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Old 10-09-2016   #11
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If you can lift the tongue by hand when the trailer is loaded it needs more tongue weight.

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I believe in no lees than 100# or 10% of trailer weight, which ever is most.
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Old 10-09-2016   #13
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Originally Posted by Whitewater Worthy Equip View Post
If you can lift the tongue by hand when the trailer is loaded it needs more tongue weight.
Remember - tongue weight alone does not avoid this issue. It's the ratio of tongue weight to weight BEHIND the axle. In theory you could have tongue weight that you can't lift by hand (consider a tandem axle trailer with a sh*t ton of gear on it) but has a lot of weight behind the axle and you will have stability issues.
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At a truck scale (landfill, truckstop, materials yard, ect.) weigh the fully loaded tow vehicle alone first. Then hitch up the loaded trailer and pull the tow vehicle onto the scale leaving the trailer off the scale. the difference in the weight is your tongue weight. Then pull the whole load on to the scale and you have the total weight. Doing this fully loaded for a trip is beneficial as you now have the vehicle weight, tongue weight and trailer weight. One cannot safely size tow equipment (hitches, axles, tires, tow vehicle) without these numbers.
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