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Review of Reese Weight Distribution - WD Only - RE44FR

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Michael: Hi there. I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a quick look at the Reese weight distribution system. Now, if you're not familiar with what a weight distribution system does, it's going to help solve that problem that a lot of us have when we hook up our trailer to our tow vehicle and we're going down the road, our tow vehicle is getting pushed down in the back, which is going to raise our front axle a little bit. So have lighter steering. We won't be able to have as much control, our headlights are going to come up.

It's just going to be a much more stressful scenario for us as we're driving along. We're also going to try and minimize with a weight distribution system. We're going to want to minimize the sway of our trailer as we're passing semis going down the road, how much we get pushed around with that, or wind, as we're traveling. A weight distribution system is going to help with all those areas.Just to show you with the graphic there, as the weight of our trailer pushes down on our hitch. That top image there kind of shows how the truck is getting pushed down in the back, which is raising the front end, which makes it less safe to drive.

On the bottom is what we want. We want it leveled out between all of the axles. A weight distribution system is going to help distribute that weight over all the axles between our vehicle and our trailer to give us more stability and control. It's going to create a more level ride for both the tow vehicle and the trailer. The Reese weight distribution system is a great option for you.

If you're looking for one, this is a no-drill setup.Our brackets here are going to mount onto our trailer frames. You can see, these are adjustable. They will fit up to a seven inch trailer frame. You're not going to have to drill into the frame or anything, just simply close that bracket. Around it are round tapered spring bars are really what's going to do all the heavy lifting for us.

This is going to control and give us a more comfortable ride as we're going along. Basically the way these work is kind of like a wheelbarrow. We're putting tension on these bars on our frames so instead of our trailer pushing down on our hitch, this is going to give us some tension, pushing up to level that out. So it's spreading that leverage across all of our axles. These are going to be a little bit difficult to get mounted in place because they are under that tension. Essentially, once you have this all mounted, you've got these on your trailer, these bars are going to have to be lifted up and slid onto this plate here.So they do include this lift assist bar help give us a little bit of leverage to push those up and that's going to create that tension. We just simply install this again to make sure that it doesn't slide off because there's something to stop it. A very simple installation, no drilling, anything like that. It will just take a little bit of muscle to get that loaded up on there to create that tension for us. If we traveled down our spring arms here, we find our head. This is a very sturdy steel head. That's going to work with both your top and bottom mounted couplers. So I've got it in the top mounted position here. So a coupler would just come over top, but if we have a bottom mounted coupler, we could just flip this over and we'll work with that as well.The two and five 16th inch ball is already pre-installed on our head, which is pretty nice. Some of your other weight distribution systems don't come with a ball or the ball is not already installed. So you have to install it yourself and try and get this all torqued down to the specifications. It's kind of a hassle to do that. That is pretty high torque there. So it's nice that they already have this installed for you. This kit is also going to come with our 10 and a quarter inch shank with our welded hitch bar. This is going to mount into our two inch by two inch receiver tube opening on our hitch. And obviously this is what it mounts to. We do have some adjustability here so if we have it like I have now in the drop position, our maximum drop is going to be about one and a quarter of an inch.If we we're to flip this shank over, invert it, we would have a rise of about 11 and a quarter of an inch. So our total adjustment range is about 12 and three quarters of an inch. Now I do want to point out that even though this is a 10 and a quarter inch drop shank, by the time we get our head mounted, I've got it in the lowest setting here. So you can see, this has only given us about a one and a half inch drop. So it's not going to give us very much drop. If we have a taller truck or needing more drop, I would suggest getting a longer weight distribution shank specifically. We do sell several different options here at etrailer.com. You do want to make sure it is a weight distribution shank. That's ensured that it's going to hold up with your system, but just something to keep in mind there. All of our components are a powder coat. They have a powder-coated finish, which is going to help them resist any sort of rust and corrosion and make sure that they're lasting a nice long time for us.All the hardware that we need to get this installed is included, including our washers here to helping us adjust the pitch of our head to make sure that it's going to work for our setup. So the big question is, how do you find a weight distribution system that's going to work for you The big question is your weight capacity. The best way to go about it is to load up your trailer, get it all set up as if you're going to go out. And then you want to measure the tongue weight. The tongue weight is the most important. That's where your coupler is pushing down on your hitch, your ball. We do have some scales to help you decide.There we go. You can use that scale there, that will measure how much weight is being pushed down on your tongue. Ideally your weight distribution setup, whatever your tongue weight is after you have everything loaded up, you want to find a weight distribution setup whose range. Your weight falls in the middle of the range of your system. I don't know that I explained that very well, but so you have a 400 pound set up. You want to make sure your tongue weight, you want to make sure that that is right in the middle of the range of your weight distribution's capabilities.This scale will help you determine that. You do want to make sure that when you're loading everything up, you are calculating any weight that is behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle as well. And once you find that number. Again, look between all the different weight distribution systems out there, and you want to make sure that your number is falling within their range. Our range for this setup, our tongue weight range, is 700 pounds up to 1,150 pounds. You want to make sure that your weight, tongue weight, is right in that range to make sure that it is going to work for you.Our gross towing weight, which is not the downward pressure like the tongue weight, but the overall weight of our trailer for this setup is going to be 11,500 pounds. Now you do want to be careful. You don't want to exceed any of your component's weight capacities. It's just like a chain, your whole setup is only as strong as your weakest link. So if your hitch is not rated for that weight capacity, you never want to exceed the lowest capacity in your system. You do want to make sure you check your hitch to ensure that it is going to work with your weight distribution system. Not all of them do. So that is something that you want to ensure. A lot of the questions that we get involve airbags versus weight distribution setup. Essentially there are two different products that meet the same need. So if your truck is squatting in the back, because you've got a heavy load, one option would be to add airbags to the suspension system to help give it support.Another option would be to add weight distribution. There's really a simple trick to figuring out which one you want. So if you are putting weight in the bed of your truck, then you're going to want the airbags. So if you've got a fifth wheel or a gooseneck, or you're just hauling a lot of weight in the back of your truck, those airbags are the better option for you. If you're hauling a trailer, putting weight on your hitch, it's pulling it down, then you want the weight distribution system. Two different options depending on your situation. This does come with a limited lifetime warranty from Reese.Overall, I think it's going to do a good job for you. We've got a lot of different weight distribution setups here at each trailer. So you just want to find the one that's going to work best for your setup. And again, just go off of that weight rating. Reese is a good brand. We have some others available that are in that same weight rating. I'd encourage you to come take a look at your options here and find the one that's going to work best for you. That's going to complete our look at the Reese weight distribution system. Thanks for watching..


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