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Weight Distribution Trailer Hitches Information

Today we are going to cover a few questions about weight distribution in general that we get a lot. First we will start off with the hitch itself. A common question is can any hitch be used with the weight distribution assembly. Virtually any two inch receiver hitch as the one we have here, can accommodate weight distribution. However there are a few odd ones out there that do not, mainly they are on small SUVs and maybe a couple of minivans, for the most part almost any two inch receiver hitch can accommodate weight distribution. The only real bulletproof way to find out is to look at the sticker on the hitch itself and you will see some numbers on there. The numbers you want to look for here are right here. This one says weight carrying and that is for the hitch itself which means that is the maximum weight the hitch can carry without any assistance.


Measuring for Weight Distribution Review

Today were going to show you how to measure for a weight distribution shank. It looks kind of confusing with the different lengths and amount of holes on it and different measurements. Were going to keep it basic and simple so you can pick out the right one the first time and well show the steps that are needed to do that. First thing we do is get two measurements, we need to measure from the bottom of the coupler down to the ground. Also we need to measure from the top of the hitch opening down to the ground. The difference between the two measurements will tell us what size shank to get. Well make that 13 1/2 inches and looks like we have a measurement of 21 inches. With some simple math, the difference will be 7 1/2 inches, so we need to find a that is close to that. The closest one we have is part # 3344. That part will have a eight inch total so that will be as close as we can get. Well check that out to make sure it works. With our measurements in hand, lets go ahead and test it. As you can see the ball height is the same as the coupler so it looks like a perfect match.


Reese Weight Distribution FAQ

Weight distribution and sway control systems, like the Reese Strait-line, can make quite a difference in ride quality and driver control when you're towing a sizable trailer. The weight distribution system spreads the load out over the whole rig so the suspensions have proper travel and the steering and braking behave like the driver expects. The integrated sway control in the Reese Strait-Line works to keep the trailer behind the tow vehicle in harsh maneuvers, passing traffic and gusts of crosswind. We set up an obstacle course and first take the rig through it with the spring bars removed to disengage the weight distribution and sway control systems. Watch how much water splashed out of the tank. The trailer swings out pretty wide and is slower to change direction and follow the truck. For the second run we installed the spring bars to engage the weight distribution and sway control systems of the Strait-Line. The trailer follows the truck much better and doesn't swing out as far in the quick turns. Even some of the roll is taken out. With the Reese Strait-Line, the trailer stays behind the truck where it belongs, the ride is smoother and the driver has more control, which adds up to a more enjoyable drive behind the wheel.




Weight Distribution Videos

Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Reese line of Strait-Line weight distribution systems with sway control. This is what our kit's gonna look like installed. As you can see, we've got our head here fully active weight distribution system, but also active sway control, so if you're in the first group of customers, you don't have a weight distribution system at all right now. You've got a lot of squat on the back of your truck and the front of your trailer. The rear suspension's doing a lot of extra work, and the front axle on your trailer's gonna be doing a lot of extra work. With these bars being fixed mounted to our head, as we draw those up it's just like lifting up the back of a wheelbarrow.


Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Sway Control Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Reese SC weight distribution system with sway control, part number RP66153. What I like about this system as opposed to other weight distribution systems is it's gonna have brake like material that's gonna cause friction on your spring bar. Now what that's for is for your sway control. That's gonna eliminate the need for an additional sway set up, which is gonna smoothen your ride going down the road.Another thing that's good about this system as opposed to others is you don't have to get out of your vehicle to unhook anything to back up your trailer, you can back it up the way it is. Some of the other ones you have to get out and unhook the additional bar.Now this is gonna be very simple to adjust, you're just gonna loosen your two bolts and you can see the teeth that are in here, once you loosen that you can adjust your ball forwards or backwards and set it where needed. Now this setup's gonna have an 800 pound max tongue weight and a 10,000 pound max trailer weight.


Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Fastway E-2 Weight Distribution system with 2-Point Sway Control, part number FA94-00-0600. That's going to be for 6,000 pound gross trailer weight, along with a 600 pound tongue weight. It's also available with an 8,000 pound gross trailer weight and 800 pound tongue weight using part number FA94-00-0800. Also available with 10,000 pound gross trailer weight and 1,000 pound tongue weight using part number FA94-00-1000.Now the way our weight distribution is going to work is it's going to take our tongue weight and it's going to evenly distribute all that weight between the axle on our trailer and the axle on our truck. Now this is going to give us a stable ride not only for our vehicle, but also for our trailer. Now this is going to allow for a smooth, level ride, and it's going to allow us to tow the maximum capacity allowed by our vehicle's hitch.


Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, we're gonna be taking a look at, and showing you how to install, the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution with 2-Point Sway Control, part number: FA94-00-0600. And that's gonna be for 6,000 pound gross trailer weight, along with a 600 pound tongue weight. It's also available with an 8,000 pound gross trailer weight and 800 pound tongue weight, using part number: FA94-00-0800. And also available with 10,000 pound gross trailer weight and 1,000 tongue weight, using part number:FA94-00-1000.Now, the way our weight distribution system is gonna work is, it's gonna take our tongue weight and it's gonna evenly distribute all that weight between the axle on our trailer and the axle on our truck. Now, this is gonna give us a stable ride, not only for our vehicle, but also for our trailer. Now, this is gonna allow for a smooth, level ride, and it's gonna allow us to tow the maximum capacity allowed by our vehicle's hitch.


Pro Series Trunnion Style Weight Distribution Road Test

We have a trailer hooked up to our truck. First we'll take out on our test course without weight distribution. We're only traveling at 30 miles per hour. Note the excess sway and lack of control and also how much the trailer is bouncing up and down when we're going over bumps. Now with our Pro-Series Weight Distribution installed, we will take it out on our test course again. You can see how the system corrects the trailer sway and we now have more control of the vehicle and trailer combination.


Curt Weight Distribution C17501 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Curt TruTrack weight distribution system with integrated sway control. This unit does allow backing up and it's electric brake and surge brake compatible. Now this weight distribution system's going to evenly distribute weight over the axles of your tow vehicle and trailer for improved stability and control, which is going to create a more level ride for both the tow vehicle and your trailer. Like I mentioned before it does feature integrated active sway control, that's going to limit the side to side movement of your trailer. Here at the head assembly we're looking at spring loaded ball bearings in the system head. These are going to rest and detents, what that does is it applies constant pressure, which is going to help the trailer stay centered at all times.


Curt Weight Distribution C17002 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Curt Round Bar Weight Distribution System. This evenly distributes weight over the axles of your tow vehicle and trailer for improved stability and control. Ultimately it's going to create a more level ride for both your tow vehicle and your trailer. Now this system's going to use round spring bars. These are constructed of solid forged steel for strength and durability. To adjust the spring bar tension, just switch the links and the lift chains. These lift brackets are going to mount to the trailer frame.


Curt Weight Distribution C17333 Review

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Curt Short-Arm weight distribution system. This weight distribution system is going to be perfect for your short-tongue trailer. It's going to help evenly distribute weight over the axles of your towed vehicle and trailer. It's going to offer better stability and control. Ultimately, it's going to create a more level ride for both the towed vehicle and the trailer. Now, this unit is going to feature the trunnion springing bars; these are constructed as solid, forged steel for strength and durability. The bars, again, are shorter than those in standard systems to accommodate your short-tongue trailer.


Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Review

Today we'll be having a look at the Fastway e2 weight distribution system with 2 point sway control part number FA94-00-0800. The Fastway distribution system will allow you to maintain a level truck and a level trailer while you're driving down the road. That way you don't have to worry about having unsafe handling characteristics or having abnormal trailer sway or having abnormal tire wear while you're driving down the road. The Fastway weight distribution system will evenly distribute weight over the axles of the tow vehicle and trailer for stability control. Creates a more level ride for both tow vehicle and trailer, two integrated points of sway control limit side to side movement of trailer. The no lift chain spring bars can't move freely. Steel on steel friction helps to minimize sway caused by winds, curvy roads or sudden maneuvers. The Fastway weight distribution system can be installed in either the drop like we have here or the rise position.


