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Dramatic Video on Effect of Trailer Tongue Weight


I haven't seen this posted here yet.

Explorer II
Explorer II

Ideally, the tongue weight should be about 10-15% of the trailer's total weight. You can adjust the weight distribution by moving cargo within the trailer or using a weight distribution hitch. This can help prevent trailer sway and improve your vehicle's handling and braking.

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It's a 7yr old post you are responding to.

That said:

 - 10% is marginal. 12-15% is good. More is better but other issues usually start to get in the way (most common is the truck can't handle the higher hitch weight. 

 - Also a WDH won't fix a bad weight distribution. WDH helps with a front truck axle that becomes too light due to hitch weight reducing the front axle weight. 

Tammy & Mike
Ford F250 V10
2021 Gray Wolf
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Explorer III
Explorer III
Thanks for posting that video. I had seen it before but forgot about it and just used it in another thread where it fits perfectly into the discussion here.
2004 Sunnybrook Titan 30FKS TT
Hensley "Arrow" 1400# hitch (Sold)
Not towing now.
Former tow vehicles were 2016 Ram 2500 CTD, 2002 Ford F250, 7.3 PSD, 1997 Ram 2500 5.9 gas engine

An oldie and a goodie, the little Mustang that could / could not.
2013 KZ Sportsmen Classic 200, 20 ft TT
2020 RAM 1500, 5.7 4x4, 8 speed

Fixed the title from "Weight Distribution" to "Tongue Weight" to try to clear that up. Thanks.

Nomad II
Nomad II

Here on the towing forum, the words "weight distribution" make us think of the weight distribution hitch between the camper and the truck.

In this case, the video is showing the effect of how a loaded camper tongue weight affects stability of the camper and tow vehicle. Yes, the weight distribution of having the proper trailer tongue weight balance per the trailer gross weight is not correct.

It is a good video to help show the point. Thanks for sharing this. It should help many visualize the problem.


2005 Ford F350 Super Duty, 4x4; 6.8L V10 with 4.10 RA, 21,000 GCWR, 11,000 GVWR, upgraded 2 1/2" Towbeast Receiver. Hitched with a 1,700# Reese HP WD, HP Dual Cam to a 2004 Sunline Solaris T310R travel trailer.