Shocker Air Equalizer for Weight Distribution Hitch – 12,000 lbs

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  • Smoother Safer Towing: Add instant air ride towing to your pickup & camper with a equalizer, weight-distribution hitch (easily bolt your existing weight-distribution head to air equalizer). 
  • Absorbs Road Shock: Air equalizer absorbs the road shock & cushion the ride when towing a camper with a weight-distribution hitch
  • Air Ride Technology: Built in air bag + 4 bump cushions direct the road shock through the airbag
  • Easy Installation: Fits & bolts to most major brands of weight-distribution hitch heads: Fastway E2, Equalizer, Reese, Husky, Pro Series, Torklift, Blue OX, Camco Eaz Lift & Curt round bar (doesn’t fit curt trutrack or trunnion head).  Measure your head, the air equalizer fits heads that have 2-1/2″ center to center or 3-3/4″ center to center bolt hole patterns.
  • Adjustable & Heavy-Duty: 12,000 lbs towing & 1,200 lbs tongue weight capacity plus 7″ of Adjustment (5″ of rise to 2″ drop). Fine tune for your towing weight. Just add air for heavier loads.
  • Available for 2″ & 2 1/2″ receiver hitch tubes: Works great on GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Ram, Ford F150, F250, F350, F450, F550 Super Duty, Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, Nissan Titan, Frontier and Honda Ridgeline pickup trucks.
  • Kit includes: Air Equalizer, XR Ball Mount Base frame and two handled hitch pins w/clips. Upgrade to also include a combo ball mount with 2″ hitch ball & 2 5/16″ hitch ball
  • How to set the air? After you hook up wd bars, air the hitch until the truck side bump cushions are not compressed. If the trailer side bump cushions are compressed you have too much air in the bag. See video

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Huge selection of ball mount adaptors available from Pintle hooks, draw bars, drawbar, clevis, drop ball mounts, raise ball mounts and more that work with the XR Ball Mount base frame.

Add instant air ride towing to your pickup & camper with a equalizer, weight-distribution hitch. The patent pending Shocker Hitch Air Equalizer™ easily bolts to your existing weight distribution head. The air hitch for an equalizer load leveling hitch absorbs the road shock and cushions the chucking, tugs and jerks you feel when towing a camper & pickup with a weight distribution system. Fits most major brands of weight-distribution hitches. This Shocker Air Equalizer has 12,000 lbs towing & 1,200 lbs tongue weight rating capacities and offers 7 inches of adjustment up or down (+5″ rise to -2″ of drop).  Air Equalizer kit comes with Air Equalizer, XR ball mount base for a 2″ or 2-1/2″ receiver hitch. It can also be ordered to include a combo ball mount with 2″ & 2-5/16″ ball to use with the XR ball mount when you’re not towing other trailers without weight distribution. The build in air bag, along with the 4 bump cushions, direct the rock shock through the airbag, still allowing your weight-distribution hitch to work as intended, giving you a smoother and safer ride for you, your pickup, camper and its’ contents. Plus the additional advantage of the Shocker Hitch for your weight distribution hitch is your ability to adjust air pressure up or down when your towing different weights for best ride and load control.  Featuring a premium gray powder-coat finish on air equalizer and black powder-coat finish on XR base frame ball mount. The optional combo drop ball mount features welded hitch balls for superior strength and the combo ball mount comes in a clear zinc plated finish.

Safety Notice: The Shocker Hitch is a heavy duty unit that in most cases exceeds factory receiver hitch weight capacities, therefore it is imperative that you always read and follow the tongue and towing weight recommendations of the receiver hitch that is mounted on your tow vehicle. The Shocker Hitch Air Equalizer has 12,000 lbs towing capacity and 1,200 lbs on tongue weight.

Quality Manufacturing: Manufactured in Arthur. ND USA

Air Ride Equalizer: Shocker Air Equalizer is designed with a built-in air bag for a smoother towing experience. Featuring a built in height adjustment plus weight adjustable. Just add or ride air depending on the weight of your trailer and it’s contents.

Provides Comfort: With a smoother ride! No more jarring every time you cross a section divider on a rough road or concrete highway. Your Shocker hitch for an equalizer absorbs the thumps and bumps.

