5 Things to Know About Weight Distribution Hitches

If your trailer's swaying has you white-knuckling the wheel, if steering and stopping your rig is a harrowing experience, or if your tow vehicle's headlights are pointed toward the sky, you probably need a weight distribution hitch. A weight distribution hitch (or weight distribution system) helps to ensure a smooth, level ride and allows you to tow at the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch. It also helps to correct tow vehicle sag, improve steering and stopping, and—when used with sway control—correct trailer sway.
Read on to learn:
  • What is a Weight Distribution Hitch, and How Does It Work?
  • When Do You Need a Weight Distribution Hitch?
  • Does a Weight Distribution Hitch Increase Towing Capacity?
  • Can Weight Distribution Be Used with Surge Brakes?
  • What Are the Components of a Weight Distribution System?
Weight Distribution Hitch
Weight Distribution Hitch
Weight Distribution Hitch

What is a Weight Distribution Hitch, and How Does It Work?

What is a Weight Distribution Hitch?

A weight distribution hitch is a system designed to create a level, stable ride when you tow a trailer. Basically, a weight distribution hitch will help keep your towing setup level and make sure the weight of your trailer doesn't cause undue stress on your vehicle.
Vehicle and trailer without weight distribution
Without a weight distribution hitch: the additional weight of the trailer on the vehicle's rear axle causes the vehicle's back end to sag and the front end to point upward.

What Happens to Your Vehicle When you Tow a Trailer?

To understand why a weight distribution hitch works, it's important to understand what happens to your vehicle when you tow a heavy trailer behind it. When you tow a trailer with a standard, rear-mounted hitch, your trailer's tongue weight is transferred to the rear axle of your tow vehicle. This can weigh down your vehicle's back end and cause the front end to point upward, especially on vehicles that have suspension designed for everyday comfort. If this happens, your vehicle's rear axle will bear the weight of not only the trailer, but much of your tow vehicle's weight as well. What's more, the lessened weight on the vehicle's front axle can diminish your steering, traction, and stopping power. Your view of the road may be limited due to the awkward angle, and you may experience increased trailer sway.
Vehicle and trailer with weight distribution
How Does Weight Distribution Help?Weight distribution systems use spring bars to help combat these issues. Spring bars apply leverage to either side of your setup, which transfers the load at the rear of the vehicle to all axles on your tow vehicle and trailer. This even distribution of weight results in a smooth, level ride, as well as the ability to tow at the maximum capacity of your hitch.
Weight Distribution Hitch Correction

When Do You Need a Weight Distribution Hitch?

Your tow vehicle's owner's manual should provide you with tow weight specifications and information regarding weight distribution use. For instance, the 2018 Chevy Traverse owner's manual states that weight distribution and sway control are required when towing a trailer over 5,000 lbs.For safety and liability reasons, you should always comply with manufacturer instructions. If you choose not to, and a problem arises, your insurance company may not be there to help (especially for a commercial business) since you chose to ignore manufacturer recommendations.Even if you are within the towing limits set by your equipment, vehicle manufacturer, etc., there are other indicators that you may benefit from a weight distribution hitch, including:
  • Your trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50% of your vehicle's weight (GVWR)
  • The rear of your tow vehicle sags when the trailer is hooked up
  • You experience trailer sway
  • Your tow vehicle's headlights point upward
  • You find it difficult to steer or stop your rig
  • You want to tow to the highest capacity allowed by your trailer hitch
Weight Distribution vs AirbagsA common question we receive is whether weight distribution or airbags are needed when the rear of the vehicle sags beneath a load. The recommendation is as follows:Vehicle sag due to load in the truck bed: airbagsVehicle sag due to trailer connection: weight distribution
Weight Distribution Hitch - Truck Towing Trailer

Does a Weight Distribution Hitch Increase Towing Capacity?

If your hitch is rated for use with weight distribution, the weight distribution system will allow you to tow at the maximum capacity of the hitch. Weight distribution doesn't "increase" your hitch's capacity so much as it allows the hitch to be used at its maximum capacity. Check the hitch's ratings to determine your towing capacity with and without weight distribution. Note that only designated Class III, IV, or V hitches may be used with weight distribution systems.You should also note that a weight distribution system does not increase the towing capacity of your vehicle. Your towing system will only be as strong as its lowest-rated component. You should always abide by the stated towing capacities of your vehicle and towing equipment. Failure to do so can result in equipment damage or failure.Keep in mind that not all hitches are designed for use with weight distribution systems. Always check the trailer hitch's weight rating label for a weight distribution towing capacity. If there is no such capacity listed, then a weight distribution system cannot be used.
Weight Distribution Sticker Label - With vs Without Weight Distribution
Example: The top sticker indicates that a weight distribution hitch may be used. Using weight distribution will allow you to tow up to 12,000 lbs rather than 8,000 lbs. The bottom label indicates that a weight distribution hitch may not be used.
Weight Distribution Hitch

Can Weight Distribution Be Used with Surge Brakes?

Only specified weight distribution hitches can be used with surge brakes. Most chain-style systems are not compatible with surge brakes as they do not allow for enough back and forth movement of the trailer to activate the actuator.Some manufacturers have rated their chain-style weight distribution systems as surge brake compatible, but you should note that adding friction sway control bars to these systems will make the system incompatible with surge brakes. To make sure your brakes operate at maximum effectiveness and are not prevented from compressing, it is recommended that you do not use a chain/snap-up bracket system with your surge brakes. You can shop for weight distribution hitches compatible with surge brakes. You can also browse systems compatible with electric brakes.
Weight Distribution Hitch Components

What Are the Components of a Weight Distribution System?

A weight distribution system requires 5 main components in order to operate:
  • Class III, IV, or V trailer hitch receiver rated for use with weight distribution
  • Weight distribution shank (slides into trailer hitch)
  • Weight distribution head assembly
  • Spring bars
  • Frame brackets
Trailer Hitch Receiver

1. Trailer Hitch Receiver

The trailer hitch receiver attaches to the frame of your vehicle and provides the receiver opening that the weight distribution shank slides into.
Weight Distribution Shank

2. Weight Distribution Shank

The weight distribution shank slides into your trailer hitch receiver and provides an attachment point for the weight distribution head assembly. Shanks are available in many lengths, drops, and rises to ensure your trailer is level with your vehicle.You can purchase a weight distribution hitch with a shank, or you can purchase a hitch without a shank and purchase the shank separately. Purchasing a shank separately would be a better choice, for instance, if you require a greater rise or drop than provided by the standard shank included in the kit.For more on finding your hitch rise or drop, check out our article here.
Weight Distribution Head Assembly

