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Strait-Line Weight Distribution Hitch System Weight and Disconnect

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How is the turning radius of the turck affected by this hitch, what is the weight of the hitch and do you have to undo the hitch to disconnect from the tow vehicle? Thinking of a WD hitch with sway control 1200/12,000 rated

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The spring bars of weight distribution systems are designed to install and hang parallel with the frame rails on an A-frame trailer. They will hang almost completely under the frame rails, so the turning radius of a truck will only be slightly affected by the hanger brackets and only when making extremely sharp turns. In general, the only time a customer has a problem with the turning radius is when they are doing a lot of maneuvering in close quarters. The spring bar may pop out of the weight distribution head, or the sway control may bend. But, as I stated before, this is only in extreme cases. The shipping weight of the weight distribution system part # 66074 is 90 lbs. The easiest way to disconnect a trailer with weight distribution from your truck is to uncouple the ball and pop the trunnion bars out of the weight distribution head. You can also then remove the shank, ball and head from your hitch and store elsewhere, if you like.

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