What is a Caravan Level Ride?

A caravan level ride (or Weight Distribution hitch) is an important towing aid that attaches between the tow vehicle and the caravan. They increase the on-road stability of the tow vehicle by evenly distributing the towball download through the vehicles chassis to all four wheels, increasing the car’s front wheel road grip.


How do Caravan Level Rides Help?

Consider the diagram below. The tow ball weight of the caravan is overwhelmingly sitting on the back wheels of the car. The front wheels have less traction which means less steering and braking capacity causing the car to be unstable.

Caravan Weight Distributing Hitch Diagram

The consequences may include a “pitching or floating” sensation, a tendency to sway, lack of positive steering, excessive rear tyre wear or an accident because the car is not fully in control. These consequences are then even more dangerous when you encounter difficult driving situations, such as a slippery road or turbulence.

Level Rides work to share the tow ball weight of the caravan over all wheels of the motor vehicle. They act like a set of steel “wheel barrow handles” attached to the back of the car that transfer weight forward when lifted.  In the below diagram you can see that some of the load will be relieved from the car’s back wheels and added to the front. This will return front wheel steering and braking to normal and allow the car to be in control of the caravan and not vice-versa.

Caravan Weight Distributing Hitch Diagram


Selecting the correct Caravan Level Rides

The first step is based on the tow ball weight of your loaded caravan. Match the caravan level rides to your ball weight using our table below.

Next we need to know if you’re a-frame is 4”, 5” or 6” depth, and whether your caravan coupling is mounted on the top or bottom of the A-frame. This will determine whether we select the ‘Standard’ or ‘Classic’ kit.

Hardings Swift have been fitting Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Systems for many years now.

For more information about caravan level rides or to book your caravan in for us to supply and fit the appropriate Weight Distribution kit please contact us.

 

Ball Weight (kg) Appropriate system
0 – 80 Mini
80 – 135 Intermediate
135 – 275 600lb Kit
275 – 365 800lb Kit
365 – 545 1200lb Kit