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Best Weight Distribution Hitches for RVS

When Thomas Paine wrote his famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” we are sure he was not writing about pulling a travel trailer up a twisting grapevine or down the slope of a mountain. However, for every driver of a travel trailer, the angst created when traveling across the country or a county is reminiscent of that “try men’s souls” line.

Over the decades since the recreational vehicle became available, drivers have fought with their trailers. Like the old Conestoga wagons that crossed the plains behind horse or ox power, trailers tend to sway when their loads are more than a vehicle can handle. Many permutations of “inventions” have gone into solving this problem: Intricate mutual braking systems, air shocks, reinforced torsion bars, are just a few of those supposedly “necessary” additions that would prevent an unruly trailer from swaying or moving outside the driver’s intended direction. Today, new advances bring us a solution—the weight distribution hitch.

What is the Real Problem?

The issue that occurs when pulling any size trailer is how it follows the towing vehicle. Several things can happen that make the tow yaw or sway out of control. We always must remember several physical forces that occur on the road:

  • The surface is not perfectly straight it twists, turns, and moves up and down with the land
  • The road has holes and bumps. Whether these are intended hazards or unintentional makes little difference
  • The road is built to accommodate weather conditions, not the driver. Roads on the sides of mountains are constructed to reduce water or ice buildup. The result is that many roads built in the 1930 and 1940s when tourism was finding a foothold are slanted to allow runoff
  • Each of us that are driving down a road with a trailer in tow is not the only driver on that road. Large trucks move air in front and behind them that adversely affect the line of a tow
  • Wind tunnels are well marked and should always be noted by towing drivers

Checking with the local road authorities is always a good idea before you start towing a trailer along an unfamiliar road. Weather conditions are another thing to check, especially when you are towing a large trailer with your family in your tow vehicle as well. Driving a road with a trailer is where the old saying, “caution is the better part of valor,” has family implications that should never be ignored.

Another issue to take into consideration is the weight distribution inside your trailer and your towing vehicle. When your trailer is overloaded or is incorrectly packed, your steering does not respond as quickly as it should; it gives the driver the sense of continuously slipping along the road. Though that loss of control is joyful on a slip-n-slide or a water park slide, on the road, it makes any driver wary and cautious, or, at least it should.

Your vehicle is designed to move straight down the road. When you add weight to the back end, then you are lifting the weight off your front tires, affecting the efficiency of your steering mechanism and your front brakes. The lack of pressure on the front end reduces contact with the road, reducing friction that is necessary for a vehicle to fulfill its design function.

Road hazards and vehicle control issues are considered when the manufacturer of your vehicle determines the tongue-weight limit your tow vehicle can handle. We should all pay close attention to the tongue-weight limitations and the gross trailer weight rating (GTWR), which the manufacturer publishes in the owner’s manual and posts on the side of the trailer. The dilemma for the manufacturer is that they do not wish to be liable for you overloading your vehicle, while at the same time, the attraction of a car or truck that can tow higher weights, drives the manufacturer to rate the towing capacity as high as possible. It is as much of a tightrope for them as it is for you.

The next thing to consider that may affect your tow is the weight distribution in your trailer. Just as the weight distribution in your vehicle can cause steering and braking issues, the same factors apply in your trailer. An RV is built as a balanced tow. Adding weight inside the trailer disturbs that balance. Each trailer manufacturer manual has diagrams of where and how to distribute the added weight inside the trailer. If you pay strict attention to these instructions, then your trip will be a happy one.

How Do You Know Your Weight is Properly Distributed?

The only real way to know that you have correctly distributed the weight inside your trailer is by measuring the tongue weight, which brings up the question, “What is that?” Tongue weight is the amount of downward pressure applied by the tongue of your trailer on your trailer hitch.

The amount of pressure should be between ten and 15% of the GTWR. In other words, if your trailer’s GTWR is 7,000 pounds, then the tongue weight should be somewhere between 700 and 1050 pounds. Weighing your tongue-weight each morning before you take off down the road is an important habit to acquire. A conscientious tow driver carries and uses daily, a tongue-weight scale to ensure they are not over the capacity of their tow vehicle. For those towing a large trailer, the solution to this concern is to migrate to using a weight-distribution trailer hitch.

How is a Weight-Distribution Hitch Different from a Traditional Trailer Hitch?

