When using a Weight Distribution Hitch the ball weight remains the same, however the load is evenly distributed through the vehicle’s chassis to all four wheels. It is important that the capacity of the system is correctly chosen and that the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations are always followed.
Did You Know?
Towing without a Weight Distribution hitch can cause
unnerving trailer sway, reduced steering and braking responsiveness, less traction and misaligned head lamps. Over time you may also notice a reduction in economy and increased tyre wear.
When travelling with a trailer, strong winds and wind buffets from large trucks and buses can result in unnerving trailer sway.
A sway controller is designed to be used in conjunction with a Weight Distribution Hitch and prevents trailer sway by retarding the pivotal movement between the tow hitch and the trailer.
Use Common Sense!
Educate yourself before you tow. It is better to take time to prevent problems from occurring than dealing with them when it’s too late. Make sure to contact Franks Towbars and Exhaust before your next trip!
Understanding Weight Distribution and Sway Control
Weight Distribution Hitch
When a caravan or trailer is connected to a vehicle, there is an inevitable addition of weight to the rear of the vehicle. The added weight can alter the handling of the vehicle due to the imbalance of weight from the front to the rear.
This can pose serious safety concerns, especially at high speeds. Less weight over the front axle reduces braking efficiency and steering control, and combined with the added weight at the rear, can cause the vehicle to lose control. Additionally, head lamps are thrown out of alignment and fuel use & tyre wear can dramatically increase.
Weight Distribution Hitches have been designed to address these problems by restoring even balance across all axles of the vehicle and trailer. Their aim is to enable the vehicle to be driven at the maximum legal speed while not compromising on safety.
Weight Distribution Hitches work by changing the point at which the load of the trailer is transferred to the vehicle. Traditionally, the entire towball weight of the trailer is transferred and carried at the tow ball. Weight Distribution Hitches correct this by redistributing the weight across all axles of the vehicle and caravan, much like the lifting action of a wheelbarrow.
Weight Distribution Hitches have been designed & engineered to ensure towing vehicles operate at their optimum braking, steering and general driving capacity. Available in a range of sizes and weight specifications, Weight Distribution Hitches help you stay safer on the roads.