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Installation of a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Dodge Nitro

Published on Jan 19, 2016

Today on our 2007 Dodge Nitro, we'll be installing the Curt Class III 2-Inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number 13334. Here's what our hitch will look once installed. It's got a nice round, cross tube design with a fully welded hitch. The only thing that is really exposed past the bumper is our receiver tube hitch, the hitch pin hole and our chain hold outs. Being a class 3 hitch, it's capable of 350 pounds of tongue-weight and 3,500 pounds of towing capability. If you had a weight distribution hitch, you can get up to 500 pounds of tongue-weight and 5,000 pounds of towing capability. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch.


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How to Tow a Trailer

Published on Nov 19, 2015

Pickup trucks are built to pull trailers, but there’s quite a bit that you need to know before you go hooking up to one. For Part 1 of our new How to Truck series, we’ve assembled a list of the basic instructions that you’ll need to know before you set off with something in tow.

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How To Launch A Boat

Published on Nov 25, 2015

Boats don't have wheels and your truck can't drive on water. Fortunately, however, trucks are perfect for bringing your water toys to the lake. In the latest installment of our How to Truck series, we'll walk you through everything you need to know to launch a boat.

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Trailer Brake Controller Installation

Uploaded on May 5, 2011

Today on this 2010 Dodge Nitro we are going to install brake controller part number 90885 from Tekonsha. This is their Prodigy P2 brake controller. And to install this, we are going to use part number ETBC7. The first thing we need to do is go ahead and take the bracket from the ETBC7 kit. We are going to install that on to the bracket that is on the hitch. The next step is to go ahead and do some partial assembly on the 7-pole itself. What we will do is we will go ahead and add the gray cable that comes with the kit and we will hook it up to our 7-pole connector. What we are going to do is actually just wind this up in electric tape and leave our leads out that we need. We are going to leave our 4-pole sticking out and we are going to need our brake wire which is going to be blue and out black wire for 12 volt power supply. And then we will just wrap up our purple and white wires. Our white wire is going to go directly to the frame for ground. And then the purple wire is going to be for reverse lights if it is ever needed. And to our black and blue wires we are going to install the grey cable that has the black and white wires inside of it. What we are going to do is just peel away the grey sheath. Then stripe our wires back and make our connections: black to black and white to blue. Cover those up with some electric tape. Next we will go ahead and install the loom along the wires like this. 1:20

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Trailer Wiring Install:

Published on Aug 20, 2014

This video depicts the installation of the CURT 56183 T-Connector on a 2008 Dodge Nitro.

Install Sheet -

Application Coverage:
2007-2011 Dodge Nitro
2008-2012 Jeep Liberty

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Dodge Nitro: Trailer towing

Dodge Nitro: Trailer towing
Dodge Nitro / Dodge Nitro Owner's Manual / Starting and operating / Trailer towing

In this section you will find safety tips and information on limits to the type of towing you can reasonably do with your vehicle. Before towing a trailer, carefully review this information to tow your load as efficiently and safely as possible. To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing.

Common Towing Definitions

The following trailer towing related definitions will assist you in understanding the following information:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

The GVWR is the total allowable weight of your vehicle. This includes driver, passengers, cargo and tongue weight. The total load must be limited so that you do not exceed the GVWR. Refer to “Vehicle Loading/Vehicle Certification Label” in Starting and Operating” for further information.

Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)

The GTW is the weight of the trailer plus the weight of all cargo, consumables and equipment (permanent or temporary) loaded in or on the trailer in its loaded and ready for operation condition. The recommended way to measure GTW is to put your fully loaded trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer must be supported by the scale.

WARNING: If the gross trailer weight is 3,500 lbs (1 587 kg) or more, it is mandatory to use a weight-distributing hitch to ensure stable handling of your vehicle. If you use a standard weight-carrying hitch, you could lose control of your vehicle and cause an accident.

Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)

The GCWR is the total permissible weight of your vehicle and trailer when weighed in combination.

NOTE: The GCWR rating includes a 150 lbs (68 kg) allowance for the presence of a driver.

Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)

The GAWR is the maximum capacity of the front and rear axles. Distribute the load over the front and rear axles evenly. Make sure that you do not exceed either front or rear GAWR. Refer to “Vehicle Loading/Vehicle Certification Label” in Starting and Operating” for further information.

WARNING: It is important that you do not exceed the maximum front or rear GAWR. A dangerous driving condition can result if either rating is exceeded. You could lose control of the vehicle and have an accident.

Tongue Weight

The tongue weight is the downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer. In most cases it should not be less than 10% or more than 15% of the trailer load. You must consider this as part of the load on your vehicle.

Frontal Area

The frontal area is the maximum height multiplied by the maximum width of the front of a trailer.

