Curt Weight Distribution - WD Only - C17333 Review

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Review of Curt Weight Distribution C17333

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.

These bars actually measure 28-3/4" long. I do want to mention that you can adjust the spring bar tension by switching the lengths in the lift chains. That's going to allow you to fine-tune your system. The lift brackets are a nice low-profile design so that way they're designed so they don't interfere with frame-mounted accessories, and gas tanks, battery boxes, generators, toolboxes, stuff like that. Then when it comes to how much room they're going to take up along the trailer frame, we simply take a width measurement of that, it looks like it's going to measure about 4" wide. Then the opening, that's going to give us a measurement of 2-3/4".

I also want to point out that these basically just clamp onto the trailer frame, so they have a threaded hole right here that will accept one of these bolts. If you have a narrower or thinner trailer frame, you'd want to use the longer bolts that are supplied with the kit. If you have a thicker or wider trailer frame, you'd want to use the short bolts that are supplied with the kit. You can also tilt the head assembly. Desired tilt is achieved with the included adjustment rods, and it's going to come with two washers. Now, it's going to come with two differently-sized rods and two washers.

These are going to ensure that you get the appropriate tilt that you need for your application. There's going to be a little space right here, so these would install between the face of the shank and that opening there at the head assembly. Then that little punch-out would come out through this hole located right here, which would be directly below the ball. In the instructions, it does include a really helpful sheet. You can see there that by using a different combination of rod and washer combo, the rods are different lengths, you can really get the tilt that you need for your application. The information sheet makes adjustment very, very easy. The unit also comes with a hex bolt.

It's located down here at the bottom of the head assembly. That's going to act as a set bolt, so once you have the adjustments made, you can tighten that up. That's going to make the unit more rigid. The head assembly has the attachment points for a sway control system to be installed on either side. Sway control systems are sold separately. The unit is made from a steel construction. It's going to feature a very well-done powder-coated finish. It's going to do a great job at lasting a long time and resisting rust and corrosion. It also includes this snap-up lever; that's to get the lift chains in place that applies the proper tension. It also releases that tension when you're ready to disengage the unit, but the snap-up lever helps ease installation by reducing the amount of lifting that's required by the trailer jack. Now, it does not come with a hitch ball; that is sold separately. It does require a hitch ball with an 1-1/4" diameter shank. The maximum tongue weight for this unit is 1,500 pounds. The maximum gross towing weight is 15,000 pounds. It is designed for a 2"x2" trailer hitch receiver that's rated for uses with weight distribution systems. The included shank features a six-hole design for your adjustment holes. It's going to have an incremental height adjustment of an 1-1/4". That's the distance between those adjustment holes center on center. If you're using the shank in the rise position, and if you have the head assembly at its highest setting, it's going to give you a maximum rise of around 7 to 7-1/2". That's measuring from the inside top edge of the receiver tube of your hitch to the top of the ball platform. If you have that shank in the dropped position with the head assembly at the lowest setting, it's going to give you maximum drop of about 1/2" to 1" doing that same measurement. Again, everything that you need is included. It's going to come with . except the hitch ball, but it does come with a 5/8" diameter pin with a clip. It secures the unit inside the receiver tube of your hitch, and it does come with very detailed installation instructions and a really nice owner's manual that walks you through just some tips and responsibilities for owning and maintenance in the weight distribution system. That's going to do it for today's look at the Curt short-arm weight distribution system with a gross towing weight of 15,000 pounds.

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