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Old 02-20-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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I have a small trailer that I can use to haul my atv on. The question that I have is when I get it loaded up and tied down. There is no tongue weight on it I mean you can pick it up off the ball hitch and walk off with it if the ground is smooth does trailer have to have some tongue weight to pull right or will it sway thanks for any help with my question and hello to everyone its been a while.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:40 PM   #2
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I have a small trailer that I can use to haul my atv on. The question that I have is when I get it loaded up and tied down. There is no tongue weight on it I mean you can pick it up off the ball hitch and walk off with it if the ground is smooth does trailer have to have some tongue weight to pull right or will it sway thanks for any help with my question and hello to everyone its been a while.
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:48 AM   #3
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Generally, you should have about 10% of your trailer weight on the tongue. If you have about 2000 lbs trailer + cargo, then the tongue should have about 200 lbs.
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Old 02-21-2007, 06:53 AM   #4
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You need at least 10% of your gross trailer weight for tounge weight for good handling. One time I saw a Uhaul truck pulling a very small trailer on the freeway and the trailer was bouncing from one wheel to the other. I couldn't get to him before he turned onto another highway so if someone didn't get him stopped it probably eventually broke loose. Is there any way you can move the ATV forward onto the tounge to get more weight forward? It may not take a lot.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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Well I dont know it's up about as far as I can get it maybe I can pack something on my front rack and get a little more weight. It weighs 600 pounds so it might not take a lot maybe 50 or 60 pounds.Thanks
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Can you adjust the axle a little farther back under the trailer? It should have the same effect.....
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:35 AM   #7
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No I can't move it but thats ok gonna sell it and go another route.
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But thanks for all the help guys I will just use my other trailer it's a good bit heavier but it works ok.
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Once I hauled two horses with our first 2wd truck. It was a steep hill and I couldn't make it to the top. We had to stop, unload the horses and reload them on top of the hill. It was a dirt road and probably more tongue weight would have help or a 4wd. On the other hand the English Rice horse trailer is known to have virtually no tongue weight and works fine.
I would be inclined to prefer some tongue load, based on my experience.
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PS. If you pull the trailer with the truck camper on your truck I'm sure you're gonna be OK.
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