Best Weight Distribution Hitches With Sway Control 2020

Why You Should Buy A Weight Distribution Hitch With Sway Control

If you’re shopping for a weight distribution hitch for your camper, or any kind of bumper pull trailer, I applaud you and want to say: Get ready for a smoother and safer ride with a safe load! A weight distribution hitch with sway control will not only improve steering and stopping of your vehicle and trailer, but also correct trailer sway that you might have experienced on the road. To me, it’s a product for the safety of myself and my passengers more than anything else.

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Before we review weight distribution hitches with sway control, we need to know what it is and how it works. I assume that some of you know what they do but if you don’t, scroll down to the FAQ where I will go through the benefits of having one and what you need to think about while using one.

If you aren’t sure if you need one, you can follow the simple if the trailer weight is more than 50 percent of your tow vehicle’s weight, get a weight distribution hitch to distribute the weight of the load and prevent sway rule. You can also check the manufacturer’s information about your vehicle’s recommended trailer weight before getting a weight distribution hitch.

Related: The 5 Things You Must Do When A Trailer Starts To Sway

You should also note that there is a difference between weight distribution and sway control. Most products on the market today are both as they’re both recommended for any kind of trailer, but make sure you’re getting both. For detailed information check out this article about the differences between weight distribution and sway control here.

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Husky 30849 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control
EAZ LIFT 48058 1000 lbs Elite Kit, Includes Distribution, Sway Control and 2-5/16' Hitch Ball-1,000 lbs Tongue Weight Capacity (48058-A)
What I Use
Fastway 10K (RB) e2INCLUDES INSTALLED 2 5/16 HITCH BALL - 94-00-1061
Top Pick
Andersen Mfg 3350 No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch44; 4 In. Drop And Rise44; 2.31 In. Ball44; 14K44; 5 In. - 6 In. Frame.
Great Option
Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch, 90-00-1069, 10,000 Lbs Trailer Weight Rating, 1,000 Lbs Tongue Weight Rating, Weight Distribution Kit Includes Standard Hitch Shank and 2-5/16' Ball
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
Sway Bar
Sway Bar
2-Point
Springs
4-Point
Weight
84.9 lbs
96 lbs
89 lbs
53.5 lbs
112 lbs
Can Use In Reverse

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Husky 30849 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
Sway Bar
Weight
84.9 lbs
Can Use In Reverse
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EAZ LIFT 48058 1000 lbs Elite Kit, Includes Distribution, Sway Control and 2-5/16' Hitch Ball-1,000 lbs Tongue Weight Capacity (48058-A)
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
Sway Bar
Weight
96 lbs
Can Use In Reverse

What I Use

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Fastway 10K (RB) e2INCLUDES INSTALLED 2 5/16 HITCH BALL - 94-00-1061
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
2-Point
Weight
89 lbs
Can Use In Reverse

Top Pick

Preview
Andersen Mfg 3350 No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch44; 4 In. Drop And Rise44; 2.31 In. Ball44; 14K44; 5 In. - 6 In. Frame.
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
Springs
Weight
53.5 lbs
Can Use In Reverse

Great Option

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Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch, 90-00-1069, 10,000 Lbs Trailer Weight Rating, 1,000 Lbs Tongue Weight Rating, Weight Distribution Kit Includes Standard Hitch Shank and 2-5/16' Ball
Sway Control
Sway Control System Style
4-Point
Weight
112 lbs
Can Use In Reverse

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A Closer Look At Each Hitch


Husky Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch + Sway Bar

Husky 30849 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control

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If you’re looking for one of the easiest, most affordable ways to distribute the weight of your trailer and have sway control, the Husky weight distribution hitch will be a good way to go. It’s not only good at distributing weight, but it comes with an anti-sway bar so you can travel down the highway towing a heavy trailer and not have to worry about crosswinds from wind and other vehicles on the road.

The tongue weight range on this model is 801-1,200 pounds and for trailers weighing under 12,000 pounds. The ball for the trailer receiver is 2 5/16 inches and comes pre-assembled. The height adjustment is 8 inches, and the shank length is 10 inches.

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A properly packed trailer needs to have at least 10% but no more than 15% of the weight of the entire trailer on the tongue. For the most trailer sway reduction, it’s recommended to get the tongue weight to 15%. That means the most your trailer can weigh will be between 8,000-12,000 lbs, an 8,000 lbs trailer packed with 15% tongue weight will give you the best results for reducing trailer sway.

The chain style weight distribution hitches have to have a sway bar in order to properly control sway. The sway bar is bolted in at the front of the A-frame near the ball hitch receiver, you will have to drill holes in the frame to install it.

Sway bars can get damaged in certain reversing situations, it’s recommended to remove the sway bar before backing your trailer. It’s easy to do and the weight distribution hitch can remain attached.

