WEIGH SAFE: THE HITCH THAT SAVES LIVES
All of us that tow something on a regular basis have played the “hitch game”; trying to figure out how much drop or lift we need with a particular trailer or boat. While there are a variety of choices out there that will get the job done, there are not a lot of hitches that boast safety. Weigh Safe, however, is a very safe option.
The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch takes the guesswork out of hooking up a trailer by using a tongue weight scale that’s built right into the hitch. It’s located in the portion of the hitch shank that holds the stainless steel ball. Weigh Safe measures the downforce on the hitches ball. That force is then displayed on the dial gauge that conveniently shows what is considered a “safe” or “dangerous” weight.
Tongue weight is the downward force that the tongue of the trailer applies to the hitch of the tow vehicle. Most experts agree that an acceptable tongue weight for any trailer is somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight (GTW). Therefore, if you’re towing a 5000lb trailer, the tongue weight should be measured at approximately 500lbs. It all comes down to being safe while pulling a trailer.
If the tongue of the trailer does not have enough weight to apply downward force on the tow vehicle's hitch ball, the trailer's tongue weight is too light and a dangerous condition called “trailer sway” could be the result. On the other hand, if there is too much weight on the trailer’s tongue, this can cause vehicle sag and problems with your vehicle’s steering abilities, visibility of the driver, and the effectiveness of the vehicle’s brakes.
Weigh Safe hitches come in two different shaft sizes: 2” and 2 1/2”. It also comes with your choice of a 4” drop hitch and ranges up to a 10” drop hitch. It includes a 2” ball and a 2 5/6” ball. We tested the 2” shaft Weigh Safe hitch with the 6” drop. The quality is superior; the fit and finish of these hitches are built perfect. The machine works in these hitches are the best I have seen. There is no slop in the hitches, which both of my other popular adjustable hitches have and it can be very annoying. I have never used a more convenient or better-designed drop shank hitch setup.
The Weigh-Safe Hitch gives you piece of mind knowing that you are towing a trailer in compliance with the vehicle and hitch manufacturer’s safety guidelines. So how do you know if you have too much or too little tongue weight? The answer is simple: buy a Weigh Safe hitch.
For more information, please visit: www.weigh-safe.com