The standard trailer hitch connects through a ball and socket mechanism that transfers the tongue weight to the rear axle of the tow vehicle. For light trailers with low tongue-weights, this is acceptable as the added weight does not overcome the suspension system of your truck or car. But, as tongue weights climb, the effect is adverse, causing such issues as:

  • Reduced weight on the front tires interfering with steering, braking, and traction
  • Tipping the trailer forward, increasing the chances of sway
  • Decreased headlight illumination of the road at night
  • Decreasing trailer axle weight thus increasing the chance of body roll

Using the best weight distribution hitch with sway control alleviates the issues that can cause trailer accidents by controlling the action of the trailer tongue to maintain an even keel. The weight is evenly distributed to both the front and rear axle of the tow vehicle and the axle, or axles, of the trailer through the action of spring bars that return the tongue to its correct position whenever physical forces attempt to force the tongue up or down.

When It is Appropriate to Switch to a Weight-Distribution Hitch

When you start towing a large trailer, that is when it is appropriate for you to consider using one of the best weight distribution hitch travel trailer mechanisms. These hitches match the ability of your tow vehicle with the weight of your trailer to balance the action that always persists on the open road. The shanks used in weight distribution hitches fit snuggly into a two-inch or two ½ -inch rear receiver. Tests prove that shanks of less size cannot safely handle the stresses that large weights place on the lever point where the tongue and the receiver hitch connect. The results of those tests rule out the one ¼-inch receivers found in class one and class two rear receiver hitches.

How to Mount a Weight Distribution Trailer Hitch

To get the advantages of the best weight distribution trailer hitches with sway control, you need to follow the explicit instructions that every manufacturer provides. The traditional weight distribution hitch includes the:

  • Shank
  • Head Assembly which provides the platform for the hitch ball and the spring bars
  • Hitch Ball
  • Spring Bars
  • Two chains, sometimes already attached to the spring bars
  • Two anchor brackets
  • Lift locks to lock each section into place
  • One lever bar
  • Several leveling washers, bolts, and nuts

To mount these components into the correct position, follow this sequence:

  • Using a level, use your tongue jack to make sure your trailer is level
  • Measure the height of your trailer tongue when level and the height of your receiver hitch socket
  • Use a tape measure and record the space in your wheel wells in the front and back of the tow vehicle and the trailer
  • Insert the shank into your hitch receiver either upward or downward depending on the height difference between your trailer tongue and receiver hitch, lock into place with a pin and lock mechanism
  • Mount the head onto the shank
  • Install the hitch ball onto the head
  • Hitch the trailer and the tow vehicle
  • Install the spring bars into the head sockets
  • Attach the chains, if not already attached at the factory, to the other end of the spring bars
  • Attach the brackets to the trailer frame, positioning them above the chain locations
  • Attach the chains to the brackets on both sides
  • Slide the brackets forward or backward on the trailer frame until the chains are vertical
  • Use the lift lock to tighten the chains until only five chain links remain between the spring bars and the brackets
  • Use a level to ensure the trailer tongue remains level
  • Tighten all bolts into place

Once the weight distribution hitch is installed and leveled, check your wheel well levels against your recorded measurements to ensure that the tongue weight is equalized across all axles. After this first installation, you will only need to check the key components and the level of your trailer tongue and wheel well measurements daily to ensure that the installed components have not moved. If there are changes, then check all the parts and adjust as necessary. Don’t wait until you feel that uneasy feeling that brings on the quote from Thomas Paine, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

What are the Best Weight Distrubition Hitches on the Market Today?

Our list of the best weight distrubition hitches is limited to those that we consider being the best on the market. When we are making such a list, we cannot think only those traditional mechanisms described above but must also include those items on the market that demonstrate the recent innovations that have hit the shelves. Though the tried and true devices are proven to be safe over years of road use, some inspired and innovative adaptations have elevated the safety factor and maximized convenience.

