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I bought the TT a few days ago. Had a class C and tent trailer in the past but this is my first TT. I am watching CL for an Equalizer Hitch. I have seen several with a wide range of weights listed on CL. I don't want to under/over buy but don't know where to find the tongue weight on my 79 Fleetwood Wilderness 24' TT. My pull rig is a 99 Suburban (tow package) 4x4, 1/2 ton. I pulled the TT come with my stadard drawtite hitch. The drive was two hours. It pulled great but after reading here the equalizer hitch sounds like a good idea. Thanks, Rob



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Posted: 07/09/12 06:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a tongue scale.


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Posted: 07/09/12 06:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you have the total weight capacity rating of your trailer?

If so (and you plan to load it near capacity anytime) then use about 12 percent of that weight. That is how much tongue weight you should have.

And the WDH will lower that front end back down where it's supposed to be! You will like it...

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Measuring tounge weight with a bathroom ........sUre with the tt loaded and ready to go.


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Bit Bucket... thanks. I can deal with percentages. efob3 great link!

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Posted: 07/09/12 06:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I understand correctly, you are needing to know tongue weight to size your WDH right?

If so, they are showing you some ways you can weigh your tongue but don't use that to size the WDH. That could be anything at the moment, and if you start packing it you may skew it even more.

Make sure to size your WDH capacity to around 12 percent of your trailers total capacity and then use the scale to determine if you are loading at 12 percent (or whatever).

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So, I just went out and found the weight tag. Problem is the years/sun have deleted all information. I looked at the title and it has 00000 for all the weight info. Looks like I will be using the link provided. Anyone know a source for the weight info?
Thanks again.

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Thought I would share some int pics. I looked a while to find the best TT in my budget and I (more important... the wife) are very happy with this one. Everything works. Cold A/C and Fridge. Paid $2000.











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In Oregon you can use the ODOT truck scales after hours.
On 2 lane highways they are frequently closed.
If you look closely when you are driving by a closed Oregon scale you can see a digital readout that would be readable by a trucker who was in position at the scale house.
With your trailer connected weigh each axle of your tow rig and then weigh the tandem on your TT.
Come back later and weigh your tow vehicle front and back.
From that you can deduce your effective tongue weight.

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Posted: 07/09/12 06:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice looking trailer!

Do you have any more info on trailer?

Model # etc.

I bet somebody on here has one or can find it!

Again, let GVW determine what your tongue weight should be, NOT A SCALE, anything else could easily leave you towing a squirelly trailer.

If you have to, load your trailer like you would for camping (hopefully not going over it's GVW rating) and then weigh the whole trailer, applying the 12 percent to that.

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