BALANCE TONGUE WEIGHT


Tongue weight is the downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer coupler. Incorrectly balanced tongue weight can lead to jackknifing and loss of control.

  • Too much tongue weight: If the wheel well is crowding your tires, you have too much tongue weight. Solve it by moving heavier items toward the center of your trailer.
  • Not enough tongue weight: If there is too much weight in the rear of your trailer, it can actually lift the rear of the truck a bit, resulting in negative tongue weight. Again, solve it by moving heavier items toward the center of your trailer.
  • Balanced tongue weight: A correctly balanced tongue gives you full control of both your truck and trailer. If your trailer’s tongue is parallel to the ground, it is balanced correctly.