Equalizer Hitch

For anyone who uses their vehicle for pulling and towing, an equalizer hitch is a very valued part of the process. When you use a basic hitch you may not notice while in the driver's seat but the rear part of your towing vehicle can get pulled down. This can cause many problems with the towing vehicle. Not only can you find that your hitch and tail end of your vehicle are dragging the ground but the front end of your camper or trailer may be damaged as well. Driving over bumps in the road or rough spots can cause bouncing which will also lead to dragging and further damage being done. Driving without an equalizer hitch throws off the normal balance of your vehicle which can also cause problems with braking and steering correctly. This is extremely dangerous. Also using a basic hitch may not prevent the camper or trailer from swaying back and forth during poor weather conditions or heavy cross winds. This is also dangerous for both you and other passengers on the road.

The equalizer hitch is designed to distribute the weight of the trailer or camper evenly across all four axles of the towing vehicle so no part of the towing vehicle is forced to bare all the pressure alone. You can only imagine how much damage can be done to the axles when only one or two are baring all the weight over several hours or days of driving this way. By preventing this you can save a lot of repair costs later down the road.

There are a few different models of the equalizer hitch that are available, each that can support a different amount of weight. Buying the right size hitch is very important since some are not capable of carrying all the weight that you may need to tow. Some hitches are designed to haul between 1,000-6,000 lbs where as some may have the potential to pull up to 14,000 lbs. That is a big difference in weight so make sure to purchase the size hitch that is capable of baring the full amount of weight of your camper or trailer.

Equalizer hitches use many key components in order to provide the support that they offer. The equalizer hitch uses sway control brackets, spring arms, downward pressure, upward pressure and friction sway control to keep your trailer safe and securely hooked to your vehicle. All of these components serve a different purpose and combined they keep your trailer from swaying and bouncing all over the road. These may all sound confusing but seeing the hitch and how it works will help you to understand exactly how all these parts work together.

Although the installation of these hitches can be fairly simple, it is best to have a professional install the hitch to ensure it is secured correctly to the vehicle. If the hitch is not installed properly you may have damage to both the towing vehicle and the trailer that will be attached. Equalizer hitches are more costly than your basic towing hitch but are well worth the extra money. When you invest in an equalizer hitch you can rest assured that your travel experiences will be much smoother and the trailer will not be a safety issue on the road. By spending the extra money on the correct hitch for your vehicle you can also prevent further costs down the road due to dragging and pressure on rear end of your towing vehicle.

No matter what you are towing, make sure you feel confident in the safety of your vehicle, trailer and others on the road by using an equalizer hitch to get the job done right.

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