Originally Posted by kronos
Thanks ya'll, Ill keep that in mind about the bags not raising the payload. I wasnt thinking alot, Just If I wanted more than just me and the wife in the truck. I would feel fine with 5 people in there with the trailer and spring bags. When you mention load technique, you mean not putting to much weight in the front of the trailer correct?
You guys are gonna have a ball with this, but Im thinking of getting with a buddy and fabricating a hitch receiver to the back of the trailer to hook a boat to thats 2500 lbs. ;0) What do ya think of that? lol
I'll be honest with you and tell you what I think on a couple items you've posted...
1) Your payload would not allow 5 people in that truck. At best, after you load the TT and hitch it up to the truck, you might have 500 pounds left for people and whatever gear you decide to throw in the bed. Your trailer tongue is at least 900 pounds, maybe more. Look at that number and compare to what is on the truck's sticker for payload on the driver's door...the sticker with tire information, and it will tell you what you have available for payload.
2) Loading technique refers to how you load not only the trailer, but also the truck bed. Adding weight before and after the axle will play on handling too as much as adding gear to the front or rear of your trailer. Again, the key is to get 13% - 15% on the tongue when loading the trailer and then load the bed of the truck based on amount of gear, passengers, etc.
3) A proper WDH is a must for your TT and TV. You are pushing the maximum towing and payload every time you hook up...get a WDH and get to the CAT Scales to properly set up your TV and TV.
4) I would not recommend you adding a hitch to the back of the TT. I have my reasons...most of which is safety concern for fellow motorist...but you will most likely void your warranty on the trailer since it not made for towing and you will exceed the towing capability of your truck which is illegal.
5) Finally...I hate to come off as an *** but some of the things you have talked about are a tad bit scary and, not knowing the true weights of your trailer and truck makes me worry for not only your safety, but those who may encounter you on the highways. Please, learn some of the basics about towing and pulling trailers, how to set them up and how to safely tow what weights your are pulling and how they affect your truck, trailer and other items.
Thanks and good luck with everything...I only want you to be safe and enjoy your new rig and trailer!