Originally Posted by Cheaperrooter
Wow. Cat sales sounds WAY TOO COMPLICATED, especially as my loads will vary. Someone should have told me to just buy a tongue scale
Just got one from Amazon. PRICEY. but we'll worth it i think in the long haul.... Didn't know they made one
I found my first visit a bit intimidating but worked my way through it, I was pulling our X23B (4420#) with the '03 Expedition and I felt out of place being surrounded by the 18 wheelers.
I discovered 2 things:
1) My tongue weight was 13.6%, so I knew I was well balanced.
2) My Rear GAWR was 4128# (from TV the yellow sticker) and loaded up the rear axle weighed 3800# (from the scale). I was 328# from maxing out the rear axle which was the surprise.
Add a second couple in the back seat with their luggage in the TT or TV and we were probably overloaded, not by much but overloaded none the less.
What I learned was that I would max out the rear axle before hitting the published TV max tow weight which was 8950#.
If I'd bought a trailer based on the Max trailer weight ( let's say 8000#), my tongue weight would be in the neighborhood of 1200# and there'd be sparks coming from my rear bumper as I drug it down the highway.
Being you are towing with a 1 ton I'd be fairly confident that you are OK in the tongue weight department. But my point is: you may know that your weights are ok but until you drive over the scale you won't KNOW.
We upgraded our TV to the F350 and then traded the HTT on the 5th. I stopped at a truck stop on I-10 on our first outing and hit the scale. I discovered the 5th weighed in at 12720# and I had 3020# on the pin.
I find myself saying this frequently, but:
The CAT Scale is your friend.