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Old 03-20-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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tongue WEIGHT

Well like the title suggest I am in the process of creating a trailer tongue WEIGHT!

I have a 2013 surveyor SV305. It is 37' long, weighing roughly 9,000 pounds when fully loaded. When loaded I have calculated I am right at the 900 pound mark for tongue weight on this trailer. Throughout the last year the trailer had a tendency to want to wiggle when at 65 mph. It also like to buck up and down on certain stretches of road.

I did some testing with different positions with the weight distribution hitch as well as tried different air pressures in the tow vehicle tires and camper tires with little success. I finally decided to throw some water jugs, with nearly 100 pounds of water on the tongue for one of my last rides home and holy cow the trailer pulled MUCH nicer...

I pull this trailer with a 2006 dodge ram 2500 cummins quad cab short box. I have installed air bags as well as a hellwig rear sway bar.

Attached are a couple of pictures of the bare tongue of my trailer. The spare tire was actually hanging off the back bumper originally but I relocated it to the tongue to help with tongue weight, and it did help some.

I have had my work laser cut me a 1/2" steel plate weighing in at 140 pounds to match the tongue of the trailer. I will be stitch welding this plate to the tongue. I have a tool box and propane tanks that will go back on the tongue and that is what the holes are for in the plate. I am also thinking of welding some brackets to allow me to pin a rack of some sort in to give me more cargo space for wood or anything of the nature... that is still in the thinking process!
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #2
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Sounds and looks like you're on the right path.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:56 PM   #3
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Sounds and looks like you're on the right path.
One of the few I was hoping to reply!

Any other suggestions? am I stupid for doing this? I am aware the warranty will be voided, but I voided that moments after leaving the lot...
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I think you have it covered quite well. I would do the same.
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Yes, looks like you are on the right path. There are a few folks who placed a pickup truck diamond plated toolbox up front. It would certainly add tongue weight and give you ability to store some items.
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Could you bolt it on, so that you could pull it off if needed? Weld is so darn.....hard to reverse.
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Could you bolt it on, so that you could pull it off if needed? Weld is so darn.....hard to reverse.
still contemplating this...

to weld it i have to hook it to my truck and pull the truck forward into the garage so my welder can get close enough to weld it...

bolting it would require some rather long bolts thought to pass through the frame like I would like it to.

still up in the air with this... Both are feasible...
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still contemplating this...

to weld it i have to hook it to my truck and pull the truck forward into the garage so my welder can get close enough to weld it...:
I'll loan you my 50' extension cord that we use on our mig welder.

p.s. But you have to pay shipping both ways and promise not to use UPS.
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gimme 8 hours on the road and I'll be there to take ya up on that!
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You could add a pair or two of trojan 6V batteries and pickup a quick 150lbs per pair and gain the ability to go without electric hookups for a days at a time...
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