3. Weight Distribution Head Assembly

The head assembly type will differ between systems, so most won't look exactly alike. However, all head assemblies will attach to the weight distribution shank, provide a place to mount the hitch ball for trailer hookup, and provide the spring bar attachment point. The head assembly will also be used to fine-tune the amount of leverage applied to the system.Many standard head assemblies have built-in platforms for mounting friction sway control bars. Friction sway control bars mount to a smaller ball on the side of the weight distribution head. Some heads only have ball holes for a right-side attachment. Others, like those pictured below, have dual platforms so that you can mount a sway control bar on either side (or both sides) of your trailer.Many premium systems also feature sway control points in the head assembly itself for the most stable ride.
Weight Distribution Head Assembly
Weight distribution head assembly
Weight distribution head assembly with hitch ball and spring bars
Weight distribution head assembly with hitch ball and spring bars attached
Weight distribution head assembly with dual sway control
Weight distribution head assembly with dual sway control attachment points
Weight Distribution Spring Bars

4. Spring Bars

Spring bars apply leverage to your towing setup, thereby distributing the load on the rear of your vehicle to all the axles on your tow vehicle and trailer. Spring bars come in round, trunnion, and square shapes. Check out our article, Confidently Choose Your Weight Distribution Hitch - Here's 5 Tips , for help on choosing between them.
Weight Distribution Frame Brackets

5. Frame Brackets

Frame brackets mount to the frame of your trailer and are used to hold the spring bars in place.Various types of bracket designs are available. Standard weight distribution systems use a bracket and chain system to secure the spring bars to the trailer. However, many higher-end systems have specially designed sway-control brackets for additional trailer control.
Weight distribution standard snap-up bracket
Standard snap-up bracket
Friction sway control bracket
Friction sway control bracket
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Questions and Comments about this Article

William H.

I’m towing some trailers for storm clean up with my Ford F-350 single tire. Most of the time they send us in after the storm but sometimes we have winds from the storm still blowing. I’ve had bad trailer sway and I need this to stop. This last trip to Pensacola was terrible. I can not permanently install mounts on the trailer because I’ll be pulling a different one next time. What would be the best way to solve the issue?? Do you have any recommendations on which brand would give me the best results? Thank You in Advance!! 99188

Reply from Jon G.

If your trailers all weigh the same then you can definitely get a clamp-on style weight distribution (WD) system, otherwise your best bet would be to go with the Blue Ox SwayPro system because you can swap out the bars depending on the weight of your trailer (see attached answer page). 73757

Stevenb

I’m looking to find out what weight distribution bars are right to pull my Alto trailer (GVWR 2700 lbs) but trailer weight actually only 1780 lbs, to my BMW X1 AWD (towing capacity 3970 lbs). Is there a lighter-duty version of these bars that’s the right fit? 99173

Reply from Jon G.

For your application you can use the Blue Ox SwayPro # BXW0350 which is rated for up to 350 lbs of tongue weight. You will also need a hitch ball like the 2" part # 63845 . 73755

Robert P.

Will a WDH carry some of the tongue weight for the tow vehicle? Looking at buying a trailer with a max tongue capacity of 709, dry weight of 5300 while my Sequoia has a max cap of 710, tow cap of 7100? I read that a WDH will redistribute a couple hundred of pounds to both TT and TV axles thereby affording me to pull the TT. TIA! 99133

Reply from Jon G.

A WDH will help to redistribute the tongue weight of your trailer but you still want to hang around the max tongue weight that your vehicle is listed at. The good news is that you want to try to shoot for a tongue weight that is 10-15% of the loaded weight of the trailer. So while it seems that adding weight into the trailer will only increase the tongue weight, that really depends on where you place that cargo. Place it behind the axle and your tongue weight will actually decrease. For your application I recommend using the Reese Strait-Line # RP66084 with the 2" hitch ball # A-90 or the 2-5/16" hitch ball # 19286 . 73709

Michael

Have a 99 Silverado that I have active air bag helpers on my tow vehicle and wondering how this affects adding a weight distribution system? Pulling a travel trailer we just bought about 4500lbs. If the air bags are keeping me level do I need a wds and should I be looking at sway control instead. Thank you 98777

Reply from Jon G.

While air bags will help to level out your towing setup, a weight distribution (WD) system will be much better overall. An air bag is essentially filling up some space while a WD will be placing the load evenly between all of the axles for the setup. Most WD systems are compatible with air bags so you can use something like the Husky Center Line # HT32215 to accomplish this. 73567

Mario M.

I’m towing my travel trailer that says it’s weight is 5800 pounds. My Hummer h2 max rated us 7,000 pounds. Am i ok with my weight I believe after im fully loaded with everything i fell like 6800. Am i ok with my weight 98741

Reply from Jon G.

As long as you don't exceed your max towing capacity then you'll be okay. Since you'll be pretty close to maxing out the weight rating I do recommend making sure you can use a weight distribution system and I'd also look into adding a supplemental transmission cooler as well (see attached). 73394

Jen B.

Hello. I own a 2009 Kia Borrego V8 with tow rating of 7500 lbs. I plan to tow a trailer with dry weight of 3654, hitch weight 435, cargo capacity of 1181. The GVWR on my vehicle is 5953 lb with cc of 1157lbs. I'm not sure of is if my vehicle allows for this type of hitch. My vehicle was only made one year so there's not a lot of information out there. What would you recommend? 98572

Reply from Jon G.

You're going to need to check your owner's manual and/or reach out to your local Kia dealer to confirm if that's okay or not. With a tow rating of 7,500 lbs I'd imagine you'll be just fine using one but it's always best to be safe and double check. 73392

Reply from Jennifer B.

@JonG I did confirm my vehicle allows for a WDH with max trailer weight of 7500 lbs. Based on the trailer info I provided, what hitch would you recommend? 73397

Reply from Jon G.

@JenniferB For your application I recommend going with the 8K BlueOx SwayPro which comes with a standard shank # BXW0753 or the larger shank # BXW0756 along with a hitch ball # 63845 . This might seem overrated by the towing weight capacity but just remember that you want to base the weight distribution choice off of the loaded tongue weight of the trailer plus any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. 73566

Reply from Jen B.

@JonG thank you! 73684

Reply from Jon G.

@JenniferB Happy to help out! 73696

Ev

I have a 2012 Toyota Tacoma stick shift I need to pull a 7200 pound camper with a weight distribution hitch on flatlands highway will I be OK? 98091

Reply from Jon G.

From what I could find the in online version of the owner's manual it looks like the max towing rating for your 2012 Toyota Tacoma is either 3,500 lbs if it didn't come with the tow package or 6,500 lbs if it did come with the tow package. Either way your 7,200 lb trailer is well over the max towing weight rating and I really don't think that's a good idea. You're going to either need to look into borrowing a bigger truck or purchasing one if you plan on towing this trailer regularly. 72997

Sharon

Thanks for the article! I was in a near death roll-over after hitting some crosswinds with my horse trailer and jack-knifing so I do not want to white knuckle it with our new TT. We're pulling a 31' MPG with a hitch weight of 608 and a gross of 7608. Would rather go a bit more than what we need than getting by with as little as possible. The peace of mind in feeling safe is priceless! Someone suggested an Equal-i-zer 1200/12,000. I don't mind going a bit overkill for a smoother ride, but I don't want to throw money away on something that won't make a difference. Suggestions? 98090

Reply from Jon G.

