Originally Posted by Oaklevel
Have you weighed your set up on a scale???
Dry weight is not always correct. Weighing it is the only way to know where you truely are. As far as to the tongue weight 50 lbs probably will make no difference as to towing or safety. But some other weight can be shifted to the rear of the trailer to take weight off the tongue.
If you are over weight on your axles there is not a whole lot you can do but remove weight. But when figuring total weight do not forget the weight that is on the tongue is not on the axles.
Just my opinion but if you remove a propane bottle you are very likely to find yourself with an empty tank when camping needing it.
Thanks for your feedback.
Here are the actual measurements from the truck scale:
Trailer tongue weight = 550 lbs (rating is 500 lbs).
Trailer axle weight = 3,000 lbs (GAWR = 3,000 lbs).
Trailer weight = 3,400 lbs (GVWR = 3,250 lbs)
Tow vehicle weight = 5,850 lbs (GVWR = 6,000 lbs). This includes tongue weight of trailer, fully loaded trailer, and vehicle with driver and two passengers......our next trip I am adding my two daughters and their gear. So, I'll be a bit above recommended numbers on the tow rig.
Tow vehicle axle weights and combined gross weight rating are both well under maximum permissible.
In terms of tongue weight, I've decided to leave both propane bottles on the tongue and run one mostly to empty to save about 20 lbs but have it for the Fall to fill up when temps are cooler and we might want to run the furnace more.
In terms of trailer axle weight and overall weight, I will simply reduce a bit!
Thanks again for your help, Oaklevel, and everyone!