Weight Distrubution Systems
The Weight Distribution Hitch – And Why Your Trailer Needs It
Embarking on frequent caravan trips with the entire family makes for a great way to vacation. Recent advancements in caravan design and technology have made it possible for anyone to camp on his or her own terms. It’s a pretty picture – hitching a fully furnished camper trailer to your vehicle and driving off into the sunlit countryside.
However, to ensure that technical snags don’t dampen your camping spirit, purchasing a few trailer essentials might be in order. One of these is a towing hitch, also known as a weight distribution hitch.
Weight distribution hitches are commonly promoted as caravan must-haves. You’ll find products such as the Pro Series Weight Distribution Hitch headlining every caravan accessory store, whether you’re shopping online or at a brick-and-mortar outlet. At first glance, these kits might seem rather complicated to decipher and install, especially if you’re new to the camping scene. But the underlying principles of any trailer towing hitch are actually very straightforward.
Picture the typical towing setup. There is the primary vehicle that you will be driving, and a trailer that is attached to its rear. The trailer in turn will be carrying a significant amount of weight, thanks to sundry appliances, furniture and fittings. When you begin driving, the weight of the trailer will tend to be transferred to the hitching point, and thereby to the rear axle of your vehicle. Your vehicle will thus tend to be pushed down from the back and lifted up from the front. This reduction of weight on the front axle of your vehicle will lead to a sharp decline in controls including steering and braking. Further, the inclined position of your vehicle will make it difficult for you to see the road ahead – another situation that is best avoided.
This is where a weight distribution hitch comes in handy. Appending spring bars and sway control mechanisms to the typical trailer hitch, a weight distribution system levels your vehicle and trailer setup to a more stable configuration. The weight of the trailer is transferred laterally to both sides of the towing vehicle, and from there to its front and rear axles. The vehicle thus assumes a horizontal position, gains better traction, and becomes easier and safer to drive.
A weight distribution hitch is generally recommended whenever the weight of your trailer exceeds 50 per cent of your vehicle’s weight. Even if it doesn’t, you should consider purchasing a towing hitch if your vehicle appears to be pointing upwards once the trailer is affixed to it. Owning a good quality product such as a Pro Series Hitch that suits your trailer size and type, is also a future-proof investment. It comes with the added benefit of allowing you to load your trailer to its fullest capacity.
Premium towing hitches are sold as all-inclusive kits that are pre-calibrated for a particular trailer weight. If you refer to the Pro Series Weight Distribution Hitch range, for instance, you’ll find products rated for 550, 750, 1000 and 1200lb loads. Every Pro Series Hitch is also easy to install, and can be left attached to your trailer for added convenience. Reinforce your camping setup with an appropriate towing hitch, and gear it for decades of quality vacation time.
Caravan Weight Distribution Hitches For Sale at Competitive Prices
Towing is serious business. It requires extra concentration, an understanding of basic physics, and thinking in a totally opposite way when reversing. For this reason, there are numerous aids out there to help make your towing experience less stressful. From Weight Distribution Kits to Reducing Sway, from Narva Trailer Adaptors to Tow Ball Attachment Aids, if you’ve got a towing problem you’re likely to find a helpful solution with Caravan RV Camping.
As avid travellers ourselves, we understand the needs of an RV or camper trailer owner. Whether you hit the road for months at a time or only manage to get away for a weekend every now and then, we stock equipment and accessories that will make life easier without charging a high price.
Offering Pro Series, Eaz Lift, Hayman Reese and More
Through both our online store and retail outlet in South East Queensland, we are committed to keeping our range chock full of options with products for sale which are manufactured by the industry’s leading brands. Our online selection includes:
- Anderson Plug
- Hayman Reese
- Pro Series
- Eaz Lift
- Spring Bar
- Trailer Pins & Plugs
However, we don’t just stop there. We are the only website you need to visit to find all the equipment you need to fit out your motorhome, caravan or camper trailer, with a range that includes washing machines, hardware, awnings, winches, antennas, gas fittings, solar panels and so much more.
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Whether you need a 50 AMP plug, attachment aid or an Eaz Lift, Pro Series or Hayman Reese weight distribution hitch, price is no concern when you shop with Caravan RV Camping. Our convenient online marketplace allows you to get what you need in just a few clicks, with prompt delivery of all items straight to your address.
We are also available for purchases and enquiries by phone, so call us today on 1800 RV PARTS (1800 787 278) if you need any help and one of our experienced staff members will provide you with any information you need.