First of all I'm glad to hear that you made it out of that scary situation. The 12K Equal-i-zer # EQ37120ET is a great system and I have no problems recommending it. It has received a LOT of praise from our customers and is really becoming a staple in the towing industry. Don't get mixed up with the towing rating though because what you actually want to look at is the tongue weight rating. For this the tongue weight rating is 800 lbs - 1,200 lbs so you want to shoot for the middle when it comes to total tongue weight. Total tongue weight is the loaded tongue weight of your trailer plus any weight behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. Add those together and if that number falls in the middle of the range mentioned above you're all set! 72996

Reply from Sharon

@JonG ,Thanks! Stupid question though - how can you "shoot for the middle" until you have the hitch to test it? I'm really a fairly intelligent person, but I'm finding myself very confused by this. We need to get the WDH/sway control in order to pick up our RV 1200 miles away. So, do you just do it by trial and error and resell if you made the wrong choice? This has become quite frustrating. One major piece of information I meant to include but obviously forgot, we are towing with an F350 Super Duty Diesel. 73013

Reply from Jon G.

@Sharon Here is what I'd do if I were in your shoes. I would try to determine how much cargo I'll have sitting behind the rear axle of my F-350 when it's time to go camping and then take 13% of the GVWR for that trailer and act like that's you're loaded tongue weight. When the trailer is unloaded the ride might feel a little more rigid but that will all change once you have everything loaded up for a trip. You'll just have to make sure that you shoot for that 13% tongue weight when you actually load up the trailer. I recommend picking up a portable scale like part # e99044 so that you don't have to use the bathroom scale method (see attached FAQ) or run by a weigh station each time you load up just to make sure you're safe. 73182

Dan R.

I'm looking at buying a Jayco 18BH, dry weight of 2700lb, GVW of 3500lb. The seller has a brand new Curt 17499 hitch that are including that was professionally installed for them. That system, the lightest duty available in that brand, is designed for 5000-8000 lbs trailers. It doesn't sound to me like they towed it much, it sits on a permanent site a few miles from their house. What are the chances that hitch is not the right hitch to be using? Will it function properly with the lighter trailer? Thanks. 98001

Reply from Jon G.

It actually might be just right and here is why; instead of going by the trailer weight you'll actually go by the tongue weight range of the weight distribution (WD) system - for the Curt # C17499 the range if 500 lbs - 800 lbs. So what you need to do is load the trailer up as if you were going on a trip (making sure that your trailer tongue weight is 10-15% of the loaded weight of the trailer) and then add the weight of any cargo sitting behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. Since 15% of 3,500 lbs is 525 this would give you a little wiggle room as far as cargo goes in the back of your vehicle. 72995

Stanley G.

I have a 2020 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited with towing package installed. The Mopar hitch is described as "Two-Inch Class 2 Hitch Receiver, 3500-lb Tow Cap., 350-lb Tongue Wt". I was planning on pulling a small RV such as a Casita, RPod, or [email protected] I read that a weight distribution system was recommended. Your FAQ states "that only designated Class III, IV, or V hitches may be used with weight distribution systems." Does that mean I should not use a wd system with the oem hitch? 97937

Reply from Jon G.

I'm honestly not sure that I've ever heard of a Class II hitch with a 2" receiver. In your case I'd check the label of the hitch to see if it says anything about using weight distribution or not. If you can't find anything about that then check your owner's manual and/or with your local dealer to see if they have any input and go with what they say. 72994

Reply from Stanley G.

@JonG There is no label on the Mopar hitch, at least not one that I can find. The owner's manual classifies hitches by weight limit. Class I Light Duty 2000 lbs, Class II Medium Duty 3500 lbs, Class III Heavy Duty 5000 lbs, Class IV Extra Heavy Duty 10000 lbs, I guess since the 4-dr Wrangler has a Max GTW of 3500 lbs, they classify it as Class II. The manual does mention a weight distribution system, but is vague. "A weight-distributing hitch works by applying leverage through spring (load) bars. They are typically used for heavier loads to distribute trailer tongue weight to the tow vehicle's front axle and the trailer axle(s). When used in accordance with the manufacturer's directions, it provides for a more level ride, offering more consistent steering and brake control thereby enhancing towing safety. The addition of a friction/hydraulic sway control also dampens sway caused by traffic and crosswinds and contributes positively to tow vehicle and trailer stability. Trailer sway control and a weight distributing (load equalizing) hitch are recommended for heavier Tongue Weights (TW) and may be required depending on vehicle and trailer configuration/loading to comply with Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) requirements. WARNING! An improperly adjusted Weight Distributing Hitch system may reduce handling, stability, braking performance, and could result in a collision. Weight Distributing Systems may not be compatible with Surge Brake Couplers. Consult with your hitch and trailer manufacturer or a reputable Recreational Vehicle dealer for additional information." 73103

Reply from Jon G.

@StanleyG Since the manual doesn't say outright that you can't use a weight distribution system then I would veer on the side of being able to use one. It would be best to check with your local dealer though just to be on the safe side. 73187

Kate

I hope you can help. We just bought our first camper, Jayco Humminbird 17BH. GVWR 3950 lbs, it states Dry Hitch weight 345 lbs. Our tow vehicle currently is a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD, about to upgrade to a new 2021 Tacoma. RV sales suggested we needed a WDH with sway, all the hitches I am researching start at 6000 lbs. Is it required? and if so which one? Much appreciated. 97811

Reply from Jon G.

We recommend using a WDH whenever the trailer exceeds half of the weight of the tow vehicle. Since this is the case for your 2021 Tacoma I'd definitely go with one. For a WDH I recommend the Husky Center Line # HT32215 . Just be sure to keep your loaded trailer tongue weight between 10-15% of the loaded trailer weight and you'll be just fine. 72671

Reply from Kate

@JonG Thanks so much! 72673

Brad

I need some advise. Looking to buy our first travel trailer and not sure which WDH would work best for me? Good but not break the bank. I have a 2010 Dodge Ram Crew Cab with 20" tires/ 5.7 Hemi/ 6800 GVWR. Also is the GVWR weight the amount of weight I can pull when loaded. Getting conflicting reports on what I can and can't tow. Making it difficult to decide on a trailer size. Thank you! 97312

Reply from Jon G.

Open up your driver's side door and find the sticker in the door jamb. Locate the GCWR and the GVW capacities and then subtract the GVW from the GCWR and that will be the max trailer weight that your vehicle can tow. When it comes to a weight distribution system you want to choose one that has a tongue weight range that your loaded tongue weight falls in the middle of. Your loaded tongue weight is the tongue weight of your loaded trailer plus any cargo sitting behind the rear axle of your Dodge Ram. 72669

Reply from Brad

@JonG . Hey Jon thanks for responding to my comment. The only thing listed on my door jamb sticker is the GVWR and the GAWR. The GVWR is 6800. 72670

Reply from Brad

@JonG Hi Jon . Just found my GCVR its 14000. I'm guessing minus the 6800. Gives me my towing capacity. 7200lbs 72687

Reply from Jon G.

