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Old 03-20-2014, 10:48 PM   #11
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You don't have things stored behind the trailer axles you could move in front of the axles? I move anything I can forward of the axles to get my tongue weight up. I shoot for 15%. That 10% figure everyone advertises results in the problem you are experiencing. I also don't travel with anything in the tanks behind the trailer axles.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:05 PM   #12
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You don't have things stored behind the trailer axles you could move in front of the axles? I move anything I can forward of the axles to get my tongue weight up. I shoot for 15%. That 10% figure everyone advertises results in the problem you are experiencing. I also don't travel with anything in the tanks behind the trailer axles.
Not really... All my storage is up front and nothing but blankets in back bedroom. I had actually stopped loading the rear fridge with drinks and putting them under the front bed with minimal results. Adding water to fresh, gray or black tanks didn't do much either...

My plan is to add this steel weight and maybe a second battery as well if I feel it is needed... Would like to be able to load my beer fridge down heavy!!!
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:36 PM   #13
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Could you weld in some L brackets or angle so you could use shorter bolts through the side of the frame. Again, then you can reverse it for the next guy (should there be a next guy...).
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:50 PM   #14
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Could you weld in some L brackets or angle so you could use shorter bolts through the side of the frame. Again, then you can reverse it for the next guy (should there be a next guy...).
With a cut off wheel on a 4"/4-1/2" grinder, skip welds are easy to cut.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:06 AM   #15
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Your goal should be a tongue weight of 13-15%. I have seen a huge difference just by moving a 20 lb tent from the back of the tt to the front. Looking at the floor plan, what do you have stored in the bunkhouse? Anything behind the axles off loads the tongue weight. Anything in front of the axles will be on the tongue weight. Just remember in your build designs, too much tongue weight can be a problem too. Another option for build designs is a tongue mounted bike rack. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:53 AM   #16
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I'll second, load that puppy down with batteries! I also do a good bit of primitive camping too, depends on your personal preferences.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:05 PM   #17
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With a cut off wheel on a 4"/4-1/2" grinder, skip welds are easy to cut.
That is my plan... quick and easy. Especially with how the frame is rounded on the corner where it will meet the plate there will be a nice void to fill with the weld, and like you said easy to cut... So my plan will be to stitch/skip weld as you mentioned.

Below are some pics of the plate just laying in position for now. It is in the garage drying from the numerous coats of paint from last night. Should be able to weld it on Saturday some time.



For those asking about shifting weight forward, I have a bunk house model and all that is rearward of my axles is the bunk house, and all that is stored in the bunk house is some towels and blankets, not enough to make a difference...

I do plan to add a second battery after my first trip or two out with just the plate installed.

I want to be able to load the rear kitchen, primarily the fridge, with whatever I want and not worry about it being too light on the tongue. I also tow a single jet ski behind with maybe 50 pounds of tongue weight...

Fairly confident the addition of the plate alone will be a major improvement!
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:12 PM   #18
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looks great!!

i would definitely stitch weld it. and why cut it off when you sell it. unfortunately you are sorting out the problem with your trailer and the next person who owns it will reap the benefit of you doing that


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That is my plan... quick and easy. Especially with how the frame is rounded on the corner where it will meet the plate there will be a nice void to fill with the weld, and like you said easy to cut... So my plan will be to stitch/skip weld as you mentioned.

Below are some pics of the plate just laying in position for now. It is in the garage drying from the numerous coats of paint from last night. Should be able to weld it on Saturday some time.



For those asking about shifting weight forward, I have a bunk house model and all that is rearward of my axles is the bunk house, and all that is stored in the bunk house is some towels and blankets, not enough to make a difference...

I do plan to add a second battery after my first trip or two out with just the plate installed.

I want to be able to load the rear kitchen, primarily the fridge, with whatever I want and not worry about it being too light on the tongue. I also tow a single jet ski behind with maybe 50 pounds of tongue weight...

Fairly confident the addition of the plate alone will be a major improvement!
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Also, odds are it won't fit the next one. I almost cut my battery box off my TT when I traded it, but what would I do with it? The next owner can make use of it and when I need I'll build another one.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:38 PM   #20
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I dont plan removing the weight when/if i sell the trailer. I dont plan to remove it at all honestly...

the thought behind removing was more or less if a modification needed to be made down the road or it flat out didn't work...
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