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Old 01-13-2018, 12:45 AM
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Ah, OK. Understood. If loading my stuff in the truck bumps into the maximum cargo carrying capacity, I just move the wife into the trailer. For best weight distribution, she should be well behind the trailer's axles. Got it.
Well now, there you would be wrong. Or, possibly wrong, depending on the girth of said wife. Placing too much weight behind the axles of the trailer could lower your tongue weight. On the off chance that you wife is named Big Bertha, but not to her face of course, you could cause some significant sway problem. Ah, that's sway of the trailer, not of Bertha's ample hips. Too light of a tongue (that's the trailer's tongue) is almost a guarantee that the trailer is going to sway.

The general rule of thumb is that there must be 10% of the trailers weight on the tongue to eliminate as much sway as possible. The more tongue weight the less likely the trailer is to sway.

The easiest way to get to 10% is to have your trailer weighed when it is fully loaded and ready to head out for camping (water, propane, supplies, etc). A tongue scale comes in handy here, but only to get the actual tongue weight. Look for a CAT scale nearby, usually at a truck stop.
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Look for a CAT scale nearby, usually at a truck stop.
Can't I just estimate what the cat weighs? Say maybe 15 pounds?









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Can't I just estimate what the cat weighs? Say maybe 15 pounds?
While I doubt your cat is trained well enough to sit in one place long enough to be weighed (without sedatives involved) an estimate in this case is probably sufficient. The cat may not be happy riding in the trailer, especially if use of the litter box during transit is required.
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So the litter box should ride in the truck!?!?

Man am I glad I don't have a cat!!!
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That's why we have two cats. They don't mind staying home, while a dog would throw a fit and destroy the house if left behind. Two cats equals twice as much not caring.
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Took advantage of warm weather today and cleaned the truck and trailers.
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Warm weather? Did it warm up to +2 today?

Down here it's cold when water turns to a solid.

Nice looking rig by the way
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