Whether you’re towing an RV, boat or cargo trailer, safe towing principles are the same. We found a great device that takes the guesswork out of towing using a new wireless gadget that uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone, it sends live weight readouts of the vehicle, trailer, payload, tongue weight, pin weight, weight distribution and trailer brake gain.
Who better than to go straight to the most reliable source of safe towing products? We sought advice from those who engineer and manufacture them; including our former fifth wheel hitch. So, we’ve asked one of CURT’s towing specialists, Martin Nilsen, for more in-depth information on how to tow safely with the aid of a new product; the CURT BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale.
You have to weigh your rig
Why is it important to know the weight of your vehicle?
When it comes to hauling and towing, safety should always be a top priority for anyone preparing their rig. If not done properly, unsafe conditions or failure of components can lead to catastrophic results.
That’s why you should make sure that all the components in your tow rig are rated to the correct capacity for what you’re towing. This includes your vehicle, all of the towing components and your trailer.
Your rig’s capacity is only as strong as its weakest component. Be aware of your capacities!
Stop going to the vehicle scale
How do you know how much your rig or trailer weighs?
Traditionally, you would have to go to a vehicle scale.
Often you can find a CAT scale and that works well. But it can be inconvenient. And let’s be real, most RVers are not going to go out of their way to find a tow scale every time they load their camper, fifth wheel or travel trailer.
That’s where a product called BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale by CURT comes in.
A new solution using your smartphone
It is a small device that you can plug into your ODB II sensor and pair with an app on your smartphone to measure your vehicle weight.
And, it can do much more than what a traditional vehicle scale can.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking “How the heck could that work?”
I admit that I was a little skeptical at first, but after learning more about CURT’s BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale and working hands on with it, I have gained a really good understanding of what it does and how it works.
BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale measures a whole list of things
First let’s get into what it does.
The BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale provides a live readout of towing-related weights including the gross weight of your vehicle and trailer, cargo, payload, tongue weight, pin weight and weight distribution.
These are critical measurements to know to ensure you are not exceeding any capacities of your rig. It’s very much worth your time to know what you tow to keep you and others on the road safe.
In addition to those weight-measuring abilities, the BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale helps you properly set up a weight distribution hitch and configure your brake controller.
All these features make this little device very versatile.
How it works
The primary feature of BetterWeigh™ is its “Weigh” feature. To use it, the BetterWeigh™ app has you do a short drive test.
It works by using a simple formula:
mass = force / acceleration
The device has the ability to retrieve force measurements from the vehicle’s torque converter and can measure acceleration with a built-in accelerometer.
With these two measurements, it can calculate the weight of your vehicle within + / – 5% accuracy.
So, if you want to measure your trailer weight you would first measure your vehicle without the trailer, then do a second measurement with the trailer and find the difference.
Other features such as Payload, Pin Weight and Tongue Weight utilize the onboard accelerometer to measure pitch adjustments and calculate respective weights.
All of these measurements are very important to know and allow you to ensure that you’re not exceeding your vehicle’s limitations or creating a dangerous situation.
Some additional features include Weight Distribution, which offers a new and improved way to set up a weight distribution hitch, and the Trailer Brake Gain feature, which can provide you the exact brake gain settings needed to enter into your brake controller for a perfect setup.
There are a lot of capabilities in this little device, all designed to take the guesswork out of towing.
Watch our video (below) interview with Martin Nilsen of CURT about how the BetterWeigh™ Mobile Towing Scale works:
If you want to learn even more about BetterWeigh™ Towing Scale, CURT does a great breakdown on their website and has a more ‘in depth’ FAQ section.
** Guest Blog Contributed by Martin Nilsen, CURT Group
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