Trailer Sway Control

The trailer sway control is a telescoping link that can be installed between the hitch receiver and the trailer tongue that typically provides adjustable friction associated with the telescoping motion to dampen any unwanted trailer swaying motions while traveling.

Weight-Carrying Hitch

A weight-carrying hitch supports the trailer tongue weight, just as if it were luggage located at a hitch ball or some other connecting point of the vehicle. These kind of hitches are the most popular on the market today and they are commonly used to tow small- and mediumsized trailers.

Weight-Distributing Hitch

A weight-distributing system works by applying leverage through spring (load) bars. They are typically used for heavier loads to distribute trailer tongue weight to the tow vehicle’s front axle and the trailer axle(s). When used in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions, it provides for a more level ride, offering more consistent steering and brake control, thereby enhancing towing safety. The addition of a friction/hydraulic sway control also dampens sway caused by traffic and crosswinds and contributes positively to tow vehicle and trailer stability. Trailer sway control and a weight distributing (load equalizing) hitch are recommended for heavier Tongue Weights (TW) and may be required depending on vehicle and trailer configuration/loading to comply with gross axle weight rating (GAWR) requirements.

• An improperly adjusted weight distributing hitch system may reduce handling, stability, and braking performance and could result in an accident.
• Weight distributing systems may not be compatible with surge brake couplers. Consult with your hitch and trailer manufacturer or a reputable recreational vehicle dealer for additional information.

Without Weight-Distributing Hitch (Incorrect) Without Weight-Distributing Hitch (Incorrect)

With Weight-Distributing Hitch (Correct) With Weight-Distributing Hitch (Correct)

Improper Adjustment of Weight-Distributing Hitch Improper Adjustment of Weight-Distributing Hitch (Incorrect)

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Trailer Hitch Classification

Your vehicle is capable of towing trailers up to 2,000 lbs (907 kg) without added equipment or alterations to the standard equipment. Your vehicle may be factory equipped for safe towing of trailers weighing over 2,000 lbs (907 kg) with the optional trailer tow prep package. See your authorized dealer for package content. The following chart provides the industry standard for the maximum trailer weight a given trailer hitch class can tow and should be used to assist you in selecting the correct trailer hitch for your intended towing condition. Refer to the Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings) chart for the Max. GTW towable for your given drivetrain.

All trailer hitches should be professionally installed on your vehicle.

Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings)

The following chart provides the maximum trailer weight ratings towable for your given drivetrain.

When Towing Trailers with Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) between 3,500 Lbs (1

When Towing Trailers with Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) between 3,500 Lbs (1 588 kg) and 5,000 Lbs (2 268 kg)

The following chart provides maximum trailer weight ratings towable for the following engine/transmission combinations, ONLY if using a weight distributing hitch.

Trailer and Tongue Weight

Always load a trailer with 60% to 65% of the weight in the front of the trailer. This places 10% to 15% of the Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) on the tow hitch of your vehicle. Loads balanced over the wheels or heavier in the rear can cause the trailer to sway severely from side-toside which will cause loss of control of vehicle and trailer. Failure to load trailers heavier in front is the cause of many trailer accidents.

Consider the following items when computing the weight on the rear axle of the vehicle:
• The tongue weight of the trailer.
• The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment put in or on your vehicle.
• The weight of the driver and all passengers.

NOTE: Remember that everything put into or on the trailer adds to the load on your vehicle. Also, additional factory-installed options or authorized dealer-installed options must be considered as part of the total load on your vehicle. Refer to “Tire Safety Information/Tire and Loading Information Placard” in “Starting and Operating” for the maximum combined weight of occupants and cargo for your vehicle.

Towing Requirements

To promote proper break-in of your new vehicle drivetrain components the following guidelines are recommended:

• Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles (805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle or other parts could be damaged.
• Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at the heavier loads.

WARNING: Improper towing can lead to an injury accident. Follow these guidelines to make your trailer towing as safe as possible:
• Make certain that the load is secured in the trailer and will not shift during travel. When trailering cargo that is not fully secured, dynamic load shifts can occur that may be difficult for the driver to control. You could lose control of your vehicle and have an accident.
• When hauling cargo or towing a trailer, do not overload your vehicle or trailer. Overloading can cause a loss of control, poor performance or damage to brakes, axle, engine, transmission, steering, suspension, chassis structure or tires.
• Safety chains must always be used between your vehicle and trailer. Always connect the chains to the frame or hook retainers of the vehicle hitch. Cross the chains under the trailer tongue and allow enough slack for turning corners.
• Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade. When parking, apply the parking brake on the tow vehicle. Put the tow vehicle transmission in PARK. Always, block or chock the trailer wheels.
• GCWR must not be exceeded.
• Total weight must be distributed between the tow vehicle and the trailer such that the following four ratings are not exceeded: 1. GVWR. 2. GTW. 3. GAWR. 4. Tongue weight rating for the trailer hitch utilized. (This requirement may limit the ability to always achieve the 10% to 15% range of tongue weight as a percentage of total trailer weight).

