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Old 06-16-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Weight distribution

Pulling a 26' tt with adodge ram.
When loading up is it best to put more "stuff" in the trailer or in the bed of the truck?

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Old 06-16-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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Depends on if you have a wdh, and what your truck's rear axle weight rating is. Generally speaking, though, putting more weight in the bed of the truck will allow you to pull your trailer more smoothly. Much better to have the weight in the truck with the "dog wagging the tail", rather than the "tail wagging the dog."

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Old 06-17-2015, 07:42 AM   #3
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Thanks, that makes sense!
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Old 06-17-2015, 09:15 AM   #4
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Weighing the truck will let you know that info. You will need front axle, rear axle and total weight and tongue weight. You don't want to exceed the rear axle rating or GVWR of the truck. Loading up to ratings gives the truck more control over the trailer vs a heavy trailer wagging the truck.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:42 PM   #5
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I try to maintain a TT maximum load 10%-15% under the trailer GVWR and have bias tires on the TT with "D" range giving me 25%+ safety margin exceeding the trailer GVWR. I also install a tire pressure monitor system that lets me know each tire pressure and temperature while towing. The TPM also provides added benefit of giving an indication of potential load distribution problems by one tire running more hot than the others.
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