@Brad That's the number I'd go with! 73027

Reply from Bradley O.

@JonG Thanks Jon!! 73055

Carolyn

I have a 2019 F150, the 330. I have been hauling a little 16 ft Shasta on a ball hitch. I'm purchsing a 2016 Lance model 1995. It's 23' and weighs just under 4k empty. According to the specs it has a 'hitch weight' of 3.3L. I'm not sure what 'hitch weight is referring to, the tongue weight? Anyway, could you make a recommendation of what size and brand of hitch I should buy? 97228

Reply from Jon G.

Yeah tongue weight is also referred to as hitch weight when it comes to specs. Since your GVWR is 5,700 lbs you're going to want something rated a little over the 10-15% tongue weight recommendation to account for any cargo behind the rear axle on your F-150. For your application I recommend the Strait-Line # RP66083 along with the 2" # A-90 or 5-1/26" # 19286 hitch ball, depending on what your trailer coupler size. 72667

Jeff

I am pulling a 2014 Coachman Clipper 17bh(2800lbs dry) with a 2020 F150. I use WD bars because I already owned them from towing said trailer with a van. Everything I read says to hook up WD bars on a level surface, but that is hard to come by where I live. Will I still receive the benefit of WD if I hook it all up in my driveway. My driveway has about a 25 Degree straight slope from the garage down to the road. If I can still get the same amount of chain links, does it really matter if I'm on a level surface or not? Thankyou! 96856

Reply from Chris R.

Setting up the WD system on a level surface is just to ensure you create a level setup with the truck and trailer. If you're still able to create this and the system is working well once installed, there's no real issue hooking it up in your driveway. 70996

David T.

Looking for an adjustable height WDH for a 2016 2500 HD duramax 4 door 6' bed 4x4, stock ride height. To tow an Artic Fox 25r trailer with C channel frame and GVWR of 7000#. TW of about 700 #. The trailer sitting level has a 2 5/16" ball height of 26". My current non adjustable WDH sits at 22 with about 300# gear, and fiber glass camper shell, in bed un hitched. Total weight in bed when traveling will be about 800 # What trailer WDH will work with my set up. I measured center of ball down frame rails of trailer and I have space to mount chain style WDH between the 29-35" range. 96537

Reply from Chris R.

Are you just needing something that can match the hitch ball height on the truck? If so, you shouldn't need a whole new system but simply a new adjustable shank that offers a greater drop, such as the Reese # RP3344 . 70995

Barry S.

When attaching the E2 weight distribution bars, is better to have the truck bed empty when using the trailer jack to raise the ball high enough to install? It feels like a large amount of stress/pressure for the trailer tongue to be holding on to the ball. Thanks for any help. 96218

Reply from Chris R.

You can unload the bed when raising the spring bars just to make it a bit easier. Keeping it loaded wouldn't put too much stress on the ball though. 70994

Reply from Barry S.

@ChrisR thank you for your help. Since it doesn’t seem to matter if I install loaded or unloaded, I’ll likely stick with the unloaded. I won’t be putting too much in the truck bed anyway. 71088

Bill N.

I have a 2015 F150 Supercrew 4x4 ecoboost with 5.5' Box. My new travel trailer is 35' with a hitch weight of 865 lbs and GVWR of 8000 lbs. I am currently using a Fastway e2 Trunnion hitch which I used on my old trailer. I adjusted the L bracket so the spring arms are parallel to the frame of the trailer and added two additional washers for a total of 6. Unhitched measuring from the top of the wheel well to the base of the wheel before and after being hitched is 32 1/4" vs 32 7/8" We recently went on long trip with everything fully loaded. We had a CAT Scale weight measurement of 2880 lbs front axle, 4520 lbs rear axle, 6920 lbs trailer axles with a gross weight of 14320 lbs. It tows relatively well, but I feel like it could use more weight distribution. Originally the L brackets were up one notch, but the force on the spring arms seem very high and it was noisy. Thanks, 95304

Reply from Chris R.

Can you tell me what specific model Fastway system you have installed along with whether or not that 865 pound tongue weight you listed is with the trailer fully loaded? 70107

Ryan

I have a 2001 F-150. I want to haul my IH35a tractor. The tractor weighs around 4000lbs. I have a 14k equipment trailer that weighs about 2900lbs. My owner’s manual on my truck indicates I can tow close to 8000lbs. I believe I have a class 3 Reese hitch, two inch shank. What WD system would you recommend? Thanks. 95263

Reply from Chris R.

So you're looking at close to a 7,000 pound trailer when fully loaded, correct? If that's the case then I think the Equal-i-zer # EQ37121ET will work perfectly. 70106

Joy G.

Hi, I cant lift my trailer tongue high enough to place the sway bars. What are my options? 94694

Reply from Chris R.

Using the A-frame jack on the trailer to lift it up a bit is typically the easiest solution here. Is the jack not able to lift the tongue high enough? 70105

Jerry M.

I have a 2021 Bee 3 horse bumper pull trailer that I'll be pulling with 3 different vehicles. 2003 F-150 XLT. 2014 F-150 STX. 2017 class C RV on F-350 frame. Looks like I'll be towing around 6000 lbs. with a 2" ball. The problem I see using your hitch is how to attach it to the trailer. It's solid (no opening in the v-shaped area) between the front of the trailer and the tongue so I don't how the spring bar brackets would attach without some cutting. Is there another type bracket for this configuration? 94585

Sean C.

I have a 1986 gmc k15 that has everything swapped to 3/4 ton except for the frame, I have a 2020 Forest River vibe 24rl with a dry weight of 5600 lbs. I’m looking for a WDH and have been told that husky centerline is a good choice. But I have a 6” lift so what do you think would be a good option? Could I just get a drop shank that’s made for any WDH? 94579

Reply from Chris R.

The Husky Center Line is an excellent system. You can indeed just use an adjustable shank that provides the needed drop for your truck/trailer. The shanks are pretty interchangeable between brands, so there's not a need to stick with Husky. Something like the Equal-i-zer # EQ90-02-4400 offers a 9" drop and would work just fine with a Husky system. 69755

Scott

I just bought a 34' RV with a GVRW of 11,110lbs and Dry weight of 7,065. Tongue weight is 950lbs. The truck I will use to pull it is a 2001 Dodge Ram Dually 3500 with a GVRW of 10,500lbs. The GCRW is either 16K or 19K depending on the axle ration which I am checking on currently. The hitch already on the truck states Tongue weight of 1000lbs with WD and 500lbs without. Is this ok to pull the trailer without a WD system or would I need one? 94498

Reply from Chris R.

