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Old 11-24-2008, 06:19 AM   #1
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Not getting weight to front axle

What to do?

The front axle load is approx 3550 lbs and rear is 2850 lbs when empty and no trailer. When I hook up trailer front stays about the same and rear takes all the weight, 3520 front, 3600 rear. I use a HAHA with 1000 springs bars and the jacks to max and a 2" drop. Towing a '08 27FB Safari and at this scaling the tongue load was about 900 lbs and 5640 at the axles, I didn't unhitch to get hitch weight so it is approx. TV is '08 Tundra Crewmax 4x4. Trailer is close to level.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:08 AM   #2
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First, I would say that "close to level" for the trailer is not really good enough. I would measure the trailer front and back, adjust the bars as necessesary to get the trailer level, and then weigh the truck axles again. In my opinion, and I base this from years of towing trailers with trucks, you don't really need to heavily load the front of the truck because it is a truck, and designed to carry it's additional loads over the rear axle. However the one thing you don't want to do, is reduce the load on the front axle. You need to increase the load on the front axle, but, again in my opinion, you don't need to actually split the tongue load between the front and rear axles as you would towing with a sedan.

I'm sure I have opened a BIG can of worms here and will be vigorously disputed, but this is my opinion developed from years of towing with a truck.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:25 AM   #3
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Weak, factory receivers

It is common for weak, factory receivers to flex when a WDH is used.
The result is that it is difficult to transfer weight forward to the front axles of the vehicle.
Many folks get them reinforced by a qualified towing specialists or custom hitch builders. Others simply replace the weak receiver with a Heavy Duty model.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:45 AM   #4
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I agree with Steve, get that Airstream level. Very important, you need to get the load spread evenly over both trailer axles.
I used measurements to get the haha set up for the first time. Turned out it was very close to the weight settings.
Measure the truck height through the center of each wheel to the edge of the wheelhouse when loaded for trailering, on LEVEL ground.
Hook-up and measure again with NO tension on spring bars. Adjust the bars to transfer about 1/2 the difference to the front axle. Example: If you have a 4inch drop adjust bars so 2inches are transfered to the front. When I got to the scales I only needed about three turns on the bars to get the numbers right, so slight I never noticed any difference towing.

RR has a good point. Check that receiver. It may not have the leverage to transfer the weight forward. Note the difference in the length of the mounts on the OEM and the Resse replacement on our 06 Burb.



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Old 11-24-2008, 10:14 AM   #5
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Thanks to all. I will look into sugestions. It was my understanding that the hitch is part of the frame on the Toyota. I will check on that as well.
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I use a HAHA with 1000 springs bars and the jacks to max
Scotty,

Sorry, the above part of your original post just sunk in. If you have the bars up to their max, and still not getting enough weight transfer, is it possible to angle the hitch ball back some? If so, that would give you more lift from the bars, and more weight transfer to the front of the TV.

I don't know as I'm not familiar with the Hensley hitch.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:21 AM   #7
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What to do?

The front axle load is approx 3550 lbs and rear is 2850 lbs when empty and no trailer. When I hook up trailer front stays about the same and rear takes all the weight, 3520 front, 3600 rear. I use a HAHA with 1000 springs bars and the jacks to max and a 2" drop. Towing a '08 27FB Safari and at this scaling the tongue load was about 900 lbs and 5640 at the axles, I didn't unhitch to get hitch weight so it is approx. TV is '08 Tundra Crewmax 4x4. Trailer is close to level.
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A huge part of the problem is your tow vehicle.

Your not trying to tow the Queen Mary, only an Airstream trailer that years ago was towed with larger sized cars.

Next, you are grossly over hitched as well.

The trailer, to handle properly, should be as level as possible. If not, you can ruin one of the trailer axles.

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Old 11-24-2008, 11:25 AM   #8
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'05 suburban 2500. replaced OEM receiver with REESE 'Tow Beast'. Have configured both an Equal-i-zer 1200/12000 hitch, and currently using a Hensley 1400/14000. Neither hitch, before or after the receiver swap, transfered more than a positive 100lbs to steer axle (I don't have the exact numbers spreadsheet on me...
A/S is within 1/2" perfectly level, but I'm still not entirely happy with the trucks attitude... using 4" drop... going to order a ProPride adjustable stinger... maybe help?)

I think the long and short of it is: (there's a ton of posts on this topic) transfering weight on HD trucks is difficult

btw- 3520/3600 spread looks pretty good to me...
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Scotty I think that looks pretty close to perfect for me.

Keep in mind you dont want to overload that front axle. I did research and I think you are pretty much at max carrying weight up there. You might wanna check the door jam sticker for front axle GVWR not the gross GVWR though.
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Think Mustang meant front axle weight rating.
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yup thats what I ment ......Thanks Robt
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'05 suburban 2500. replaced OEM receiver with REESE 'Tow Beast'. Have configured both an Equal-i-zer 1200/12000 hitch, and currently using a Hensley 1400/14000. Neither hitch, before or after the receiver swap, transfered more than a positive 100lbs to steer axle (I don't have the exact numbers spreadsheet on me...
A/S is within 1/2" perfectly level, but I'm still not entirely happy with the trucks attitude... using 4" drop... going to order a ProPride adjustable stinger... maybe help?)

I think the long and short of it is: (there's a ton of posts on this topic) transfering weight on HD trucks is difficult

btw- 3520/3600 spread looks pretty good to me...
To transfer weight you must bend the bars. If the bars are not bending, you cannot transfer weight, nor will you have any sway control.

Excessive rated bars, if made to bend, will raise the front of the trailer, above level. That is not a good thing, but it would allow weight to be transfered.

Proper rated bars, if using a Reese dual cam as an example, will bend, transfer weight and provide sway control.

My statements are not in any way, referring to weight towing capacity. That's a different subject.

Friction sway controls have no idea whats going on.

Torsion sway controls, if you wish, have a brain.

I am, at this time, writing an article, that will soon be published, resolving Airstream towing myths, which will also bust some myths, prove that many hitch manufacturers formulas and charts are fabrications by their advertizing departments, who also have made statements without fact or foundation that lack any examining in detail, as to "WHY" loss of control accidents happen. Not one hitch manufacturer has ever had such an research project.

I, on the other hand, have examined and researched over 1,000 loss of control accidents, specifically towing an Airstream or Argosy trailer, and proved why over 95 percent of them happened, most of which could have been prevented or avoided.

Debating opinions on this subject, has never really done more than stir the dust.

Hopefully, most owners will digest the information, and make necessary changes as necessary.

A thread then would be nice, that would contain the before and after results, should a change have been made.

That, I believe, would be extremely valueable, to those who are at that "Y" in the road, regarding proper hitching, proper tow vehicles, and it's why's and wherefore's.

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Will you be posting your thesis?
No.

It will be published, in a magazine that is readily available.

I don't want to start a cross fire, on this Forums.

If others wish to post about it, agreeing or disagreeing, that certainly is their choice.

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