Simple Pivot Design: Uses a rocker arm pivot design which produces a front and back motion, much different than other cushion hitches on the market. Our air equalizer design eliminates the need for parallel linkages, shock absorbers, torsion arms and other over engineered gadgets

Improves Safety: By giving you improved control of your tow vehicle and camper. The air ride equalizer for a weight distribution system allows for better control of your pickup and the trailer it is towing.

Shock Dampening Action: Shocker air equalizer hitch effectively absorbs the jerking, tugging and damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection when towing trailers. There is no reason to beat yourself or your equipment up with a hard connection between your trailer and your receiver hitch.

Saves Money: By reducing trailer breakage on both the trailer and the trailer contents! The Shocker hitch air equalizer absorbs the damaging forces experienced with a typical hard connection. This greatly reduces the chances of breaking welds and doing other long term damage to your equipment as well as the valuable cargo you have inside the truck and trailer.

Adds Life To Your Pickup & Camper: By reducing wear and tear on driveline and frame! Treat yourself, your equipment, and your passengers to a much smoother ride.

Tons of Attachments for XR Ball Mount: We offer a wide variety of our ball mount attachments; standard mounts, drop ball mounts, clevis mounts, drawbar mounts, cushioned drawbar mounts, pintle hook attachments, raised mounts and combo multi-ball mounts that would with the XR ball mount base frame.

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Air Ride Equalizer Installation Pics


Air Equalizer Videos

How to Install Air Equalizer to Weight Distribution Hitch Video

Why Get an Air Equalizer for a Weight Distribution Hitch

Will Shocker Hitch work with a Weight Distribution Hitch?

Will a Shocker Hitch work with an Equalizer Hitch?


The Shocker Hitch Air Equalizer is really easy to install.  Just bolt your existing equalizer / weight distribution head to the air equalizer and then insert into your pickup receiver.  Important, when installing, make sure there is no air in the airbag.  Take out the valve core so the air is totally removed. Then hook up your load bars / weight distribution bars, attach to tow vehicle, then air up air equalizer airbag until forward washers free up (washers closest to the truck).

Download Installation Guide: Shocker Air Equalizer for Weight Distribution Hitches Installation Instructions

How to Install Air Equalizer Hitch Video

Step 1: Attach air equalizer and XR base mount to your pickup truck.

Step 1: Attach Air Equalizer & XR Base Frame to Pickup Truck Receiver Hitch
Attach air equalizer to pickup

Step 2: Bolt your existing weight-distribution head to the air equalizer

Bolt equalizer head to air equalizer
Bolt equalizer head to air equalizer

Step 3: Hook up your weight distribution as you did prior to installing air equalizer.

Hook up your weight-distribution bars as you did before
Hook up your weight-distribution bars as you did before
Just Bolt Your Equalizer Head to the Shocker Air Equalizer
Just Bolt Your Equalizer Weight Distribution Head to the Shocker Air Equalizer


Will it work on my equalizer, weight-distribution or load leveling hitch?  Yes on most brands. Your weight-distribution head bolts to our air equalizer. Measure the head bolt pattern (not the shank). Our air equalizer fits 2-1/2″ center to center or 3-3/4″ center to center bolt patterns. Fits & bolts to most major brands of weight-distribution hitch heads: Fastway E2, Equalizer, Reese, Husky, Pro Series, Torklift, Blue OX, Camco Eaz Lift & Curt round bar (doesn’t fit curt trutrack or trunnion head)

How easy it is to install?  Plan about 5-10 minutes. Check out the install video

How much air pressure does the air equalizer need?  You add air until the airbag is about 1/8″ off of the truck side, forward bump cushions. Here is a quick video showing how to set air pressure on air equalizer.

Do I have to adjust or reset my current weight-distribution bars or my sway control arm(s)? Generally no. When you attach your existing weight distribution head to the air equalizer, Set it up at the same height on your pickup as you had the hard connection shank. The air equalizer has 2 pin holes in the shank, use the pin hole that is closest to your previous length on your solid connection shank. If this is done, you should be a the same height and length of your previous connection and not have to adjust the length of your weight-distribution or sway control bars.