If the hitch on your Ram lists a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds without a WD system, and the trailer you plan on towing has a 950 pound tongue weight, you CANNOT safely pull this trailer without a WD system. For the system itself the Reese Strait-Line # RP66075 is a really good option here. 69753

Jonathan P.

We have a 2016 4 Runner and just bought a new travel trailer with a dry weight of 3100 lbs. we have the factory hitch system. 94487

Reply from Chris R.

In order to pick out a good WD system, I'll need to know the trailer's loaded weight. Do you happen to have this number? I can also use the trailer's GVWR if you know that. 69752

Reply from Jonathan P.

@ChrisR GVWR is 3,509, TW 449 69872

Reply from Chris R.

@JonathanP Thanks for the info! For that loaded trailer weight the Equal-l-izer Weight Distribution System # EQ37060ET will work great. 70104

Paul C.

We have an 05 Tacoma V6 4.0L with towing package and according to the manual it can tow 6,500. Have a 20ft camper, 3,300 dry weight with a 400lbs tongue weight. Truck has a 2" lift with 32.8" tall tires as well as Firestone helper bags to help keep things level. Took our trailer on a 4.5 hour drive, mostly on the interstate, but with winds you could definitely tell it was back there and swaying around. I would like to get the recommended kit for this setup to increase safety and stability. 94416

Reply from Chris R.

We can definitely get you set up with a properly rated WD system for your trailer. Do you by chance know its loaded weight, though? 69751

Reply from Sherrie

@PaulC I just got a new 2020 Tacoma SR5 (V6) and has the most miserable towing experience I've ever had with it! "Pre-Collision system failure" lights and warnings came on and stayed on! I had to get it checked (with RV in tow in rush hour traffic in a mountain city!) Wow, horrible. Anyway, I think the Tacoma hitch weight was the real issue. Winnebago rv has dry 575 hitch weight, then loaded I'm sure it went over the allowed 640! Very disappointed. Want a NEW Tacoma or RV??? :) 70504

Reply from Paul C.

@Sherrie I’ll take that Tacoma! Where you located? 71040

Reply from Paul C.

@ChrisR loaded trailer is about 4,500 pounds. We don’t fill up the water tanks 71041

Reply from Paul C.

What are the specs on your Tacoma? 71043

Reply from Jon G.

@PaulC I recommend going with the Reese Strait-Line # RP66083 along with either the 2" # A-90 or 2-5/16" # 19286 hitch ball (depending on your trailer coupler size. This works to fight sway before it starts instead of correcting it after the fact. 72666

Randy P.

I have the exact distribution head you picture. I recently moved up to a 2017 Silverado 2500. My trailer just sits my truck to level. I have done some local tows without the spring bars or anti sway, and it toss beautifully. My only concern is by not using the springbars, and I placing too much weight/stress on the ball, or can I continue toe this way? 94349

Reply from Chris R.

There's no problem with essentially using a weight distribution head as a standard ball mount. It's up to the task of supporting the trailer weight. 69750

Chase

Hello, I am towing a 20' single axle travel trailer. Gross weight w/ cargo is 4400-lbs. The specs say that the tongue weight is around 485-lbs, but I think it is more with the cargo loaded. What would your recommendation be for the size of distribution hitch? 94204

Reply from Chris R.

I agree that with the trailer loaded you're tongue weight will likely be a bit more than 485 pounds. For this size trailer the Fastway e2 # FA92-00-0800 , which has a tongue weight range of 400 to 800 pounds, will work perfectly. 69749

Tim

I looking at buying a travel trailer and towing it with vehicle&hitch rated for 8500lbs/850lbs. The trailer ways GBWR 7500lbs. What would be your recommendation for a WD system? 92069

Reply from Chris R.

For the tongue weight range you'll have with that size trailer I highly recommend the Reese Steadi-Flex # RP66560 . 69748

Mark M.

I have a 2007 Yukon XL Denali and have just purchased a travel trailer that weighs 7000# dry thus about 8,500# when loaded and my tongue weight is about 1100#. Which Curt system (with sway arms) do you recommend? 86278

Reply from Chris R.

With a 1,100 pound loaded tongue weight the Curt TruTrack # C17501 will work perfectly. 68115

Jay S.

Our 2016 R-Pod 178, purchased 2nd hand, came with a "Pro Series" WDH and Sway/Torsion control bar rig. Other than the Pro Series sticker, I cannot find anything that tells me what it's rating is, or it's Serial/Item #. Is there somewhere I can check. I'm just trying to document/understand the ratings for this particular WDH. I have a feeling it's slighly overkill for my needs, but it definitely helps keep the ride smooth. Previous owner was towing with a full-size Dodge Ram truck. I'm towing with a 2011 Honda Ridgeline RT (AWD). My truck has OEM, factory-installed hitch. 86154

Reply from Chris R.

It might be difficult to pin down its exact rating if there aren't any numbers printed anywhere on the system. Have you checked up and down the actual spring bars? I would say though that if it helps to smooth out your ride it's likely not too over-rated, if at all. You would typically feel an over-rated system (the ride wouldn't be smooth....). 68114

Bob C.

I'm looking at the Curt 17500 or 17501. The trailer in 6,800 lb GVW and 900 lb TW. Should I go with the one that is 1,000/10,000lb or go heavier with the 1,500/15,000lb. Is it good or bad to go a little more heavy duty. I need to order ASAP. Thanks 85982

Reply from Chris R.

For that size trailer I would definitely go with the lower-rated Curt # C17500 . Your total tongue weight should fall comfortably within its 800 to 1,000 pound tongue weight range. 67795

Eric S.

I have a 2019 Ford Explorer V6 4WD. I am considering buying a travel trailer with a gross weight of 3700 lbs. I have a class 3 hitch (which i bought from you and its great). What would you recommend as a setup for towing this weight trailer. 85926

Reply from Chris R.

For that size trailer you're looking at a total tongue weight of around 370 to 560 pounds. I highly recommend the Fastway # FA92-00-0600 for this application. 67794

Donal

I like over kill. Lol. Do they make a weight distribution system for a class I hitch. I have no plans to go over 2000lbs. I just like to be as safe as possible. I plan on building out a cargo trailer into an camper. It may not be able to do the 60/40 Thanks 84769

Reply from Chris R.

There's nothing I know of that would work with a Class I hitch - the hitch itself (and likely the tow vehicle as well) just isn't strong enough to handle the additional stress and force that a weight distribution system applies to the setup. 67793

John H.

Finally good information on what I'm looking for! I was looking at a Curt hitch system but the box said it had a capacity of 8-10K pounds. My truck pulls 9,200 and my RV is 7K fully loaded. Does the 8-10K lbs indicate that I need to go to a lesser duty weight distribution system (if they even exist), or will I still benefit from the same 8-10K system it even though it's heavier than what my trailer actually weighs? 84638

Reply from Chris R.

