How Does A Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight

How Does A Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight

If you're going to be towing a trailer, it's important to understand the concept of tongue weight. This is the weight that's applied to the hitch or coupling that connects the trailer to the towing vehicle. Improper tongue weight can lead to several problems while driving, including reduced stability and increased risk of accidents.

What is Tongue Weight?

Tongue weight, also known as TW, is the downward force applied to the hitch by the trailer. It is measured in pounds and is a crucial factor to consider when towing a trailer. A properly balanced trailer will have a tongue weight that falls within a specific range, which depends on the size and type of trailer being towed.

Accurate measurement of tongue weight is crucial for a safe and successful towing journey. Remember that the hitch ball is like the end of a lever, with the rear axle serving as the fulcrum. If the tongue weight is too high, it can be harmful to the towing vehicle. On the other hand, if the weight is distributed too far towards the rear of the trailer, it can cause lift on the ball. The Jim Hensley Hitch can help mitigate these issues by distributing the weight evenly and providing stability. In fact, the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is highly recommended for safe and efficient trailer sway-free towing.

How does a Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight?

When it comes to tongue weight, there are always concerns to consider. It's important to note, however, that the total weight of the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is not added to the tongue weight. This is because the hitch is designed to distribute the weight of the trailer more evenly across the towing vehicle, which can actually help reduce the tongue weight. The Jim Hensley Hitch features Weight Distribution Jacks that allow you to adjust the tongue weight with precision. If you want to see the effects of this distribution in action, look at this weighing sample below.

Weight of Tongue Jack with no hitch
Weight of Tongue Jack with  ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch installed
Weight of Coupler with no hitch
Weight of hitch pin of  ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch bar

It's important to note that the weight of the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is not completely eliminated. The weight is still present on the rig, but the 3P distributes the tongue weight. This can be especially useful when towing with a half-ton pickup or a vehicle with a limited tongue weight capacity. The Jim Hensley Hitch can provide the stability you need to safely tow your trailer, even with these types of vehicles. So, if you want to improve your towing performance, the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is a great option to consider.

How to check your Tongue Weight?

Using a tongue weight scale, which is placed at the end of the hitch bar. It's important to make sure the scale is properly positioned to get an accurate reading. If you're using a tongue weight scale, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure you get an accurate measurement.

Proper Tongue Weight

To ensure trailer towing safety, it is important to determine the proper tongue weight for your trailer. This is typically 10-15% of the trailer's gross towing weight. For example, if your trailer weighs 7900 pounds, the tongue weight should be around 800 pounds. Keep in mind that this weight calculation does not include additional items such as propane tanks, batteries, or the hitch itself. It may be helpful to use a tongue scale to accurately account for all items being loaded onto the trailer. Remember, maintaining proper tongue weight is essential for safe trailer towing.

How to choose your ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch?

How to choose your 3P hitch

Calculating tongue weight is a relatively simple process that can be mastered with practice and the use of the appropriate hitch. As you become more proficient at determining tongue weight, you will notice an improvement in the handling of your trailer on the road.

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