Originally Posted by bonginator
...How does this sound overall? It appeared pretty good to me after reading what I could find on approprate weights and ratios. It actually was kind of fun to do...
good job sandy and YES it's sorta fun to do.
the info obtained is great but before offering ANY suggestions about the results OR adjustments...
ONE more set of scale reading is needed.
the truck, UNhitched (but loaded) front/rear axles.
the t'dra has plenty of capacity for a 23
so the primary goals of cat scale reading in this example are...
1. trailer load measurements (to assure not going over the gvwr)
2. properly dialing in the w/d tension.
the 3rd issue is NOT exceeding either TV axle rating and clearly that's not happened.
4. it's also possible to closely ESTIMATE the trailer tongue load (hitched but with ZERO w/d) from the other data
you have basically accomplished #1 (full fresh tank will improve this data)
but #2 (which may be the most important) is UNfinished.
the primary GOAL with w/d is to ~RESTORE the steering axle load on the TV.
so the 3360 lbs (front/steering axle) is only useful AFTER knowing the axle load UNhitched.
marc's suggestion to 'shift a little rearward'
and your mention of 'hitch adjustments to get the axles closer'
are really arbitrary tweaks at this point and without a baseline for reference.
so swing by the scales with JUST the truck and collect a reading from the steering/drive axles using the 1st/2nd platforms...
one time, with the truck basically loaded sans trailer.
IF you wanna good approximation of A frame/tongue weight (#4) go back with the trailer in tow full (with water)...
then briefly UNHOOK the chains before pulling on for a 3 platform measurement (steering/drive/trailer axles)
after this info is joined with your earlier numbers, we can all chime in about 'tweaks.
yes, steering/handling FEEL is important but folks adapt to some pretty bad setups and vague handling so don't rely JUST on this.
there are a couple of indirect suggestions above or references to 'equalizing' the TV axle loads.
this is a misinterpretation of why w/d is used (on modern vehicles)
and ignores axle/spring rating differences, steering geometry, truck vs suv vs car issues and so on...
proper set up is NOT about equalizing