Towing Requirements – Tires

− Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact spare tire. − Proper tire inflation pressures are essential to the safe and satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Refer to “Tires – General Information” in “Starting and Operating” for proper tire inflation procedures. − Check the trailer tires for proper tire inflation pressures before trailer usage. − Check for signs of tire wear or visible tire damage before towing a trailer. Refer to “Tires – General Information” in “Starting and Operating” for the proper inspection procedure. − When replacing tires, refer to “Tires – General Information” in “Starting and Operating” for proper tire replacement procedures. Replacing tires with a higher load carrying capacity will not increase the vehicle’s GVWR and GAWR limits.

Towing Requirements – Trailer Brakes

− Do not interconnect the hydraulic brake system or vacuum system of your vehicle with that of the trailer. This could cause inadequate braking and possible personal injury. − An electronically actuated trailer brake controller is required when towing a trailer with electronically actuated brakes. When towing a trailer equipped with a hydraulic surge actuated brake system, an electronic brake controller is not required. − Trailer brakes are recommended for trailers over 1,000 lbs (454 kg) and required for trailers in excess of 2,000 lbs (907 kg).

If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg) loaded, it should have its own brakes and they should be of adequate capacity. Failure to do this could lead to accelerated brake lining wear, higher brake pedal effort, and longer stopping distances.


• Do not connect trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic brake lines. It can overload your brake system and cause it to fail. You might not have brakes when you need them and could have an accident.
• Towing any trailer will increase your stopping distance. When towing you should allow for additional space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Failure to do so could result in an accident.

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Towing Requirements – Trailer Lights and Wiring

Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer size, stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are required for motoring safety. The trailer tow package may include a four-pin and seven-pin wiring harness. Use a factory approved trailer harness and connector.

NOTE: Do not cut or splice wiring into the vehicles wiring harness.

The electrical connections are all complete to the vehicle, but you must mate the harness to a trailer connector. Refer to the following illustrations.

Four-Pin Connector Four-Pin Connector

1 — Female Pins. 4 — Park. 2 — Male Pin. 5 — Left Stop/Turn. 3 — Ground. 6 — Right Stop/Turn.

Seven-Pin Connector Seven-Pin Connector

1 — Battery. 5 — Ground. 2 — Backup Lamps. 6 — Left Stop/Turn. 3 — Right Stop/Turn. 7 — Running Lamps. 4 — Electric Brakes.

Towing Tips

Before setting out on a trip, practice turning, stopping and backing up the trailer in an area away from heavy traffic.

Automatic Transmission

The “D” range can be selected when towing. However, if frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “TOW/ HAUL” button (if equipped) or a lower gear range should be selected.

NOTE: Using the “TOW/HAUL” button (3.7L engine) or “4” range (4.0L engine) while operating the vehicle under heavy operating conditions will improve performance and extend transmission life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up. This action will also provide better engine braking. The automatic transmission fluid and filter should be changed if you regularly tow a trailer for more than 45 minutes of continuous operation. Refer to “Maintenance Schedule” for the proper maintenance intervals.

TOW/HAUL – If Equipped

To reduce potential for automatic transmission overheating, press the “TOW/HAUL” button when driving in hilly areas or shift the transmission to DRIVE position 2 on more severe grades. Refer to “Automatic Transmission” in “Starting and Operating” for further information.

Electronic Speed Control – If Equipped

− Do not use in hilly terrain or with heavy loads. − When using the speed control, if you experience speed drops greater than 10 mph (16 km/h), disengage until you can get back to cruising speed. − Use speed control in flat terrain and with light loads to maximize fuel efficiency.

Cooling System

To reduce potential for engine and transmission overheating, take the following actions:

− City Driving

When stopped for short periods of time, shift the transmission into NEUTRAL and increase engine idle speed.

− Highway Driving

Reduce speed.

− Air Conditioning

Turn off temporarily.

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Recreational towing (behind motorhome, etc.)
Two-Wheel Drive Models All Four Wheels On The Ground Recreational towing is allowed ONLY if the driveshaft is removed. Towing with the rear wheels on the ground while the driveshaft is connected ...

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Best Trailer Hitch Covers

Top 10 Best Trailer Hitch Covers
An inexpensive way to get a little bit more out of your truck's trailer hitch.

Aug 10, 2018

A trailer hitch cover may be something that you’ve never even considered buying for your vehicle.

But while some trailer hitch covers serve as a cosmetic upgrade only, there are others that can give your vehicle some added usability. Some double as a third brake light, while some others give your trailer hitch a triple ball hitch mount for different hitch sizes.

