Originally Posted by SuicideSaints
IThe rating should be the TW loaded. 15 percent (recomended TW) of 7402 = 1102. Also anything loaded behind the rear axle is added to that too. So I would say you are good with the 1200
SuicideSaints, may I make a correction to your post ?? Any weight loaded behind the axles takes off weight from the tongue.
I would say normally, the rest of the post is spot on, but in the case of that particular trailer, maybe not. That trailer has a listed tongue weight 402 lbs with a dry weight of 4579 lbs. That is only 8.7% tongue weight.
Now we know both of those weights "grow" when adding options, and adding a battery (or 2) and propane to the tongue. Adding 400 lbs. in options seems about the average, and maybe 150 lbs for a battery and full propane tanks next to the camper, with about 125 lbs. going to the coupler. Running those "projected" figures, the trailer is now at about 5000 lbs, with a 525 lb. tongue weight.....within the 10% suggested minimum tongue weight. All speculation of course.
I think it going to be difficult to get more than about 11-12% tongue weight on that camper, even loaded up to the GVWR. If loaded to the GVWR, the tongue weight will probably be in the 800s. But that camper has almost a 3000 lb. CCC, which most times people run with about 1000 lbs. of gear. Loaded up lightly, I doubt the tongue weight will exceed 800 lbs.
With all of that said, 800 lb. spring bars may work, but 1000 lb. bars would work for certain. 1200 lb. spring bars may be a bit of overkill, and give a stiff ride in the TV.