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Old 12-05-2018, 02:31 PM   #1
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Anyone tried hauling ~300 lbs on back of tt?

I am considering getting a scooter (200 lbs) to take with when we camp. I have 2 options to haul it. 1) lift it or roll it up a ramp into the back of my truck 2) get a receiver welded on my trailer and put it back there on a rack. I figured with the hitch+rack+scooter= ~300 lbs. I have 2 concerns about this 1) I might not have enough tongue weight after adding weight to the back and, if so, can I load differently to compensate for this? 2) can my tt frame handle that much weight?

Anyone have experience hauling this much weight off the back of a trailer? I really am looking for actual experience...I respect opinions but experience or technical knowledge is what will help me.
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:21 PM   #2
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I don't have clear experience so I will keep it short.

The TT frame can easily handle that much weight. If you are talking about mounting it to the bumper, then no. Bad idea.

I used to use a shoreline scale to measure the tongue weight. If you have access to one, you could effectively take a couple measurements with a couple people standing on your TT bumper to see how that effects your tongue weight.?

Good luck to ya!
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:14 PM   #3
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Great idea! I have access to a free scale on a military base so I could easily do that. Thanks!

I plan to get a hitch welded to the frame.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:20 PM   #4
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Sorry, no "Actual" experience but maybe some free advice? Our Jayco 5th wheel came installed with a receiver from the factory and I believe it's rated to tow a small vehicle. That said, if your rig didn't come with one you may be voiding a warranty by adding one after the fact. If that's not an issue, skip any bumper-type mount and have something added to the frame. Once you do that, 300# shouldn't be an issue. The added weight might actually offset (counter balance) the tongue/hitch weight for you. - Good Luck
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:27 PM   #5
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Hey Collinp,

I use to have a Thor Tahoe TT that I added a tray off the back. I welded two receivers off both frame rails. We did a lot of dry camping with it and I used the tray to haul water, fuel and a small generator. I would typically have 30 gallons of water, 10 gallons of fuel plus the generator. My guess is I had at lease 350 lbs not counting the weight of the tray (which was built pretty beefy).

To me the most important part is that you recognize that it will have an effect on your tongue weight. There is a great video on YouTube that shows what can happen to a trailer when it's loaded wrong. Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/6mW_gzdh6to

Sounds like you understand that already but it's fun to watch. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of your finished product.

Best of luck,
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:54 AM   #6
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Sicario built a really nice one that I am sure would handle the weight you're look in at.
Post # 16 in this thread https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...r-46330-2.html

I'm sure he would be able to give some details on it. He really seems to know his stuff.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:48 AM   #7
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I'm not saying yes or no. But there's another issue you might consider. Putting any significant weight off the rear of the trailer might contribute to or aggravate a sway condition.
I know a person who loaded two full-dressed motorcycles in the rear of a toy-hauler camping trailer. The trailer started to sway severely and because of the heavy rear end it could not be controlled. The trailer broke the hitch and rolled into the ditch, totally destroying the camping trailer and the motorcycles.
I'm not saying that putting just a few hundred pounds off the rear end would make a difference, I'm just pointing out a possibility.
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I'd worry about sway, too.




Seems to me the truck bed would be a safer option for the scooter.
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Have you looked at the front mount receivers for the truck. They are rated pretty high wieght
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:33 PM   #10
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Front mount receiver on truck or in back of truck. If you look at a lot of videos and pictures of wrecks, many of them have crap on the back of the trailer. Very dangerous.
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