Trailer weight distribution – check out your tonque weight

A Video is worth a thousand words

Last weekend I had to pull our club trailer to a regatta. We had 11 boats on the trailer, about 1500 kg of trailer weight. While inspecting the trailer after loading I noticed, the trailer was leaning to the “rear”. I showed my crew this video I once found at Coach Bergenroth website

The video shows us the importance of the trailer weight distribution, when loading the boats on the trailer. We do this every weekend during summer – but has anyone known so far what the impact of wrong trailer weight distribution is?  Have a look and tell your crew.

Trailer weight distribution: Pro Tip:

Remember that the tongue weight should be a minimum of 4% of the trailer weight. Some countries recommend between nine percent and 14 percent of the GTW, depending on the setup. Check with the manufacturer guidelines of your trailer and towing vehicle for the proper weight.

The equation for calculating tongue weight is simple:

GTW X Percent (Manufacturer recommended) = Tongue Weight

Rule of thumb: load the trailer in such a way, that there is 100 Kilos tonque weight.

Remember: If the tongue of the trailer does not exert enough downward force on the tow vehicle’s hitch ball — meaning that the trailer’s tongue weight is too light — a dangerous condition called trailer sway could result. If the tongue weight is too heavy, the steering of the tow vehicle will be affected. This makes it sound like tongue weight is a big deal, and it is.

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