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Old 08-04-2016, 11:02 AM   #1
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Tongue weight limit

When I go my A194HW trailer it has the front storage area and it had a label that stated 150 limit on it.
My questions is does that count the battery and propane weight in it?

Reason is I want to upgrade my battery to a bigger one and do not want to exceed the weight limit. I now have a group 24 and would like to go to two 6 volts but the weight is considerable and I will most likely get a group 27 as a compromise.
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My understanding was that limit was imposed when FR found folks were stuffing the boxes with firewood. The structure of the storage box doesnt like a lot of weight combined with bouncing down the road.

That being said, Any tongue weight addition needs to be accounted for, because tongue weight is tongue weight.
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I agree with Luv. It is the limit for the storage box. And the weight should be spread out. Chairs and stuff are fine loose. If you have a really heavy item in there make sure it is secured on top of a frame member underneath. Bouncing items break things.

The tongue weights on FR campers are pretty high so make sure you are not overloading the 4Runners rear. You shouldn't be but it never hurts to get everything weighed at a truck stop with a CAT scale on the way to camp one day.
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I agree with Luv. It is the limit for the storage box. And the weight should be spread out. Chairs and stuff are fine loose. If you have a really heavy item in there make sure it is secured on top of a frame member underneath. Bouncing items break things.

The tongue weights on FR campers are pretty high so make sure you are not overloading the 4Runners rear. You shouldn't be but it never hurts to get everything weighed at a truck stop with a CAT scale on the way to camp one day.
I do fill the front storage area with lighter weight stuff and I carry my generator or heaver items in my 4 runner but I place them just behind the front seats to spread the weight. My 4 runner is the V8 model and I have plenty of power and carrying weight. Thanks Pooneil, My biggest problem with the trailer is they have NO shocks and any road bumps really shake it up so as you said packing is very important.
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I have the same TV, 2005 V8 4Runner...I went with the Andersen No-Sway hitch after reading about it on the 4Runner forum...it's a weight distribution hitch too. I will tell you the camper tows very differently now. So much better it's amazing honestly. It's not cheap but I'd say worth every penny.
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Abdiver, the advertised tongue weight does not include the battery or the filled propane tanks.

I have a Sherline tongue scale and have the opportunity to readily check the weight of my toydeck when I load it up.

Your front storage box has its own limit of 150 lbs....be aware of the combined tank/battery/storage box weight as when added together as it might surprise you. Tongue weight adds up. You may want to consider a weight distributor to help offset the tongue weight when you load the box.
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My truck can handle 1000 lbs tongue weight. The trailer has an advertised tongue weight of 335 lbs...the other weight is the filled propane tanks, battery and the stuff in the box on the deck. I also carry water in the tank to offset the weight in the front.
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Abdiver, the advertised tongue weight does not include the battery or the filled propane tanks.

I have a Sherline tongue scale and have the opportunity to readily check the weight of my toydeck when I load it up.

Your front storage box has its own limit of 150 lbs....be aware of the combined tank/battery/storage box weight as when added together as it might surprise you. Tongue weight adds up. You may want to consider a weight distributor to help offset the tongue weight when you load the box.
What was the difference between the advertised weight and the Sherline weight? Even with the battery and two full propane tanks my Sherline weight was a little less than the advertised weight.
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Emm-dee, the difference was just over 100 lbs with large group battery and two filled tanks
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