Your Curt WD system may be SLIGHTLY over-rated, but honestly once you load up the tow vehicle it won't be by much and may even end up being within range. The higher-rated setup shouldn't cause any adverse issues. You don't want to go overboard (you're not) but it's always better to have a system that's a bit over-rated than under-rated. 67792

Reply from John H.

@ChrisR Awesome, thanks for the helpful info and the helpful site. 67822

Reply from Chris R.

@JohnH No problem! 68113

Jason K.

Still finding some of this confusing. I have a 2016 Silverado LTZ Z71, 4WD, V8 that has sway control/towing package. I am going to be pulling a 20ft trailer with a gross weight max of 4,000 lbs, tongue weight around 400 lbs. It sounds like i do not need weight distribution, but does the truck have enough for sway control or would you recommend something additional? Thanks 81967

Reply from Chris R.

Your trailer isn't huge but it's still big enough that a weight distribution system with sway control would probably be pretty beneficial. Honestly the best way to determine this would be to simply hook the trailer up and take it for a ride, making sure to get some highway time in there. You'll notice pretty quickly if you want to add some sway control. If you see the rear of your Silverado drop a couple inches upon hookup, a weight distribution system will help to push it back up as well. If you find it's needed, I highly recommend the Fastway # FA92-00-0800 . 67345

Luke C.

Hello, I have a 2014 Ford Expedition EL Limited with a towing capacity of 8,900 pounds. I have a 2020 Forest River Cherokee 274BRBBL that is 32.5 feet. It weighs 6,200 pounds empty. I bought a 10,000 lb Blue Ox WD and Sway control hitch. When I drive down the road at 55/60 it is pretty bouncy. I am even with my trailer and my vehicle. Do you think I need to tighten the chains more on WD Hitch? Do I need to invest in a stronger suspension for the rear? Something else? Thank you for your time. 81935

Reply from Chris R.

If the ride is "bouncy" you may actually need to loosen the adjustment a bit. Does the Expedition and trailer sit level with the Blue Ox system in place? 67064

Juan

I have a 2017 Silverado 1500 2WD and my trailer is a 290BHS keystone bullet ultra light. Dry weight Is 5785 GVWR 7600 and hitch weight of 705. What kind of weight distribution hitch will I need to be able to tow my trailer safely. 81792

Reply from Chris R.

For this size trailer I highly recommend the Equal-i-zer WD System # EQ37120ET . 67063

Todd H.

I will be pulling a 24' enclosed car-hauler (all-aluminum) that will have a 3200lb car inside with a 2018 Jeep GC Trackhawk. Total trailer weight will be 5675. I'm assuming with the trailer only slightly less than the weight of the loaded truck I'd benefit greatly by a WD system. Time is not on my side so I'm assuming this is strongly enough suggested that I should just get one coming. Fair to say? 81766

Reply from Chris R.

I definitely recommend adding a weight distribution system to this setup. For that size trailer the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET will work perfectly. 67062

Nick

I’m new to the trailer ownership and am not sure if sway bars would be needed in my 2018 3500 Ram. It has auto level suspension. The trailer is 26’ @ about 6,000lbs dry. If I need sway bar and hitch, could you suggest one? Thank you! 81528

Reply from Chris R.

You've got a big truck and the weight of your trailer kind of puts you in that "in-between" spot when it comes to deciding if a WD system with sway control will offer a lot of benefit. Do you know the trailer's GVWR (the most it can weigh when fully loaded)? With this setup I honestly might take it out for a couple test drives first to see how it handles before looking to add anything. You'll know pretty quickly if you need to add in some sway control. 66776

Kris S.

I have a 2018 Forest River 177BH travel trailer (UVW 3095 lb) and I tow with a 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab. I am familiar with towing and have towed a 21ft ski boat with no issues. Since owning this travel trailer I have found it very uncomfortable to tow and I get fairly consistent sway and feedback when braking and hitting any bumps making it very uncomfortable to tow. Initially I thought it was due to single axle and low weight but I am concerned there are other issues. I am running an EAZ LIFT 48058 1,000 lbs Elite Kit with Sway Control arm currently and a CURT 51140 Brake Controller. Any suggestions or adjustments I should consider to alleviate my issues? 81210

Reply from Chris R.

I'm almost wondering if that EAZ LIFT WD System is a little over-rated. With a lighter trailer like that your tongue weight is probably closer to around 500 to 600 pounds. Did you happen to have the issues you described before installing the system as well - or is something you've always had hooked up? 66775

Annie D.

I have an older Honda Ridgeline, 2006 We just bought a Solaire palomino 147x (Hrybrid trailer). It is a 2020. The ball/hitch has a rise (maybe 3 or 4 “) it All looks level when hooked up. We are new to towing and we do get some sway every once in a while. Like I said we are new to this so it is always a bit of white knuckling. We don’t really know what is most helpful for a safe smooth ride- WD hitch, sway bars, trailer brakes. Which one is most helpful? Not looking to break the bank since the truck is old. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks. 80779

Reply from Chris R.

I think with a smaller trailer like this (which are definitely more prone to sway) you'd benefit a lot from a simple, standalone friction sway bar like the Curt # 17200 . This is going to work really hard to keep the camper in line while you're cruising down the highway. 66448

Steve P.

Hello. We have a 2016 F150 supercab 3.5L 6Cyl and will be towing a Lance 1475 Dry weight 2600 lbs, Dry Hitch 250 lbs aand GVWR 3700 lbs. Not sure if I necessarily need a WD system but would probably do a sway control either way. Thoughts? 80718

Reply from Chris R.

I do think you'd benefit a lot from a full WD system (with integrated sway control) since the trailer's GVWR is more than half of your F-150's weight. For a specific system I highly recommend the Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET . 66447

Scott

Just bought a crossroads sunset trail. 32bh. Trailer wt 6900lb and tongue 750. I already have an extra leaf in my rear springs for my overhead camper. I was trying to set up the weight distribution hitch. Followed all set up. Front of truck changed height by 1/2 inch. Rear dropped 2 inches. Trailer stayed level. Just wondering if the rear truck height is okay as it will never be level due to additional spring 80687

Reply from Chris R.

How much of a change did you actually get at the rear axle (was it dropped more than 2" before installing and setting up the WD system)? I feel like you could probably tilt the head a bit more to push up the rear closer to stock height, but a 2" drop isn't terrible, either. 66446

Reply from Scott

@ChrisR I already have 5 washers in and ball is slightly tilted towards trailer. You are suggesting another washer? 66465

Reply from Chris R.

@Scott Can you tell me what specific model weight distribution system you have? 66774

Reply from Scott

@ChrisR not sure. Got it off a buddy of mine. It came with his old trailer. There is no logo on it. But as I said with the tilt of my truck because of the extra spring it took 5 washers to tilt hitch just past level 66785

Reply from Chris R.

