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Old 10-17-2019, 08:05 AM   #1
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looking for some advice on front weight

I have a 1973 overlander
i wanted to place a truck box and 2 d8 batteries 100lbs each as well as 2 50lb propane tanks
i would basically be adding around 250lbs extra to the very front of the trailer.
I wanted to keep these batteries outside the trailer.
what do we think?
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:32 AM   #2
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It is possible that the extra weight at the rear of your tow vehicle could cause it to oversteer a little. No problem if the tow vehicle is large enough, or if you drive a little slower.
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My opinion: I would not do this.
The trailer frame on a '73, IMO, is too light for that much additional weight.
A truck box, if too large, might contact the tow vehicle during a sharp turn.
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No worries of turning into it wrong or anything, i think it will be ok, if i go to move it i will take the tanks off and reduce the weight by 100lbs. Just curious if anyone has done this or made a modification like that. A.s. Will be stationary more of the time so.
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I would inspect your A frame connection to the rest of the frame first, as recently an owner of a similar generation trailer had his A frame break off while on the road.
Another 250 lbs is a lot of weight IMHO without adding extra structural gussets to reinforce frame first.

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i would inspect your a frame connection to the rest of the frame first, as recently an owner of a similar generation trailer had his a frame break off while on the road.
Another 250 lbs is a lot of weight imho without adding extra structural gussets to reinforce frame first.

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ok, so thank you for this reply, i will not be doing this based on what ive read.
Can you suggest a place to put these big batteries?
Over wheel well obvious?
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The only suggestion I have is to build your battery box on the front of the frame, along with the truck box; but since your trailer will be stationary most of the time, travel with the batteries, and contents of truck box inside the TV while on the move.
Your A frame should handle the propane, but I'd still inspect it.

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