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Old 06-26-2016, 02:42 PM   #1
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Good Grief!!! 1150 lbs of Tongue Weight???

Just weighed my tongue with my new Sherline Scale:

1150 lbs.

You've got to be kidding me, there is almost nothing in the front of the trailer.

Specs say it is supposed to be 885 lbs. with batteries and propane.

This is too much on my truck, I have a 2015 30' Flying Cloud Bunk.

What can be done?
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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Just weighed my tongue with my new Sherline Scale:

1150 lbs.

You've got to be kidding me, there is almost nothing in the front of the trailer.

Specs say it is supposed to be 885 lbs. with batteries and propane.

This is too much on my truck, I have a 2015 30' Flying Cloud Bunk.

What can be done?
Remove one battery (40#) and one LP tank (50#), and tow with no water in the fresh tank, and don't put as much stuff under the bed in the front.
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Just weighed my tongue with my new Sherline Scale:

1150 lbs.

You've got to be kidding me, there is almost nothing in the front of the trailer.

Specs say it is supposed to be 885 lbs. with batteries and propane.

This is too much on my truck, I have a 2015 30' Flying Cloud Bunk.

What can be done?
(1) Calibrate the scale by weighing an already-known weight to see if the scale is accurate. Do this at least twice, with different weights.
(2) Shift portable trailer contents to a position behind the axles, the farther back, the better. Everything you add forward of the axles increases tongue weight, and the farther forward, the greater the effect.
(3) put the trailer spare in the tow vehicle to get it off the trailer.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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Empty the wardrobes, too? ;-) Tell the bride the shoe collection has to stay behind? On second thought, it is probability safer to just upgrade from a 1500 to a 2500 HD.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:11 PM   #5
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You said NEW. Can we assume the trailer is empty and if not what are you carrying and where is it loaded?
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You must have charged your batteries full up...

But seriously, I don't think anyone on this forum is going to be able to suggest a general repair to fix your tongue weight. You may want to post over on the Flying Cloud specific trailer forum:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516/

They may not be able to solve your issue either, but at least they can sympathize with your plight and suggest alternatives.
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Add ballast to the rear?
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:47 PM   #8
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Have all passengers ride on the AS bumper. Easy.


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It's too easy to overload a trailer by adding additional weight to the rear. Be careful. High tongue weights require real tv.
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You're not using a weight ditribution hitch?


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We are in-between trips. The trailer is barely loaded. I have a Propride, so that must be part of it.
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We are in-between trips. The trailer is barely loaded. I have a Propride, so that must be part of it.
The ProPride is roughly a couple hundred pounds, so that would be part of it.
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It also will distribute some of the weight.
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Crank up the WD bars a bit more and just be sure you don't exceed the tire rating of the rear axle. Maybe add air bags to boost rear spring capacity. Load the stuff from the truck bed to the rear of the trailer. That's about all you can do except get a bigger truck.
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