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Old 10-15-2016, 09:51 PM   #15
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If you have a tongue weight of 1200lbs before you hook to the truck, you still have it after. All you have done is distribute it evenly @600lb rear and 600lb front. It doesn't magically disappear.


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That is incorrect. The weight gets distributed across the entire rig, truck and trailer.
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Old 10-15-2016, 09:52 PM   #16
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If you have a tongue weight of 1200lbs before you hook to the truck, you still have it after. All you have done is distribute it evenly @600lb rear and 600lb front. It doesn't magically disappear.


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Though some SHOULD be distributed back on the trailer axles.

I would guess if you go ahead and pull with it, you may not see the downside of overloading your payload. But I would seriously consider upgrading the truck shortly.

Enjoy your new airstream!
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:37 PM   #17
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That is incorrect. The weight gets distributed across the entire rig, truck and trailer.
Incorrect.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:42 AM   #18
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Grandtimes please explain. I understand how WD systems work and have scale tickets to verify what I posted.
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:20 AM   #19
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Grandtimes please explain. I understand how WD systems work and have scale tickets to verify what I posted.
I've not seen numbers to support 50% gets moved off of tongue as you are suggesting. Typically 20% to maybe 30% max is distributed. I've measured my 25FC with an Equalizer hitch and my 28FC with Equalizer and then when I went to a ProPride and not seen near a 50% reduction in tongue weight and scales verify that all is set up correctly. As well as wheel well measurements are correct.

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Old 10-16-2016, 10:04 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by cliffcharb:
That is incorrect. The weight gets distributed across the entire rig, truck and trailer.

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Incorrect.
My hitch was set-up by the dealer and the weight on my front axel dropped 200 lbs when the AS was hooked up. I adjusted the spring bars and shifted 200 to the front axel and another ~200 to the AS axels. The weight on my rear axel dropped ~400 lbs.

I don't think there is any doubt that a properly set-up WD system will shift weight off of the rear axel and on to the front axel and trailer axel.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:18 AM   #21
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There is one way to prove it to yourself. Weigh the trailer by itself.
Now hook it up with your weight distributing hitch, and drive over the scales and just weigh the trailer.



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Old 10-16-2016, 12:21 PM   #22
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I don't believe towing a 28' will be a problem with that Hemi. I towed a 25' with the ecodiesel across the US without a problem & the semi has more power than the baby diesel. However, like stated above payload is an issue with some RAMs & mine was one as my payload was just over 800lbs. You're going to have to travel light because you subtract hitch & people weight there is not much payload left.
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Old 10-16-2016, 12:37 PM   #23
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We purchased a new 30' International. Looking at the specs of the Airstream, we then purchased a new Silverado 1500 6.2 with max tow package. The Silverado could pull the Airstream all day but the towing experience was awful.

Found out that our Airstream was over 1200 pounds tongue weight when loaded. Even after moving items aroud, we were still bouncing down the highway.

We're now towing our airstream with a Silverado 2500 diesel. Wow, what a difference.

I'd recommend weighing the airstream and the tongue and figure out what viehecle will be best.

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Old 10-16-2016, 12:46 PM   #24
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Your Hemi will not be an issue, even with the 3.21. we pull all over west Texas and are never short of power. I do think you are going to be over loaded with that much hitch weight though. My 2015 has a load rating of 1444 (yellow sticker on door) are you sure that you have load rate correct.

We met some folks a week ago that were pulling a new 30ft airstream with a new Ram 1500 Hemi and were very happy with that combo. My opinion is when you reach a tt of 28 feet you are probably in need of a 2500 for better handling and braking.

You can always upgrade your truck later to get it right. There are some great deal right now on new Rams in this area and used ones have excellent resale.
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If you have a tongue weight of 1200lbs before you hook to the truck, you still have it after. All you have done is distribute it evenly @600lb rear and 600lb front. It doesn't magically disappear.


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I may be mistaken but i do believe that even though the tongue weight remains the same some of the weight is also distributed to the tt axels as well, distributing the the downwards force to to front and rear on TV and also
to the TT axels as well reducing the net tongue weight on the TV
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If you have a tongue weight of 1200lbs before you hook to the truck, you still have it after. All you have done is distribute it evenly @600lb rear and 600lb front. It doesn't magically disappear.


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I may be mistaken but i do believe that even though the tongue weight remains the same some of the weight is also distributed to the tt axels as well, distributing the the downwards force to to front and rear on TV and also
to the TT axels as well reducing the net tongue weight on the tv
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Now I know why when I am on a two lane road and see a truck and trailer coming toward me I pull over and stop if possible.
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We pull our 28 foot Overlander along with our 1100 lb Bahama Rhino in the bed just fine...right at the limits with our 1500 tradesman hemi...
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