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Old 05-02-2004, 06:01 AM   #15
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wouldn't it be nice if you could actually try some towing on the test drive of a new truck?

Hey mentioned before that most of the toung weight is carried by the truck's rear axle....what about weight distribution? isn't that supposed to transfer the weight evenly to the front?

also, on your cat scale do you go about testing your hitch setup, and how much its distributing? can you do that? I suppose it would require a bunch of hooking up/un-hooking, and so forth...but how else would you know if you've got your hitch set up properly?

I've seen several opinions on how the truck should be loaded...some say it should be "level"...others say it should drop a certain amount front/rear...some say it should drop equally...thing is, the truck isn't "level" when its empty. it sits ass-high. Also, totally different springs and stuff in the front as compared with the rear; an equal amount of weight placed on them is going to affect them differently.

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Old 05-02-2004, 06:14 AM   #16
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I've tried, but cannot find any published information on what effect weight distribution has on tongue weight. Upon reflection, this is not surprising as it depends upon a combination of tow vehicle suspension and static tongue weight.

Some of the weight will be shifted forward onto the front axle, some lesser amount back onto the trailer axles.

However, for planning purposes, it probably is best to assume it all rests upon the rear axle. As noted, the only way to really know is to take the load to the scales.


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I read that they willl have trailers on display, and conduct "test towing" at teh Airstream homecoming. Might be a good opportunity to tow different trailers.
I suppose a dealer would let you hitch up and take one out, why not?

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