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Weight Distribution FAQs

A Weight Distribution (WD) System takes the natural center of the weight off of your trailer hitch and distributes it between the tow vehicle and the trailer wheels.

Rather than merely supporting the trailer tongue weight (TW), Weight Distributing Hitches apply leverage between the towing vehicle and trailer causing the TW to be carried by all axles of both the tow vehicle and the trailer.

What Information Do I Need to Know

Common Terms for Weight Distribution

Gross Towing Weight (GTW) - The weight of the trailer plus all the cargo in it. This is measured by putting a fully loaded trailer on a scale.

Hitch Head - Can also be called the Ball Mount. This bolts to the Shank on one end and has a Hitch Ball on the other end that fits into the trailer coupler.

Round Bar - A type of Spring Bar Assembly where the steel bars are round in shape.

Shank - The Shank bolts to the Ball Mount on one end and fits into the hitch receiver on the other end.

Snap Up Brackets - This is a way to adjust the Spring Bar tension by changing links in the support chains.

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Spring Bars - The sway control unit attaches to the spring bars of the hitch, which are located at the bottom of the Weight Distributing Hitch assembly.

Tounge Weight (TW) - The downward force exerted on the ball by the trailer coupler.

Trunnion - A type of Spring Bar Assembly where the steel bars are square in shape.

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