Originally Posted by GoLeafsGo
Yes, that's the same article I was reading. I think the confusion comes from "load" vs "weight". In my mind the reason there are weight restrictions on vehicles is that overLOADING certain components by putting too much weight on them can cause failure. As such, distributing the load from the TV rear axle to the TV front axle and TT axles minimizes the possibility of component failure.
As the first entry in the article you referenced states:
Summary of axle load changes:
TV front axle 611.54 lbs ADDED
TV rear axle 911.54 lbs REMOVED
TT axles 300.00 lbs ADDED
It further states that "the WD hitch does not distribute “tongue weight”. It simply removes load from the TV’s rear axle and distributes it to the TV’s front axle and the TT’s axles".
"The UP force of 2000 lbs on the rear ends of the spring bars produces an UP force of 2000 lbs at the hitch end of the spring bars.
The UP force of 2000 lbs minus the DOWN force of 1700 lbs on the ball gives a net UP force of 300 lbs at the hitch.
The vertical load on the receiver has been reduced by 300 lbs.
The vertical load transmitted through the ball has been increased by 1700 lbs".
imho, you are best advised to drop the notion of using your LC as a TV.
1/ you are confused over the rated numbers, and between static and dynamic loading
2/ you lack the knowledge to overcome an overloaded TV
3/ the LC was never designed to control a TT of your intended mass and dimensions
4/ the LC mass and wheel base is significantly less than that of the intended TT. this is reason alone to conclude the LC is unsafe for the job.
5/ a WD hitch cannot magically reduce the mass loading of the TT, nor the dynamic vector forces.
6/ yours is an unconventional situation, yet you are applying conventional knowledge and technology.
Could I recommend a solution? yes. But with your lack of experience, I have no assurance you could safely execute, so I shall not advise. Be safe. Drop the notion of LC with a conventional TT. The life you save may be your own.