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Old 04-01-2009, 02:17 PM   #11
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One question though... Does the actual weight of the truck include driver, passengers, luggage and fuel?

The tongue weight must also be accommodated for when making sure you do not exceed the GVWR. Using 550 pounds (for example purposes) for the tongue weight and adding that to your actual weight, I come up with 6,210 pounds. That leaves only 190 pounds…
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:48 PM   #12
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One question though... Does the actual weight of the truck include driver, passengers, luggage and fuel?
Yes, that would be your truck gross vehicle weight, which should be lower than your GVWR.

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The tongue weight must also be accommodated for when making sure you do not exceed the GVWR. Using 550 pounds (for example purposes) for the tongue weight and adding that to your actual weight, I come up with 6,210 pounds. That leaves only 190 pounds…
You are correct that the tongue weight will also add to your tow vehicle gross weight. But if you are using a WDH, some of that weight will be put back on the trailer axles, so you can subtract those lbs. In using a WDH, make sure you don't exceed the front axle GAWR.

Tricky little situation, ain't it??
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thanks for all the info. i have noticed that every once and awhile when i turn i can hear a slight whine at almost idle speed ( like when i do a u-turn ) but never when i drive straight. as far as the pinion bearings - is that a very involved project or should i let a shop deal with it ?
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thanks for all the info. i have noticed that every once and awhile when i turn i can hear a slight whine at almost idle speed ( like when i do a u-turn ) but never when i drive straight. as far as the pinion bearings - is that a very involved project or should i let a shop deal with it ?
If you have a limited slip differential, it could just be that trying to lock up. The limited slip locks up when 1 tire is moving at a different rate than the other......like spinning, or even turning sharp.
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thanks for all the info. i have noticed that every once and awhile when i turn i can hear a slight whine at almost idle speed ( like when i do a u-turn ) but never when i drive straight. as far as the pinion bearings - is that a very involved project or should i let a shop deal with it ?
The whine could just be the limited slip doing what it does. and yes just about anything with the rear axle is involved and requires precise measuments and adjustments. you`ll know if there is a problem with the carrier/pinion bearings because it will whine LOUD when they start to go bad.

At this point I wouldn`t worry about anything, just enjoy the trailer!
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:26 PM   #16
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i checked and the front GAWR is 3650 lbs and the rear is 3900 lbs. i do have the WDH and everything looks straight when the TT is hooked to the truck. the sales guy first hooked it up without the WDH and the truck squatted about 3 inches, but with the WDH everything is nice and straight.
also the truck was weighed with myself and a buddy in it and with a full tank of fuel. i also had some stuff in the bed that i used for mock luggage.

how do you determine how much weight is taken off by using the WDH ?
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how do you determine how much weight is taken off by using the WDH ?
The only way that I know of is to weigh either the truck hooked up, both with and without the the WDH hooked up, or the trailer the same way. The trucks weight should go down when the WDH is hooked up, and the trailers weight should go up with the WDH hooked up.
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that does make sense, first trip out i will run by the scale and try it both ways
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