When loading a trailer, proper weight distribution can’t be an afterthought.
When you’ve got your trailer’s weight distribution right, you, your trailer and your towing will vehicle get better handling, improved ride quality, safer breaking, and slightly better fuel efficiency. Convinced that it’s important? Follow these general recommendations and you’ll be rolling right.
First, you know you should never exceed GVWR or axle rating, right? OK. One of the basic rules of thumb every trailer owner needs to understand is that tongue weight should be about 10% (and never exceed 15%) of total trailer weight. So if you’ve got 2,000 load, your tongue weight should be 300 lbs. or less.
Yes; it’s worth doing the math. (HowStuffWorks breaks it down for you.)
The good news is, this isn’t rocket science. Balancing your load is easier than flying pigeon, or just about any of those fancy yoga poses we keep hearing about.
Here’s more good news: no matter what kind of trailer you have, there are things you can do to make your loads more manageable and to reduce the wear on your trailer and tow vehicle.
Load Smart: Position Practice
Of course, in addition to the weight you’re hauling, the position of your load makes a difference, too. Generally, you should position more than half (about 60%) of your load in front of the trailer’s front axle.
Your goal is to distribute the weight as evenly as possible among all of the tires.
Top heavy or unevenly weighted objects (like a lot of landscaping equipment) can present special challenges.
Getting your load right may require a visit or two to public scales, a measure of common sense, and some practice. Got questions? Call us or stop by our showroom. We’ve been helping Cleveland’s trailer owners achieve “inner balance” since 1935, and we can help you. Namaste.
Need help balancing a load? Looking for a weight distribution system? Get in touch: 440.232.4311 www.JTIinc.com