Originally Posted by TriBri1
This is all interesting, but does anyone actually check tongue weight outside of anecdotally? I try an load the bulk of the weight over the axle then try and balance the load with a little additional weight in in the front. I try and load the tongue light enough that I can lift it with some force. Out of curiosity, the next time I load my trailer I am going to check the actual tongue weight. Here are a few ways to do it that seem pretty simple, https://www.etrailer.com/faq-how-to-...ue-weight.aspx
This issue is not as much a function of the the independent tongue weight but rather the where the weight is distributed. Of course, any weight forward of the centerline of the axle will manifest itself onto the tongue in some fashion. In my case, my cooler can be loaded so that it is within inches of being forward or aft of the axle centerline - thus changing these dynamics. Figure my fully loaded cooler could be close to 300lbs and that weight position will make the difference in the balancing of my trailer.
But bottom line - I've never actually checked tongue weight. When I did encounter this shimmy issue in the beginning, I changed how I loaded the trailer and it went away.
That being said, someday I would really like to measure what my tongue weight it for a fully loaded trailer and...what my empty trailer and fully loaded trailer actually weighs.