Weight distribution systems are designed to assist with the restoration of the original geometry of the tow vehicle as close as possible to that which it was prior to the coupling of the trailer. It does this by transferring the weight from the rear of the towing vehicle to the front wheels of the towing vehicle and the wheels of the towed trailer.
When a trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle, the trailer’s total ball weight is applied directly onto the rear section of the vehicle between the rear axle and towball. Like a see-saw, this will transfer the weight from the front and cause the suspension to lift. When travelling this setup can cause unnerving trailer sway, reduce 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 using the Weight Distribution Hitch (WDH), the ball weight remains the same, however, the load is distributed through the vehicle’s chassis to all four wheels. By doing this, the WDH restores the natural balance of the tow vehicle, restoring the correct suspension and steering geometry, braking efficiency and headlight alignment. All WDH systems utilize spring bars to transfer this load through the Towbar and onto the tow vehicle’s chassis.
Think of spring bars of a WDH as similar to those of the handles of a wheel barrow, when raised the weight is transferred forward. It is important that the capacity of WDH is correctly chosen and that the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations are always followed.
TIP… Some factory fitted Towbars are not compatible and need to be evaluated before use. Not all 50mm x 50mm hitch receivers are suitable. Check your Towbar compliance plate if you are unsure.
Suncoast Vehicle Accessories (Suncoast Towbars) can help you with all your towing requirements.
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