When do you need a Weight Distribution Hitch?

A weight distribution hitch is a specialized trailer hitch that helps to distribute the weight of a trailer evenly between the tow vehicle and the trailer itself. At Fastway Trailer we produce the e2 Hitch, a weight distribution hitch with built in sway bars for added sway control. This type of hitch is often used when towing boats, RVs, or other types of equipment that are heavy and can cause the tow vehicle to become unbalanced.

When you need a weight distribution hitch

In general, weight distribution hitches should be used when the trailer being towed weighs more than half of the tow vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). For example, if a tow vehicle has a GVWR of 6,000 pounds, a weight distribution hitch should be used when the trailer being towed weighs 3,001 pounds or more. This will help to ensure that the trailer's weight is distributed evenly between the front and rear of the tow vehicle, which will improve handling and stability.

If you are unsure whether or not your trailer weighs more than half of your tow vehicle's GVWR, you can always consult with a professional to get an accurate weight measurement. Additionally, many trailer dealerships and hitch retailers offer free weight distribution hitch consultations to help customers determine when a weight distribution hitch is needed.

When the weight of the trailer is heavier than the tow vehicle

There are some situations when a weight distribution hitch is absolutely necessary, and other times when it may not be necessary, but can still be beneficial. In general, a weight distribution hitch should be used whenever the trailer being towed is significantly heavier than the tow vehicle itself. This will help to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly and that the tow vehicle stays balanced on the road.

When the trailer is longer than the tow vehicle

Additionally, a weight distribution hitch may also be needed when towing a trailer that is longer than the tow vehicle. This is because a longer trailer can put more weight on the back of the tow vehicle, which can cause it to become unbalanced. By using a weight distribution hitch, the weight can be distributed more evenly and the tow vehicle will be less likely to tip over.

Benefits of Weight Distribution Hitches

There are several benefits to using a weight distribution hitch, including improved handling and braking, increased stability, and reduced wear and tear on the tow vehicle and trailer. Additionally, weight distribution hitches can help to prevent "fishtailing," which is when the back end of the tow vehicle begins to swing from side to side.

There are several benefits to using a weight distribution hitch, including:

- Increased stability: By distributing the weight more evenly, a weight distribution hitch can help to make the tow vehicle and trailer more stable on the road. This is especially important when traveling at high speeds or when making sharp turns.

- Improved handling: With the weight more evenly distributed, the tow vehicle will be easier to handle on the road. This can make a big difference when driving in windy conditions or on uneven roads.

- Increased braking power: When the weight is more evenly distributed, the tow vehicle will have better braking power. This is important when traveling down hills or in emergency situations.

Need help selecting a hitch?

If you are unsure whether or not you need a weight distribution hitch, it is always best to consult with an expert before hitting the road, contact our customer service team, or see our list of Fastway Trailer dealers for contact information. They will be able to assess your specific situation and give you tailored advice on whether or not a weight distribution hitch is right for you.

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