Its black polyester finish is rust and corrosion resistant, and the spring bars are easy to install with specialized tools like the Curt Weight Distribution Lift Handle (click to view on Amazon.) The spring arms can be very heavy to lift up especially when the trailer is unlevel. Using a lift handle gives you more leverage and makes it easier to lift the arms into place. I highly recommend getting one.

Husky 30849 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control

It’s one of the most basic weight distribution hitches with sway control, but the Husky hitch will do the job even with large trailers. If you have a trailer weighing less than 12,000 pounds, this will make a huge difference in terms of load distribution and sway control on the road.

PROS

  • Included sway control bar
  • Comes with Ball
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Must unhook sway bar to back trailer.
  • Have to drill holes in the trailer frame.

EAZ LIFT Camco Elite Weight Distribution Hitch + Sway Bar

EAZ LIFT 48058 1000 lbs Elite Kit, Includes Distribution, Sway Control and 2-5/16' Hitch Ball-1,000 lbs Tongue Weight Capacity (48058-A)

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The EAZ Lift Camco Elite weight distribution hitch comes with an independent sway control bar, and a 2 5/16″ hitch ball with an adjustable ball mount. Weight is distributed with the help of spring bars and chains.

This is another great affordable option with different weight ratings. Depending on your tongue weight, you can choose between four sizes. 600, 800, 1,000, and 1,200 lbs. Most of the gross trailer weight ratings are based on having the minimum 10% tongue weight, for instance, this 1,000 lbs version is advertised to be able to take a gross trailer weight of 10,000 lbs. 10% tongue weight is great but I would suggest calculating for a 15% tongue weight to reduce trailer sway even more.

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So what does it mean that the sway control is independent? I have gone more into depth in the FAQ down below about this, but in short, it means that the sway control bar is installed and operated independently of the weight distribution hitch on your camper. It’s bolted to the trailer frame and the distributing system and will use a telescoping arm and friction pads to stop sway once it has begun, which makes it different from a 2 or 4-Point system that delivers more permanent sway control.

Something to note when you’re using a sway control bar is that you should avoid backing up with it attached as it can damage the system. And out of all models, this is the kind that requires the most installation since you will have to drill into the trailer frame to install the sway control.

The EAZ LIFT Camco Elite 48058-A is an affordable weight distribution hitch that will be good enough for most rigs. If you pack your trailer right and follow all of the recommended driving precautions you won’t have any problems with trailer sway and weight distribution using this hitch.

PROS

  • Included sway control
  • Comes in different sizes
  • Comes with Hitch Ball

CONS

  • Have to drill holes in the trailer frame.
  • Heavy
  • Must unhook sway bar to back trailer.

Fastway 10K Weight Distribution Hitch

Fastway 10K (RB) e2INCLUDES INSTALLED 2 5/16 HITCH BALL - 94-00-1061

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The Fastway 10K is the weight distribution hitch that I own and have used with our 32-foot travel trailer since we started full-timing. It came with the purchase of the trailer and so far it’s kept the trailer from swaying out of control and been able to properly distribute the weight.

It’s a 2-Point sway control hitch with round bars. The 2-Point means that there won’t be any add-on sway control that you must install independently. This makes it easier to set up and adjust. The spring bars are loaded onto a steel tab that sticks out on either side of the trailer’s tongue. The weight of the trailer is pushing down on the bars and the tabs creating friction which in turn is excellent sway control.

It does the job of a sway control bar on two sides instead of one and at better angles. You can do sharp turns and backing maneuvers without having to unhook anything. But the spring bars are heavy to lift onto the tabs and I recommend getting a special handle that is made to push the bars onto the tabs. Equal-i-zer (click to view on Amazon) makes an excellent version of this that I use every time I hitch up my travel trailer.

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Depending on how much your trailer weighs and the tongue weight, you have several options to choose from. Note that smaller systems do not come with the hitch ball included. Another great thing about this style of weight distribution hitch is you don’t have to drill any holes into the frame of your trailer. The steel tabs just bolt on around the frame.

What I especially like with the Fastway weight distribution hitch is how easy it’s to set up on the trailer when it’s time to hit the road. I also like that you can back with this hitch without hurting anything. It has improved the towing of our trailer and the sway control makes us feel solid on the road.

I haven’t found any reason to upgrade from this hitch and will use it for as long as it lasts.

PROS

  • 2-Point System
  • Easy installation
  • Weight distribution and sway control in one unit
  • Options to choose from depending on weight
  • Ok to use when reversing

CONS

  • Ball not included in all models
  • Heavy

Andersen No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch

Andersen Mfg 3350 No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch44; 4 In. Drop And Rise44; 2.31 In. Ball44; 14K44; 5 In. - 6 In. Frame.

