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Old 09-11-2015, 06:37 PM   #1
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I could use some input/opinions on these weight numbers

I would appreciate opinions from those with more experience than me, regarding these numbers. I bought the trailer and WDH from an individual. At 1st glance, it looks like I am too light on the front axle but the front came back down with the WDH to the distance recommended by Ford. Also, it looks like the spring bars may be too small. The truck, trailer and spring bars all sit level when the WDH is hooked up, with the bars hooked on the 3rd link. All help/opinions are appreciated!

2012 F-250 Gas (3.73)
14000# lb Eaz Lift WDH with 1000# bars
Front GAWR 5200
Rear GAWR 6100
GVWR 10000#
GCWR 19000#
Weights in lbs. Front Axle Rear Axle Trailer Axle Total
Truck Loaded 4455 3395 7850
Truck/Trailer W/O WDH 3980 5040 8520 17540
Truck/Trailer With WDH 4240 4660 8640 17540

Trailer Weight 9690
Tongue Weight 1170
Tongue Weight % 12%

Weight Transfer to Front 260
Weight Transfer to Rear -380
Weight Transfer to Trailer 120
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Trailer Weight 9690
Tongue Weight 1170
Tongue Weight % 12%

Weight Transfer to Front 260
Weight Transfer to Rear -380
Weight Transfer to Trailer 120
12% tongue weight is close to perfect.

Your goal is to distribute 40% to 50% of gross tongue weight off the rear axle. That leaves 50% to 60% of the tongue weight on the rear axle. You are now distributing 32.5%. That means your spring bars are not quite tight enough. So tighten up the spring bars a bit more to get to 40% to 50%.

After you have the right weight distributed off the rear axle, then don't mess with the spring bar tension again. Instead change the angle of the ball mount to the coupler until close to half of the weight distributed off the rear axle goes forward to the front axle and another half goes back to the trailer axles. In other words, your goal is to distribute 20% to 25% of the tongue weight to the front axle, and another 20% to 25% of the tongue weight to the trailer axles.
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Thanks for the advice. I will give it a shot.
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Texmac - if you're on the 3rd link you have more links to take up before you need to change you head angle. The ability to get 40-50% of tongue weight distributed may not be possible and the % split between the front axle on your truck and your trailer axles totally depends on the distance from the hitch to either axle - not the head angle when using an Eaz Lift or a Reese.

If you wish, go back to the scale and take up more links as necessary or desired, but remain within the guidelines Ford gives for wheel well drop - that part has a lot more engineering behind it than all our % rules of thumb.
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You may also want to give some thought to upgrading to 1400# bars - you're running a little heavy for the 1000# ones you got now
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You may also want to give some thought to upgrading to 1400# bars - you're running a little heavy for the 1000# ones you got now
I considered the same thing, but Camco says I am fine with the 1000lb bars.
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I considered the same thing, but Camco says I am fine with the 1000lb bars.
Then either you didn't explain that your tongue weight was 1,170 pounds, or else the village idiot answered the phone. CamCo sells at least 4 different WD hitches, including their most popular Eaz-Lift. The website shows they offer the Eaz-Lift with 600, 1,000, and 1,200 pounds max tongue weight. You need the one rated for 1,200 pounds max tongue weight.
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Then either you didn't explain that your tongue weight was 1,170 pounds, or else the village idiot answered the phone. CamCo sells at least 4 different WD hitches, including their most popular Eaz-Lift. The website shows they offer the Eaz-Lift with 600, 1,000, and 1,200 pounds max tongue weight. You need the one rated for 1,200 pounds max tongue weight.
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I agree. My hitch is rated for 14000lbs, so I ordered the 1400lb bars.
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