From the bloggers at Do It Yourself RV.
For many people, a pull behind travel trailer or camper is the perfect alternative to a full-sized RV. You have a place to sleep, relax, and even cook, but you’ve still got a standard vehicle to navigate the streets.
Of course, a travel trailer brings its own set of issues. When you’re pulling a 2,000 or 4,000 pound trailer behind you, you’ve got to make sure you have a safe, secure hookup. And in most cases, your vehicle’s standard trailer hitch isn’t enough.
Weight Distribution Hitch Basics
When you tow a trailer with your vehicle’s standard, rear mounted hitch, the weight of the tongue is transferred to the rear axle of the vehicle. In many instances, this puts too much of a strain on the tow vehicle. When you hook your trailer up, if you notice a visible sag, your vehicle’s headlights point upwards, you experience sway, or if it’s difficult to steer or stop, you’re going to need something to help distribute that weight.
The standard chain method.
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