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Blue Ox Weight Distribution - WD With Sway Control - BXW1506 Review

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Review of Blue Ox Weight Distribution BXW1506

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox SwayPro weight distribution system with built in sway control. This system has it's own weight capacity of 1,000 pounds, to 1,500 pounds, and a gross towing weight capacity of 15,000 pounds. A weight distribution system is going to help evenly distribute weight over the axles of the tow vehicle and the trailer which is going to offer stability and control. Ultimately a system like this is going to help create a level ride for both the tow vehicle and the trailer. The unit is going to feature built-in sway control, which helps prevent trailer sway. It's built-in so it's not something separate that you have to add on. When it comes to the bars right here, and in relation to the built-in sway control, constant tension is in the trunnions which is going to help force the trailer inline at all times, preventing sway.

Then we're going to have the rotating lift brackets that ensure that the chains are tight and secure to keep the spring bars from moving. Now one of the things that I want to mention as well is unlike many friction style sway controls, the SwayPro allows you to backup your trailer without having to remove or disengage the system. We're going to have the spring steel bars, these are going to flex for a controlled, softer, smoother, and quieter ride. They automatically lock in place and easily remove from the head assembly. To remove it all you have to do is lift up on the pin, and then the bar can slide right out, so it's really nice and easy to do. When you're ready to install and lock it in place just place it in, rotate it until that pin goes into the lock position, so very quick and easy to get those attached, and to get those removed. Now a really neat feature about the SwayPro that I want to be careful to mention is that if you ever get a new or different trailer, you don't have to worry about buying a completely new weight distribution system.

With this system, all you have to do is purchase new spring bars that are going to be appropriately rated for your trailer, all the other components of this system can stay in place, all you have to do is get new bars and then that's all there is to it. Now these bars are marked with a dot system, on the shank end to identify the weight rating, so these bars are going to have 4 dots on them, which means that these are rated for up to 1,500 pounds. Another neat thing about the Blue Ox SwayPro is that you don't have to worry about any pins or clips, the unit is going to feature self locking devices throughout the system. On the back of the head assembly where the bars go in, on each side there's going to a Zerk fitting, a grease Zerk fitting, which allows for easy maintenance, that way you can just attach your grease gun, pump in the grease that's needed, and that's all there is to it. All the grease stays contained inside the head assembly, so no grease gets on the bars, which means that there's no mess to cleanup, and you don't have to worry about grease getting on your hands or on your clothes, so it's all contained in the head assembly. Now the unit is going to come with these unique rotating latch lift brackets, these connect the spring bars to the trailer, by using the chains. What I want to go over real quick is just how they work.

Really nice easy to use design, we're going to have this right here, this is the lock pin, and so to get the bracket into a position to connect the chain you pull the lock pin, and then you rotate this all the way down. What that does is it puts the lift bracket in a position where you can easily connect the chain, there's going to be a groove in here that safely holds the chain in place. So you install the chain, and then you would take the included tool right here, place it over, and then you would keep rotating this until that pin engages and locks the unit in place. It's really really easy to get the chains installed, and to get the unit rotated into the ready-to-use position. These are really nice, they're solid steel construction. To release the bracket all you have to do is pull out on that lock pin, and then rotate it down to disengage the chains.

These are a clamp on design which means that there's no drilling needed. They're also very low profile so that way they won't interfere with frame mounted accessories. When it comes to the head assembly of the unit, and making sure we have the right tilt, you don't have to worry about that because the required tilt and pitch is built into the head assembly, so no adjustment is needed, all you have to do is find the correct placement along the adjustable shank, to achieve the proper height for your setup. No additional fine tune adjustments are needed, which means that you don't have to worry anymore about messing with hard to access washers, thumbscrews, cams, or shim packs, so that's really nice design and feature of the Blue Ox SwayPro. Now the unit is made from a steel construction, it's going to have a power coated finish with a nice little hammered texture, it's going to last a long time, it's going to look great for a long time, and it's going to do a good job at resisting rust and corrosion. The system is going to come with everything that you see here on the table as well as a detailed set of installation instructions, and an owners manual. Jut to go over some of the components real quick about everything I have laid out here. These screws or bolts are designed for the clamp-on installation of the lift bracket, so there's a threaded portion right here that goes through, you tighten those down. It's going to come with 2 different sets, you can use the shorter set for thicker or wider trailer frames, and then you can use the longer set for thinner or more narrow trailer frames, and it's going to have the jam nuts that you would tighten down to make sure that those set screws don't come back off. You're also going to get a reducer sleeve, that goes in this area right here, so the diameter of this hole for your hitch ball; now a hitch ball is sold separately, the diameter right here is going to be an 1 1/4". You can use the reducer sleeve to reduce that opening from 1 1/4" down to 1", so just keep those measurements in mind when choosing the correct hitch ball for this system. It's going to come with everything you see on the table, it's also going to include your hitch pin and clip to get the unit secured inside of your trailer hitch. Now when it comes to the tongue weight rating, we're looking at 1,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds. Gross towing weight rating is 15,000 pounds. The unit is designed to fit inside of a 2" by 2" trailer hitch receiver that is rated for use with weight distribution systems. When positioning the lift brackets, these are going to be positioned about 29" back from the hitch ball along the trailer frame. Now the lift brackets will fit trailer frame width up to 2 1/2", and are only going to take up about 4" along the trailer frame. I want to talk about the shank on this system real quick. This unit features an 11 hole design which allows for a lot of adjustment if needed. You have 11 holes to choice from when getting the head assembly attached to the shank which is a . That's quite a bit when it comes to weight distribution systems, so it's going to allow for full adjustment with this unit. These holes are going to be separated on center by about 1 1/4". I want to take some measurements of the shank length, measuring from the center of the hitch pinhole, to the very front of the shank, That's going to be 11". From the center of the hitch pinhole, to the center of the adjustment holes, that's going to be 10 inches. Then from the center of the hitch pinhole to the back of this upright bar, that's going to give us a measurement of right on 9". Again, 11 hole design, allows for a lot of adjustment. With the unit in the rise position, if we have the head assembly at the highest setting, it's going to give us a maximum rise of 13", that's measuring from the inside top edge of the receiver tube of the hitch, or the top of the shank right here, to the top of the ball platform. If we flip the shank over into the drop position, and move the head assembly at the lowest setting, it's going to give us a maximum drop of 7 1/2". Again from the inside top edge of the receiver tube of the hitch, or the top of the shank, to the top of that ball platform. Then the holes again are separated on center by 1 1/4", 11 hole design, a lot of adjustment is there is needed. The product is made right here in the USA, and it's going to be covered with a limited lifetime warranty. That's going to do it for today's look at the Blue Ox SwayPro weight distribution system, with the built-in sway control.