Originally Posted by asquared
Remember you are now towing a giant sail. You will have a little wiggle but it shouldn't be a lot. You will feel the push/pull from semis more now as well.
You need to see where your weights are with a loaded truck and trailer. Make 3 passes.
Pass 1 just tv, no tt. Have front axle on scale pad 1, rear axle on scale pad 2.
Pass 2, tv plus tt no wdh. Tv same as pass 1, all tt axles on scale pad 3.
Pass 3 tv plus tt with wdh hooked up. Same scale pads as pass 2.
You can now see unloaded (not hitched) axle and truck weights from pass 1. Use these numbers to figure out your true capacities... Tv gcwr minus TV scaled weight = adjusted tow capacity. TV gvwr minus TV scaled weight = available payload
Pass 2 total combined weight minus pass one total weight= loaded trailer weight. This should be less than your adjusted tow capacity.
Pass 2 steer and drive axle weight total (TV weight) minus pass 1 total will tell you your tt loaded tongue weight. This should be less than your available payload. You want your loaded tongue weight to be 13-15% of loaded tt weight.
Pass 3 will be used to compare to pass 1. You want your front axle as close to unloaded weight without going heavier. Also your axles should be less than gross axle weight ratings.
If all of your weights are within parameters, wdh is setup correct then you need to think tires. First make sure tt tire pressures are at max. Next get LT tires for your truck. They gave a stiffer side wall allowing for less wandering/more towing control. I usually run at 65 -70 psi on truck, rear 5 lbs heavier than front. Play with this for what works for you. Make sure your rims can handle these pressures.
Hope this helps you some.
I'm not sure how I missed this post but it is great information!!! Do you care to help me check my math?
TV with me, my wife, and a full tank of gas: 6040
TV and TT loaded for camping with 120 pounds of fur kids in the cab and 75 pound cooler in bed of truck, everything else in the TT: 13,320. I didn't think to weigh tongue when I was near the scales.
-120 fur kids
=7085 TT weight
TV with no trailer: 6040
TV hooked to TT with 120 pound fur kids and cooler in truck (adding front and rear axle weights together): 7160
-120 fur kids
6965 net hooked truck weight
-6040 unhooked truck weight
=925 tongue weight +/-
7085(TT weight) x.13=921.05 lbs
So if I'm thinking correct my TW is just a hair under 13%.