Originally Posted by fyrdad
A related Newbie question(s).
1. Is it critical that I load the TT up? Ideally it would be ready for the trip. But I was thinking of swinging by the scales after I pick up the TT from storage. I have a good idea of my load out weight. But will go back with it loaded to confirm.
2. How do I determine the tongue weight? Thanks Greg
You should load the tt and truck like you would for camping (I usually have everything except food). Have all passengers, pets and gear that you would for camping in the truck too. Also have a full tank of fuel.
Bring a broom handle or long ice scraper to breach the button. Tell them private vehicle when asked. They will ask 1st weigh or reweigh. 1st trip is first weigh. Typically first trip is $9-12 and each additional weigh at the same scale in a 24 hrs period is $1-3.
To weigh you want to make 3 passes (can be do be in any order).
1st weigh - truck only no trailer. Have truck front axle on scale pad 1 and rear axle on scale pad two. Push button, give info, pull off scsles, park and go pay/get weight ticket printout. This gives you front axle weight, rear axle weight, and total truck weight.
2nd weigh - truck plus tt no wdh hooked up. Have truck positioned as in 1st weigh. Both trailer axles on scale pad 3. Follow same steps above. Add together the steer and drive axles for a new truck weight. The difference between the 2 truck weights is your loaded tongue weight. The difference between the total weights on the two tickets is your trailers total loaded weight.
3rd weigh - truck plus tt with wdh hooked up. Same positioning and steps as 2nd weigh. Now compare your axle weights to first weigh. The idea is to try to get your front axle as close to unloaded weight as possible without going heavier. If far off, then wdh needs readjusting.