Originally Posted by MilCop4523
Ok so if my 2012 Salem 27RKSS says:
Dry Weight lbs 6355
Payload lbs 1327
for a total weight of 7682 lbs
If my axles are rated for 3500 each (7,000 lbs total) I'd be 682 lbs overweight for the axles for a start.
My tires currently on the trailer would also be underrated for hauling.
So, lets say your camper was loaded to its max weight of 7682 pounds.
To safely tow it (to avoid some very bad handling issues like sway and dynamic instability - fishtailing) the percentage of the trailer that MUST be located on the truck's frame is between 10% and 14% (some say 15%)
So loaded to a CG (center of gravity) "more AFT" yet still be safe to tow (10% tongue load) the tongue weight would be 768.2 pounds as the absolute minimum weight.
At that loading your campers axles (2) would have to support 6914 pounds (3457 on each axle just slightly under their max rating).
Loaded at the "Optimum" loading of 12% of the maximum weight, the tongue would be 921 pounds. That would leave 6760 pounds left on the axles. or 3380 pounds on each axle (well under their max).
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