We’re going to go over some of our preferred hitch mounts on the market today to give you a good idea of the different types of products that are out there. We’ll cover cosmetic trailer hitch covers and practical ones as well, hopefully helping to start your trailer hitch search on the right foot.

Editor's Pick: Connor Tri Ball Hitch

The Connor Tri Ball Hitch is a high-quality tri-ball hitch that will make sure you never have to wonder where you left your different tow hitch balls.

In addition to offering three different tow hitch balls on the same hitch insert, the Connor Tri Ball Hitch also includes a tow hook.

The three hitch balls have different tow ratings of 2,000 lbs., 6,000 lbs. and 10,000 lbs. The hook capacity, meanwhile, is 10,000 lbs.

This tri-ball trailer hitch is bound to be well-made and sturdy, making a good option to cover up the hole in your hitch.

Pros/Tri ball hitch with hook giving you multiple uses

Cons/May stick out a bit far for some users

Bottom Line/A great hitch cover for the person that misplaces their different tow hooks and hitch balls

MaxxHaul Trailer Hitch Cover With LED Brake Light

This trailer hitch cover from MaxxHaul also doubles as an LED brake light.

Why spend $20 or even $30 on a purely cosmetic trailer hitch cover when you can get this hitch cover for even less that will also ensure the person behind you really knows you’ve stepped on the brakes. The light consists of 12 singular LED lights that are very bright and will last much longer than a standard brake light might.

This hitch cover will fit your standard 2×2 hitch cover and includes a hitch pin.

Pros/Doubles as a brake light, inexpensive

Cons/Power chord may not be long enough for some applications

Bottom Line/A decent quality and inexpensive trailer hitch cover that doubles as a brake light

Curt Manufacturing Rubber Hitch Tube Cover

This hitch cover from Curt Manufacturing is as simple as it gets.

Consisting of just a plain black rubber cover, this very cheap hitch cover will go unnoticed as it covers up the hole in your trailer hitch. A cover such as this can prevent dirt, dust and debris from entering your hitch tube.

It will also fit snugly into your hitch tube so you don’t have to fiddle with it or worry about it falling out as you drive.

Pros/Inexpensive, Simple design

Cons/Perhaps a bit too plain for some consumers

Bottom Line/A no-frills hitch cover that comes in at under $5

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Bully Chrome Series Heavy-Duty Truck SUV LED Hitch Step

This hitch-mounted step from Bully is a useful little device that will keep your hitch tube covered up when it’s not helping you haul.

Not only does it double as a step that will help you access your truck’s bed, it comes with integrated LED lights that will light up when you hit the brakes.

The step is 19-inches wide and 3.75-inches in diameter. The included adapter also means it will fit 2-inch and 1-1/4-inch hitch receivers.

With a durable design, this step will support even the heaviest of users and will last over time. It’s also relatively inexpensive.

Pros/Useful step, Integrated LED brake light, Adapter included

Cons/May be a bit bulky for some buyers' tastes

Bottom Line/A very useful way to cover up your hitch tube when it's not in use

BougeRV Trailer Hitch Tube Cover Plug Cap

This BougeRV trailer hitch cover is similar to the product from Curt above, with one added advantage.

This hitch cover includes a bracket that mounts over top of your hitch tube. That means you don’t have to take the cap completely off and risk losing it. Just flip the cap open when you need to use the hitch, hitch up your trailer and you’ll be on your way.

BougeRV makes versions of this product for 1 1/4- inch and 2-inch hitch tubes, so just make sure you’re buying the right size. It’s a bit pricier than the simple cap from Curt, but at under $10, it’s still extremely affordable.

Pros/Bracket means you'll never lose it, Inexpensive

Cons/Design a bit bland

Bottom Line/If you tend to lose things, this is the trailer cap for you!

HitchSafe HS7000 Key Vault

This rather interesting product from KeyVault allows you to cover up your hitch tube and gives you a convenient and safe place to keep a key.

With a secure metal construction, built-in code combination and a heavy-duty rubber dust cover, this hitch cover can safely hide a key, cards and other valuables while your off doing outdoor activities or when you’re camping. How many times have you thought “my car keys are a real pain”? This is your solution!

This hitch cover also comes with a hitch pin and a dust cover. The dust cover is important, as it covers up the key code so passersby don’t know about your little secret storage compartment.

Pros/Doubles as a convenient hitch lock box, Sturdy design with included dust cover and hitch pin

Cons/Some users may not be comfortable using such a lock box

Bottom Line/A convenient way to cover up your hitch tube - especially if you hate bringing your keys with you

Rhino USA Shackle Hitch Receiver

This hitch receiver from Rhino will keep your trailer tube covered up when you’re not towing but will still give you a useful hitch to use should you need it.

The American-made hook has a 31,418 lb max strength, so you’ll be able to pull just about anything using it. It is also offered with a lifetime warranty, so you know that it will last and that you’ll get a replacement or your money back on the off chance that it doesn’t.

