Understanding Towing

Always review the vehicle owner's manual prior to purchasing a towing system. The owner's manual has helpful information about the vehicle's capabilities, capacities and limitations. It is also important to be aware of the different laws and restrictions between states. The State Patrol is a good resource for this information.

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)

The gross trailer weight is the weight of the trailer and cargo. Measure this by putting the fully loaded trailer on a vehicle scale.

Boat + Trailer + Cooler + Fishing Gear = Gross Trailer Weight

Weight Carrying Capacity (WC)

The measure of the total weight a trailer hitch can safely pull without adding a weight distribution system. Never exceed the weight capacity ratings of the tow vehicle or the trailer hitch, whichever is lower.

Weight Distributing Capacity (WD)

The measure of the total weight a trailer hitch can safely pull with a weight distribution system installed. The use of a weight distribution hitch and sway control balances the weight of the cargo throughout the trailer, allowing for better steering, braking and level towing. It acts like a wheel barrow, lifting the weight from the tongue and distributing it to the vehicle's front axle and the trailer's rear axle. Weight distribution can be used on hydraulic systems but require additional parts to allow the actuator to move freely. See Weight Distribution on our site for these products.

Sway Control

A device used to reduce the lateral movements of trailers, which are caused by the wind. These may be used with or without a weight distribution system. Do not use this on a trailer hitch with an 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver tube opening or on trailers with surge brakes.

CURT Weight Distribution System

Equal-i-zer Hitch with 4-Point Sway Control

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