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Old 03-26-2016, 11:55 PM   #1
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GAWR, GVWR and Tongue weight questions

Hi.. here is the set up
Reese WDH
24" at rear of BH17 and 24 at front
1/2 inch difference between front fender and rear fender of t/v
88% difference between GAWR fron and GAWR rear ratings no trailer
87.5 % Difference with trailer attached.
Looking good so far?
here are some numbers that confuse me
From Loves T/S Scale..
Steer Axle = 2540
Drive Axle = 2900
Trailer Axle = 3960
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When weighing JUST the TRAILER..
Tongue = 680
Trailer = 3760
1st Question - this is all dry weights - does this seem rather heavy on the tongue? Especially considering the (empty) fresh water is in front of the first axle..?
2nd Question Why is there exactly 200 lbs difference on trailer axles when discoed from the t/v? Can I assume the 200 lbs is coming OFF the tongue? I kinda hope so ...
Thanks for all the advise..
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Old 03-27-2016, 07:02 PM   #2
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What's your TV axle weights unhooked? You really need those to see accurately what the WDH is doing when hooked up.

Ideally, yes, some of the weight is going to be shifted back to the TT axles and to the front axle of the TV.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:03 PM   #3
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You are at 15% tongue weight which is fine, maybe a little heavy but fine. 200 lbs could be being transferred to the trailer axles which would be a bit high for your TW, but it is certainly possible. I would expect more like 125-150. I would also weigh the truck alone as well next time to make sure your front axle weight doesn't weigh more hitched than unhitched. If that is the case lighten up on the WDH a bit.


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Old 03-27-2016, 10:16 PM   #4
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ok.. I thought I could find a curb weight per axle in datasheets or in the manual. No luck. Should of got that while I was there. nuther day and 10 more bucks...
I still think 18% is too heavy for a dry tongue of a 20 ft trailer.
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680/4440 = 15.3.


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doh... - used the wrong number. Thanks
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:20 PM   #7
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I'd rather take as much weight possible off those China bombs and put it onto my tow vehicle personally.
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ok lbrjet.. here is the skinny..
curb weight on tow vehicle w/o driver - same scale
steering - 2520
Drive - 2380
Gross - 4900

so using the first visit's numbers I have added only 20 lbs to my steering, 520 lbs on the drives and 200 on the trailers tandems.
this is all done with what visually seems the perfect balance. (24" clearance on front and back of trailer and 1/2 " difference between front fender well and rear. By the way I just measured the fender well heights of the car sitting the the garage.. same numbers.
This set-up is using what I think is minimum lift on the wd bars. Only using the second link.

Do you see anything I am missing? or am I off to a good start. Oh yea this is leaving me with between 700 and 800 lbs for cargo and passengers which I will never hit.

Thank for the input..

(btw 2tall. what is a china bomb?)
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You restored all but 20 lbs on the front axle. About perfect.


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(btw 2tall. what is a china bomb?)
Sorry, Chinese made tires
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