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Old 03-07-2016, 07:53 AM   #1
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My trailer comes with a factory dry tongue weight of 12.5%. However, a lot of the storage, including the under bunk storage and rear cargo rack (factory installed) is behind the rear axel. Are there any issues with loading heavy items in these areas, and the lower tongue weight as a result, as long as I maintain at least 10% tongue weight which appears to be the minimum recommended?
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:06 AM   #2
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Certainly, at some point, too much weight back there can become an issue. It would likely surface as a tendency for the trailer to sway. You may have to "experiment" a bit to see how it goes. One thing you can do is make sure that your tongue height is level to lower than the rear bumper.

It's interesting how trailers are designed. Our current trailer puts any additional weight in front of the trailer axles. So, we get a lot of tongue weight out of that.
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Certainly, at some point, too much weight back there can become an issue. It would likely surface as a tendency for the trailer to sway. You may have to "experiment" a bit to see how it goes. One thing you can do is make sure that your tongue height is level to lower than the rear bumper.

It's interesting how trailers are designed. Our current trailer puts any additional weight in front of the trailer axles. So, we get a lot of tongue weight out of that.
Yes, they say 200 lbs max on cargo rack but that will result in close to 100lbs off tongue weight. Also the grey water tanks are behind the axel which could be even more off tongue weight on ride home. I did buy a sherline tongue scale so I can be sure to maintain the 10%
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:59 AM   #4
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The Toy Haulers folks are the best on to talk to about loading heavy in the rear. I don't own one but have read many post that their 1,000 lbs toy only reduces the pin/tongue weights less than 200 lbs. Yes, you should always watch how you load your RV and the affects it has on towing.
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Keep in mind, battery and propane has a lot of weight. Also, where is the fridge and pantry? In the end, you just need to load it up and check it. If it's lighter than 10%, adjust.
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