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Old 06-20-2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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21 SSL tongue weight with toys

How much weight is transferred to the trailer tongue when you put heavy gear on the front deck of your 21SSL ?

I've seen varying opinions on this. Someone wrote that it was a straight forward transfer of all the weight on the deck becomes tongue weight. A few sales people are saying that the trailer axles will absorb some of the weight.

Thought I would ask the experts to hear about your experience.

Are you folks using a weight distribution hitch? If so, how much weight are you placing on the front deck and what is your hitch rated at?

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Old 06-20-2014, 05:18 PM   #2
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Don't have a front deck, but in general, the load should be shared. The distribution of the weight would be proportional to the distance of the cargo between the tongue and the axles. And I would think you would want a WDH. What are you towing with? Just about anything less than 3/4T truck is going to recommend the WDH for tongue weights over 500lbs. The brochure says 383 empty from the factory. By the time you add gear and toys, I wouldn't be surprised if you are 800 or more.
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Don't have a front deck, but in general, the load should be shared. The distribution of the weight would be proportional to the distance of the cargo between the tongue and the axles. And I would think you would want a WDH. What are you towing with? Just about anything less than 3/4T truck is going to recommend the WDH for tongue weights over 500lbs. The brochure says 383 empty from the factory. By the time you add gear and toys, I wouldn't be surprised if you are 800 or more.

The ATV's alone are approx. 1300lbs. Don't know the exact distance because I haven't got the trailer yet but, it seems like the deck is much closer to the tongue than the trailer axles.
It makes sense that their should be some weight sharing.
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I routinely carry 2 big 4wd ATV's on my deck. I have a 3/4 ton excursion, with a 1200# reese Dual Cam WDH. I have zero issues with hauling the ATV's. In fact, the whole rig rides better with the added weight.

I would not do that with a 1/2 ton. Nor would I try without a WDH.

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I routinely carry 2 big 4wd ATV's on my deck. I have a 3/4 ton excursion, with a 1200# reese Dual Cam WDH. I have zero issues with hauling the ATV's. In fact, the whole rig rides better with the added weight.

I would not do that with a 1/2 ton. Nor would I try without a WDH.

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I'm thinking the 1200lbs WD hitch will be about right. If 1300 lbs of ATV weight is shared between the trailer and truck axles (650 lbs each) plus the trailer alone adds approx. 380 lbs of tongue wt.
That would allow a few additional lbs leeway to put accessories on the truck bed or front deck.
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