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Old 02-13-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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Shockwave Toy Hauling Capabilities - Questions

My wife and I recently purchased a new 2013 Shockwave 21 FSMX. We came to the our final decision on this trailer for several reasons, some of which are the weight, length, and floor plan of the trailer itself. It also sill give us the option to take our quads camping with use when we so desire, and still have a warm sheltered comfortable place to sleep while only needing to bring one vehicle haha.

We both have Suzuki King Quads, mine being a 750, and hers a 500, but both are very close in weight (wet weight of just over 600 lbs).

I was hoping to haul both quads within the trailer, and understand it will take some time figuring out load placement, and total weight in supplies, water fuel etc. I will be able to bring in the trailer when hauling the quads. I plan on parking/securing the quads end to end inside the trailer, where the first quad would sit basically over the axles, as far forward as possible and the second quad would be right to the back door behind the forward quad (behind the axles). I noticed a sticker on the back of the trailer that said "place 60% of load forward of centre line of axles." Does this refer to this mean 60% of "toy" load, or load in total (i.e. water and everything)? If it means just the toy load, that would be basically impossible considering the layout of the trailer's cargo space and location of tie downs. The cargo space doesn't go much forward of the front axle.

My biggest concern is that the two quads would be too much weight towards the mid and rear of the trailer, and being new to this I thought some others may have input on how they have loaded their trailers in similar scenarios. Or experience they may have with hauling quads.


I understand, and am fine with the fact that taking both quads would take up a significant amount of my cargo weight capacity, resulting in less carrying capacity for water etc., but I am more concerned with whether or not hauling both quads will have any adverse effects on the trailer itself or its towability.

Another option eventually would be to have one quad in the bed of the pickup truck, which I am also fine with down the line when we upgrade to a larger truck, but right now our current tow vehicle will be a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi.

Thanks advance for any/all constructive advice!
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:44 AM   #2
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I have the same exact trailer but don't haul any quads. We just like the open space of a toy hauler.
Ask your dealer and if they don't have any answers load up and hit a local scale and play around with various load configurations.
The load capacity of my trailer is 2097# minus 466# of 55gal of full water (according to the load sticker). So you still have over a sixteen hundred pounds of cargo to go minus your 600# of quads, you have about a thousand pounds of cargo capacity.
If you are that concerned about the weight distribution and having 60% of the load front of center line (which I believe includes ALL loads in trailer including water), as I mentioned before, load up as if you were heading out on a trip and hit a local scale. It's the only way to truly see how your are loaded safely.
Good luck!
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:45 AM   #3
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Common practice of loading of any trailer (cargo or RV) is 60% of the load being in front of the axles.

Toyhaulers are designed to be that way unless one goes crazy. Keep under the total capacity & load as much weight as possible over & in front of the axles. Two Quads inside should not be a problem but as mentioned hit the scales & also see how it tows. If one Quad is heavier put it in first.

Couple of weeks ago saw a smaller single axle cargo trailer "wagging the dog". The trailer was swaying badly. I don't know how the driver & passengers stood it or even made it where they were going. I am sure that most of the load was in the back of the trailer, & they probably had no idea why it was doing that (it must have been defective)

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Old 07-29-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help guys! I broke down and traded my 2012 RAM 1500 Big Horn in for a 2010 Silverado 2500HD LTZ DURAMAX. I now put one quad in the back of the truck, and the other in the trailer, rather than squeezing two in the trailer. Seems to pull excellent, and plan to take it loaded as mentioned on a longer trip in the near future. What a difference pulling with the 2500 makes!

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Old 07-29-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
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Nice truck , You should not have any problems towing now.
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Nice truck , You should not have any problems towing now.
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