The Categories by Which We Rank These Weight Distribution Hitches

Early in the process of compiling this list of the best weight distribution hitch travel trailer mechanisms, we realized the importance of applying the same criteria to each hitch to list them in an order based on consistent factors. Therefore, we looked at each of these hitches through the lens of this list of criteria:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: Every manufacturer is required to list the tongue weight that their hitch can carry
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: This limitation is crucial as it determines the safety of yourself, your passenger, and others on the road
  • Type: Standard weight distribution hitch bars consist of either round or trunnion types
  • Sway Control: Though all weight distribution trailer hitches help to limit sway, each is rated on this list in a limited/capable/excellent format
  • Ride Vibration: How much vibration is transferred to the tow vehicle through the hitch, none/some/lots
  • Noise: We rate this factor in a quiet/squeaky/noisy/loud format
  • Durability: This factor is rated in a limited/average/lifetime format
  • Expense: We rate this factor in a cheap/modest/expensive format
  • Warranty: A factor that tells you how much confidence the manufacturer has in their product
  • Ease of Installation: This factor is measured in a simple/easy/difficult/hard/professional format
  • Innovation: We rate this factor in a none/some/lots/wow format

The following list of the 12 best weight distribution mechanical devices for trailers is rated in descending order.

12. Eaz Lift 48053 1,000 Pounds Elite Bent Bar Weight Distributing Hitch

What elevates the Eaz Lift 48053 1,000 Pounds Elite Bent Bar weight distributing hitch above other round bar hitches of its type is the bent bar feature that provides a more secure grip at the unit head and the low cost of the kit. Our research shows these features:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,000 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Limited
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Average
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Five-Year
  • Ease of Installation: Easy
  • Innovation: Lots

Pros:

Eaz Lift built this hitch as a perfect weight distribution system for people traveling on the open road.

Its most enduring feature is its cost factor that will never be guilty of breaking the bank.

The hitch is lightweight and easy to install.

The manufacturer offers a five-year warranty on the hitch as further inducement toward purchase and use.

Cons:

The hitch is not built to handle rough, washboard roads.

The sway control bar is not included, nor is the hitch ball. You will need to purchase these two items to complete the kit.

11. Ultra-Fab Products 35-946236 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch

The Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar weight distribution hitch is the hitch of choice by many RV enthusiasts. Our research shows these factors:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,000 pound
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Limited
  • Expense: Cheap
  • Warranty: Three Years
  • Ease of Installation: Easy
  • Innovation: None

Pros:

The kit includes the weight distribution hitch, a sway control bar, and the trailer hitch ball making it a complete package.

The kit is one of the least expensive products in its class offered on the market.

The construction of this weight distribution hitch is lighter than most of its competitors, making it easier to install.

The mechanism includes noise-dampening devices, creating a quiet ride, even on the roughest of roads.

The mechanism is capable of equalizing 1,000 pounds of tongue weight across all axles and controls a trailer weighing as much as 10,000 pounds without grunting up and down the sides of mountains.

Cons:

The limited three-year warranty is indicative of the lightweight nature of this product. Most RV enthusiasts will use the same hitch for years. In the case of this hitch, you will need to replace it more often than others.

The advantage of the lightweight build of this hitch during installation is quickly lost as the wear and tear of the road compromises the integrity of the unit relatively quick

The features of this weight distribution hitch are typical and do not demonstrate any innovative approaches made by the manufacturer.

10. Eaz-Lift Camco Elite 48058 Weight Distribution Hitch

The Eaz-Lift Camco Elite 48058 is one of the best-looking weight distribution hitches on the market. The sleek design includes a round bar construction made from some of the heaviest duty steel on any of these types of hitches. Our research finds:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,000 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Trunnion
  • Sway Control: Capable
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Limited
  • Expense: Modest
  • Warranty: 90-Day
  • Ease of Installation: Easy
  • Innovation: None

Pros:

The construction equalizes the weight across all axles of a tongue weight up to 1,000 pounds. The device can control the movement of a trailer weighing as much as 1,000 pounds.

The hitch comes with a pre-adjusted head and other preset parts, easing some installation issues. The package includes all the parts you will need for easy installation. However, you may need to consult a professional to assure yourself that you are installing correctly as the instructions can be confusing.

The unit is one of the few kits that come complete with a trailer ball. Though the kit is a bit more expensive than some on this list, the inclusion of all parts in the package assures you that the expense is justified.

Cons:

The unit transfers some noise to the tow vehicle cabin.
The technology is older.
The limited warranty indicates the manufacturer’s lack of complete confidence in this unit.

