load the heaviest stuff OVER or just in front of the trailer axles, not in the nose.
secure things on the floor, otherwise it will ALL slide around.
don't obsess over the w/d just don't make the trailer REAR END heavy.
yes the nose should be 10-15% of the total weight,
but WITHOUT scale readings u r totally guessing, so just go with that.
fill the lp tanks and carry water in the fresh tank.
even if not full, water down low in the fresh tank helps.
of course if the axles are shot and brakes bad and lights iffy and hitch suspect...
well what the heck, u only live once.
they are your pets so do as u please, but ANY critters in the trailer is a really bad idea.
(except for frozen fish in the fridge)
if you haven't ridden a travel trailer, well it's NOTHING like a horse trailer or moho...
that thing will be bouncing and weaving like mad (recall lucy in the LLT?)
and there will be carbon monoxide in the stream too.
lastly putting stuff like LIVE animals in the back end of the stream is adding insult to injury.
the back end bounces MUCH worse than the front, as in 6-16 inches UP/down and side2side ...
things left on a rear bed OFTEN bounce off then roll around.
many threads on the critter issue...
pets riding in a shell ON the truck is much different than riding in the trailer.
obviously money is tight, but consider renting a van or other vehicle to carry critters
and serve as a back up when things start happening to the stream.
---IMAGINE being broken down on the roadside with no help for hours...
or getting help only to THEN need 2 sort out how to deal with the critters.
a second vehicle nearby/traveling along is better than having a cell phone or on star.
going south on i5 over the siskiyous is a big deal anytime of the year...
but right now is windy, cold, icy, and with fast crazy drivers...
every time i drive that pass there is at least ONE uhaul or rv laying in the median or over the side rail.