|Common terms associated with understanding the weight as it relates to your tow vehicle and recreational vehicle.|
Hitch, Pin or Tongue Weight
This weight is determined by the downward force of the hitch, pin or tongue weight of the recreational vehicle. This can be affected by the axle placement and by how level the recreational vehicle is over the axle. Think of hitch, pin or tongue weight like a teeter totter. When the weight or height is adjusted to a level position, the proper hitch, pin or tongue weight can be safely managed. A weight scale can be used to determine this weight once in a level position.
Dry Weight/Shipping Weight
This is the weight of the recreational vehicle with no fluids or cargo. Dry weights often don't include optional equipment while shipping weights often do include options and accessories.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating-GVWR
This is the maximum permissible weight recommended on the axles and wheels. The added cargo and fluids should not exceed this weight for safe towing. This however is not the weight that should be compared to your tow vehicle’s maximum capacity.
Weight Distribution System
This refers to a hitch head assembly that mounts between the hitch on the back of a tow vehicle and the coupler and frame of a travel trailer. Look at the pictures below and you will see two steel bars that attach to either side of the frame to clamps mounted on the frame. Think of the two bars as arms of a wheel barrow. As the arms are lifted, the tongue weight is shifted forward for better control to reduce sway and make the travel trailer ride level.