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Old 02-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #11
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Is there a downside to going to high on the tongue weight? Say for example you needed 600lbs and you went 800lbs.
RV and WDH manufactures recommend a 10% to 15% (of loaded TT weight) for a loaded tongue weight. If you are referring to exceeding the 15%, IMO it may enhance some TV's handling of the heavier and longer TT's (assuming all specified weight limits are not exceeded). My concern on the "lite" TT's would be the A-frame specifications if one were to consider exceeding the 15% range.

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If you are referring to using an 800lb rated WDH when a 600lb rated WDH would do the job, the only issue with using an over-rated WDH is that extra care should be taken insuring that the WDH is adjusted correctly.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:20 PM   #12
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Yes i would have to agree with the 600# then since the max weight of the trailer loaded (3500) at the recommended 13% tongue weight is only 455#
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To elaborate on having heavier than needed WD bars.....when you are driving into a laneway for instance, where there is an incline, this puts strain on the hitch area because the WDH wants to stay flat. There will be some flexing of the bars, some in your TV receiver and some in the a-frame of the TT tongue. With heavier bars, they will flex less, and may or may not result damage your TV receiver or TT tongue. I met a fellow who damaged the tongue of his TT this way. Be careful going over size.
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Good point dave472 that is why its important to not go over the ratings for max wd hitch. Again mine was stamped on the frame but jayco should be able to tell you if you asked.
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Is there a downside to going to high on the tongue weight? Say for example you needed 600lbs and you went 800lbs.
Hopefully you don't mind me hijacking your thread a little bit, but I am a little confused. When researching WDH's it was often mentioned that you should not only take into consideration the tongue weight of the trailer, but also the weight of cargo behind the rear axle of the TV. I guess what confuses me is this doesn't seem to get mentioned much? Is that the wrong way to look at it?
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Yes i would have to agree with the 600# then since the max weight of the trailer loaded (3500) at the recommended 13% tongue weight is only 455#

If you look at his weights, the empty weight is 3895lbs and the GVWR is 6,000 lbs. The 455 is the empty or dry hitch weight, before anything is added.

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Hopefully you don't mind me hijacking your thread a little bit, but I am a little confused. When researching WDH's it was often mentioned that you should not only take into consideration the tongue weight of the trailer, but also the weight of cargo behind the rear axle of the TV. I guess what confuses me is this doesn't seem to get mentioned much? Is that the wrong way to look at it?

If you mean cargo in the rear of the truck, that would count as part of the payload of the vehicle, not the tongue weight and would have no bearing on the WD bar size. Items placed on the tongue of the trailer such as batteries, tongue jacks, propane tanks, WD hitch, etc contribute to tongue weight along with items placed in the trailer itself and should be considered when choosing spring bar size.
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If you mean cargo in the rear of the truck, that would count as part of the payload of the vehicle, not the tongue weight and would have no bearing on the WD bar size. Items placed on the tongue of the trailer such as batteries, tongue jacks, propane tanks, WD hitch, etc contribute to tongue weight along with items placed in the trailer itself and should be considered when choosing spring bar size.
Remember, just learning, if that's the case why does Equalizer for example mention this when sizing a WDH? http://www.equalizerhitch.com/About%...hitchsizes.php
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Sorry if i mislead you but i was judging that you should go with 600# wd having a 3500# max trailer weight. I thought someone gave that as being its loaded trailer wieght in an earlier post.
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Remember, just learning, if that's the case why does Equalizer for example mention this when sizing a WDH? http://www.equalizerhitch.com/About%...hitchsizes.php

Not sure, that`s the first time I`ve seen that. But since the placement and weight of cargo in the bed of your truck can vary each trip you make, it would seem problematic to size spring bars accordingly.
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