The Importance of RV Weight Distribution & Anti-Sway | Pete’s RV Quick Tips
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The Importance of RV Weight Distribution & Anti-Sway | Pete’s RV Quick Tips


Randal Murray: Hey, guys. Randy with Pete’s RV TV here today. Another Quick Tip segment for you. Today, I’m going to talk about something I’m
very passionate about, and that is weight distribution and anti-sway. So, most people don’t know what weight distribution
is or anti-sway or how it works on. They just see a sales guy tell you that they
need it to pull that camper down the road. Let me tell you a little bit about it. So, weight distributing hitches look much
like this. This particular one here is going to do two
things for us. It’s gonna give [00:00:30] us weight distribution,
which is where we take these bars, and by hooking ’em to the camper appropriately, setting
up the hitch appropriately, we can actually take the weight from the back of that truck
and I can force it through the hitch and the receiver on your tow vehicle, through the
frame, and towards the front of the vehicle, putting the appropriate down pressure on the
front tires and making that truck ride the way it was designed by the manufacturer. So, real important when we’re hauling heavy
trailers. The other thing that I really get, really
progressive about is talking about anti-sway, ’cause that’s something that all other hitches
do differently. [00:01:00] A premium hitch like this one here
is gonna give us the best anti-sway. We see inexpensive hitches out there, and
we’re gonna get very little sway protection from them. Kind of is funny to me that someone will take
their $50,000 truck and buy a 30 or $40,000 camper, and look for the cheapest thing to
mate those two together. I want to make sure that when I’m towing with
my family, I’ve got the best hitch available on the market, one that’s gonna give me the
best load leveling, and the best anti-sway properties. A little bit about half-ton trucks today. Now, half-ton trucks are great things. I owned [00:01:30] one for a long time myself. They’re great riding vehicles, they’re great
for running to the grocery store, they’re great for bringing my daughter to school. They’re also great for towing campers, but
they do have a little bit of limitations. They have a P rated tire, what we call a P
rated tire in the industry, which is a passenger vehicle rated tire, which means they have
a very light duty sidewall. That tire meets or exceeds all the weight
limitations on that vehicle, which is usually plenty to tow a camper down the road, but
what they are susceptible to is some sway as we get to highway speeds. That trailer starts riding at the same [00:02:00]
rate as the truck, and riding independently, and actually can be pushed around by a gust
of wind or even an 18-wheeler going by us. So, that’s where the hitch comes into play,
and that’s where a premium hitch with the best anti-sway possible, like this Trekker
here, is really gonna help out that family with that half-ton truck towing at highway
speeds around the northeast, or wherever you may be. How this particular hitch does it here is
we actually tighten this red nut up here, if Kyle can zoom in, and we pinch it right
here, providing a ton of stress right there, forcing the camper [00:02:30] to stay behind
the tow vehicle. Now, as we turn the tow vehicle, go around
a corner, what have you, this hitch will allow you to turn. It actually breaks at about 30 degrees on
this particular hitch here, and then when it straightens out, that anti-sway locks back
in. It’s called adaptive sway on the Trekker. So, with those P rated tires, again, half-ton
trucks are great trucks to go down the road. D rated tires are very expensive, the kind
that we run on the heavier trucks that help combat that sway, so running a premium hitch
with your travel trailer at highway speeds is gonna keep you and your family safe going
down the road, [00:03:00] and make it a lot easier for the guy driving that truck (laughs),
and your wife not digging into the dash and white-knuckling it the whole way on the trip
(laughs). So, make sure that you know about the hitch
you’re purchasing. Make sure if you’re running a half-ton truck
with a larger camper behind it, you do have a premium hitch, providing you as much anti-sway
and load leveling as possible. Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV with Randy
today. I look forward to seeing you on the road.

6 Comments

  • Robert Flores

    Man, I really enjoy your videos! I've learned a lot since discovering you on this platform. Keep up the good work. My wife and I are new at RV'ing and our biggest fear is backing up to a site and having a blow out. I'm practicing on backing…what's your best advice on the best tires for our 25 foot Wildwood trailer. 4,700 lb. rating. It's a 2018 model and should be ok for the first few trips, California to Arizona, fingers crossed. 15 in. Rims…2 axle.

  • Angel Torres

    We purchased our very first camper at Pete's RV in Indiana. Experience was amazing and this Treker Weight Distribution Hitch was what we was set up with and so far so good. It works well and my tow vehicle is a 2015 Ford Expedition XLT. Thanks Pete's RV Indiana.

  • MN Patriot

    What do you think about the anti-sway comtrol built in the Chevy Silverado Stabilitrak system? I was told I didn't need a WDH because I already have a system built into my 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 Stabilitrak system. Towing 2018 r-pod 179.

  • climate engineering is killing the eco system

    So those weight distribution bars are for sway as well?  I just bought a 34ft 8,600 K pound camper at Petes RV in Plainville mass…. they put on W D Bars but no sway bar  they told me I did not need a sway bar because my truck 2015 Toyota tundra pulls 10.5 k pounds the camper is 8.5 k pounds.   I Did have little sway on highway    I was wondering if I put one on anyways would it totally eliminate sway or would it not do anything more than the WD bars are doing?

  • PaceMaker and Buttons 2023

    Hey Randy, I bought a '18 Dodge Durango yesterday because I needed a secondary vehicle to pull the Little guy max trailer. weight max on the Durango is 6,200 Lbs and the GVWR on the trailer is 3,950. Now with the 2500HD Silverado I don't use sway bars but with the Durango are you saying here that I need them/ The Durango comes with a rear load leveling suspension. I'm sure the vehicle will handle the load but I'm not sure on what it has for tires.

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