9. Pro Series 49904 Complete Weight Distribution Kit

Pro Series produces this weight distribution kit for heavy-duty pickup trucks and full-size SUVs. It is an excellent hitch for beginners. The factors Pro Series built into this hitch elevate the hitch to these standards:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,200 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Modest
  • Warranty: 10-Year Limited
  • Ease of Installation: Difficult
  • Innovation: Some

Pros:

The kit includes every item you need for installation, including every pin, lock, nut, and bolt. Pro Series even includes the hitch ball in the kit, so you will not need to purchase one separately.

Pro Series designed this hitch to handle up to 1,200 pounds of tongue weight and control a trailer of 10,000 pounds. If your tow vehicle can handle the pressure, this weight distribution hitch will match that high performance across any road in the country.

Compared to other weight distribution kits on this list, the Pro Series kit is inexpensive.

The sway bar is preinstalled to reduce any confusion during the installation process. After installation, this hitch is so durable that Pro Series provides a 10-year warranty.

Cons:

Installing this hitch is not a straight-forward operation: the parts are heavy and cumbersome. Once installed, the hitch is reputed to squeak and chatter a bit more than those models rated as quiet.

8. Fastway e2 2-point 92-00-1000 Sway Control Round Bar Hitch

Fastway presents its e2 2-point sway control round bar hitch as an example of what a weight distribution hitch can do for you. Our research shows that this hitch has some improvements over standard hitches:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,000 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: None
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Modest
  • Warranty: 10-Year Limited
  • Ease of Installation: Difficult
  • Innovation: Lots

Pros:

The hitch is rated to evenly distribute 1,000 pounds of tongue weight while controlling a 10,000-pound trailer.

The hitch is an innovative sway control device that dispenses with the need for chains, thus reducing noise and vibration when the hitch is new.

Unlike other sway control hitches, this hitch does not require that you unhook the sway control device when making tight turns or switching gears to reverse.

Cons:

The hitch weighs 103 pounds and is one of the heaviest on the market, though the kit does not include a hitch ball, compounding the difficulty of initial installation.

The lubricant used by the manufacturer wears away within three years, bringing on those irritating squeaks and chatter that not only increase noise but also delivers vibration within the cabin of the tow vehicle. You will need to purchase a lubricant like WD40 to reduce the noise and vibration. The application of lubrication is only temporary relief. Repeated use of oil is required to continue the reduction of those irritation factors.

The heft of this hitch makes it challenging to install. Consulting a professional during the initial installation is a good idea.

7. Husky Center Line 32218 Weight Distribution Hitch

As the name implies, this Husky product centers the line of your trailer and keeps it from venturing outside the line while it follows your tow vehicle. The unit is quieter on the road than most other weight distribution hitches. Our research conclusions are:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,200 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 12,000 pounds
  • Type: Trunnion
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: None
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Difficult
  • Innovation: Wow

Pros:

The advantages of using this hitch include an increase of tongue weight distribution across all axles of up to 1,200 pounds. The unit centers the line of any trailer weighing as much as 12,000 pounds.

The price is high, but it’s worth it in our estimation.

The innovation factor in this hitch is impressive, getting our “wow” rating. There are no chains, effectively reducing the noise level to nonexistent. The head assembly is easily greased, reducing vibration to almost nil. The centered sway bar virtually eliminates any sideways movement, even in strong winds.

The kit includes the head assembly, a chrome hitch ball, an adjustable shank, spring bars, frame brackets, a spring bar lift tool, and all necessary hardware.

Cons:

The delivery package is amateurish.

The hitch construction is hefty when compared to many other weight distribution hitch models, making the first installation difficult. However, the massive construction assures you of the continued performance for years to come.

6. Equal-i-zer 90-0-1000 4-Point Sway Control Hitch

The Equal-i-zer 90-0-1000 4-Point Sway Control Hitch, performs exactly as the name implies. Looking into the website for this model of weight distribution hitch gets you the size you need for the capabilities of your tow vehicle and the weight of your trailer. Though the hitch comes in a variety of tongue weight limitations, the quintessential Equal-i-zer is the 90-0-1000 which offers the following ratings:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,000 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds
  • Type: Trunnion
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: None
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Limited
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Easy
  • Innovation: Some

Pros:

The product is designed to work with any rear receiver hitch on the market with a minimum of a two-inch receiver tube.

You will not notice the push-pull of hydraulic surge brakes when you use this weight distribution hitch. The system is uniquely adapted to alleviate all effects of road damage as you travel.