@Scott Thanks for the info. I wonder if the system is under-rated for your total tongue weight. I can't tell for certain without knowing the specific model though. Would you be able to email me some pictures of the setup directly? 67061

Brian S.

We have a 2013 BMW X5 Xdrive35i, curb/gross weight 4960/6371lbs. We bought a jayco 195RB GVWR 3500, dry hitch 280. Do we need a WD system and/or sway bar? 79243

Reply from Chris R.

Since the potential loaded weight of your trailer (3,500 pounds) is more than half the weight of your BMW X5, a weight distribution system is recommended and you'll see great benefits from using one. For a particular system that will work really well with this size trailer I highly recommend the Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET . 64050

Ben

Hello, I have a 2019 Toyota Tacoma with the factory tow hitch. I bought a 2021 Forest River Wolf Pup 16bhs. The gawr is 3500lbs. I am wondering if I should use a weight distribution hitch?... Thanks 78860

Reply from Chris R.

It looks like your Wolf Pup has a GVWR of 3,877 pounds - which is the most it can weigh when fully loaded. Any time a trailer weighs more than half of the truck that's towing it - a weight distribution system is a really good idea. Since your Tacoma weighs around 3,900 - 4,400 pounds, I do recommend using one. For this size trailer I specifically recommend the Equal-i-zer # EQ37060ET . 63782

Reply from Ben

@ChrisR Can you provide me with a cheaper alternative 63788

Reply from Chris R.

@Ben Absolutely. The Fastway # FA92-00-0600 will also work really well for this setup. 64107

Andrew L.

Hi I have a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT with a max towing capacity of 9200 LBS. According to the owners manual towing anything over 7000 LBS requires a weight distributing hitch that distributes 50%. I’m looking for recommendations on weight distributing hitch options. Thanks 78588

Reply from Chris R.

For a general recommendation I really like the Equal-i-zer systems. They offer a simple install that doesn't require drilling into the trailer frame and offer excellent sway control with their 4-Point setup. If you can tell me the weight of your trailer I will be happy to recommend a specific model. 63781

Marcelle W.

Hi there. We have a 2016 1500 Ram Ecodiesel. Per VIN Lookup, maximum payload is 1095# and max towing is 8695#. Please advise on weight distribution/anti-sway system and/or are the travel trailers too heavy. I’m estimating 725-800 in cab passenger/cargo weight which only leaves about 380 lbs for tongue weight, cargo in bed. TT#1: 6030 GVWR, HW 530, 3989 Dry, 2041 CC, 10 ft high, 21’10” long TT#2: 6500 GVWR, HW 550, 4282 Dry, 2218 CC, 10 ft high, 24’10” long TT#3: 7000 GVWR, HW 500, 4037 Dry, 2963 CC, 11 ft high, 22’4” long 78387

Reply from Chris R.

For both the 6,030 and 6,500 pound trailer I recommend the Equal-i-zer # EQ37100ET and for the heavier 7,000 pound GVWR trailer I recommend the Equal-i-zer # EQ37120ET . 63490

Chris C.

Hi I have a 2012 Honda CRV that tows 1500lbs. I just bought a 13 ft teardrop that weighs 1300lbs. I know that doesn’t give me much wiggle room. I am hitting brake controls on the car and I think I should get a WD system for safe measure. I live in Colorado and plan to tale this up into the mtns. A lot of steep grades up and down and want to make it as safe as possible. Any suggestions? 78086

Reply from Chris R.

We do have a few good systems for lighter trailers like this, but I'm wondering if your CR-V is rated for weight distribution. All the hitches we have available for this vehicle aren't able to be used with a WD system so I'm thinking the vehicle's frame might not be up the task (these systems do put a lot of stress onto the vehicle and hitch). I would try checking the CR-V's owner's manual to see if it says anything. If you're just worried about sway, you could add a standalone friction bar like the Curt # 17200 . 63489

Fred

I have a travel trailer with a UVW 5,380 lbs, a dry hitch weight of 710 and GVWR 7,355. Total length of trailer is 27' 9". Towing vehicle is a 2016 Ram 2500. Which weight distribution hitch would you recommend? 77987

Reply from Chris R.

With a 7,355 pound GVWR you're looking at a loaded tongue weight of around 735 to 1,100 pounds. For this setup with your Ram I really like the Equal-i-zer WD System # EQ37120ET . It includes all the components necessary (even the hitch ball). 63488

Steve H.

I have a diesel pusher with a rear axle gross weight rating of 17500 lbs. The scale says I already have 17000 on the rear axle. I want to tow a 8000 pound trailer, which means even a 7 % tongue load would technically be too much. Will a WD hitch fix this? 77706

Reply from Chris R.

A weight distribution system will re-distribute some of this weight so that the trailer's full tongue weight isn't sitting on the rear axle of your diesel pusher. Whether it's enough to drop you back under the vehicle's capacity just depends on the trailer's actual loaded tongue weight (7 percent is a really modest estimate - it'll be closer to around 10-15 percent). 63227

Rick C.

Pulled TT home (90mi) with new Husky w/d. The rear plate for spring bars has worn 1/8" on the back edge. Too high or too low? 77670

Reply from Chris R.

It sounds like the system might be a bit over-adjusted. Try removing a washer from the head (tilting it back towards the truck) to see if this helps. You might also re-take your front and rear fender measurements on the truck to see if the rear wheel well clearance is a bit larger - this is also an indication that the system is over-adjusted. 63226

Chris R.

Just purchased a 28’ travel trailer with 5300# weight and 600# TW tower with a GMC Sierra 1500. Trailer came with a WD system and when I hooked it all up, I verified that front and rear of truck were close in fender measurements but the trailer really sways over 55 mph. I have a feeling like there is not enough tongue weight as I can grab the hitch and easily lift it. Can the WD hitch take off too much tongue weight? 77056

Reply from Chris R.

That's definitely possible. You can try adjusting the system the other way to put some more weight at the rear of the truck - or you could simply add weight to the front of the trailer (either by actually adding cargo or simply moving things around). Just doing this should resolve a lot of that sway you're experiencing. 62617

Brian W.

I have 2 vehicles that I want to use to tow our ePro 16BH. We have the e2 trunnion style hitch system that was set up for our 2015 Jeep Wrangler. I now have a 2019 Ford F150 that I want to use to tow the trailer as well. The receiver on the F150 is 4" lower than the Jeep. Is this close enough or do I need to adjust the orientation? Thanks. 76829

Reply from Chris R.

You shouldn't really need to adjust anything other than using a different set of holes on the adjustable shank to create a level setup with the trailer. If you can't get enough rise on your existing shank just let me know and I can recommend an alternative. 62616

Reply from Brian W.

@ChrisR Ok. Didn't think of this until I was looking for shanks on your site. Can I reverse the shank to get additional rise? Thanks, Brian 63361

Reply from Chris R.

@BrianW You sure can! Just flip the adjustable shank over and use it in the "rise" position. 63487

Swilkey

Towing vehicle is a Ford Edge SEL FWD 3.5L V6. Want to pull a 13ft vintage trailer weighs 1350 lbs dry. What would you recommend? 76517

Reply from Chris R.

