How Does A Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight

How Does A Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight

If you plan on towing a trailer, you'll need to know a bit about tongue weight, because towing a trailer with an improper tongue weight can get you into a huge amount of trouble on the road. So, what is tongue weight? And how does a Jim Hensley Hitch affect tongue weight?

What is Tongue Weight?

Tongue weight or sometimes denoted as “TW” is the downward pressure on the ball. In other words, the force exerted by the trailer tongue on the hitch ball.

A precise measurement can make all the difference between a safe and dangerous trailer towing journey. Remember that the hitch ball is similar to the end of the lever, with the rear axle serving as a fulcrum. If you get too much tongue weight, it could be detrimental to the tow vehicle. The opposite can also be a problem if the weight is distributed too much to the rear of the trailer which can actually create lift on the ball. Without the Jim Hensley Hitch, any force that is made in the tongue could be a disaster. That is why a ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch is a must.

How does a Jim Hensley Hitch Affect Tongue Weight?

There is always a concern when adding tongue weight. However, despite the weight of the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch, it is not true that the weight of the hitch is added to the tongue weight. This is because the tongue weight is reduced by the hitch distributing the weight forward on the tow vehicle. It features Weight Distribution Jacks that allow you to distribute your tongue weight with ease and precision. Take a look at this actual weighing sample.

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

Now, that weight doesn't go away, it's still going to be on your trailer, it's still part of the weight, but it's not actual tongue weight. And that's super important, especially when you got a half-ton pick-up and a vehicle that doesn't have as much tongue weight capacity. You can still use the ProPride 3P® Jim Hensley Hitch and add that stability that you absolutely need with those vehicles to get the towing performance that you wanted.

How to check your Tongue Weight?

There are several methods for checking.

The first method involves driving to a public scale such as the CAT scale or weigh station and making sure all four wheels of the tow vehicle are on the scale, while also making sure the wheels of the trailer are NOT on the scale. Or, you can use a tongue weight scale and just put the tongue weight scale right at the end of your hitch bar. Make sure to have it on the right spot because it will give you inaccurate reading if not.

Proper Tongue Weight

The proper tongue weight for a trailer with a ball-mounted hitch is 10 to 15% of the trailer's Gross Towing Weight. What is this? For example, if you have a 7900 LBS trailer, you're probably going to be about an 800LBS tongue weight. But there are things you add in like propane tanks that aren't usually in that number, there's the hitch itself, the batteries, and some other stuff.

The majority of trailer owners are already aware of their net trailer weight. If you're putting a lot of additional things into your trailer, it's also not a bad idea to have a tongue scale to get your weights right. These figures are supported by good reasoning. Everything boils down to trailer towing safety.

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

How to choose your 3P hitch

Tongue weight calculation isn't all that difficult. In fact, with just enough practice and the right hitch, you'll be a master at determining tongue weight in no time, and the manner your trailer handles on the road will reflect that.

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