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Old 07-08-2017, 08:03 AM   #1
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The Difference Between Using Weight Distribution and Air Bags to Level Your Load

This topic has been frequently discussed and this link was posted on another thread. (Thanks to whoever first posted it) I thought it was of enough interest that it would be easier for folks to find in its own thread.

While it is produced by a company that makes WDH, their methodology seems very solid, well conceived and carried out professionally.

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Old 07-08-2017, 08:42 AM   #2
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Is this the one you wanted?
Yep - that's it Jim, not sure what went wrong with that copy and paste - fixed it. Thanks
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I think it was me who posted it.. after I watched this.. i bought the andersen wdh instead of looking for any air bags.
It made sense to me...
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Awesome video. Very clear. Exactly why I cringe when I read about people adding air bags in place of a distribution hitch. If your vehicle is rated for a weight distribution, please use one. Most of your braking is done by your front wheels so you don't want to take weight off of them.
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I see it as a bogus sales video. Interesting demo of weight shifting, but they never used the results to show if the weights were excessive for the vehicle tested. Doubtful that they were for the pickup.

If that were my vehicle and I thought the weight was a problem I would first reposition the load on the trailer. If there was still some cosmetic sag I would use airbags or springs to level. I didn't see the need for a wdh in this video.
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I see it as a bogus sales video. Interesting demo of weight shifting...
The difference between the ways WDH and air bags do weight shifting (distribution) is the whole point of the video.

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... but they never used the results to show if the weights were excessive for the vehicle tested. Doubtful that they were for the pickup.
Not really the point of the testing. The pickup just served as a test bed. It could as easily have been an SUV or other tow.
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The difference between the ways WDH and air bags do weight shifting (distribution) is the whole point of the video.



Not really the point of the testing. The pickup just served as a test bed. It could as easily have been an SUV or other tow.
Very True, Eric! They could have put the extra weights in the bed of the pick-up and eliminated the trailer and hitch entirely. But then they couldn't have performed the test.....
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Awesome video. Very clear. Exactly why I cringe when I read about people adding air bags in place of a distribution hitch. If your vehicle is rated for a weight distribution, please use one. Most of your braking is done by your front wheels so you don't want to take weight off of them.
Unless you have something like rear drums and front discs where heat buildup might be an issue on long downhills, having your rear wheels do more of the braking than usual isn't a huge problem. The front brakes do most of the work because they have to (weight in front, moves more weight forwards under hard braking) rather than because it's better. The bigger issue is steering: not enough weight on the front means you don't get much traction when you turn the wheel and may just plow forwards instead.
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Confirmed our decision to use Anderson WDH.
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Unless you have something like rear drums and front discs where heat buildup might be an issue on long downhills, having your rear wheels do more of the braking than usual isn't a huge problem. The front brakes do most of the work because they have to (weight in front, moves more weight forwards under hard braking) rather than because it's better. The bigger issue is steering: not enough weight on the front means you don't get much traction when you turn the wheel and may just plow forwards instead.
You are right on. I worked in the automotive industry manufacturing of braking systems. For a whole host of reasons you are much better off with sharing trailer tongue weight between front and rear wheels.
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