Originally Posted by Victor Benz
I Most of the trailers that I've seen have the fresh water tank well forward of the axle(s), adding to the tongue weight. Reducing the weight forward of the axle
by 60 or so pounds does have a measurable impact on tongue weight.
Tanks forward of the axle
? Interesting. I have seen lots with the black water and hot water tanks forward but not a fresh tank. Scamp
and Escape's for example all have the fresh tank well behind the axle. Which trailers are fresh tanks forward of the axle? Either way it will as you say change the tongue weigh - either reduce it or increase it depending on the tanks location which may not always be a good thing especially on some of our trailers which can be fairly light
on the tongue to start with....
How much lightening up the tongue weight impacts the tow depends greatly on the tow vehicle & how much weight you had on it to start with, as well as weather conditions. My previous tow vehicle was fine in pretty well most towing/weather conditions with only 10% on the tongue of the trailer. Current large tow vehicle not so good at 10% it tows better with 15%. Reasons for it are multiple - old vehicle was full time all wheel drive so a better grip to the road on the rear end than the new vehicle with 4 wheel on demand. New vehicle lighter on the back end than old - both factors allow the back end of the new vehicle to be tugged more by the trailer in side winds than the old. Distance from the rear axle to hitch of the tow vehicles is also different. Longer distance on the new vehicle than old.