Common questions

Should I remove weight distribution bars before backing up?

Should I remove weight distribution bars before backing up?

If using a weight distribution system that does not come with sway control at all then backing up would not be an issue unless making severe turns (jackknifing the trailer) and you would want to remove the spring bars ahead of time.

Can you backup with weight distribution bars?

Expert Reply: You can back up a trailer with a weight distribution system installed on as long as you don’t end up in too tight of a turn. This is especially true with the Curt Weight Distribution System part # C17422 as it has a friction sway control system as well.

Can you backup a trailer with sway bars attached?

Helpful Expert Reply: Friction sway control bars are designed to work fine going forward when turning or not but not designed to turn when backing up (backing up straight is fine). It can and likely will damage them because apparently the force being applied to them is different when going in reverse.

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Can you back up with a Reese weight distribution hitch?

Expert Reply: The only Weight Distribution (WD) systems that we have listed on our site that you shouldn’t back up with incorporate the use of a friction sway control like the Reese # 83660. You can backup, but the friction sway control must first be disconnected otherwise you will damage it.

How tight should weight distribution bars be?

How Tight Should Bar Style Friction Sway Control Be You won’t see too much information on how tight to make a bar style friction sway control unit because it will be different for every situation. You would make it about as tight as you think it needs to be and then tow the trailer to see if it… view full answer…

Should I grease my weight distribution bars?

According to Reese you need to lubricate the ball mount sockets, hitch ball, and spring bar trunnions. The trunnions should be lubricated daily and when in use. You need to lubricate the upper and lower trunnion pivot pins and contact area in the ball mount sockets.

Should you grease weight distribution bars?

Which weight distribution hitch allows backing up?

Yes, the Equal-i-zer hitch is designed to allow you to back up and take tight turns with the hitch hooked up.

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Can you use a weight distribution hitch without the bars?

Yes. If you don’t need the weight distribution bars attached to carry the trailer to storage, you can absolutely use just the WD hitch head and ball to tow the trailer. It will work just like a ball mount.

Can you put too much tension on weight distribution hitch?

Expert Reply: If you have the spring bar tension set up too high you can see ride issues. Typically it’s a very harsh ride quality but sway is possible too. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow.

Do weight distribution bars wear out?

Expert Reply: There is not a specific lifespan for a weight distribution system. If maintained and the system is properly rated for your towing setup, it can potentially last for a long time.

Should trailer ball be greased?

You do not need to grease your trailer hitch ball. That is entirely up to you. However, greasing it is recommended. Greasing will help ensure that the trailer hitch ball keeps its structural integrity, and it will help prevent it from squeaking.

Do you need a weight distribution hitch?

A weight distribution hitch can be handy regardless of the size and weight of the trailer. What’s more, if the gross trailer weight is over 5,000 lbs., you are required to have a weight distribution hitch. This type of hitch helps to stabilize the trailer and distribute the weight evenly.

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Will a weight-distributing hitch reduce trailer sway?

The use of a weight-distributing hitch by itself may help limit trailer sway by evenly distributing the weight of the load, but it will do little to improve sway caused by crosswinds. To help control sway, a sway-control device is recommended for most standard weight distribution systems.

What is the difference between round bar and trunnion hitches?

Round bar systems tend to be slightly more affordable than the trunnion variety. They are recommended for trailers with 600 to 1,200 lbs. tongue weight. Round bar systems are great for flat and well-maintained concrete roads. As opposed to round bar systems, trunnion hitches are installed from the back or the sides.

Can You reverse with a hitch on?

The answer is both yes and no; it depends on the hitch. Some models completely prohibit reversing. Some only allow backing up in a straight line but there are others that allow reversing. If you have a weight distribution system with sway control, then you should avoid reversing as much as possible.