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Old 07-31-2017, 03:45 PM   #1
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Tongue weight.

I have towed my 1971 27 ft. Overlander +/- 10,000 miles with a Dodge Durango with ease. I made the mistake of measuring the tongue weight which is 340 lbs. Is this weight heavy enough or should I add ballast to improve towing handling? If so, to what weight.

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Old 07-31-2017, 03:53 PM   #2
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10 - 15% of the loaded trailer weight is what I've always heard, for tongue weight.

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Old 07-31-2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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Check the loaded weight of the trailer. If it's < 6,000 lb don't panic. Based on guessing the trailer weight, It does sound like you have something big and heavy in the back end of the trailer. That's not really where you want to have weight. Having it there degrades the stability of the trailer. I would not add ballast as much as identify the (maybe) couple hundred pounds of whatever and either jettison it or move it forward.

Again, this based entirely on guesses. It's far better to spend the cost of lunch at McDonalds and run it over a CAT scale. That way you have the real information. It's always better to go on facts ....

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