Originally Posted by wrottdog
What do you do with this information when you get it?
So here is the theory. Without a weight distribution hitch, all of the trailers tongue weight is placed on the back of your tow vehicle. This causes more load on the rear axle and takes weight off the front axle. Pulling weight off the front makes the tow vehicle harder to control.
So to avoid this we use a weight distribution hitch which helps to distribute the tongue weight between both the front and rear axles. How it is distributed is controlled by the bars and or chains depending on your setup. By using the CAT scales and weighing in various configurations you will find out how much weight is on each axle without the camper hitched up, how much the trailer weighs total plus what is the weight on the tongue vs the trailers axles.
With that info, you can then hitch up and see what happens to your vehicles axles. Is the back axle now overloaded? Did the front get lighter? You will want to adjust the bars/chains so both axles get heavier and neither is overloaded. Not only is it safer, but your driving experience will be much more enjoyable.
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