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Old 03-10-2020, 01:44 PM   #1
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WD Hitch margin of error??

So I was plugging in some numbers for my new trailer. Dry weight plus fresh water, plus batteries, plus a generous (?? 1000lbs) ballpark payload. (my understanding is that LPG is included in the dry weight rating).

Based on what I came up with, at a 12.5% tongue weight, I'd be at 854lbs... 104lbs more tyand the rating on my WD hitch arms.

FYI - This doesn't exceed my trucks payload capacity or the class V hitch rating... just the rating listed on the arms of the wd hitch I have.

How bad is that? Should I get beefier arms for the hitch? The truck and trailer are riding level when connected.
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I don't think anything is going to break. I had 750 lbs bars on a trailer with 800 lbs hitch weight. It was a bit bouncy and just felt like it needed more stiffness. So I got some used 1,000 bars and they worked better. Less hitch angle required to get good weight distribution and less bounce. So, I would use the current bars until you get a larger set.
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Old 03-10-2020, 03:23 PM   #3
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Buy a Sherline scale and you will know for sure what your tongue weight is
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Old 03-10-2020, 03:31 PM   #4
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Buy a Sherline scale and you will know for sure what your tongue weight is

Yes, donít assume the weight of the trailer and the factor to be true. My last trailer was rated GVWR at 7500lbs and I was loaded nowhere close to that. The tongue weight was 1000-1200 lbs depending on how much propane and water I carried.
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Old 03-11-2020, 07:40 AM   #5
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I would not do this, as Mr. Corn said, it will be a bouncy ride.
I usually recommend people size their WDH to keep TW at least 100 lbs UNDER the WDH rating, but you will be about 100 lbs OVER. Not good.


I like they way you have estimated, and 1000 over dry weight is a good estimate. For about 850 lbs estimated loaded TW, you should get 1000 lbs WDH kit.


NOTE: I have about 750 lbs loaded TW, and my 1000 lb kit is not too stiff. It's great. You want to err on the high side.
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Minor weight correction: dry weight is as left factory. No battery, empty gas tank(s) INCLUDED.

I concur with use what you own now for the WDH. Upgrade the lever arms if/when you feel the need or if they don't correct your TV's angle enough.
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Every trailer I have owned (3) was over the stated weight. The dry weight does not include battery, full propane, or WDH. Not sure if cargo weight includes full gas tank.
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Every trailer I have owned (3) was over the stated weight. The dry weight does not include battery, full propane, or WDH. Not sure if cargo weight includes full gas tank.
For FORD: full tank of gas is NOT part of CCC, since it is a known quantity. ALL occupants, including driver, ARE part of CCC.
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For FORD: full tank of gas is NOT part of CCC, since it is a known quantity. ALL occupants, including driver, ARE part of CCC.
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Full tank of fuel is already accounted for, in Payload Capacity and Towing Capacity.
Towing Capacity generally accounts for a 150lb driver but not accounted for in the Payload Capacity.
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