Originally Posted by Danno
Has anyone actually measured their tongue weight, or are a lot just guessing? I just bought a 2012 and checked the weight with a proper tongue weight scale because we're leaving in the morning, and I was curious. I have at most, 150LBS of weight in the front cargo area, and my tongue weight is a whopping 1100 LBS. I should have checked it before loading ( I will next week when I get back), but there's no way I could ever get it down to the recommended 10-12% range. I used 2 different scales with the same result on both.
I will confirm this next week, but a rough guess is the x213 has a tongue weight of 900lbs dry right from the factory. These numbers just don't make sense. I figured this model would be heavy in the rear because of the rear slide out, but that's not the case.
I have not measured my tongue weight yet. I have a 2015 X213 that we are taking out for the second time today. I am towing it with a 2500 HD Duramax diesel. I currently use a B&W adjustable hitch.
I was surprised to experience sway on the way home from our first trip. I basically could not go over 55 mph on the interstate. This isn't a huge worry because I don't typically tow over 60 mph anyway. What surprised me is just the fact that the trailer felt so unstable when tractor trailers were passing me.
Having said that, I think these trailers are exceptionally tongue heavy. As mentioned before I have not officially weighed, but I can tell there is a significant amount of tongue weight by the way the back of my truck goes down when coupling the trailer. I'm not new to towing, I have owned several boats and utility trailers. I'm going to keep a much closer eye on how things are loaded. Surprisingly, I did not notice any lift on the front of my truck after the trailer was coupled and we were fully loaded.
Before we get on the road today, I'm going to pull onto a nice flat spot on my driveway and double check the level between my truck and the trailer.
Please let me know what you experience. I'll report back here once I get an accurate tongue weight on my set up. I wasn't expecting to need a weight distribution/anti sway set up, but I am strongly considering one now.