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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 Weight Distribution System Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to be installing Reese's Weight Distribution System, part number RP67509. This weight distribution system is going to take weight off your rear axle and reposition it evenly onto your front axle. This'll help restore breaking and handling performance that was lost due to the load. Additionally, it'll help level out your headlights. With that extra weight on the back, it tilts your headlights up, reducing visibility at night. This will also help increase that nighttime driving safety.Also, this is going to return your vehicle back to its normal alignment.


Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System Installation - 2003 Nissan Frontier

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2003 Nissan Frontier, we're gonna be installing Reese's Strait-Line Weight Distribution System, Part# RP66083.A weight distribution system is gonna take that weight of your trailer that's lowering down the back of your vehicle and help return that factory ride height and make it overall handle better. This is gonna take the weight from your trailer and redistribute it evenly on both your front and rear axle. That's gonna get you closer to your factory unloaded ride height, and it's gonna make it handle much closer to as if you weren't pulling a trailer.As a side benefit, it's gonna lower your headlights while hooked up to a trailer making it easier to see at night and allow your trailer to track behind your vehicle more accurately so you don't have to worry about those turns where your trailer just doesn't follow you quite right.And unlike other weight distribution systems that connect directly to the arms using the chain, this one has the pivoting bracket that works as an anti-sway. This will help keep your trailer from bobbing back and forth when going down the road. It will make you feel better when going over uneven pavement.This weight distribution system is suited for trailers with a ton weight between 400 and 800 pounds and can work with up to a 10,000 pound gross trailer weight, and unlike some weight distribution systems, you can back up with this one. You don't have to worry about disconnecting anything when you get in a tight spot.Before you begin your installation, you're gonna wanna take some measurements.


Fastway Weight Distribution FA92-00-0450 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Fast Way E2 Weight Distribution System, with two point sway control. Now, weight distribution is designed to evenly distribute weight over the axles of your tow vehicle, and your trailer. It's going to offer better stability and control while driving. It creates a more level ride for both the tow vehicle and the trailer. This particular system features two-point sway control. It's integrated into the unit, which sway control is designed to limit that side-to-side movement.


Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution EQ37141ET Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at an Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System with integrated 4 point sway control. A weight distribution system creates a more stable ride for your tow vehicle and your trailer. This unit features a 2-5/16" hitch ball. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 14,000 lbs. It's designed for trailers that have a tongue weight capacity or a tongue weight of 1,000 to 1,400 lbs. It fits a 2"x2" hitch that's rated for use with a weight distribution system, and as you can see, your adjustable shank or weight distribution shank is not included.


Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution EQ37121ET Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at an Equalizer Weight Distribution System with Four Point Sway Control. Now a weight distribution system creates a more stable ride for your tow vehicle and your trailer. This unit features a 2 5/16" hitch ball. Has a gross towing weight capacity of 12,000 pounds and it's designed for trailers that have tongue weight of 800 to 1,200 pounds. It fits a 2" x 2" trailer hitch receiver that's rated for use with weight distribution. The adjustable shank or the weight distribution shake is sold separately so it's not included with this kit.


Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution EQ37101ET Review

Speaker 1: Today we're taking a look at the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System with Integrated -4-Point Sway Control. A weight distribution system creates a more stable ride for your tow vehicle and your trailer. This unit features a 2-5/16" hitch ball. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 10,000 pounds. This is designed for trailers that have a tongue weight of 600 to 1,000 pounds.It fits a 2" by 2" trailer hitch receiver that's rated for use with weight distribution. The adjustable shank, or the weight distribution shank, is sold separately, so it's not included with this kit.


Fastway e2 Weight Distribution Installation - 2014 Ram 2500

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Ram 2500. We're going to be installing the Fastway E2 weight distribution system. Part number FA94-00-1033. To assist with this installation, we're also going to be using the equalizer weight distribution shank, part number EQ90-02-4900 and a two and 5/16 inch hitch ball for the equalizer weight distribution system part number EQ91-00-6120.So as you can see before when making turns, the trailer didn't want to follow closely behind the vehicle. Causing some angle that you really had to look out for in your mirror. And now it more closely follows behind me, making it a smoother, easier turn.So as you can see here while driving along, turning and going over bumps.


Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution EQ37140ET Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're taking a look at the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System with 4-Point Sway Control. Now, a weight distribution system creates a more stable ride for your tow vehicle and for your trailer. This unit features a 2 5/16 inch hitch ball, it's included. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 14000 pounds, and it is designed for trailers that have a tongue weight of 1000 to 1400 pounds. It slides into 2-inch by 2-inch trailer hitch receiver that's rated for us with weight distribution.Now, with the weight distribution system, one of the main components is the spring bar. Adding spring bars to your towing setup really helps apply leverage, which transfers the load that is pushing down on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on both your tow vehicle and your trailer.


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Weight Distribution Questions and Answers

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Weight Distribution for 2,000 lbs Tongue Weight and 18,000 lbs Gross Trailer Weight 2012 GMC Sierra
  • The shank that is included with the Blue Ox Sway Pro system, # BXW2000, is shank # BXW4018. According to Blue Ox, the shank by itself is rated for 2,000 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight.
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  • Can Air Bags and a Weight Distribution Hitch be Used Together?
  • It is possible to use a weight distribution system and air spring suspension enhancement together in a 2013 Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty, though if you are experiencing sag with a weight distribution system, it may not have the proper rating for the tongue weight of the trailer. To choose a proper weight distribution system, the most important thing to know is the total tongue weight of your setup. Your total tongue weight is the loaded tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight...
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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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  • 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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  • Difference Between Fastway E2 and Equalizer Weight Distribution System
  • The benefits of an Equal-I-zer hitch over the e2 is primarily the improved 4-point sway control of the Equal-I-zer. The 4-point sway control utilizes steel on steel friction at the arms as well as in the hitch head to stop sway. The e2's 2-point sway control uses the same steel on steel friction at the arms to fight sway. Another difference in these systems is that the Equal-I-zer system includes a hitch ball, but the e2 does not. For the e2 system, you will want a hitch ball with a...
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  • How to Determine the Maximum Towing Weight for a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • You will need to check your vehicle owners manual, the drivers side door jamb, and the trailer hitch itself, to determine the maximum towing capacity for your specific vehicle. I did some research on the internet and found that the 2008 Toyota Highlander, is rated for from 2,000 lbs towing up to 5,000 lbs towing if properly equipped for max towing. Actually checking your specific vehicle is the only safe way to determine the maximum capacity. You should be able to select a nicely...
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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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  • Can You Back Up a Trailer when Using Weight Distribution
  • Some weight distribution system prohibit reversing because doing so could damage the system. If you are backing up in a straight line though it would be fine. But to make turns while backing up you would need to disengage the spring bars and/or the friction sway control unit, like on # PS49903, and then maneuver the trailer. Some systems do not have this restriction including the Reese Strait-Line systems and Blue Ox Sway Pro systems. If using a weight distribution system that does not...
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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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  • 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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  • Which is Better Round Bar Weight Distribution or Trunnion Head
  • The difference between the two systems is basically the attachment point. One is not better than the other except that the trunnion bars are a little easier to install than the round bars that require a clip to hold them into the head. For the round bars it is easier to adjust the angle of the ball mount to get the system in the correct position for towing and weight distribution. The Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch, item # RP66074, is an excellent system that controls sway before...
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  • Does Weight Distribution Lower Tongue Weight on Hitch of Tow Vehicle
  • Weight distribution works to distribute the tongue weight of a trailer up to the front axle of the tow vehicle so that it will sit more level and handle/brake better. That being said the systems do not "reduce" tongue weight or allow you to tow beyond the capacities of the vehicle. Typically though there is a second higher capacity for the hitch for when weight distribution is used. You would need to check for that figure and be sure that the loaded tongue weight does not exceed this...
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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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