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Old 05-14-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Adding Weight to Hitch Of TT

Hi all. Just wondering if anyone has added extra weight to the front of their trailers above the hitch. I am in need of a spot to put my generator while traveling( wont be run there) and looked at the possibility of adding some sort of storage to the rear of the trailer but after reading some posts here i refuse to go there. Dont need that headache lol. So im looking at "shifting" the battery box over and making a "box" like structure between the propane tanks and the front of the trailer for my genny....but now im worried about the extra weight on the hitch....should I be worried or no big deal? I have a equalizer hitch and the the TT is a Freedom Express 300BDHS(. Not quite sure of letters). TV is a Dodge ram 2500 cummins. Thanks for any info you could provide
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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I would say if you have room for the tongue weight, go for it! Could actually help it tow better too. I think that's a great use of space.
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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What does your generator weigh?
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As long as you do not go over the max tongue weight, max rear axle weight, max payload, max GCVW and max gross weight of the tow vehicle, then you should be fine.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:40 AM   #5
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What does your generator weigh?
Not sure...will weigh it tomorrow. Dont have it here in the garage atm to find out. Its a cummins onan 3000i and it isnt a small generator. Guess that is something i should know before doing this
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As long as you do not go over the max tongue weight, max rear axle weight, max payload, max GCVW and max gross weight of the tow vehicle, then you should be fine.
And, no more than 15% tongue weight.

SknirB, do you have access to a Cat scale or own a Sherline?

Also, your Equal-i-zer hitch may need to be adjusted, which is simple to do. Adjustments should be made whenever significant changes occur with the weight and balance of your trailer.

Post pics. It will be interesting to see your modification.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:13 AM   #7
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And, no more than 15% tongue weight.

SknirB, do you have access to a Cat scale or own a Sherline?

Also, your Equal-i-zer hitch may need to be adjusted, which is simple to do. Adjustments should be made whenever significant changes occur with the weight and balance of your trailer.

Post pics. It will be interesting to see your modification.

Unfortunately the closest CAT scale is 5hrs south of me and I dont own a Sherline. I am taking pictures of this mod as it happens so once I am done I will put them up - going ahed with this project even if I end up discovering that I cant put the generator there - can always use the space for tools and other things.
What adjustments can be made to the equalizer hitch other than using a different loop on the chains?
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:43 AM   #8
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There are no chains with the Equal-i-zer, just brackets. You may have misspoke or maybe have a Reese or another hitch.

You will need to remeasure the tow vehicle's wheel well heights after the mod and fully loaded with the generator and any other cargo you would normally camp with inside the trailer.

You need to check for under or over adjustment. See the attached manual. The easiest adjustment that might need to be done is to add or remove spacer washers as called for.You could adjust the L-brackets if needed.

But, don't adjust the hitch until you remeasure after the mod and compare the wheel well heights.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:10 AM   #9
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Poor man's tongue scale

Saw this and thought it might be appropriate:

As long as there is 1 foot to the right pipe this works pretty well.

Just remember to "Tare" off the board weight before you do the calculation.
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Would work on 5ver too, if your trailer wheels are locked and you put a post up to the pin. The distance has to be increased to at least 6' between pipes for a 250# scale. Going to try it on mine. Just don't use your DW's good scales in case it exceeds the capacity.
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