Originally Posted by Olivia
Now I have a couple of question:
We are planning to install a heavy duty hitch receiver on the trailer;s frames and add a cargo carrier and put the generator, drinking water, spare tire and gas on that. Our generator weigh almost 100 lbs.
How much is the tongue weigh if you fill fresh water tank and nothing else. Does filling any of the tanks reduces the tongue weight and does increase that?
How much is the dry tongue weight with only spare tire?
We have decided to buy an x213 for the next summer and we are trying to work out a solution to reduce the tongue without sacrificing much convenience of RV camping.
I think the fresh water is right around the axles but I can't see mine since I have the enclosed underbelly. Also, we can't haul fresh water as our trailer weighed almost 4400# once it arrived from the factory, and once loaded we are at 5500#. So we have no room to carry water. So that is something to consider as well. Especially if you are buying new as the few 2016's I have seen were around 4600# from factory.
You need to have a battery on the tongue as it needs to operate the trailer emergency brakes if the trailer should every come detached from the tow vehicle.
I don't think that hanging weight off the back of the trailer is the way to reduce tongue weight. You're changing the balance of the trailer. It's not the same as redistributing weight inside the trailer which is in the confines of the trailer frame. Adding a heavy duty hitch receiver properly (welded to the frame) is also adding more weight. Also, this is one of the ultra lites, which means the frame is lighter weight than a standard trailer. I'd talk to Jayco before welding anything to it. Not sure they are designed for that. They barely hold the trailer box as it is.
Lastly, I know your Jeep manual recommends 10% of the trailer weight for the tongue, but that really is light for most travel trailers. This one especially lends itself to a heavier tongue and tows better that way. A too light tongue can cause sway and I wouldn't be surprised if this one swayed at 10 seeing as it's natural tendency is to be much heavier.