Load leveling devices ???

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tomo, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello, considering using such a device on a
    vehicle weight 3300lbs
    Vehicle max tow capacity is 6600lbs [way to much in my opinion ]
    trailer weight 4000lbs
    trailer single axle with brakes 12 x 6

    As i understand it a single axle is a lot less stable than a dual axle . From previous experience also .
    Given the understanding that a single axle influences the vehicle alot more .
    Does anybody who tows have a single axle trailler with such a device fitted .Your experiences .
    Dual axle owners r welcome to reply

    Another point is to remember is that increasing the load capacity to the rear springs is not the absolute answer as in this application .Remember the trailer pushes down on the hitch therefore using the rear axle as a pivot point . This results in the front suspension unloading [poor braking and steering]

    LOad leveling devices apparently redistribute weight evenly over tow vehiclef and r axles. Iam assuming stability would then return to also.

  2. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I'm assuming that you're talking about a load distributing type hitch, the type that has brackets mounted to the trailer tongue that connect to spring bars that fit into the hitch head. This type of hitch will work fine with a single axle trailer and improve handling and stability.
  3. Hiwire

    Hiwire LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I have a weight distributing hitch on my 24' RV trailer. Its like night and day. Well worth the money and once you get used to it it really doesnt take long to hook up, aybe an additional 2 minutes. For an additional few dollars you can also add anti sway saddles to those bars. What a difference!

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