Such a product could be of particular interest to off-roaders who may need to recover a vehicle from a ditch or when it gets stuck in mud or snow.

Just because your trailer hitch tube isn’t being used doesn’t mean it can’t be useful!

Pros/Doubles as a very strong tow hook, Lifetime guarantee, American made

Cons/More expensive than a simple cosmetic hitch tube cover

Bottom Line/A useful product to cover up your hitch tube that's also extremely durable

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LFParts Blank Black Trailer Metal Hitch Tube Cover

This hitch tube cover from LFParts is a dirt and dust cover that will be more durable than the cheaper plastic covers that are on the market today.

In addition to the metal construction being a bit more durable than plastic, this hitch tube cover also looks better than a plastic one, in our opinion.

While still inexpensive, the metal cover is obviously a bit more expensive than the plastic covers.

Again, you should ensure you are buying the properly sized cover when shopping for a metal hitch tube cover such as this, as some are for 2-inch hitch tubes and others for 1 1/4-inch tubes.

Pros/Simple design, sturdy metal construction, Inexpensive

Cons/More money than a plastic hitch tube cover

Bottom Line/An inexpensive way to cover up your hitch tube that does away with the plastic

TGL Hitch Step

This hitch step from TGL is another hitch tube cover that doubles as a step.

But while the hitch step above from Bully we mentioned above has a curved design, this TGL step is a bit flatter and thus more sturdy to stand on.

It doesn’t double as a LED brake light like the Bully step, but has its own advantages such as a non-slip surface design and a durable powder coated finish that will prevent rust.

Like other large metal hitch covers, this step could also provide your vehicle with extra crash protection in the event of a rear-end collision – although we hope you don’t ever get to test that out.

If you want a hitch cover that doubles as a step, this could just be the exact product you’re looking for.

Pros/Doubles as a step, Heavy and sturdy construction

Cons/Does not double as an LED brake light like other steps

Bottom Line/A heavy, durable and useful step that gives you easy access to your truck bed while covering up your hitch tube

Pilot CR402 Propeller Hitch Cover

Our final entry on this list comes from Bully, who has developed this cute propeller hitch.

This propeller hitch spins as your car or truck drives down the road. If you typically tow a boat with your hitch, this is a perfect way to let everyone know how when you’re not towing it around! It looks just like a boat prop.

While it has no secondary use, this propeller is fun to look at and will protect your hitch tube from dirt, rust and other corrosion when it’s not in use. At just over $10, it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to cover up your hitch tube.

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Prevent trailer sway with a weight distribution hitch.

Top 10 Best Weight Distributing Hitches and Why You Need Them

Sep 06, 2018

Do you want to buy a large trailer to tow with your truck or SUV? You’ll probably need a Class 3, 4 or 5 hitch, then, which means you’ll also need a good weight distributing hitch.

A weight distributing hitch, which is also referred to as a trailer equalizer, helps to distribute the downward force from heavy trailers across a larger, more even plane. It’s important for this downward force, referred to as tongue weight, to be distributed across the vehicle’s axles and the trailer’s axles, as it can put too much weight on the rear of your vehicle. This is not only bad for your truck or SUV, but can contribute to vehicle control problems and also break your trailer receiver hitch.

A weight distributing hitch can help keep you safe while out on the road and towing, so you’ll definitely want to read up on them before making your purchase. Luckily for you, we’re going to go over some of the best weight distributing hitches on sale in this post. Afterward, we’ll also touch on the different types of weight distributing hitches available today, what sets them apart and which are best for which applications.

Editor's Choice: Andersen Hitches No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch

The No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch from Andersen Hitches is one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

This weight distribution hitch differs from others that are of the round bar and trunnion bar type. It features chains and a damper in place of spring bars, which not only remedies trailer sway but also any trailer bouncing you may experience. You can also easily tighten or loosen the chains and damper with a nut.

Andersen Hitches’ design is lightweight, coming in at under 60 lbs, is easy to install and promises to provide a smooth and extremely quiet ride as you tow. It’s rated at 14,000 lbs GTWR when using a 2″ rack, and 16,000 lbs GTWR when using a 2 1/2″ rack. Andersen Hitches also offers a lifetime warranty on the hitch so you can buy with confidence.

While a bit pricier than other similar weight distribution hitches, this hitch has a superior design that makes it one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

Pros/Unique design ensures quiet and smooth operation, Lifetime warranty, Made in the USA

Cons/On the expensive side

Bottom Line/Buy right or buy twice. This hitch is pricey, but is one of the best weight distribution hitches on sale today.

EAZ LIFT 1,000 lbs Elite Bent Bar Weight Distributing Hitch

This weight distributing hitch from Eaz Lift is of the round bar type and is inexpensive for what you’re getting.