Does Shocker Hitch sell weight-distribution or sway control bars?  No, this air equalizer is made for existing weight distribution hitches on the market. Here is a list of the w-d hitches it works with. Fits & bolts to most major brands of weight-distribution hitch heads: Fastway E2, Equalizer, Reese, Husky, Pro Series, Torklift, Blue OX, Camco Eaz Lift & Curt round bar (doesn’t fit curt trutrack or trunnion head)


This product is back the Shocker Hitch Manufacturer Warranty and the Shocker Hitch Guarantee. Shocker Hitch Guarantee

Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A As long as the hitch head measures 2 1/2" center to center or 3 1/4" center to center than it will work.
  2. A As long as the hitch head is 2 1/2" center to center or 3 1/4" center to center it will work.
  3. A You would need to have a pre-existing weight distribution hitch for the shocker air equalizer to attach to. Fits & bolts to most major brands of weight-distribution hitch heads: Fastway E2, Equalizer, Reese, Husky, Pro Series, Torklift, Blue OX, Camco Eaz Lift & Curt round bar (doesn’t fit curt trutrack or trunnion head). Measure your head, the air equalizer fits heads that have 2-1/2″ center to center or 3-1/4″ center to center bolt hole patterns.
  4. A The air equalizer mounts to the truck with our XR ball mounts and there should be no issues with the 2021 F150s.
  5. A It does not come with sway bars. It is meant to work with what you have on your pre-existing WD hitch - Fits & bolts to most major brands of weight-distribution hitch heads: Fastway E2, Equalizer, Reese, Husky, Pro Series, Torklift, Blue OX, Camco Eaz Lift & Curt round bar (doesn’t fit curt trutrack or trunnion head). Measure your head, the air equalizer fits heads that have 2-1/2″ center to center or 3-1/4″ center to center bolt hole patterns.
  6. A Yes, this will work with Reese WD Hitches.
  7. A No, our air equalizer will not work with Andersen hitches.
  8. A Yes, our Air Equalizer will work with Equal-I-Zer weight distribution hitches.
  9. A Yes, this will work with the 2 1/2" center to center bolt patterns.
  10. A At this time we do not have anything that will work for that.
  11. A If your truck can handle the tongue weight of the loaded trailer than the shocker air hitch will work. If your truck does not carry the tongue weight then you would need the air equalizer depending upon how low the ball needs to be.
  12. A There are a few ways to determine this. You can either use tongue weight scales, or a commercial scale. Tongue weight scale - Simply place the scale beneath your trailer jack on level ground, and the easy to read gauge will display your tongue weight. Commercial scale - Your vehicle and trailer must be fully loaded and fueled just as they will be when you are leaving on a trip. Drive on to the scale with all 4 wheels of the truck and record the weight of the truck with the trailer attached. Then unhook the trailer and jack up the trailer tongue so there is no weight on the hitch ball. Record the weight of only the truck on the scale, which will give you your GVW (gross vehicle weight). Now subtract the GVW from the weight you got with the truck/trailer attached. This will give you your tongue weight. With weight distribution hitches you will need to do a little more measurements. You must get the weight of the gear behind the rear axle, weight your truck with and without, to get the weight of the gear. Add the gear weight to your tongue weight and you will get the what your weight distribution hitch must support. (Ex: 1200lb TW + 200lb total weight of gear = 1400lb WD must support)

21 reviews for Shocker Air Equalizer for Weight Distribution Hitch – 12,000 lbs

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  1. Jason H.

    Pulled my 12,000+ pound racecar trailer with this hitch on my 1 ton Ram truck on a 1544 mile trip,round trip from Kansas City MO to Belle Rose LA and back to KCMO.
    The Last 37 miles of the trip from Baton Rouge to the track in Belle Rose was like driving on rail road tracks the roads were so rough.
    Everything stayed in place inside of my trailer and for once all the screws actually stayed in the walls and ceiling and were TIGHT when I checked them. So this hitch definitely does what it’s designed to do. It seems to absorb the road vibrations well, and made it a heck of a lot more smoother ride while towing!
    Thanks To the guys at shocker hitch for a awesome product!

