Trailer sway is a common cause of accidents involving trailers. This occurs when a force from the side of the trailer – such as strong wind – causes it to move side to side or “fishtail” behind the tow vehicle. If you’ve ever experienced this swaying when you pass a vehicle, then you know how scary it can be and that maintaining control can be quite difficult. Having full control over your trailer and vehicle is imperative for any towing setup. With a SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitch, you can enjoy your road trips with peace of mind knowing that your hitch provides you with both sway control and weight distribution. SwayPro ensures a smooth, level ride with superior safety features and unmatched confidence.
What is a Weight Distribution Hitch?
A weight distribution hitch is designed to create a stable ride as you tow a trailer. By keeping your towing setup level, a weight distributing hitch can ensure that the weight of your trailer doesn’t exceed that of your vehicle. Without a proper hitch, the additional weight of a trailer can potentially cause the vehicles back end to sag and the front end to point upward. Furthermore, the lessened weight on the front axle can reduce your steering, traction, and braking power.
Signs You Need a Weight Distribution Hitch
A weight distribution hitch is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it give you a better ride and increased driving visibility, but it can also improve your ability to steer and brake. Trailer swaying is typically caused by uneven roads, high winds, and various other factors. However, if you’re still not sure if this is a necessary addition for you, here are a few more signs to look out for:
- Your tow vehicle’s headlights point upward.
- You find it difficult to steer or stop your rig.
- Your trailers weight is more than half of your vehicle’s weight.
What Makes SwayPro the Best?
With SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitch, you get the best of both weight distribution and sway control. SwayPro works by using tension on the spring bars to keep them tight. The attached brackets ensure that the trailer remains aligned with the towing vehicle. This unique design features self-locking spring bars that flex for optimal weight distribution and clearance. But before you can determine which SwayPro model is right for you, there are a few factors to keep in mind:
- Determine Your Hitch Shank Height – SwayPro works with almost any tow vehicle. You simply need to determine the hitch ball height installed on your vehicle’s bumper.
- Consider What Trailer Coupler to Use – A standard hitch head and clamp-on latch is included with most SwayPro models. However, if your trailer has a coupler welded underneath the frame, you will need to replace the hitch head with the Underslung Hitch Head.
- Assess Your Tongue Weight – Before you purchase a SwayPro, you should determine the tongue weight of your trailer after it is loaded, so that the weight is realistic to what you will be towing.
How SwayPro Can Help
SwayPro is designed with you in mind, making it the most user-friendly trailer sway prevention system on the market today. You’ll certainly enjoy the ease of quickly hooking up and disconnecting the trailer with no need to disconnect prior to backing up. Not to mention, you won’t need friction pads to enjoy a smooth and quiet ride. There are no additional clips or pins due to the self-locking spring bars that automatically lock into place by simply rotating the bar 90 degrees. In addition, the spring steel bars are able to flex for optimal sway prevention and weight distribution. The SwayPro hitch is compatible with a variety of towing vehicles from minivans to large ¾ ton pickups. Simply determine what type of vehicle and hitch head you will be using, the type of trailer coupler your travel trailer is equipped with, and select the appropriate tongue weight.
Ready to Try SwayPro for Yourself?
Safety is so important when driving, especially with a trailer in tow. Whether you’re pulling a trailer with horses, or a travel trailer for a family vacation, you need sway prevention you can trust. Join the other 65% of vehicles on the road who trust the safety, quality, and durability of Blue Ox products. For questions about ordering a SwayPro or any other Blue Ox products, please contact our Customer Care team.