Proper setup when towing or hauling requires knowing trailer weight, tongue weight, etc. Obtaining these measurements in the past has been difficult, requiring trips to the scale, a tape measure, pen, paper and so on. These challenges lead to infrequent and inconsistent measurements, and drivers are left to make assumptions about what they tow.
COMING DECEMBER 2019
INTRODUCING THE BETTERWEIGH™
The BetterWeigh™ mobile towing scale takes the guesswork out of towing and hauling, by measuring the real-time, live weights of your vehicle, trailer and more.
BetterWeigh™ is a towing scale for the smartphone age. Powered by TowSense™ technology and equipped with Bluetooth, it provides safer towing and easier setup, all with virtually no installation requirements.
Just plug it into the vehicle diagnostic port (OBD-II).
IS TOWSENSE™ TECHNOLOGY?
TowSense™ technology is a digital towing scale system. Using an accelerometer circuit, TowSense™ measures changes in the velocity and pitch of your vehicle. It uses this data to calculate weights associated with towing and hauling.
Armed with TowSense™ technology, BetterWeigh™ wirelessly connects to your Apple or Android phone to display the weight of the vehicle, trailer, cargo / payload, tongue weight, pin weight, weight distribution and trailer brake gain.
Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that force equals mass multiplied by acceleration. Force is determined by measuring slip across the torque converter as the vehicle accelerates. Acceleration is determined by an onboard accelerometer.
BetterWeigh™ uses these properties to calculate the weight of your vehicle, trailer, cargo and more. With the unit calibrated, it can measure real-time weight while driving or at a standstill, and at any upward or downward grade.
REASONS TO GO DIGITAL
1. Get peace of mind
With BetterWeigh™, there’s no more guesswork. Whether you’re hitching up a trailer or loading the truck bed with cargo, you can easily decide if your vehicle is overloaded or safe to haul.
BetterWeigh™ is also ideal for 5th wheel and gooseneck towing, quickly and easily measuring the pin weight.
2. Enjoy added convenience
BetterWeigh™ eliminates the need to drive to a vehicle scale to weigh your towing setup. It also eliminates the hassle of using a bathroom scale to measure tongue weight.
Just plug it in and link to your smartphone, using Bluetooth. The intuitive app is fast and simple to use.
3. Save time and money
BetterWeigh™ sends a live feed of the measured weight directly to your smartphone. This saves the hassle of having to get out and check a physical scale.
BetterWeigh™ is also less expensive compared to other tongue weight scales.
1. Plug it in: Plug the BetterWeigh™ unit into your vehicle’s diagnostic port (OBD-II) below the steering wheel.
2. Pair your phone: Download the free BetterWeigh™ app. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. Then, open the app to connect.
3. Calibrate: Finally, calibrate the BetterWeigh™, using your vehicle’s VIN number. Follow a few simple steps, prompted by the app.
The Weigh feature measures gross combined weight (GCW). This includes the vehicle, cargo, passengers and trailer. The weight is displayed within seconds of driving.
Weighing your towing setup provides peace of mind by removing the guesswork. Based on manufacturer’s vehicle towing recommendations, you can easily decide if your vehicle is overloaded. Knowing the total weight of the trailer is necessary for a safe setup.
This features helps you keep the tongue weight within the hitch and vehicle’s rated capacities. It also allows you to compare the tongue weight to the total trailer weight to verify that the trailer is properly loaded (tongue weight should be 10-15% of gross trailer weight).
Proper tongue weight is key for safe towing and avoiding trailer sway. Using this feature saves money on expensive tongue weight gauges and removes the hassle of using a bathroom scale.
Payload / Cargo
The payload feature allows you to see how your cargo weight is changing in real time. As you’re loading up the vehicle with cargo, equipment or materials, you can avoid exceeding the payload limits.
It’s also helpful for estimating load charges at the dump or elsewhere.
For gooseneck trailers and 5th wheel trailers, the Pin Weight feature allows you to ensure that the vertical load is within the hitch and vehicle’s rated capacities.
You can also compare the pin weight with the total trailer weight to ensure the trailer is properly loaded (pin weight should be 20-25% of gross trailer weight).
Take the guesswork out of your weight distribution hitch setup! This feature gives you peace of mind and confidence, knowing that your hitch is set up correctly. The app measures automatically without the need for a tape measure, pencil and paper.
You can verify that your weight distribution hitch is set up and adjusted accurately every time, resulting safer towing.
Trailer Brake Gain
Setting up your trailer brake controller in the past has been a tedious trial-and-error process at best. BetterWeigh™ takes the blind guesswork out of the setup by giving you the exact brake gain needed to safely tow your trailer.
BetterWeigh™ uses the vehicle weight and a quick 15mph start-stop test to calculate the precise trailer brake gain setting for your brake controller
Will my phone work with BetterWeigh™? BetterWeigh™ is compatible with the iPhone iOS 10.3 or higher (i.e. the app works unless phone was last updated in 2017) and Android: 6.0 Marshmallow or higher and Bluetooth-enabled (i.e. unless phone was last updated in 2015).
Will BetterWeigh™ work with my vehicle? BetterWeigh is compatible with gasoline vehicles 1996 or newer and diesel vehicles 2004 or newer. Most vehicles 2008 or newer will have preset calibration.
How accurate is BetterWeigh™? BetterWeigh™ is 95% accurate. This is in the range of other automotive gauges, +/- 5%.
Will BetterWeigh™ work if I have air suspension? Airbags? Auto-leveling? In almost every case, yes. Usually the suspension modification needs to be turned off (or airbags put to lowest PSI). Then the vehicle can be calibrated. Please contact Product Support for specific questions.
Will BetterWeigh™ work with my tuner? The tuner and BetterWeigh™ are used at different times. Most users just plug in the BetterWeigh™ when they are weighing. BetterWeigh™ settings are saved in the app, so unplugging does not require a new setup.
Does BetterWeigh™ require an internet connection? Only for the initial setup
Can I leave BetterWeigh™ plugged in all the time? Yes
Can BetterWeigh™ show a digital readout? The app uses an analog gauge. The gauge can be resized in the Settings, based on the expected weight range.
Is there a red line showing the weight rating of my vehicle? No, but this is a feature we are discussing for future app updates.
Does BetterWeigh™ display weight on the axles? No, but the Weight Distribution feature shows how extra trailer weight is distributed. It works when parked, with the weight distribution system engaged.
Does BetterWeigh™ work on motorhomes? Yes, if the vehicle has an OBD-II port. Most Class A gas, Class Bs and Class Cs have an OBD-II port.
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