Users indicate that this series of weight distribution hitches are easy to install and works well controlling the sway, even when towing exceptionally long trailers.

There is no need to disconnect the arms when negotiating tight turns or switching gears to reverse.

Cons:

The downside is the cost; this hitch is one of the most expensive on the market. Once installed, however, the smooth and quiet ride it offers is worth every penny.

The product is not as durable as many of the other weight distribution hitches on this list.

The process of connecting and disconnecting from the tow vehicle is complicated.

The kit does not include a hitch ball, which means you will have to purchase it yourself, adding more cost to using this weight distribution hitch.

5. Husky 31423 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Bolt Together Ball Mount/Shank Assembly

With this weight distribution hitch from Husky, you find one of the best weight distribution entry-level hitches on the market. Our research shows that its features include:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,200 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 12,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Capable
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Average
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Difficult
  • Innovation: Some

Pros:

Though this hitch is lighter in construction than others, its design allows it to take on more tongue weight than most hitches of the same model, up to 1,200 pounds. The hitch can handle a trailer up to 12,000 pounds while mitigating the noise and vibrations that roads develop.

The hitch features an eight-inch height adjustment, which means it is usable for almost any trailer on the road that connects through a rear receiver socket with a two-inch receiver.

The hitch features a built-in sway control platform.

The round hitch bars are interchangeable, so there is no confusion during hookup.

Cons:

The hitch is one of the more expensive on this list and does not include the hitch ball.

The hitch mechanism is massive and cumbersome.

Unfortunately, a trailer hitch ball is not included in the kit, so you will have to find your own.

4. CURT Manufacturing 17007 Trailer Hitch

CURT Manufacturing offers one of the cheapest weight distribution hitches on the market that can handle high tongue and trailer weights. Research shows that this hitch features:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,400 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 14,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Noisy
  • Durability: Average
  • Expense: Cheap
  • Warranty: One-Year Limited
  • Ease of Installation: Simple
  • Innovation: Some

Pros:

The CURT 1707 weight distribution hitch is inexpensive, far less than other hitches that can handle up to 1,400 pounds of tongue weight and a 14,000-pound trailer.

The hitch is the only one on this list that uses a two-inch receiver connection while delivering a high tongue and trailer weight limitation.

Though a bit on the heavy side at 85 pounds, users report that the hitch is easy to install with snap-up brackets and a lift handle to increase leverage while tightening chains.

The head consists of molded steel and features a built-in mounting point for the addition of a sway control bar is you are so inclined.

Cons:

Its round bar design does not help reduce road noise or vibration.

The hitch is geared more for the open road than for those hard to reach remote locations where the fishing is excellent due to inaccessibility. Washboard and other road problems tend to be magnified by this hitch rather than alleviated.

The ball hitch and sway control bar are not included in the kit and must be purchased separately.

3. Blue Ox BXW 1500 SWAYPRO Weight Distributing Hitch

The Blue Ox 1500 SAYPRO is a heavy-duty weight distribution hitch. Our research found:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,500 pound
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 15,000 pounds
  • Type: Trunnion
  • Sway Control: Capable
  • Ride Vibration: Some
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Hard
  • Innovation: Some

Pros:

The hitch is capable of handling 1,500 pounds of tongue weight and controlling a trailer of 15,000 pounds. The hitch helps prevent trailer sway while equally distributing the weight across all axles.

The hitch is usable on either a full-sized pickup truck or a full-size SUV and provides a smooth ride for drivers and passengers.

The mechanism is nearly silent as it deals with the pressures generated by the road, making it an ideal hitch for family vacations in remote areas.

The head comes pre-adjusted out of the box, simplifying the setup process.

The unique design of the sway bars allows you to reverse without disconnecting, placing the Blue Ox on everyone’s list of the best weight distribution hitch with sway control.

Cons:

The item is heavy, increasing the difficulty of installation. We find it advisable to have professional help during the first installation.

The kit does not include a hitch ball. You will need to purchase your own.

Extra cotter pins, nuts, and bolts are not included in this kit. Depending on the height and width of the connection between your trailer and your tow vehicle, you may be required to purchase extra parts, increasing your expense.

The unit is pricey, as one would expect for a product with so many advantages built into it. However, purchasing the Blue Ox is a one-time expense that ensures you a comfortable ride while pulling a heavy load across any road in the country.

