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SUPER: UNDERSTANDING TRAILER TONGUE WEIGHT
SUPER: JD Schmid – Big Tex Trailers
SUPER: Brant Combs – Ram Heavy Duty Brand Manager
JD: I'm JD Schmid for Big Tex Trailers.
Brant: and I'm Brant Combs with Ram Trucks.
JD: Today we're going to talk about tongue weight and how important it is to understand tongue weight to safely tow.
Brant: Tongue weight is simply the amount of weight that the trailer is applying to the back of the truck. With a conventional towing application, you're going to want that to be about 10%. With a fifth wheel or gooseneck application it'll be closer to 15%. It's important that there's not too little tongue weight or else you could create sway in the trailer. Too much tongue weight and you could negatively affect the tow vehicle dynamics.
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SUPER: CONVENTIONAL TRAILER – 10% of cargo and trailer weight
LEGAL: Always tow within the vehicle’s capacity. Properly secure all cargo.
SUPER: GOOSENECK or 5th WHEEL TRAILER – 15% of cargo and trailer weight
JD: The first thing you need to know is the total weight to your trailer and cargo. Here we have 14,000 pounds of cargo and trailer. Which means we're going to want 10% or 1,400 pounds of tongue weight. In a 5th wheel application, as Brant mentioned, we want 15% on the 5th wheel. So, if we have a 10,000 pound 5th wheel we're going to want to make sure that we have 1,500 pounds of tongue weight.
SUPER: CALCULATE – 14,000 pounds of cargo and trailer – EQUALS 10% or 1,400 pounds of tongue weight
SUPER: 5th WHEEL TRAILER – 15% of cargo and trailer weight
SUPER: 5th WHEEL TRAILER – 1,500 pounds of tongue weight
Brant: Make sure that the tongue weight never exceeds the allowable payload of the truck. Also make sure the total weight of the trailer is within the vehicle's tow limits.
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