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Old 05-05-2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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You are all correct, I was just wanting to make the point that we all know. You can not compute it exactly. A trip to a cat scale would be a good starting place to figure what to do about it.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:03 PM   #12
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Hmm. I didn't realize the WDH transferred some tongue weight back to the trailer. I'll have to check into this further. I may have to accelerate the new tire purchase.

Even though my trailer is fairly light I added a WDH to help compensate for the relatively weak springs in my TV. That part works like a champ. I got a chill when I picked up the trailer, the tech lowered the trailer onto the ball and the TV didn't drop even a fraction of an inch.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:36 AM   #13
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Thought I would ask Jayco for suggestions on possible upgrades for my situation.

Here's my question to Jayco:
"The tires/wheels that came on my trailer have a load capacity less than the gross weight of the trailer. I understand the difference is assumed to be included in the tongue weight.

I am using a weight distributing hitch due to the relatively soft springing of my tow vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Because of the WDH and Arizona's summer temperatures I would like to increase the tire's capacities for an extra safety margin.

What does Jayco suggest in this case? Choices I see include increasing to an ST185/R13 load range C, a load range D tire or upgrade to a 14 wheel. Suggestions?"

And their response:
"Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at Jayco. Because Jayco has not done any type of testing in regards to any tire size other then the ST175/80R 13 C we cannot make any type of recommendation in regards to the modification of the tires. I can only suggest you speak to your local tire professional, Lippert Components, the frame manufacturer or Dexter Axle the axle manufacturer.

I am sorry I do not have an answer for your question today. If we can be of service to you in other ways in the future, please feel free to contact us again at your convenience."
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