  2. Bill Johnson – Texas

    Wow, what a difference in pulling my camper. This air ride set up really helps out.

  3. Jeff (verified owner)

    This hitch is large and heavy but it does reduce the shock between the trailer and the truck enough to make it worth it for me. If I had to guess this reduces the shock by 50%. Small bumps almost go away and big bumps are reduced. I am using this on a 2018 F150 with an Equalizer brand weight distribution hitch. I am towing a 21′ 4000lb aluminum toy hauler.

  4. FRANCISCO REYES (verified owner)

    Great product

  5. Doug Symington (verified owner)

    Have now used for about 1500 miles and it works great. I have a rear kitchen trailer was constantly dealing with things falling out of the fridge and cupboards. All that has stopped. You just feel like you are driving the truck over bumps and don’t feel the secondary response from the trailer. I use a Blue Ox Hitch and it was seamless.
    My first clue was a I left a bottle of Windex on the Kitchen counter by mistake and after my first 20 mile test drive it was still where I put it.
    So far Great Product.
    Jayco 306RKDS HT /Dodge Ram 2500

    Doug S.

  6. Ronald David Overbeck

    All I have to say is WOW!!!

    Well maybe I’ll says a little bit more. Before installing a Shocker Equalizer hitch, the ride while pulling my travel trailer was very rough and uncomfortable particularly when using my Blue Ox Sway Pro WD hitch. After installing the Shocker Equalizer Hitch with the WD hitch, the ride smoothed out and made longer trips very pleasant. I still feel slight tugging when driving in city and stop & go traffic but nothing like the whiplash I used to experience… the highway is where the Equalizer really shines…smooth as silk.
    Setup: 2013 – F150 with tow package. TT Tongue Weight 490lbs, Trailer Loaded Weight 4300lbs, Length 22’, Truck Loaded Weight 6300lbs. Blue Ox Bars 550lbs

  7. Jerry M

    I am towing a 35′ long 9000 lb travel trailer. The Shocker Air Equalizer for Weight Distribution Hitch made a considerable improvement in the ride of my truck while towing. It was well worth buying.

  8. Mixvon

    Thank you very much for the invitation :). Best wishes.
    PS: How are you? I am from France 🙂

  9. James Brown (verified owner)

    Just received hitch but have not had a chance to pull with it yet. However, hitch seems to be very well made. Heavy , stout. Look forward to using it. My trailer is a 32 ft. Long 9000 + lb. Hope it performs as expected.

  10. James Brown (verified owner)

    Just towed my 9000+ lb rv trailer, very pleased. It removes that jarring effect from changes in road conditions and nearly removes effect from driving on bridges. This is what I was looking for. Thanks. Also hitch is heavy duty built .

  11. George Helms (verified owner)

    This thing really does make a difference. I am using it with a 2020 GMC Denali HD, towing a Grand Design Imagine 2800BH. Even when the trailer rolls across speed bumps, it is not felt in the truck. .. AMAZING! Super easy to install. This was the final essential piece in my quest for a safe smooth towing experience in preparation for our 4500 mile Western trip in June. Had already upgraded the original tires and suspension.

  12. James (verified owner)

    Thanks for a AWESOME PRODUCT !!!!!! Much more enjoyable and smoother ride while towing trailer.

  13. Nicholas Pletz (verified owner)

    I love it, makes towing so much more enjoyable! No more jerking and thumping from every road repair line on our good old Saskatchewan roads. Pulling our toy hauler camper with ease and comfort now!!! Well worth the buy!!

  14. Joe C

    So far we have done about 1500 miles on this hitch set up. I can say it is absolutely amazing!!!! In my opinion, it was worth every penny. It really feels like the trailer we tow (8500lbs 38′ travel trailer) is on air and absorbs many of it not all the bumps on the road. You don’t feel the jerking between the trucks and the trailer. Traveling on the High-Way is a breeze and the swaying goes away pared with the distribution hitch setup. By no means is the setup up cheap with the distribution hitch setup so make sure you buy the hitch lock asap. I have towed it with a 21 Ford 350, Ram 2500, and my DD Ram 1500 with bags (All diesels). Every single one was amazing with it.

