Towing With Weight Distribution and Sway Control

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    Weigh Safe
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    So far, we’ve discussed towing mid-range sized trailers. But, let’s say you’re ready to pull a trailer with a GTW of 6,000lbs. You might be thinking, “but, my basic trailer hitch already has a max GTW of around 8,000 lbs, right?”… Yes, you’re right, it does. But, that doesn’t mean it will be able to deliver the kind of sway control and driving safety you’ll need when towing at its maximum capacity.

    This is where a weight distribution hitch comes in. Your truck’s owner’s manual should provide you with specifications regarding weight distribution use. For instance, the 2018 Chevy Traverse owner’s manual states that weight distribution and sway control are required when towing a trailer over 5,000 lbs. You can also use this checklist to determine if you’ll need a weight distribution hitch:

    Indicators You Need A Weight Distribution Hitch:

    • Your trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50% of your truck’s weight (GVWR)
    • The rear of your truck sags when the trailer is hooked up
    • You experience trailer sway
    • Your truck’s headlights point upward
    • You find it difficult to steer or stop
    • You want to tow to the highest capacity allowed by your trailer hitch

    If you’re ready to install a weight distribution hitch, you can begin by reading our Definitive Towing Guide for Weight Distribution. (eventual link here)

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