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Old 01-07-2015, 11:54 AM   #1
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Axle location and tongue weight

2010 32 foot Eagle. Newbie. Just noticed how far back the axles are. Thought whole purpose double axles is to carry the weight, so your tongue weight is less. Axles are in the back 1/3, leaving the front 2/3 open. Why not under the middle? Looking at the inside, I don't see anymore weight in the back 1/3 then the front 2/3. This concerns me, as even though I have a 2015 Chevy 3500 single rear with the Diesel, and WDH, I am carrying a lot more than the standard RVer I am sure.

Don't know if there's even a way to measure the tongue weight. Is there? Getting concerned...
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Good question, and yes there is a way. It's pretty well detailed in this post:
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

I say this pretty often: the CAT Scale is your friend.
The 3 passes over the scales to get all the weights you need will cost you in the neighborhood of $15 I think.
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2010 32 foot Eagle. Newbie. Just noticed how far back the axles are. Thought whole purpose double axles is to carry the weight, so your tongue weight is less. Axles are in the back 1/3, leaving the front 2/3 open. Why not under the middle? Looking at the inside, I don't see anymore weight in the back 1/3 then the front 2/3. This concerns me, as even though I have a 2015 Chevy 3500 single rear with the Diesel, and WDH, I am carrying a lot more than the standard RVer I am sure.

Don't know if there's even a way to measure the tongue weight. Is there? Getting concerned...
2010 32 foot Eagle. It may help to provide Jayco's model. With that, you can look up Jayco's brochure to find their published, dry weights.

Travel Trailer axles don't carry ALL the trailer weight. You need 10%-15% on the tongue for proper towing.

You can use a bathroom scale and a lever to get an idea of your tongue weight. You can find out the process online - maybe in the JOF.

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I expect the bath scale works great for measuring the tongue weight. From that you can tell if your rear axle is overloaded (if you know what the rear axle weighs w/o the TT). It doesn't help you decide if your TT is properly balanced. If you have 700# on the tongue but your little TT only weighs 2500# loaded you'd not know but maybe wonder why it's so unstable while towing. JMHO
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A bathroom scale? I don't know of any bathroom scale goes up to 1000 pounds???

It's a 318RLS
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A bathroom scale? I don't know of any bathroom scale goes up to 1000 pounds??? It's a 318RLS
The Jayco brochure says 805lbs on the tongue and 7,950lbls total dry weight. That's 10% on the tongue, which most here believe is the minimum; 12% to 15% seems to be what many suggest for best towing. Of course, you then need to add in the 1,760lbs for all the liquids and gear in the trailer.

To measure the tongue weight with a bathroom scale, you need to create a lever so the bathroom scale carries a percentage of the tongue weight - not all of it. There are many places to find out how on the web and maybe in JOF as well.

Or you could visit the scales.
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1st off you don't want the axles near the center BTDT. towed horribly. The further back the straighter the TT will tow. Less sway. Here's a link for weighing the tongue with a bathroom scale.
http://www.etrailer.com/faq-how-to-d...ue-weight.aspx
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Tongue wgt should be checked with the trailer loaded as you would be when leaving to go camping.(Food,water,gear,everything you load in the trailer or on it!) Tongue wgt should be 10-15% of Gross Wgt!
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Wow. Cat scales 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 Etrailer. PRICEY. $129, but we'll worth it i think in the long haul.... Didn't know they made one

Seems to me that beats a cat scale all day long and twice on Sunday.
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