  15. Johnny Smith (verified owner)

    Absolutely the best air ride hitch made. Period. Really cushions the ride on rough roads and helps extend the life of your rv.
    Great product. There are many different hitches out there. You get what you pay for.

  16. Bob Schenck (verified owner)

    I am not able to use it as planned. when put together as a mock up with our Husky weight distribution hitch the ball is 25.5″ off the ground. The RV dealership informed us that most RV trailers are at 22″ . Since the shank only has a 2″ drop , much to our disappointment, we were unable to use your shocker product. I contacted your help team and was told that they would speak with the company engineers to see if any other company has a compatible shank that will accommodate a 3-4″ drop, but never heard back from anyone. I am very surprised that you only make 1 shank as everything when it comes to trailers definitely is not a one size fits all scenario. I spent $639..00 on a product we can’t use and as of yet no one has responded to our problem.

    • shockerhitch99

      Hi Bob, I do apologize for our delayed response! I have spoken with our engineers and have a easy solution in order for you to utilize your hitch. Please simply shoot us a call at (701) 967- 8577. I do look forward to hearing from you!

  17. Robert B (verified owner)

    Installed on 3/4 ton short bed, pulling 11k lb, 37 ft travel trailer. Night and day difference. All but eliminated the bucking on hills in Northern Georgia and makes for a smooth ride. Hands down the best purchase I’ve made since buying my camper.

  18. Kaleb C. (verified owner)

    Purchased my air equalizer for towing my 7500 lb. travel trailer. Installation and setup was really easy and straight forward.

    So far I’ve only towed about 15 miles to test it out, but I noticed a big difference as soon as I pulled out of the driveway. There is a very noticeable reduction in road bumps coming from the trailer to the truck. You can still feel the larger bumps (that I can’t avoid) but I expected that and they are much less jolting in the truck. So far I’m very pleased with my purchase and I don’t foresee that changing.

  19. Tony LaPolla (verified owner)

    This hitch quality is superb. After installing it accordion to the instructions, the ride was noticeably better. All of the harsh, jerky bucking was gone. It greatly softened these reactions. I have a long trip comming up and that will really put it to the test.

  20. Greg Sparks

    Bought that very one.
    Super impressed with Form, Fit and Function… Heavy Duty…
    Absolutely saves where and tear on trailer tongue.
    I would do it again, I will recommend !
    Thanks !

  21. Charles Westfahl

    I purchased this for my 2008 Toyota Tundra (10,500 lb trailer rated), 12000lb Reese Strait-Line weight distribution hitch with trunnion bars, and 2013 35′ Forest River Windjammer trailer (~8000 lb). I pulled from central Kansas to Colorado and back, about 900 miles total. PROS- It did help cushion the ride and made driving and riding less harsh. CONS- It is a lot of weight to lift and add at the hitch. The hitch has about 1″ less engagement into the receiver on the Tundra than that used previously with the Reese which I did not care for. The cam sway control on the trailer, part of the Strait-Line w/d hitch, had to be readjusted as the geometry changed. The Reese head and ball had to be tilted down because of interference between the Shockerhitch and the trailer ball hitch, which caused the trunnion bars being much closer to the ground at the trailer to hook up. Previously I dropped 4 chain links, now it is 2 to maintain the same trailer hitch height. I still have plenty of clearance when towing but hook-up is a little more difficult. All 4 urethane cushions of the Shocker hitch are loose when connected as it should be, but it takes 100 psi (maximum pressure) to achieve this and the travel on the forward cushions is still less than the rear cushions. I did not realize it may be required to hitch the trailer, add air, tow, then remove air to unhook. Fortunately, I do not have to do this but others may have to. I believe the brand of the weight distribution hitch will make a significant difference in how many changes are required in the hitch and the fit-up with the Shockerhitch. The Dewalt cordless compressor works great with this hitch. SUMMARY- It does help the ride but expect to make adjustments to your weight distribution hitch when adding the Shockerhitch. The trailer handled great while pulling but I believe partial credit is to the adjustments necessary to install the Shockerhitch may have helped dialing in the torsion bars and sway control cams. Construction appears to be top notch. I would probably buy it again if I had a “do over”.

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Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 13 in
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