I know, I know. Very well.
So, it’s been a week since I posted this (which sank like a rock) and after a lifetime of VWs and other small cars, it’s the first vehicle I’ve had that can actually pull a reasonably-sized trailer. I study the receiver socket and it’s rated 5,000 lbs maximum Weight Carrying hitch and 10,000 lbs Weight Distributing hitch.
Okay, I’ve heard about those. Let’s do some research.
Weight Carrying hitch: “The tongue weight (TW) is carried directly on the rear of the tow vehicle and on the hitch.” Simple enough.
Weight Distributing hitch: “An attachment, (sold separately) which slides into a Class 3/4 or Class 5 weight carrying (WC) receiver hitch, and redistributes hitch tongue weight (TW). Weight distributing hitches are normally used for heavier trailers up to 10,000 lbs. Typically uses 2 spring bars, one on each side of the trailer to lift up and apply leverage to the tow vehicle, thereby redistributing tongue weight from the rear axle to the front.” Sounds cool. Instead of the tongue weight all behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle, some is transferred to the front, making the whole thing squat down a little instead of just the back end a lot. Let’s see what they look like.
Found some pix. Looks like a couple bars extend from below the ball. Chains from clamps on the trailer pull them upward, reducing the weight on the ball and pressing down on the hitch. Now for the question: How does that transfer the weight to the front end of the tow vehicle? The weight, either directly on the trailer socket, or divided between the socket and from further back, is applied to the same point as a weight carrying hitch. In fact, with the extra accoutrements needed for those spring bars, the weight is applied a bit further back from the tow vehicle’s rear axle than it would be with a simple ball hitch.
What magic is this?