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Trailer Safety - Tongue Load

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  • Trailer Safety - Tongue Load

    Determining tongue loads requires the balancing act between supporting the weight of the trailer over the axle and the amount shared with the tow vehicle. Share too much and the tow vehicle gets light in the front end, making steering difficult and affecting the aim of the headlights; don't share enough and the trailer doesn't track true to the tow vehicle. Most experts agree that an acceptable tongue weight for any trailer is somewhere between 9 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight (GTW). Therefore, if you are towing a 7,000 lbs trailer, the tongue weight should be measured between 630 and 1,050 lbs. The attached video emphasizes the importance of properly accounting for all loaded conditions (full/empty spoils, full/empty water, accessories, etc) when setting the axle position.