That's a relatively light trailer so I think the Equal-i-zer WD System # EQ37040ET will work extremely well. This will keep everything level between your Edge and the trailer while also greatly reducing any sway during travel. The system is good for a total tongue weight of up to 400 pounds, which you'll comfortably remain under. 62330

Chris K.

I have a Curt weight Distribution I purchased from you. I’m about to install it on my trailer. It’s to be used with a truck camper in the bed of my truck. Should I do the measurements for setup with the camper in the truck or keep the truck unloaded? 76474

Reply from Chris R.

Thanks so much for your business. When doing your pre-measurements you'll want to keep the in-bed camper off of the truck. This will allow you to adjust the system so it works to re-distribute the weight the camper is putting on the rear axle (along with the trailer you're actually towing) to level everything out as best as possible. 62329

Janet B.

Is this the same as a sway bar? 76365

Reply from Chris R.

A lot of weight distribution systems have integrated sway control, but I think you might be referring to a standalone sway bar like the Curt # 17200 . This is a bit different in that it ONLY helps to reduce sway (using friction) and doesn't work to actually re-distribute weight, create a more level ride, etc. 62328

Greg W.

One of my springbars pops off during travel. Ive tightened the bracket on frame yet it still loosens& that end of springbar pops off. Why? Ive rode w/ one springbar but want to fix issue. Any thoughts? 75827

Reply from Chris R.

Is this happening during normal travel, or only while making sharp turns/maneuvers with the trailer? The spring bar definitely shouldn't just be popping off during during normal highway driving. Can I ask what specific model weight distribution system you have? 61948

Reply from Greg W.

@ChrisR happens during turns 62495

Reply from Chris R.

@GregW Thanks for the info. The spring bars shouldn't pop out like that, but it can happen when trying to make really tight turns/maneuvers (such as trying to fit into a tight spot at the camp ground). If this is when it's happening I would disconnect the bars before doing this to prevent any damage. 62615

Don M.

I have two vehicles that will be used to tow our camper (2015 Rockwood Minilite). Vehicle 1 has a receiver height of 14" at the top. Vehicle 2 has a receiver height of 24" at the top. The camper WD and sway control system is a Husky Centerline TS inline. The shank now used with vehicle 1 is as an 8" rise. The hitch socket height on the camper is 17" at the top of the socket. The system is now set up for vehicle 1. To use Vehicle 2 I am thinking I may need a different shank, but I am not sure? Perhaps I can use the existing 8" shank in a drop formation? If I do need a longer shank, what length drop on the shank will I need for vehicle 2? Thanks! 75806

Reply from Chris R.

If the coupler height on your camper is 17" above the ground, you should only need a 7" drop on the WD shank to stay level with vehicle number 2. With this in mind your existing shank can be used with both vehicles - you'll just switch the rise/drop orientation like you mentioned. 61947

Natalie R.

Sometime my trailer to sway from side to side uncontrollably. I tried to correct it but counter-steering only made the swaying worse. But your information in the post will provide a lot. Thanks for your help! 75678

Reply from Chris R.

No problem! If you haven't picked out a sway setup already, I would be happy to make some specific recommendations if you can give me a bit more info on your trailer, such as its loaded weight, etc. 61821

Don W.

My vehicle is a 2017 Buick Enclave towing a bushwacker plus tear camper. 3.6 v6 and the camper weighs 1900 dry plus 925. Tongue weight is 260. I have a equalizer brand sway bar that is too heavy. What lighter sway bar system would you recommend? Thanks! 75487

Reply from Chris R.

With a loaded trailer weight of 2,825 pounds, you're looking at a tongue weight range of around 280 to 430 pounds. The ideal WD system features a tongue weight capacity range that closely matches this. I really like the Equal-i-zer systems and for your trailer the part # EQ37061ET will work perfectly. 61646

Bonnie D.

2018 Nissan Armada platinum with tow package.2018 Shadow Cruiser 24BHS weight ~5500. Blue Ox weight distributing hitchSingle Blue ox sway bar. Help. I can’t seem to find an answer. When I hitch up my trailer, my “smart” suspension is supposed to sense the weight and stiffen the rear suspension, thereby leveling/compensating for the weight of the trailer. Upon hitching, you can hear the compressor engage. But approx 30 of the time I hitch up, the WD chains won’t reach the proper link in the chain, making it impossible to shank. Is the WDH “messing” with the suspension sensor? Nissan Dealer says smart suspension is fine but won’t test it with trailer, because it’s “aftermarket”. I understand the principle of the WDH thanks to this page but wondering if a more adjustable WDH would fix the problem? Or just install aftermarket airbags with a stinking on off switch. 73974

Reply from Chris R.

Automatic suspension systems like what you have on your Armada can make things interesting with WD systems, but they can still be used together. The issues you're having are likely because the initial setup for the WD system just didn't take the smart suspension into account. What I recommend doing is actually adjusting the Blue Ox system so that the trailer just about an inch higher than level with the tow vehicle - so that once the suspension system raises the rear of the Armada it will be leveled out. Of course if you'd rather not deal with it at all, another option is to disable the smart suspension feature altogether - the owner's manual should have information on how to do this. 60236

Steve C.

I am towing a Livin Lite 13 with a Honda Pilot. Trailer weighs about 2150 unloaded. Well under 3000 fully loaded. TW seems to be just under 300 and I have an anti sway bar. Very little sway, but slight lunges over some bumps. Get advice to add WDH, and advice not to....trailer is all aluminum, and tongue seems fairly short. Is a 10,000 capacity WDH just nuts? 71012

Reply from Chris R.

Typically a WD system is recommended any time the trailer weighs more than half of the tow vehicle. The weight of your Livin Lite and Honda Pilot kind of falls just within this threshold, but to be completely honest I don't think you'd benefit too much from a full system. A 10K system would definitely be over-rated if you were to go this route. With a short tongue and aluminum frame too (many aluminum trailers can't be used with WD systems because of the stress they create on the frame) I think it might be best to stick with the anti-sway bar you're currently using so long as the ride quality is okay. 57975

Jerry M.

My 2016 F150 eco-boost has sway control on it already. I understand it’s on all the time and less I turn it off. I hear conflicting ideas, regarding leaving it on and having a sway control arm on my hitch. Is it good to run both together or one or the other. Just purchased a new trailer 24 foot 64181

Reply from Jacob H.

I would not recommend using both when towing a trailer with a mechanical anti-sway device. The sway control arm is going to be a superior option compared to that of what the truck can do because the sway control arm can be fine tuned to whatever trailer you are towing. The truck is just going to be automatically applying the brakes appropriately to get rid of the sway. So, with that being said, I would turn off the trucks anti-sway feature and solely rely on the sway control arm to do the work and I think you will be very pleased with the results. 54473



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