With a 10,000 lb GTWR rating and a 1,000 lb tongue weight rating, this budget-friendly weight distributing hitch should prove to be plenty strong for many consumers. It should work as desired, as long as you don’t travel on rough or bumpy roads frequently. That’s because round bar type weight distribution hitches aren’t as good at mitigating noise and trailer sway and bounce as Andersen or trunnion bar type kits. What it lacks in refinement it makes up for in price, however.

If your trailer isn’t too heavy and the roads around you are smoothly paved, the Eaz Lift 1,000 lbs weight distributing hitch is an inexpensive option that we’d confidently recommend. It’s also available in tongue weight ratings of 600 lbs, 800 lbs, 1200 lbs and 1400 lbs.

Pros/Inexpensive, Variety of tongue ratings, 5 year warranty

Cons/Does not mitigate sway and bounce as much as other similar products

Bottom Line/A solid, inexpensive weight distributing hitch that we'd confidently recommend

Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch

The Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch is a trunnion bar type weight distribution hitch available in a wide variety of tongue weight and gross trailer weight ratings. It is also available in a variety of sizes, making it an appropriate choice no matter the height of your hitch receiver.

The Equal-i-zer hitch will work with almost all bumper-pull trailers and trailers with hydraulic surge brakes. The product comes complete, although it does not come with a hitch ball, so you’ll have to purchase your own separately if you don’t already have the appropriate type.

Users report this weight distributing hitch is easy to install, works very well to mitigate sway and is ideal for those who are towing very long trailers. The only downside here is the price – it’s a bit more expensive than a comparable round ball type weight distributing hitch and more than an Andersen style one as well.

Pros/High quality, Great for long trailers, Variety of weight ratings and sizes available

Cons/A more expensive weight distributing hitch

Bottom Line/This expensive weight distributing hitch justifies its pricetag with ideal on-road performance

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Husky Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Bolt-Together Ball Mount/Shank Assembly

This round bar type weight distribution hitch from Husky has a 1,200 lb max tongue rating and 12,000 GTWR, making it good for those with heavier trailers or RVs to tow.

The hitch also features 8 inches total of height adjustment, making it flexible between trailer sizes and types. Like many other weight distribution hitches, though, a trailer ball is not included in this package, so you’ll have to purchase your own if you don’t already have one of the right size.

Husky promises this weight distribution hitch is easy to install and simple to use. Some users weren’t happy with the flimsy packaging the hitch came in, but otherwise, this should prove to be a solid weight distribution hitch for the truck or SUV owner who doesn’t want to break the bank. We’d consider this a good entry-level weight distribution hitch.

Pros/Inexpensive, Easy to install and use, Heavy duty weight rating

Cons/Flimsy packaging, Not as well-built as some more expensive weight distribution hitches

Bottom Line/An affordable and heavy duty weight distributing hitch

Pro Series Complete Weight Distribution Kit

The Pro Series Complete Weight Distribution Kit comes with everything you’ll need to use a weight distributing hitch on your truck or SUV, including a hitch ball.

This round bar type weight distributor hitch has a 1,000 lb tongue weight and 10,000 GTWR, so it will be able to handle most trailers and RVs that consumers may find themselvesvles towing frequently. The manufacturer also offers a 10-year warranty with the kit, although it should prove to be durable as long as you take proper are of it.

Installing and using this kit is straightforward, but if you’re confused at any point, you can always refer to the included instructions or an online video for guidance. Users report that this hitch is also very heavy and a bit noisy when towing.

Pros/Heavy duty weight rating, Inexpensive, Includes hitch ball

Cons/Very heavy, a bit noisy when towing

Bottom Line/A solid, well-priced weight distributing hitch that's made in the USA

Fastway e2 2-Point Sway Control Round Bar Hitch

This round bar type weight distribution hitch from Fastway comes in a variety of GTWR and tongue weight ratings. None of them come with a hitch ball, however, so you’ll have to get your own if you opt for this product.

Like other weight distributing hitches, this product will mitigate sway and distirbute your trailer’s weight across the vehicle and trailer axles. It comes with a 10-year warranty as well.

Users say this weight distributing hitch is easy to use, easy to install and well made. It also provides good sway control, so you can tow confidently even with very heavy trailers.

One downside to this hitch is that it may be a bit noisy once it’s been used for a little while. Grease, such as WD-40, can sometimes help to reduce the amount of noise your weight-distributing hitch makes.

Pros/Very affordable, Well made, Easy to use

Cons/A bit noisy when in use, Does not include hitch ball

Bottom Line/It's nothing fancy, but this is still a solid, affordable weight distributing hitch

Husky Center Line TS with Spring Bars

This weight distribution hitch kit from Husky has a very high tongue weight rating of 1,200 lbs and a GTWR of 12,000 lbs.

