Let's have some engineering math fun-must be a structural engineer out there somewhere that can back me up or shoot me down (I'm electrical
My 250RDS isn't handy so I can't give precise measurements but a 'rough' estimate would go something like this using the simple moment of force equation:
Moment=Force x Distance
250RDS is 32' but let's call it 30' and assume the center of gravity is 20' back from hitch leaving 10' hanging off the back. So to test the empirical result above that full water tank reduced tongue weight by 200 lbs we would have:
Moment of 200lbs on hitch must equal Moment of 520 lbs of water located X feet behind center of gravity or :
200 lbs x 20' = 600 lbs of water x ?' results in water tank center of gravity being about 6.7' behind center of gravity of trailer. My water tank goes right up to the rear wall so I would guess that the center of that tank should be getting close to 7' back from center of gravity.
(assumes 65 gallon fresh tank + 10 gallon hot water at 8lbs/gallon=600lbs) (Tandem axle makes real life a little more complicated but for ballparking purposes can probably be ignored?)
It's been nearly 40 years since taking my one structural engineering course so I may be all wet here. Let's see what the armchair experts say!