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Old 09-19-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Towing fudge factor

So the Interstate 3500 is rated to a maximum Tongue weight of 750 lbs. How safe would it be or not be if I towed a trailer that was 833 lbs. of tongue weight? The trailer overall weighs 6,000 and the Sprinter is rated at 7,500.

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Old 09-29-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Where are you getting your numbers?

Looking at the Airstream website just now I see:
Towing Capacity - draw bar (lbs.)5,000Towing Capacity - vertical tongue weight (lbs.)500
Towing Capacity - draw bar (lbs.)5,000Towing Capacity - vertical tongue weight (lbs.)500
Towing capacity - draw bar: 5000#
Towing capacity - tounge wt.: 500#

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Old 09-29-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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It's a little like asking the question, "if the gun instructions say 'do not point gun in direction of anyone', how dangerous will it BR if I point it at my head?" Some folks learn by reading, some by observing, and a few just have to pee on the electric fence....twice
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:53 AM   #4
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Tongue weight should be 12% of trailer weight. A 6K weight trailer should have a tongue weight of less than 700 lbs. If you can move some ballast from the front of the trailer to the rear you may be able to achieve the 12% objective and be within the rated range of your hitch. Once you're at 12% then use WD bars to trim the rig.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:50 PM   #5
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Anybody use a scale?

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