2. The Hensley Swift Arrow Weight Distribution Hitch

Hensley produces many versions of its weight distribution hitch with sway control. The Swift Arrow is one of the best with sway control on the market today. Its features include:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,400 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 14,000 pounds
  • Type: Round
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: None
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Professional
  • Innovation: Wow

Pros:

The Hensley Swift Arrow weight distribution hitch can handle up to 1,400 pounds of tongue weight and tow a 14,000-pound trailer with little to no effort at all.

Unlike many sway control bars on the market, those used on the Hensley Swift Arrow feature quick-release brackets. Unless the sway control bars are released, they could bend or break when you switch to reverse. By adding the quick release brackets, a driver can release the bars in one minute instead of the ten to fifteen minutes required by other sway bar installations.

The Hensley Swift Arrow weight distribution system is more substantial than most competing products, but after the initial installation, this weight distribution system does not budge. The simple convenience of knowing that a cursory inspection each morning is all that is needed before taking off down the road relieves a lot of stress and saves time.

One of the positive features of this hitch is the smooth and quiet ride it provides for everyone in the cabin of the tow vehicle. Users report that using one of these weight distribution hitches is so comforting that it is almost like you are not towing anything at all, regardless of the tongue weight or the weight of the trailer.

Cons:

The Swift Arrow is extremely expensive and will cost you five to ten times the amount of other sway control hitches.

The hitch is the heaviest on the market. You should consider having it installed by a professional.

1. Anderson Hitches 3380 No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch

One of the most innovative weight distribution hitches on the market, this No Sway hitch from Anderson Hitches rates higher than any other hitch on the market. Like any other Anderson weight distribution hitch, the No Sway comes from extensive research and post-production testing. Our research shows:

  • Tongue Weight Limitations: 1,400 pounds
  • Trailer Weight Towing Capacity: 14,000 pounds
  • Type: None
  • Sway Control: Excellent
  • Ride Vibration: None
  • Noise: Quiet
  • Durability: Lifetime
  • Expense: Expensive
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Ease of Installation: Simple
  • Innovation: Wow

Pros:

The innovative design uses chains in the place of either round or trunnion bars, which eliminates any noises or trailer vibrations from entering the tow vehicle.

The rating for this weight distribution hitch comes in at a hefty 1,400 pounds of tongue weight and 14,000 pounds of trailer weight while using a two-inch rear receiver setup. When using a two 1/2 -inch receiver, the design of the hitch elevates the tongue weight limitation to 1,600 pounds and the trailer weight to 16,000 pounds.

Though the tongue and trailer weight limits are high, the hitch itself is lightweight, with the whole kit weighing only 66 pounds.

Anderson Hitches is so confident of this design; they are offering a lifetime warranty for anyone purchasing and utilizing the product.

Cons:

The only drawback to this weight distribution hitch from Anderson Hitches is the initial cost. Though more expensive than most hitches on the market, the superior design and resulting smooth and quiet ride more than makes up for that single detrimental factor making the hitch the best on the market in our eyes.

Deciding Which Weight Distribution Hitch to Purchase

Only you know how much you want to spend on a weight distribution hitch. Generally speaking, the higher the cost, the more comfortable the ride, though that is not always the case. There are several factors for you to take into consideration in making your choice.

The most important consideration when purchasing a weight distribution hitch is your tongue weight and how much the trailer you are towing weighs when fully loaded. If your tongue weight is less than 800 pounds and your fully loaded trailer weight is 8,000 pounds or less, then purchasing a weight distribution hitch that supports a tongue weight of 1,400 pounds and controls a trailer of 14,000 pounds is an unnecessary expense.

Another factor to consider is where you intend to travel. Those who choose to avoid rough roads and only plan to travel on smooth highways need not go through the added expense of purchasing a weight distribution hitch with the addition of sway control.

For many of us, the ease of installation is a huge consideration when choosing a weight distribution hitch. If you are anything like our team, avoid those frustrations by either purchasing a weight distribution hitch that is simple to install or employing a professional to install the hitch for you.

In any case, the enjoyment of towing your trailer need not make you reflect on Thomas Paine’s famous quote. Choose the best hitch for you and your trailer hauling unit and enjoy the free life out on the road.

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