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Weight Distribution Questions and Answers

  • What is the Best Weight Distribution and Sway Control System for a 8,200 Pound Travel Trailer
  • We will plan for the maximum gross trailer weight of 8,200 pounds. The dry tongue weight, 910, is right around 15 percent of the 6,300 dry weight. We can then estimate at 8,200 pounds trailer weight our tongue weight is 1,230 pounds. Since your tongue weight will be somewhere between 910 and 1,230 pounds, Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution system, part # RP66074, would work perfect for you. It has the Dual-Cam Sway Control System which is the best system for a larger trailer, especially...
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for an Eaz-Lift Weight Distribution System
  • The Eaz-Lift weight distribution systems use independent friction-style sway control, also known as bar-style sway control like the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Bar, # 83660. Since your trailers GTW is over 6,000 lbs, we recommend using two sway control units. One on the driver side and one on the passenger side. Two sway control units are also recommended for trailers that are 26 ft or longer. To install these units, you will bolt the ball plate to the side of the trailer frame....
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  • Maximum Weight of Trailer That a 1998 Ford F150 Can Tow
  • The best way to determine the maximum weight of the trailer you can safely tow is to subtract the weight of the fully loaded vehicle (curb weight plus weight of all cargo, driver and passengers) from the 12,500 GCVW. The figure you end up with will represent the maximum trailer weight you can safely tow. You would also need to check the capacity of your hitch, which might be different from the capacity of the truck itself. The trailer you tow cannot weigh any more that the capacity of the...
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  • How to eliminate Trailer Sway that Occurs at 55 to 65 MPH Even With Sway Control
  • Sway controls are designed to be used in situations where sway is a direct result of some type of road condition, like high winds or large vehicles passing. If you have sway with a trailer under normal towing conditions, sway control will most likely not correct the problem. The best defense against trailer sway in all conditions is proper trailer loading. You will need to check your trailer tongue weight and gross trailer weight and get the weight distributed properly. Most times sway...
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  • Do I Need Weight Distribution and Sway Control with My 13 Foot Scamp Travel Trailer
  • Sway control is designed to be used in situations where the trailer sways under adverse conditions such as high winds or when large vehicles are passing causing the trailer to become unstable. Sway control also helps if you have to maneuver suddenly. Also if the trailer has a low tongue weight percentage the sway control can help to a point, but a weight distribution system will help more with this situation. The best solution for sway that is present without the above mentioned adverse...
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  • Using a Weight Distribution System on a Boat Trailer With Surge Brakes
  • I contacted Venture Trailers Inc. and found that the reason they do not recommend the use of a weight distribution system is because most weight distribution systems are not recommended for trailers with surge brakes because they do not allow the coupler to push into the coupler housing and engaging the brakes. Also due to the fact that they do apply additional stress on the tongue of the trailer like you said and this can be particularly harmful to aluminum frame trailers. There are...
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  • Will the Addition of Weight Distribution Increase Towing Capacity for a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado
  • Your salesman is correct in that a weight distribution system will, in most cases, allow a vehicle to tow additional weight, but the amount of additional weight is not a static number and is vehicle specific. You should check your owners manual, or the vehicle dealer, for hitch specifications for the Max Gross trailer weight allowable when using a weight distributing hitch. I checked the online owners manual for a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado. If this is the the vehicle you will be towing...
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  • Vehicle Recommendations for Towing 35 Foot Campers that are Around 6,500 Pounds Dry Weight
  • As with any towing system you are limited to lowest rated component of the system. Sometimes that is the vehicle towing capacity. If you are looking for an SUV vehicle to tow a mid to large size camper, then you will want to make sure that the vehicle is rated for towing not only the dry weight but also the weight of any cargo, fluid, gear, etc. that you will have in the camper. You will need to check the gross trailer weight (GTW) that is the weight of the trailer fully loaded, not...
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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...
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  • Will Using a Weight Distribution System Increase Towing Capacity of Vehicle
  • An equalizing hitch or weight distribution can sometimes increase the capacity of the receiver hitch, but the vehicle manufacturers stated towing capacity or rating will always be the final determination of how much the vehicle can tow. Any towing system will only be as strong as its lowest rated component. I would urge you to abide by the stated towing capacity of your truck. Failure to do so can cause the hitch to fail or damage drive train components on the vehicle.
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  • Weight Distribution / Sway Control System That Will Fit A V-Nose Trailer