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The Andersen No Sway weight distribution hitch started showing up on the market a few years ago and it’s starting to gain popularity in the travel and bumper pull trailer world. It’s unlike any other weight distributions + sway control hitch on the market today and there are a lot of things that make it one of the best options for RV owners.

The first and possibly the best thing is it’s almost half the weight of the other styles of weight distribution hitches. This will not only save you pounds when calculating your gross combined weight but be more friendly to handle and install. 

Second, the installation is an easy process, and once everything is set up it’s easy to unhitch. Andersen Hitches has made some excellent videos you can follow along with and there is no drilling into the frame. Once you’ve got it installed hitching and unhitching is a breeze. There are no heavy spring bars to lift, all you need is a socket wrench to turn the screw pins into position and you are good to go. 

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Third, a small thing I have noticed that might matter to some is that this solution is much quieter than other systems. Standard weight distribution hitches use friction to reduce trailer sway and it’s noise. Sway bars squeak and the spring bars of 2 and 4 point systems scrape against the steel tabs when you are turning. 

Finally, this weight distribution hitch is a universal fit, which means you can use it on more than just a travel trailer. The frame brackets can fit 3-6 inch frames. Also, the 2 5/16″ ball is included with purchase and there are 4″ to 8″ drop-rise options available. You can also turn sharp and back your trailer without having to unhook it.

This version of the Andersen No Sway hitch is rated for trailers up to 14,000 lbs with a 1,400 maximum tongue weight. That’s if you load your trailer with a 10% tongue weight. There is a more heavy-duty version (click to view on Amazon) made for up to 16,000 lbs trailers and a max tongue weight of 1,600 lbs. If you have a heave trailer I would suggest getting this version.

Andersen Hitches has done an impressive job with innovating the world of travel trailer and bumper pull trailer hitches. I’ve seen Andersen No Sway Weight Distribution Hitch on a lot of trailers lately and I can see why. Some have expressed to me their worry that the springs will wear out over time. No problem, Andersen Hitches sells replacement springs and parts. If you are in the market for the latest and greatest weight distribution hitch with sway control then this is the one.

PROS

  • Easy to hitch and unhitch
  • Light compared to other systems
  • Easy installation
  • Weight distribution and sway control in one
  • Ok to use when in reverse
  • Quiet

CONS

  • Can be difficult to use on very heavy trailers

Equal-i-zer 4-Point Weight Distribution Hitch

Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch, 90-00-1069, 10,000 Lbs Trailer Weight Rating, 1,000 Lbs Tongue Weight Rating, Weight Distribution Kit Includes Standard Hitch Shank and 2-5/16' Ball

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The last product in today’s comparison is from Equal-i-zer. This is a popular system that I have seen a lot of RV dealerships sell, and I understand why.

It’s a 4-Point sway control hitch that comes in different sizes depending on your weight capacity. It uses spring bars to distribute weight amongst all axles and is one of the best products to reduce sway. I like this model because once you have installed the brackets on your trailer, it’s a quick process to set up the spring bars.

You will still want to use a handle to help you lift the bars onto the steel tabs as they are very heavy. Equal-i-zer (click to view on Amazon) makes their own and it’s a must-have for weight distribution hitches like these.

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Equal-i-zer 4-point Sway Control Hitch, 90-00-1069, 10,000 Lbs Trailer Weight Rating, 1,000 Lbs Tongue Weight Rating, Weight Distribution Kit Includes Standard Hitch Shank and 2-5/16' Ball

Much like the Fastway 2-Point hitch, the Equal-i-zer uses steel arms that rest on steel taps that stick out on either side of the trailer tongue. The friction for sway control is created by the weight of the trailers resting on the steel tabs.

Unlike the 2-point the 4-point weight distribution hitch is better at sway because there is also friction on the base of the hitch under the ball. This limits the trailer’s freedom to sway from side to side and is a very effective method of sway control.

The arms are not as easy to remove as a 2-point hitch and they are straight instead of having a 90-degree bend on one end. The spring bars are stronger and have more leverage to distribute the weight of your bumper pull trailer or travel trailer.

You can make sharp turns and reverse freely without having to unhook anything on this hitch. This

The Equal-i-zer 90-00-1069 is a great weight distribution hitch and an upgrade from the 2-point style. It’s second to the Andersen No Sway Hitch only because of its weight and the effort it takes to lift the spring bars onto the tabs. Although for heavier trailers, this is one of the best options.

PROS

  • 4-Point System
  • Easy installation
  • Weight distribution and sway control in one
  • Options to choose from depending on weight
  • Ok to use while backing

CONS

  • Ball not included in all models
  • Heavy

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Tip: Lift trailer up using jack after hitching to make lifting the spring arms easier.

