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Old 03-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #11
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What is the usual % applied (distrubuted) to each axle, (trailer and truck) when using a WDH?
ie: front axle 33% and so on.....
I'm looking into a WDH but am concerned about how much extra weight will be applied to my front axle.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:07 PM   #12
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What is the usual % applied (distrubuted) to each axle, (trailer and truck) when using a WDH?
ie: front axle 33% and so on.....
I'm looking into a WDH but am concerned about how much extra weight will be applied to my front axle.
The weight put back on the front axle depends on how the WDH is setup. In my case, I wanted at least the weight that I lost by hooking up the trailer back on the front axle. In my case, I have an additional 40 lbs. over the non-trailer weight.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:28 PM   #13
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Ahhhh, I'm new so, let's take this slow............or even better yet I will start again.
My axle ratings are 3900lbs,
going by curb weight the FA is 3170lbs and the RA 2365lbs,( these are approximate as they do not include some optional equipment we have weighing around 100lbs)
our TW is gonna be around 400lbs.
When we load the truck:
1. I'm not sure how our weight will be distributed over the axles, hubby is 275lbs, I'm 120lbs, daughter 65lbs dog 70 lbs.
2. The front axle rating doesn't seem to have alot of play in it for us once loaded, and I'm not sure if we factor in extra weight from the WDH how much of that will be distributed onto it.
As you said before our trucks have similar ratings, my GVWR is 6800 and payload is 1100. Addind a WDH is looking good in the respect that it will take a bit of weight off our total payload, but on the other hand I dont want to overload the FA.
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:42 PM   #14
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With a 3900 lb. axle in front, you have over 700 lbs. to add to the axle. A properly setup WDH will get the weight of the tongue back on the front axle. if you are worried about your family overloading the axle, I don't think there is a concern there. If you and your hubby are sitting in the front seat, that is an additional 395 lbs........but y'all are not over the axle. The front passenger seat on super or crew cab pickups sit about 1/3 of the way back on a truck, so approx. 2/3 of that weight will go on the front axle (263 lbs.), and 1/3 will go on the back axle (132 lbs.) Likewise for your daughter and dog, since the back seat is about at the 1/2 way point, 50% of their weight will go towards both axles. Anything loaded to the front of the bed will be about 1/3 to the front axle, and 2/3 to the rear axle, and anything directly over the rear axle is going on add weight to the rear axle. That is why a trailer tongue causes so much trouble without a WDH.......it is adding weight a couple of feet behind the rear axle, taking some weight off of the front axle, and adding that to the rear axle. As you may see from my spreadsheet, adding 680 lbs. to my hitch takes off 280 lbs of weight on my front axle, and my rear axle goes up 960 lbs. If you subtract the 280 from the 960, you get the trailer tongue weight.....680 lbs.

So to make a short story long which I have already done , if you get your WDH setup to put the original weight back on the front axle (and maybe a little extra), you will still have somewhere in the vicinity of 700 lbs. more to add there before you are maxing out the axle. Without a WDH and the bed of the truck loaded heavy, you could max out the rear axle, because of the leverage affect on the trailer tongue weight, although a 400 lb. tongue weight is not as bad on that as my 680 lb. tongue.

Before heading to the scales, I set up my WDH in the driveway using the fender measurements including in the setup instructions of most WDHs. My front fender dropped 1/16th of an inch when the trailer was hooked up over not being hooked up, and the rear fender dropped 1 1/16th of an inch. With those figures, I figured I had a little extra weight on the front axle which turned out to be an extra 40 lbs., and a lot of the trailer tongue weight was being carried by the rear axle, which is meant to carry weight.

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:41 PM   #15
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Thanks for the reply!!!
I'm going to have to tow this back home from Toronto without a WDH, because I dont want the dealer installing it. (this is the guy that said TW isnt part of payload; so I dont have any faith in their knowledge)
There is a great place near me that deals mostly with farming, aggregate, and livestock trailers and hitches, so I'm going with them. I want to make sure it's all installed correctly.
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