  • Yes, the Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System can be adapted to a V-Nose style trailer. You would need to use an alternate mounting system for the chain hanger brackets. The Bolt on Chain Hanger Kit, item # RP58305, will bolt onto the side of trailer frame. Once installed the chains are attached by raising the trailer tongue and rear of vehicle with the trailer jack. Tubular frames cannot be wider than 2-1/4 inches with this hanger kit, so you will need to be sure and measure before...
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  • Will Using Weight Distribution Increase the Tongue Weight of a Trailer when Loaded
  • A weight distribution system will not change the tongue weight of the trailer. It just maximizes the vehicle and hitches capacities if rated for weight distribution (check the sticker on the hitch and the owners manual for your 2013 Ford F-150). The 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight when calculating tongue weight is more of a guide to figuring things out. It is not a hard and fast rule. You will know if the tongue weight is too little or too heavy. Too little tongue weight and...
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  • How to Properly Set the Tension on the Curt Sway Control Bar # 17200
  • The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit and the bolt under the handle is the tension adjustment bolt. You will need to turn the On/Off handle clockwise (tighter) until the handle will stay firmly in place parallel with the main body of the sway control. Start out setting the sway control by testing with the adjustment bolt at the factory preset level of friction. You will need to perform a series of road tests with the loaded trailer. If there is not enough sway control...
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  • Can I tow a 30 ft Dutchmen Travel Trailer with a 2003 Ford Explorer
  • To determine if you can tow your 30 ft Dutchmen travel trailer with your 2003 Ford Explorer, you will want to find the towing capacity of your Explorer and compare that to the loaded and ready to tow weight of your trailer. I did some research on your Explorer and found that the Explorer will have different maximum tow ratings depending on how it is equipped. For 2WD models, if you have the 4.0L SOHC engine without a tow package, then the maximum towing capacity of your Explorer...
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  • Adjusting Weight Distribution System to Apply More Tongue Weight to Front Tow Vehicle Axle
  • To determine if you have the correct system for your trailer tongue weight, you should determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. The weight of any gear stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle also needs to be considered as tongue weight. I have linked you to an FAQ article that shows a few ways to determine the tongue weight. You will need to ensure that the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer does not exceed the 1,000 lb maximum...
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  • Trailer Ball Height to Increase Tongue Weight to Help with Sway Control on a Single Axle Fish House
  • You should have the hitch ball height set so that the trailer tows as level as possible behind your pickup. If there is a setting that goes between slightly higher than level and slightly lower than level, opt for the slightly lower setting, when the trailer is sitting on the trailer ball. An increase in tongue weight will most likely help with your sway situation. Adding weight in front of the trailer axles would be the best way to increase the tongue weight, just make sure you stay...
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  • Instructions for a Reese Friction Anti Sway Bar # RP26660
  • I spoke to my contact at Reese and he informed me that most likely you have a Reese Friction Sway Control, part # 83660, because this product has not changed at all. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out. The handle is actually the on/off switch for the unit. To set the level of friction you will actually use the bolt that is below the on/off handle as it is the gain level. To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly, a series of road tests...
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  • Adjusting a Weight Distribution System for Best Performance
  • The Reese Weight Distribution System, # RP66022, has several points of adjustability depending on your application. The head unit can be tilted toward or away from the trailer which will raise or lower the spring bars. The head can also be adjust vertically and the spring bar chains can be adjusted. What you are looking for is a level trailer with the spring bars parallel with the trailer frame or pointed down slightly. Ideally, you will want 5 chain links between the spring bars and hanger...
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  • Which Weight Distribution and Sway Control System is Best for a 32 Foot Travel Trailer 7,000 Pounds
  • Weight distribution systems have a tongue weight range, essentially the spring bar effective window. When selecting a system, you want your loaded tongue weight to fall within that window. If the tongue weight is more, the spring bars will be ineffective and could bend or break. If the tongue weight is below that window, you will have a very stiff ride and could even end up losing traction on the rear vehicle wheels. I will make some recommendations based on your 800/7000 figures. If...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Small Travel Trailer with a 1996 Toyota Tacoma
  • The towing capacity of your 1996 Toyota Tacoma will depend on if your truck has a V6 or a 4 cylinder and if it is a 4X4 or a 4X2. I have listed the towing capacities of the different options for the Toyota Tacoma below. 4X4 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X4 4 Cyl. - 7,400 lbs 4X2 V6 - 8,300 lbs 4X2 4 Cyl. - 3,500 lbs You can verify the towing capacity of your truck by checking your owners manual or contacting a local Toyota dealer with your vehicle identification number. Toyota also places a...
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