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Old 05-17-2022, 02:15 PM   #1
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New build weight distribution

Hello, can anyone give me the recommend weight distribution for a frame off restoration? I am starting from scratch building the interior and I am planning the layout. What percentage of weight is on the hitch, above axel and the rear?

Thank you in advance.
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Old 05-18-2022, 06:37 AM   #2
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Welcome Aboard...👍

Our first AS was a single axle 63 SAFARI.
With the single axle I would push at least 15% more weight to the front.
Most do NOT want a heavy butt.
Port & starboard is also more important with the single, keep notes on what stuff weighs and move everything around on paper first.

Your hitch & lash-up options are more important with the Safari also.

You will benefit greatly by an appropriate WD hitch with sway control.
30yrs ago a Reese straight line with two friction frame mount anti-sway bars worked for us.
Today's users are touting the 350 Blue do due diligence.

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Old 05-18-2022, 07:23 AM   #3
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Thank you, nice Wagoneer!
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Old 05-18-2022, 08:41 AM   #4
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My build out was approx. 3800#. TW was 400#. You need TW of 10-15%. Last summer we towed the AS approx. 7k miles with out a WDH all over the southwest and never once said "boy do I wish I had a WDH.

That being said...our Ram 1500 is self leveling and has tow/sway control built in.
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