Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Sway Control Review

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Review of the Reese SC Weight Distribution System with Sway Control


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.

You're gonna want to check your hitch to make sure it can withstand that amount of weight.Now if you've ever loaded a heavy trailer on your vehicle with only just a ball mount you'll notice the back of your vehicle squats and the front of your vehicle raises. Let's load up our trailer now and show you how that looks. Now we took a prior measurement to loading up our trailer, now that our trailer is loaded up we've actually dropped the back of our vehicle two and a half inches. Here at the front of the vehicle it's actually raised up about a half inch. Now this is going to create a driving hazard, it's gonna mess with your suspension, it's gonna mess with your steering, it's gonna mess with your braking, it's gonna raise your headlights, and it's also gonna put unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.

Now what the weight distribution's gonna do it's gonna bring the front of your vehicle back to normal ride height while bringing the back of your vehicle up as close to ride height as possible and in turn keeping your trailer at normal ride height.Once you have your weight distribution system set up on your trailer before attaching it to your vehicle what you want to do is you want to make sure your trailer is level and your vehicle is level sitting at ride heights. How I did it is I took a level right here on the tongue and if you know how to read a bubble level you want the bubble to be in between these two lines. So I put it on the tongue, now my bubble's sit in the middle. What I recommend is you also take that level onto the frame underneath the trailer and check it there too just in case this tongue may be different.Now that we know our tongue is level and our frame is level we're gonna go ahead and just take a quick measurement. What I did is I just picked this line here on the bottom of the trailer, just to give me an idea that we're on the same level.

Now I'm gonna check it up here and I'm gonna go back probably behind the wheel somewhere and I'm gonna do the same line so I know what my numbers are supposed to be.Now that we have our trailer level and our vehicle level here at the back you can see our ball mount even set at its lowest point it's still sitting higher than our tongue level. This is the shank that comes with the kit, with this vehicle being a taller vehicle we're gonna have to swap it out with a shank that has a lower drop. Now we swapped out our shank, part number RP3215, because it's gonna give us a few extra adjustments along this tube so that we get the height of this ball with the height of our coupler.The way our spring bar is gonna work is the more we tilt this ball back the more weight distribution we're gonna get, in turn returning our vehicle as close to normal ride height as we can get it. How this tilts is if we loosen this top nut here you can see how our ball moves. Now if you look here this washer has teeth on it and the shank ball mount has teeth on it also.

What it's gonna do is it's gonna grip at the position that you set it in once you get your correct ride height.Now before we get our trailer hooked up we're gonna go ahead and adjust the ball down just a little bit because we know that we're gonna have some squat. Now you want to make sure that any adjustments you make on this ball mount that you do it before you hook up the trailer. Now that we have our ball adjusted where we need to we're gonna go ahead and hook it up to the trailer, get our spring bars in place, and we're gonna check our height and make any adjustments we need to.Once we have our spring bars in place next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and lower our trailer down for our ball mount. Now that we have our trailer hooked up to our vehicle we're gonna be loading our spring bars. You can see here we have a little bit of a gap so what we're gonna do is we're gonna use the jack on the trailer to raise both of our vehicles, making it easier to put the spring bar in place.Now our kit does come with a spring loading tool, but with the gap that we have here the safest way to do this is to use the jack that's on the trailer. Now we're gonna raise our jack and what that's gonna do is it's gonna take the tension off of our spring bar, making it easier to load on our plates.Now that we've shortened the gap to putting our spring bar in place now we can use the tool. You're gonna take these two pins and you're gonna set them in these slots right here and then we're just gonna lift, put our spring bar in place. Gonna do the same thing to the other side. Before we go to the other side we're gonna have to secure this cover with the provided clip.Now with both spring bars in place we'll go ahead and lower it down and check our ride height. You want to make sure when you lower it you get all of the weight on the vehicle so you can get your correct height adjustment.You can see here we look like we're level, we've done a couple measurements. The front of the vehicle is riding at normal ride height measurement. Now over to the back of the vehicle, it's still lower than we want it to be so we're gonna make an adjustment, see if we can't being the back of that vehicle up by transferring some of the weight back on the trailer. Now we're gonna go ahead and make our adjustment on a ball, again you want to make sure you're not hooked up to your trailer when you do this adjustment. We're gonna lean it back just a little bit more and then we're gonna repeat that same process hooking it all back up and checking our measurements again.Now that we've made all of our adjustments we've taken some final measurements. The front of our vehicle is at normal ride height still, our trailer was level, and our back end is within about an inch from normal ride height. So being within an inch of where our normal ride height is I think we're perfect. Now that we have everything close to factory ride height it's gonna be much safer when towing a load.That'll do it for our look at the Reese SC weight distribution system with sway control, part number RP66153.


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