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General leverage calculations are based on forces and the distances between them which means that the capacity of each and every hitch design is different from the next. There are no simple rules to apply so always play it safe by keeping your cargo load weight well below the hitch capacity rating. An auxiliary stabilizing strap should always be used when carrying any unsupported load to alleviate the added stress on the hitch’s attachment points.

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