start, let's look at some hitches. To get a higher capacity hitch you will want to look at the weld-on truck hitches which I have linked to the right for you. These hitches have the higher capacities you need but none of them can be used with weight distribution. For an actual RV hitch that can be used with weight distribution we have # C13701. It maxes out at 6,000 pounds when used with weight distribution. If this is enough to tow the trailer then you can use weight distribution with...
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  • Does Tongue Weight of Trailer Need to be Measured After Install of Weight Distribution
  • There really isn't a need to try to determine tongue weight of a trailer after installing and setting up a weight distribution system. You want to know the tongue weight so that you can pick out the correct rated system, but beyond that you do not need to measure it again, nor is there a great way to do so.
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  • Is There A Specific Range Of Tongue Weights That A 10000lb Weight Distribution Hitch Works With?
  • There is a minimum and maximum tongue weight range for 10000lb weight distribution hitches, but the range can be slightly different between brands. For example the Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution w/ Sway Control - Clamp On - 10,000 lbs GTW, 1,000 lbs TW # BLU66FR has a 10000lb trailer weight rating and works with tongue weights between 750-1000lbs. Where the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution w/ 2-Point Sway Control - Round - 2-5/16" Hitch Ball - 10K GTW # FA94-00-1061 works with tongue...
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