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.
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.