Q.: What’s the difference between weight distribution and weight carrying?
A.: Weight distribution refers to even distribution of weight from the rear to the front of your vehicle when a weight distributing hitch is used. Weight carrying refers to the support of all weight directly in the rear of your vehicle and by the hitch that’s located there.
Q.: If I have to drill in my frame, will it void the warrant on my vehicle?
A.: Prior to drilling or making any modifications to your frame for a hitch, contact your vehicle’s manufacturer or the dealership where you purchased it from to determine what your warrant specifies. If you are concerned about drilling, see if a no-drill hitch is available for your vehicle and your load size.
Q.: Can I use weight distribution on my trailer if I have surge brakes?
A.: Yes. Free range of motion is still maintained since the coupler will still have contact with the ball.
Q.: Is it safe for me to weld a hitch to my vehicle’s frame?
A.: Unless the hitch manufacturer states that welding is acceptable for your particular set-up, you should not weld a hitch to your frame yourself. Any welding should be done by a professional since improper welds may damage your frame and weaken the hitch.
Q.: When do I need a weight distribution hitch?
A.: Generally, you’ll need a weight distribution hitch if you can’t properly balance your load or get it to level. “Properly balanced” means the bulk of the weight should be over the axles of your trailer.
Q.: Can I use different hardware than what came with my hitch?
A.: Unless the manufacturer states it’s okay to do so, it’s best to avoid substituting the hardware that comes with your hitch. Supplied hardware is tested to be compatible with your hitch and to allow it to properly support the intended weight. Using different hardware may also cause your hitch to fail or void your warranty.
Q.: How do I know if I need a sway control system with my hitch?
A.: Go by the anticipated weight of your load. If you will be carrying a heavy or unbalanced load, it’s best to err on the side of caution and opt for a sway control system to avoid issues with vehicle stability and potential collisions with other vehicles while changing lanes. However, sway control cannot be used with surge brakes.