Originally Posted by zman62
Most of the weight concerns on the 15k hitch is tongue weight. I run zero tongue weight as I use a trailer toad. Also my hitch has been up graded and reinforced to prevent the hitch from rolling under the coach in the event of a panic stop. I stay within the vehicles GCVW
You have been doing your home work as well.
We have a Tour on order. With the 15,000 limit. I wanted to strengthen the hitch and contacted the manufacturer. They would not consider a change. The fellow I was in contact with said the specifications were the chassis manufacturer not the coach.
I find the entire weight issue to be complex. The engineers sit down and work out the numbers, apply a safety factor of XX% to get a spec. The user looks at the specs and say well the engineers built in a safety factor so we can add XXXX% and should be OK.
I think the engineers take into account a lot of factors we are not aware of and then try to balance everything out for strength, weight and cost to build as safe a product as reasonably practical. EG. The trailer brakes fail - can the coach stop the unit within specific "design" parameters. They have been at this a lot of years, have mountains of statistics and testing to use as a design basis. I think they have to design a lot of products with "dummies" in mind. (No matter how well a product is designed someone will come along and manage to make the design inadequate. A prime example is the issues of light aircraft with design and use.) Most of the folks on this forum are doing their homework, make informed decisions, maintain their units, drive defensively and will never have a catastrophic problem.
I know with a little effort and a tongue scale the tongue weight can be adjusted to fit whatever the requirement is. If you are staying within the GCVW of the coach and your hitch has been strengthened there should be very little need for a trailer toad other than to add another set of axles and tires to maintain as well as length to your unit.
It is going to be interesting when we get our coach and the DW gets done loading up all of the interior stuff, we add fuel and water to see what the weight of the coach is. My bet is we will be near the GVWR so I will have to stay within the drawbar spec to maintain the GCVW. With that in mind we are ordering an aluminum stacker with a length that keeps us legal. It has a low curb weight. I have weighed all of the toys we are taking and will be under the towbar capacity, and GCVW. Once we replace the heavy SUV we will be able to add more toys as space permits.