The manufacturer claims this round bar hitch is quieter than many other similar kits on sale today, so you won’t be bothered by squeaking as you drive along. It also comes with a trailer ball hitch and all other hardware you’ll need to install it. This product is also well-priced for its heavy-duty weight ratings and comes with easy-to-follow instructions for installation.

One common downside that users of this product report is the weight. Due to the product’s heaviness, it can be difficult to maneuver when installing it or moving it around when it’s not attached to your vehicle.

Pros/Well priced, Good quaity, High weight rating

Cons/Very heavy

Bottom Line/A very heavy yet high-quality trailer weight distribution kit

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Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch

This could be the most well-priced weight distribution hitches on sale today.

With a palatable pricetag and a 1,000 lb tongue weight rating, this is an affordable weight distributor kit that is perfect for the buyer on a budget.

This is certainly not a lightweight product, but what it lacks in lightness it makes up for in construction. It’s extremely heavy, users report, although perhaps not as well-made as other more expensive products.

This weight distribution hitch also only comes with a three-year warranty, whereas more expensive products will be backed for up to 10 years or for life.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money and don’t mind a heavier, noisier hitch, this could be the ideal product for you.

Pros/Very inexpensive, High 1,000 lb tongue rate

Cons/Short warranty, Very heavy, Average quality

Bottom Line/One of the least expensive weight distributing hitches on sale

Camco Weight Distribution Hitch

The Camco Weight Distribution Hitch is a round bar type weight distribution kit with a 1,000 lb tongue weight and 10,000 lb GTWR.

This kit comes with everything you’ll need to put the hitch on your truck, including a hitch ball.

While the construction of this product is of good quality, some users say it’s hard to install due to the vague instructions. If you are going to install it yourself, you may want to research online for more detailed installation instructions or a how-to video.

This hitch is on the pricey side. It’s far from the best deal on this list, but should work as advertised nonetheless.

Pros/Good-looking design, Heavy duty construction, High tongue weight rating

Cons/Vague instructions, Expensive

Bottom Line/An expensive yet well made weight distribution hitch

Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch

The Blue Ox Weight Distributing Hitch is an extremely heavy duty hitch with a 1,500 lb tongue weight rating and a 15,000 lb GTWR.

This kit will prevent trailer sway and ensure your truck or SUV retains a soft, smooth ride even when towing heavy trailers. The manufacturer claims it’s near-silent when in motion and comes with a pre-adjusted head so it’s ready to use out of the box.

If you’re serious about towing, this is an ideal weight distributing hitch. Some users say the sway bar chains are hard to adjust, however you don’t have to take them off when you are reversing your vehicle like some other weight distributors.

While very pricey, this weight distributing hitch is a high-quality product that’s aimed at the user who tows heavy trailers frequently.

Pros/Very heavy duty, Well made, Includes everything you'll need


Bottom Line/A very heavy duty, well made weight distributing hitch that's priced accordingly

How Does a Weight Distributing Hitch Work?

A weight distributing hitch spreads the weight of a trailer across a larger plane.

A trailer without a weight distributing hitch will focus all of its weight onto a small surface area (the hitch ball). This can cause the rear end of your truck or SUV to sag, which may make it susceptible to trailer sway and bounce and reduce your ability to remain in control of the vehicle when traveling along.

A weight distributing hitch is specially designed to spread the weight of your trailer to a larger surface area, reducing rear end sag and helping to keep the trailer even and in line with your vehicle. They can also help with cornering stability when towing when directing the weight of the trailer to one side of the vehicle.
What Are the Different Types of Weight Distributing Hitches?

As we mentioned above, there are three types of weight distributing hitch: round bar, trunnion bar and Andersen.

Round Bar Hitches: a round bar weight distribution hitch uses round-shaped sway bars that attach to the bottom of the trailer ball mount and assembly. They don’t deal with bumps and potholes as well as an Andersen style kit, but will work just fine for most applications.

Trunnion Bar Hitches: a trunnion bar kit is nearly the same as a round bar kit, except the sway bars are square in shape and don’t require a clip to be fastened to the receiver. They are more difficult to adjust the height of the head on than a round bar kit, but provide more ground clearance than round bar type kits.

Andersen Hitches: Instead of using a sway bar, an Andersen style hitch uses dampers and chains to help reduce and mitigate trailer sway and bouncing. A but is also used to tighten the chains and dampers so you don’t have to mess around with chains. This hitch design helps to reduce trailer bounce in addition to sway.

We’d focus less on the type of hitch when shopping and more on the tongue weight rating and GTWR. As long as your weight distributing hitch has the correct weight rating for the trailer you are towing and fits your receiver properly, you should be good to go.
What Weight Rating Will I Need?

There are two different weight ratings used when talking weight distributing hitches: tongue weight and gross trailer weight.

