Weight Distribution Hitch

Apr 13, 2023 | Uncategorized

This article answers the popular question: Does your trailer need a weight distribution hitch?

If you’re familiar with trailers, you’ve likely heard the term weight distribution hitch. This type is hitch is also commonly known as a load leveler hitch or a load equalizing hitch. This helpful guide discusses what a weight distribution hitch is, help you decide if you need a weight distribution hitch for your trailer, and talks through how this special type of hitch works. 

What is a weight distribution hitch?

A weight distribution hitch, also known as a weight distribution system, helps ensure a smooth, level ride. A weight distribution system allows you to tow your trailer at the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch. It also helps to correct tow vehicle sag (see image below) and improve steering and stopping capabilities.

When do you need a load leveling hitch?

If your trailer sways all over the road or if your trailer is hard to control, it may be time to consider a weight distribution hitch. If steering and stopping your trailer when fully loaded is difficult, it may be time to look into a weight distribution hitch. 

Even if you are within the maximum towing limits set by your towing vehicle, your trailer, or your trailer’s axles, there are other reasons why you may benefit from a load equalizing hitch:

  • It’s difficult to steer and stop
  • You are constantly towing at the highest capacity
  • The rear of your tow vehicle sags every time you tow

How does the hitch distribute weight?

A weight distributing hitch does exactly what it says. It distributes the total weight of the trailer, including cargo, to the trailer’s axles. This relieves the towing weight from the vehicle’s bumper. 

This video by Weigh Safe shows how a load leveler hitch works.

Benefits of a weight distributing hitch

Towing with a equalizing hitch is safer and allows for more maneuverability with your trailer. With improved towing control, weight distribution hitches reduce your trailer’s ability to sway and result in a smoother, less bumpy ride on those pothole-covered roads in Iowa.

These hitches also increase the longevity of your tow vehicle and trailer parts. Trailer sag can be tough on your suspension components, so re-distributing that weight connected to your bumper takes a lot of stress off of parts on your tow vehicle and trailer. 

Do you need a distribution hitch to distribute weight?

If you are experiencing symptoms of trailer sway, difficult maneuvering, trailer sag, or any other reasons listed in this article, it’s time to consider a special load leveling hitch. The cost of the hitch is inexpensive when you consider the money you’ll save from not having to replace vital parts of your vehicle when they become damaged.