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HydrogenCyanide

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I had a cougar 28rbs and a 2017 f150 ecoboost for several years. This combination seems to be perfect.

Last year we upgraded to a Sportrek Touring 312VBH. It was 3 feet longer and weighed about 1500 pounds more. Not a big deal.........or so we thought. It was a nightmare towing as the trailer would push the truck around. Power was fine, it was the stability.

We now just trader in the truck for a 2017 ram 2500 diesel. This truck sits almost a foot higher than my old truck so I have to completely re-adjust my equalizer hitch. Went to get weighed and the following are my weights.

Truck Only-
Front- 5000lbs
Rear- 3400

With Trailer and no Bars
Front- 4480
Rear- 5200
Trailer- 7120

With Trailer and Bars
Front- 4660
Rear- 4960
Trailer- 7200

I seem to have lost 20 pounds between the two weights. Not sure how that happened, but whatever. I had the bars in the bed of the truck so the total weight should not have changed.

I am re-distrubuting enough wait? I can see that my tongue weight it pretty high which was likely the issue with the F150. Should I adjust the hitch or am I good to go. Does anyone see any issues with Tow vehicle trailer combination and these weights?

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Posted: 03/28/21 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Make sure that you are sitting level since your new truck sits taller than your old one.

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Posted: 03/29/21 04:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If there is an option to adjust a little more it wouldn't be bad but with the bigger truck and in particular the diesel, the front axle has plenty of weight on it.

How does it tow with the current adjustments?


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I would want to know the tongue weight of the trailer, unhitched.

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20# is the scale resolution. Don't sweat the small stuff.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

I would want to know the tongue weight of the trailer, unhitched.


Then calculate it. OP provided all the info needed.

Truck weighs 8400 without trailer
Truck axles weigh 9680 with trailer (no WDH connected).
Therefore hitch weight 1280
Therefore trailer weight 8480 and hitch weight is 15.1%.

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Loaded up you have more than a ton on each front tire. With a tongue weight of 15% and if you are level, I think you are set!


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HydrogenCyanide wrote:

I had a cougar 28rbs and a 2017 f150 ecoboost for several years. This combination seems to be perfect.

Last year we upgraded to a Sportrek Touring 312VBH. It was 3 feet longer and weighed about 1500 pounds more. Not a big deal.........or so we thought. It was a nightmare towing as the trailer would push the truck around. Power was fine, it was the stability.

We now just trader in the truck for a 2017 ram 2500 diesel. This truck sits almost a foot higher than my old truck so I have to completely re-adjust my equalizer hitch. Went to get weighed and the following are my weights.

Truck Only-
Front- 5000lbs
Rear- 3400

With Trailer and no Bars
Front- 4480
Rear- 5200
Trailer- 7120

With Trailer and Bars
Front- 4660
Rear- 4960
Trailer- 7200

I seem to have lost 20 pounds between the two weights. Not sure how that happened, but whatever. I had the bars in the bed of the truck so the total weight should not have changed.

I am re-distrubuting enough wait? I can see that my tongue weight it pretty high which was likely the issue with the F150. Should I adjust the hitch or am I good to go. Does anyone see any issues with Tow vehicle trailer combination and these weights?


Asking for opinions on weight... What? Are you a masochist?

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HydrogenCyanide wrote:



I am re-distrubuting enough wait? Should I adjust the hitch or am I good to go. Does anyone see any issues with Tow vehicle trailer combination and these weights?


There's nothing wrong with your setup, so it's up to you to decide if you like how it drives or want to adjust.


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Thanks for all the opinions. It seemed to drive nice but I did not go far. Being in Canada we don’t really start camping for another few weeks. I think I’ll leave it as currently set for now and see how it goes.

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