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Old 01-28-2017, 04:20 PM   #15
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OVER LOOKED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS IS THE REACTION AT THE FRONT WHEELS THEY DO 66 PERCENT OF THE BRAKING AND ALL OF THE STEERING! STEP#1 WITH TV ONLY SCALE FRONT AXLE THEN BOTH-RESULTS-TOTAL MINUS FRONT=REAR AXLE LOAD. STEP#2 WITHTRAILER ON THE BALL RE-SCALE FRONT AXLE AND THEN BOTH AND THEN TOTAL RIG.
2nd TV WT. [BOTH AXLES] MINUS 1st =TW
FRONT AXLE LOAD WILL DECREASE[BAD]
REAR AXLE LOAD WILL INCREASE[OK,BUT CHECK TIRE CAP.]
A WEIGHT DIST. HITCH REMOVES TW FROM THE EQUATION AND ADDS STABILITY.
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Old 01-30-2017, 12:25 AM   #16
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Thank you all for taking the time, and a lot of detail, in replying. there's a lot to digest and I'll take this all into consideration.

I'm not using a weight distributing hitch and think that the weight of the Jubilee at the time of the original weighing ( 870kg or 1918lbs ) probably doesn't warrant one. I was just concerned that, if I was missing trailer weight, because some was being carried by the TV which was off of the scale, then I might be getting over the axle load rating which is labeled at 2000lbs.

I have to redo the whole thing anyway as those weights were with my 3.0l Ranger and I now have a 3.7l GMC Canyon. I'll get all of this info in line ready for when I have a chance to revisit the scale ... thanks again folks !
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Old 01-30-2017, 07:24 AM   #17
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The axle is NOT carrying the tongue weight. Your tow vehicle is.
So stop worrying.

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Old 01-30-2017, 04:39 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info. I'm sure that that axle rating must have some safety in the figure so if I can stay at the 2000 lbs stated I should be OK.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:52 PM   #19
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and if you need a little more leeway - the weight of the wheels is not carried by the axle either - they are carried by the road. So you can subtract a little bit more....
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:07 PM   #20
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It just keeps getting better , thanks. Any more ..... ?
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:22 PM   #21
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Well - if you you promise to tow ONLY when there is a full moon - and its directly overhead - there is a tiny bit more... That's all I can think of.
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Old 01-30-2017, 10:27 PM   #22
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Tipping the scale

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It just keeps getting better , thanks. Any more ..... ?
Nothing cerebral here just a tip for some.
If I need to weigh my trailer I go to a local grain elevator, quarry or landfill.
I go without the trailer and talk to the person in the scalehouse and describe what
I need and why. I ask when it might be most convenient. I make sure I know where I can drop the trailer out of the way. Sometimes I can weigh just the vehicle on the first
stop if I've got it loaded the way it is when I go out and then the next time just pull the loaded trailer on and get the total on the total weight. It has always been free and I am good at saying thank you. Works for me. For tongue weight I borrow a Sherline and get a little help from my friends.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:21 PM   #23
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Well Jim ... a little restrictive on the travel window being only once a month but what the heck, every little bit helps doesn't it ? - haha
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