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Old 09-08-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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Tongue Weight

Hey everyone!

I'm new to the site and had a question since we just purchased a 2010 surveyor sport 295 last week.

Hitched up to my 03 suburban 1500 and to my suprise had only about an inch or 2 of drop in the rear when I placed the trailer on the ball. I was very confused since my last 25ft trailer dropped it nearly to the bump stops and it weighed about 1100lbs less.
So I ended up dropping the ball down 2 holes in the shank and I'm still nose high with trailer. This led to bad sway on our first trip last weekend.
After we got to the campsite, I added another 200lbs to the front storage compartment and it still didn't do anything.
So after this long post my question is, Are the trialers designed to have low tongue weight? or am I do I need to add sand bags up front or something to get that weight up? The RV tech was the one who set up my WDH btw
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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...The RV tech was the one who set up my WDH btw
That might be the problem right there. Just because they're an RV tech don't automatically assume they set it up right. Check the manuals and adjust as needed.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:51 PM   #3
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I feel like dialing in tongue weight without getting actual weights is akin to a snipe hunt.

Then, once armed with weights- you can dial in the tongue weight and WDH.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Would rarely suggest adding weight. I think you may need to lower your trucks hitch, ie drop shank. A picture of your hitch setup couple help. And, as ependydad mentioned, weights from a scale are great for getting it just right. I used the measuring method when I had my travel trailer.
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Old 09-08-2014, 03:34 PM   #5
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I'll take a picture when I get home and I definitely need to hit the scales. It was just suprising to me that such a large trailer didn't drop my suburban's rear hardly at all
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
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A lot depends on axle placement and spacing between axles.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:33 AM   #7
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Well I ended up dropping the ball 2 holes on the shank. Levelled the trailer pretty spot on. I'll find out this weekend if it helps the sway issue I was having.
Still can't figure out why such a low tongue weight. The wheels are about 18' towards the rear of the trailer so over half of the camper is in front of the axles.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:45 AM   #8
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As mentioned before the only way to really know what is going on is a trip to the scales. Weigh just the TV by itself, have front axle on scale pad one and rear axle on scale pad two. Weight the TV plus tt without wdh, have the truck as in 1st weigh and put the tt on the third scale pad. The difference between truck weight with and without the tt will tell you your tongue weight. The difference in total weight of the two tickets is trailer weight. Weigh the TV plus tt with wdh. Your goal is to adjust the wdh so that the front axle is as close to unloaded weight as possible without going heavier. This will require multiple passes. We brought our tools and made adjustments at the truck stop so we could get the weights done all in one day. For cat scale the first weigh is usually $9-12 and the reweigh is usually $1-3 when they ask for truck number, tell them private vehicle. Also bring a broom handle or something to reach the button, it is high up.
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Not sure what WDH you have but on my Equalizer it was setup per owners manual and the drop as measured between rear tire and fender arch should be 1" and between front tire and fender should be no more than a 1" increase.
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Follow WDH Manual

You can usually download manual for your brand hitch; then follow their instructions on proper set up.
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