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    It would have been interesting to see the effect of moving the axle back and if that cut out some sway of the trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauro View Post
    It would have been interesting to see the effect of moving the axle back and if that cut out some sway of the trailer.
    That's what worked for my boat trailer. I found the balance point for the boat when loaded with fuel,batteries and motor by moving the axle forward until the tongue tipped up,then,moved the axle back until 60% (give or take) of the balance weight was on the tongue. It cured the trailer sway,instantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McKenzie View Post
    You want your trailer to be front loaded rather then evenly distributed. The general rule of thumb is 60% 40% front to rear.
    Yes the tongue needs weight but 60% 40% front to rear can be confusing at best.
    Generally recommended range is for the tongue weight to be 10% to 15% of the total towed weight.
    I realize you were talking weight distribution not tongue weight but the proper way is to use tongue weight.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauro View Post
    It would have been interesting to see the effect of moving the axle back and if that cut out some sway of the trailer.
    I have always found that a long tongue makes life easier. let the trailer support the load weight with a bit of tongue weight to make braking and steering easier. Of course you need a trailer that will take the load and it must have brakes that work on it. It is really a case of leverage, just like we learned in physics.
    Also makes things a lot quicker at the launching ramp or backing into the barn........

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