The tongue weight of a trailer is how much downward force it enacts on your vehicle when it’s hitched up. The gross trailer weight rating (GTWR) is how much the trailer weighs in its entirety.

Having too much tongue weight is obviously bad, but having too little tongue weight can also cause trailer sway problems. Ideally, you’ll want your tongue weight to be 10 to 15 percent of your GTWR so you’re left with trailer that sits evenly with your vehicle. If your trailer weighs 10,000 lbs, you’ll want to have a tongue weight rating of around 1,000 lbs, for example.

Having the proper weight rated hitch is the most important aspect of shipping for a weight distributing hitch.

Our Final Verdict

If you’re still unsure which weight distributing hitch is ideal for you and your vehicle, here are three of our favorites.

Best Overall Hitch: The Andersen Hitches No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch is the best overall weight distribution hitch for most consumers, in our opinion. It prevents trailer sway and trailer bounce, is relatively inexpensive while still being high quality. It’s also extremely heavy duty, with up to 16,000 lbs GTWR and comes with a good manufacturer’s warranty. It’s hard to go wrong with this product, in our opinion.

Best Budget Hitch: The best budget option here is the Ultra-Fab Products Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch, in our opinion. It comes in at under $200 and still retains a good degree of durability and usability. If you don’t want to break the bank but still want to avoid low-quality products, this is a great middle ground.

Best Heavy Duty Hitch: While the Andersen hitch is also good for heavy duty applications, the Blue Ox heavy duty hitch is designed for heavy-duty trailering as well. With a heavy duty construction, a tongue rating of 1,500 lbs and a GTWR of 15,000 lbs, this weight distributing hitch is ready to tow even the heaviest of trailers.

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Best Dodge Nitro Hitch Options

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13334 Class III Hitch - Dodge Nitro by Curt (Trailer Hitch)

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Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options for your 2012 Dodge Nitro. On top here we're going to have our Draw-Tite hitch, and right below that we're going to have our CURT. Now on our Nitro itself we do have the Draw-Tite installed. As you can see, that crosstube's going to be hidden right behind the bumper and all we're really going to see is that receiver tube sticking out and giving it a nice clean, finished OEM look.Since we saw the Draw-Tite on our Nitro and it is going to be concealed and all we're really going to see is this plate and then the receiver tube opening sticking out, whereas with the CURT, right about here where we can see it sloping up towards the sides, this is going to be visible and we are going to see that round tube going across along with the receiver tube sticking out.Now the way we're going to mount our accessories on our hitches is they're going to use a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now they're not included in either one of our kits here but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC3.Now if you noticed, the Draw-Tite's going to have a second hole towards the back of the receiver tube opening here. That's going to be for the j-pin stabilization device.

That's going to be nice because it's going to apply pressure to that accessory on the inside and it's going to keep it from rattling around and making noise when we're driving down the road.As far as weight capacity goes, our CURT is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. It is designed to work with weight distribution systems. That will bump up the tongue weight up to 500 pounds and the gross trailer weight up to 5,000 pounds. The Draw-Tite is going to have quite a bit more weight rating to it. It's going to start out with a 500 pound tongue weight along with a 5,000 pound gross trailer weight rating.

It also is designed to work with weight distribution systems. That's going to jump your tongue weight up to 600 pounds and the gross trailer weight up to 6,000 pounds. Now with all of that in mind, you want to make sure that you double check your vehicle's owner's manual and you never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.Another feature of the Draw-Tite hitch that you're really going to appreciate is it's going to have that built-in bracket for any kind of electrical wiring like we have on our Nitro here. Now the safety chain loops on our hitches are going to be a lot different from each other. The Draw-Tite here, it's going to have a loop style.

It's going to be like a welded stock steel welded to the bottom of the receiver tube opening. As you can see, it's going to just be slightly offset from that hitch pin. We're not going to have to worry about interfering with any kind of locking device. We're going to have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off.The CURT, however, is going to have a plate style. It's just going to have an oval hole cut in the bottom of that plate welded to the bottom of the receiver tube opening and crosstube.

We're going to have enough room to get most size hooks on or off, but keep in mind if you have somewhat of a smaller hook it is going to be rather difficult trying to come from the side because it is also right in line with that hitch pin. If you are using a locking device, that may interfere and it may be a little bit more difficult to get those hooks in place.Both of our hitches are Class 3, which means they're going to give us that 2" by 2" receiver tube opening, and both of them are going to have a reinforced collar, the Draw-Tite, having more of a rounded look to it, and the CURT having more of a flush cut on the end. Since they are both Class 3 and they're both going to ha

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How to Hook Up to a Conventional Trailer

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Brant Combs, head of Ram Heavy Duty and J.D. Schmid from Big Tex Trailers walk you through the safe and secure way to hook up a conventional trailer to your Ram truck.
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