Originally Posted by Crockett
I would think items in the bed would be independant of tongue weight and acceptable as long as gvwr was not exceeded.
I was having some trouble following all the posts
Tongue weight must only be determined with the spring bars removed as it is not changed at all with them in place; only what axles support it. The frame and receiver of the truck and trailer "see" the unsprung tongue weight.
Determine actual camper weight
Sum disconnected truck axles and subtract from connected total rig weight
MUST be less than GVWR of camper
Determine actual tongue weight
Sum unsprung loaded truck axles and subtract sum of disconnected truck axles
Must be less than receiver, hitch, and truck's maximum tongue weight ratings
Weights to compare:
(with spring bars on)
Sum of loaded truck axles less than Pillar Sticker GVWR
Sum of trailer axles less than axle rating x number of axles
Rear truck axle less than GAWR
Front truck axle less than GAWR
Lots more can be determined using your 3 weighings at the scale.
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