Frequently Asked Questions About WDH

What does weight distributing do?

A weight distribution system will combat problems that often occur with standard hitch systems by using spring bars. The spring bars will help distribute the weight to all axles. A standard hitch often pushes down the rear of your tow vehicle resulting in the trailer leaning forward. This is easy to spot standing on the side as the tow vehicle and trailer aren’t level. This not only makes it look unlevel, but it puts extra weight onto your tow vehicle as it will carry more weight of the trailer, increasing the tongue weight.

This can make it harder to steer, stop, and also increase trailer sway. You might notice that you see less of the road directly in front of you as your tow vehicle might be facing upward.

Before buying a weight distribution hitch, make sure your trailer hitch allows it. If you look at the hitch on your trailer, you will see the capacity listed. If there is none, you won’t be able to use one.

For more information about weight distribution and how it works check out this article here.

What is the difference between weight distribution and sway control?

While weight distribution takes care of distributing the weight between your tow vehicle and trailer, sway control helps reduce the sway caused by winds, a poorly loaded trailer, or inadequate spring bar tension in a weight distribution system.

Most weight distribution systems sold today come with built-in sway control. This is often done through a 2-point or 4-point sway control that essentially forces your trailer to remain in line during towing. The downward force of the spring bars used in them creates frictional resistance to the brackets installed on both sides of the trailer frame. During normal towing, this resistance is hard to overcome but you can still turn with your trailer. This kind of sway control works to prevent sway altogether, unlike a system that reduces sway only when it occurs.

If your weight distribution hitch doesn’t have a built-in sway control, an independent friction sway control can be installed. These are connected to both the trailer frame and the distribution hitch and uses tension to keep the trailer in line. They feature telescoping arms and friction pads to stop sway once it has begun.

Note that while backing up, it’s recommended to remove the sway control if you have an independent friction bar to ease reversing and prevent damage to the sway control. This does not apply to a 2-point or a 4-point system.

There is also a sway control system called dual-cam sway control which uses sliding devices called cams to suspend the spring bars. They self-adjust and self-center to hold trailers steady during crosswinds.

What is the difference between a 2-point and 4-point sway control system?

With 2-point sway control, you will usually only see sway control at the end of the spring bars on the trailer side. 4-point sway control will have the same parts as a 2-point, but also have sway control where the spring bars mount on the ball side.

What are the components of a weight distribution system?

There are five main components in most weight distribution systems:

  1. Trailer hitch – The receiver on your tow vehicle
  2. Shank – The piece that slides into your trailer hitch. The shank also provides an attachment point for the head assembly of the weight distribution hitch and allows you to adjust the height your trailer sits at.
  3. Head assembly – Provides mounting points for the hitch ball and the spring bars. Attached to the channel or bolt holes along the shank.
  4. Spring bars – Attached to the head assembly, can be round or trunnion types of spring bars. Transfers load pushing your tow vehicle down to the axles on both your tow vehicle and trailer.
  5. Lift brackets – Mounted to the frame of your trailer and holds the spring bars for example in place most commonly with chains.

Do I need a weight distribution hitch?

Most setups would benefit from a weight distribution system but especially if:

  • You experience trailer sway on the road
  • Your tow vehicle and trailer are unlevel when hooked up, possibly resulting in headlights pointing upward
  • You’re having difficulties steering and stopping while towing
  • You want to be able to pull the highest capacity allowed by your tow vehicle
  • Your Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is more than 50 percent of your tow vehicles Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

How do I choose what system to get? Gross trailer weight? Tongue weight?

You will run into GTW and TW. These are Gross Trailer Weight and Tongue Weight. The Gross Trailer Weight is how much the trailer weighs going down the road on the way to the campground. This can be measured on a vehicle scale. The Tongue Weight is the weight your trailer puts on the hitch of your tow vehicle plus the weight of cargo placed behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. The Trailer Tongue Weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of GTW.

When picking a weight distribution hitch with sway control you want to choose one that is rated the closest to your actual Tongue weight. You don’t want to get one rated too high or too low. A system with a Tongue weight rated too high for your setup will create a stiff ride (bouncy), while one too low will be unable to distribute the weight properly rendering it useless.

Loading your trailer so the tongue is 15% of the weight of the trailer is the recommended percentage to get the best trailer sway reduction results. Most companies say what the total weight rating on their hitches is using 10% as a benchmark for the tongue weight. If you are going to load the tongue to 15% make sure you get the right weight rating on the weight distribution hitch.

Is backing a trailer with sway bars harder?

Yes, the sway bar should be removed before backing. However, the spring arms on the distribution part of the hitch do not need to be removed before backing.

Have any more questions about weight distribution hitches and sway control? Leave a comment below.

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