Anyone who has towed anything heavy behind their vehicle before probably knows the importance of weight distribution. Proper weight distribution between your vehicle and trailer ensures your truck will stay at an even level, putting less stress on your rear axle. You’ll also have better control when slowing down, which lowers the chance of an accident. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about weight distribution systems.
What is a weight distribution system?
While towing a trailer with a standard hitch, the downward force of the trailer’s tongue (tongue weight) is transferred to your vehicle’s rear axle. All of this disproportionate weight causes the front end of your vehicle to raise, and the front end of your trailer to sag. Putting all of that stress on your rear axle causes poor performance, as the rear axle is doing way more work than the front axle. You’ll notice that it’s harder to steer your vehicle and harder to stop. On top of that, too little tongue weight causes dangerous trailer swaying.
Luckily there is a solution to this problem. Weight distribution systems use springs to balance the weight of the trailer and your vehicle. The spring bars ensure weight is evenly distributed amongst your vehicle’s axles and your trailer’s axles. This will provide you with a smooth, safe ride to your destination.
How do I know if I need a weight distribution system?
There are several signs that you need to be using a weight distribution system while you’re towing.
First, you’ll notice that your vehicle sags in the back while the trailer is hooked up. That sagging will be even worse if your trailer weight (GTW) exceeds 50% of your vehicle’s weight (GVWR). While driving, your trailer will sway back and forth and it’ll be difficult to control your vehicle or stop cleanly. If you’re driving with your headlights on you may notice that they’re pointing upward, which obviously means that the back of your vehicle is sagging.
Finally, ask yourself, “Do I want to get the most out of my tow and hitch in Eugene, OR?” If the answer to that question is “Yes,” visit our store to buy a weight distribution system.
How do I choose a weight distribution system?
There are a ton of different systems on the market, so choosing the right system can be tricky. To figure out which system is best for your needs, you’ll need to find out the weight of the fully loaded trailer (gross trailer weight, GTW) and the weight of the cargo behind your rear axle (tongue weight, TW).
To find the GTW you’ll need to use vehicle scale and to find the TW you’ll need a tongue weight scale. Those two values added together will determine what kind of system you’ll need to buy. If that all sounds too confusing, let us handle it! Call today at 541-463-8469 to find out how we equip your tow and hitch in Eugene, OR with the right weight distribution system.