We have spent time talking about the importance of weight distribution and anti-sway control hitches. We have also talked about finding a quality weight distribution system rather than trying to save a few bucks on a low-quality system. Of these higher quality systems, Straptek is one of our favorites. Let’s look at the Straptek weight distribution system from Lippert Components.
How Traditional Weight Distribution Systems Work
Before we begin, let’s look at how traditional weight distribution systems work. The standard weight distribution system works using chains and spring bars to spread out the load of the trailer’s weight along the tow vehicles body compared to having the tail end of your vehicle handling most of the load.
The chains attached to the spring bars to create tension. The tongue of your trailer will push down on the spring bars while the chains will pull up. The spring bars want to find their default position, so they will pull up on the main body of the weight distribution system. This tension transfers the weight of your trailer along the entire body of your tow vehicle and a larger part of your trailer creating a balanced ride.
How Straptek Works
Straptek uses the same basic physics to help with weight distribution but in a distinct way. Instead of a series of chains, Straptek utilizes a strap and ratchet winch system along with spring bars to even things out. The basic idea behind Straptek is using these straps and winches to adjust and finding the right tension is much easier than the traditional methods of a chain and spring bar weight distribution system.
Ease of Use
One of the primary advantages of Straptek is how easy the system is to adjust. In traditional systems, you could be raising and lowering your trailer several times before you get the chains right. Not only is this process tedious but you can injure yourself while adjusting traditional bar and chain systems that can be under immense tension.
The Straptek can adjust with a simple socket wrench. Once your system is in place, you use the socket wrench to adjust the tension on your weight distribution system until you the weight is distributed. In this case, you’re turning a socket wrench versus raising and lowering your trailer and tow vehicle while adjusting your chains.
Many weight distribution systems also help control sway. Trailer sway is an uncontrolled lateral movement of your trailer and anyone who has ever fought trailer sway knows that it is one of the number one enemies of towing a trailer.
The Straptek system provides excellent sway control. You need to use a fair deal of slack in your chains for a traditional weight distribution to control sway, and while this is much more effective than no sway control, the slack still leads to significant movement. The winch system of Straptek does not need this large breadth of slack to distribute weight and offers superior sway control and safer towing experience.
My Thoughts on Straptek
I like Straptek. That's the easiest way to put it. I’m excited about its potential and how it can help new RVers and even experienced ones like me.
For RVers who aren't quite used to adjusting their tongue weight and hitch, Straptek makes it that much easier to get used to it, especially when making subtle adjustments. For those of us who’ve been doing it for a while, I imagine many will wish they had this when they were getting started.
Straptek is easy to setup and start using once it’s out of the box. It makes adjusting the height of your tow vehicle that much easier than having to jack it up and down, which can be cumbersome and cause more frustration.
As more pressure builds up, all of us have snapped our spring bars before, and you always remember the pain that follows. With Straptek, you don’t have to worry about snapping your spring bars into your hands, which is something that makes adjusting your weight distribution system easier for new RVers.
While I didn’t encounter any issues with sway on my test run up to the Colorado mountains with my trailer, I couldn’t tell a difference towing with Straptek versus my hitch and chains setup. I don’t think this has anything to do with Straptek and that the ride was smooth and free from the wind. When I make my first trip up to Wyoming this summer, that’ll be the true test of Straptek’s sway control properties. I’ll update this review accordingly.
I’m excited by what Straptek can do for new RVers as they get used to securing a hitch, adjusting tongue weight and controlling sway.
How to Buy Straptek
Straptek is available in both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket models, so you don’t have to buy a brand-new weight distribution hitch to enjoy the benefits that Straptek offers. The design of Straptek also means it is easier to choose the position to install at so you don’t have to worry about propane tanks or other items on your trailer’s tongue getting in the way.
Straptek’s winch and strap system is designed to be much easier to install and use than a traditional weight distribution system while also providing superior sway control. If you’re unhappy with your current weight distribution system or don’t have one at all, consider Straptek to keep your trailer efficient, safe and stable.
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