Originally Posted by edekgb
Would you all recommend that I don't take the trailer out on a long 8 hour road trip to the neighboring state then (I have a family reunion planned) unless I pay to have modifications done to my truck?
TT specs include: Dry Weight 2,790 lbs. Hitch Weight 350 lbs. Net Carrying Capacity 900 lbs."
Dry hitch weight is 12.5% of dry trailer weight. Expect that percent to stay as you load the trailer. 2790 plus 900 = 3650 max trailer weight, with 461 pounds max tongue weight. Tongue weight is less than the 500 pounds max without a weight-distributing (WD) hitch.
Determine the max weight-carrying (WC) tongue weight of your receiver hitch. If it is 500 pounds, then you can get by without a WD hitch. I wouldn't want to tow that heavy a trailer without a WD hitch with excellent sway control, but lots of folks do it and get by without drastic consequences.
So if you want to get by without investing in a WD hitch, and provided your stock receiver is rated for 500 pounds WC or more, then here's the drill:
tow west on I-70. If your destination is west, then go way around so you don't cross the Rockies in Colorado. Also do not go south on I-25. Monarch Pass then Raton Pass are too steep. Instead go east on I-70 to U.S.287, then go south on 287 to Amarillo, then west on U.S. 60 across New Mexico to Utah. If your destination is near Salt Lake City, then I-25 to Fort Collins, U.S.287 to Laramie, then I-80 into Utah. If your destination is in Kansas, then no problem with mountain passes. If your destination is in Wyoming, then just avoid any high mountain passes.
Do not load the trailer with anything heavy. Empty holding tanks, with maybe a few gallons of water to flush the pottie while on the road. No heavy cookware or dishes. No campfire wood.