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Old 06-22-2022, 05:00 AM   #1
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Proper way to load a vehicle and trailer for trip

I am getting ready for my first trip. We are traveling about 2 hours away. I was wondering if there was a certain way to load trailer and full size truck(not the jeep in signature) with our gear. I know everything adds to the weight. But the single heaviest things we have are coolers and propane tank for cooking. I don't put propane tanks on trailer as I am having issues with the hot water heater so I really don't need them.
Do we just load everything in the truck. Is there special placement of these items due to weight? Do I put any of the heavy things in the trailer.

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Old 06-22-2022, 08:12 AM   #2
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My two cents, based on towing for over 40 years, is you do not want to overload the tow vehicle or trailer and you want them level for stability, aerodynamics, tire wear and braking.
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Old 06-22-2022, 08:21 AM   #3
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Not enough information here to provide a serious answer to your question... What kind of trailer and how big is it? How much does it weigh? What's the towing capacity of the truck? Does it have a proper hitch for the type and weight of the trailer? How much gear do you need to carry for the time you will be out?
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Old 06-22-2022, 08:50 AM   #4
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I agree with the others about a lack of info.

The keys are to not overload either vehicle and balance your load.

It is likely that you are better off putting your heavier items in the bed, closer to the cab vs at the tailgate to balance the load.
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Old 06-22-2022, 08:58 AM   #5
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Not how far, but how long

How long are you going to be camping? A two week trip, you will pack a lot more than for a weekend. Put ypur stuff in the truck and go. If you aren't taking bricks along you will be fine.
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Old 06-22-2022, 09:15 AM   #6
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A trailer should be loaded with the heaviest items close to the trailer axle(s). Lighter items can go into storage areas at the front and rear of the trailer. The trailer tongue weight should be about 10% of the total trailer weight. A 4-wheel tow vehicle should ideally be loaded to equalize the weight on each axle.
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