What Are The Components In A Weight Distribution System

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Weight Distribution System Parts & Components Breakdown

A Weight Distribution Hitch is an optional system which can be added to most rear mounted trailer hitches.  The system includes supplemental equipment such as spring bars that work to distribute trailer tongue loads to the trailer axle(s) and the tow vehicle front axle.  Use of weight distribution systems enhances handling and braking and in some cases increases the trailer towing capacity (only if the hitch has a weight distributing capacity from factory.)

What are the weight distribution parts of a Weight Distribution Hitch System?

Parts Breakdown of a Weight Distribution Hitch System

1. Trailer hitch receiver from the vehicle.

2. Weight Distribution Adjustable Shank is the piece that slides into the opening of the hitch and provides an attachment point for the equailizer head. A shank comes in different lengths, drops, and rises and allows you to adjust the height that your trailer sits at.

3. Equalizer Head (Ballmount) is the head unit that the spring bars go into, holds the ball and attaches to the weight distribution. Equalizer Head's vary in weight distribution systems. Each system should have its own parts breakdown which should supply a part number if you need to replace the head. Refer to our Weight Distribution Parts category.

4. Spring Bar Assemblies attach to the equalizer head. There are two types of spring bars, round and trunnion. The round style bars slide up into the head and are held in place with clips. The trunnion style bars slide into the head from the side or back. Like Equalizer Head's, spring bars vary by weight distribution systems - look at your systems parts break down for part numbers.

5. Snap Up Brackets & Chains connect the spring bars to the trailer mounted brackets. The most common style is a snap-up uplift bracket - It lowers to grab the chain, then raises and snaps into position.

 

Weight Distribution Hitch System

Weight Distribution Hitch System

Sway Control

Sway Control

Weight Distribution Shanks

Weight Distribution Shanks

Weight Distribution Parts

Weight Distribution Parts

 

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