I'm confused. Please help smarten me up.
I have a 2010 Off Road with the tow package. I have the had the 4 leaf spring TSB done and purchased a brake contoller. I have towed a variety of trailers but probably none over 3,500 pounds. Now I have been thinking about a small travel trailer that is near 5,000 lbs fully loaded. These trailers say they require a weight distribution hitch.
I have googled everything and still have some questions.
1) Is the stock hitch on the Tacoma of the weight distribution variety?
2) Is the definition of weight distribution more distributing weight on the trailer or the truck? If it's the truck then how can the weight be distributed to the front unless the trailer tongue is attached closer to the rear axle? I don't get how any fancy reciever will move weight on the truck more to the front. The connection point is the same distance from the axle.
3) Is a weight distribution SYSTEM often used interchangable with weight distribution HITCH? It looks like a "system" is a receiver with sway bars and additional springs that mount further toward the axle of the trailer or additional support like more leaf springs or air bags.
4) When I add air-lift bags between the leaf springs and the frame (and it's going to happen anyway), will that essentially be considered distributing the weight on the truck forward and count as a weight distribution system? This would be because the air bag would apply weight of the axle further up front on the frame.
I still plan on using an anti-sway type of reciever for the heavier trailer. I do not want to go to a bigger Tundra or other truck. I would buy a lighter trailer before I did that.