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Old 05-20-2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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Question about weight dist. (not wdh)

Just a quick question about loading a trailer up. As I understand it, the axles act as a fulcrum right? So any weight I put in front of the axle will add weight to the hitch to get good tongue weight? Or do I need to put everything as front as possible to get more weight on the tongue? Sometimes I feel like I'm over analyzing things but just want to be sure and safe. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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Weight ahead of axle puts more weight on hitch.
Weight behind axle removes weight from hitch

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Old 05-20-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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Weight ahead of axle puts more weight on hitch.
Weight behind axle removes weight from hitch

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Thanks. That's what I thought but wasn't 100% sure.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #4
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Your TT is probably well balanced as it came from the dealer. Any significant added weight should be placed just in front of the axles - not too far forward. This will help maintain the 10-15% rule for tongue weight.

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:12 PM   #5
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Weight placed half-way between any 2 axles will be split evenly between those 2 axles. The closer it is to any axle, the higher proportion of it's weight will go to that axle.

So, a 30lb propane tank (close to the hitch on the tongue) will have more effect on TW than 30 lbs of stuff in a forward holding compartment (in the camper). So if you are trying to increase TW, you want to add weight as far forward as possible.

But if you must add some weight, but don't want to impact TW, try to keep it close to the axles.

If you must add some weight, and would like to decrease TW, put the weight as far behind the axles as possible.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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Remember your "target" is to have about 12% of the TOTAL weight of the camper on the tongue BEFORE you put the WD bars on.

Here is a good way to measure your tongue weight as you load up.
Just remember to use the correct distance from the hitch post to the scale or you could break your scale.
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