What does a Weight Distribution Hitch do?
A weight distribution hitch helps to ensure a smooth, level ride and allows you to tow at the maximum capacity allowed by your hitch. A weight distribution hitch will help keep your towing set up level and make sure the weight of your trailer doesn’t cause undue stress on your vehicle. Other benefits to a weight distribution hitch are improved steering, stopping and trailer sway.
Why is this important?
When you tow a heavy trailer behind your truck with a standard rear mounted hitch the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts is shifted to the rear axle of your tow vehicle. This can weigh down the backend of your vehicle and cause the front of your vehicle to lift up. In other words, your rear axle is bearing most of the weight of not only the trailer, but also the vehicle. Less weight on the front axle can cause reduced steering, traction and stopping power. It can cause increased trailer sway and your view of the road may be compromised because of the awkward angle of your vehicle.
How a Distribution Hitch Helps
Spring bars in the weight distribution hitch help combat the issues listed above. Spring bars apply leverage transfering the load from the rear of the vehicle to all axles. The even distribution of weight provides you with the ability to tow at maximum capacity and results in a smooth level ride enhancing your towing experience.
Signs You Need a Weight Distribution Hitch
- Your tow vehicle lights point upward
- You experience trailer sway
- It is difficult to come to a stop or steer
- The rear of your vehicle sags when the trailer is hooked up
- You want to tow at maximum trailer hitch capacity
- Your trailer weight is more than 50% of your vehicle’s weight
Hitching Post of Ocala has the right weight distribution hitch for your vehicle. Call us today to schedule an installation so you can get back on the road safely with confidence.