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kc8suj

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Posted: 05/06/19 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all. I am new here and just weighed my set up.
2013 GMC sierra 1500 4X4 with W.D.H. and Fully loaded truck and trailer with empty water tanks.
I see my front axle is 360 LBS heaver than the rear is this ok?

Steer Axle 3480 lbs
Rear axle 3120 lbs
trailer 4740 lbs
total 11,340 lbs

Thanks for you thoughts.

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Posted: 05/06/19 08:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You probably have your weight distribution hitch set up too tight on the bars.
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Short answer: no, it's not OK.
The objective of the WDH is to spread the hitch weight more evenly on the TV, in large part to maintain steering control (needs friction) and keep the TV near a normal level.
If the WDH places too much weight force on the front, the rear/drive axle loses some of its friction.


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What are your empty weights?


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I was thinking 360 lbs was not too much especially if I load up with 40 gal of water for boon docking. Fresh water tank is in front of t.t. axles.

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Depends on what the weights on the two axles were before you hooked up the trailer. May be just fine.

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ok I will check weight of truck with out trailer this afternoon

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Here are the dry weights of truck from GMC
Curb Weight - Front 3176 lbs
Curb Weight - Rear 2098 lbs
A difference of 1,078 lbs

so I am more evenly distributed with the trailer attached. than with out. Hum?

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kc8suj wrote:

Here are the dry weights of truck from GMC
Curb Weight - Front 3176 lbs
Curb Weight - Rear 2098 lbs
A difference of 1,078 lbs

so I am more evenly distributed with the trailer attached. than with out. Hum?


Based on these numbers and your hooked up number your WDH is too tight. Check GM's instructions for WDH setup. After connecting you should not have anymore weight on the front than you did prior to connecting. Need to loosen up the WDH hitch a bit.


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CaLBaR wrote:

kc8suj wrote:

Here are the dry weights of truck from GMC
Curb Weight - Front 3176 lbs
Curb Weight - Rear 2098 lbs
A difference of 1,078 lbs

so I am more evenly distributed with the trailer attached. than with out. Hum?


Based on these numbers and your hooked up number your WDH is too tight. Check GM's instructions for WDH setup. After connecting you should not have anymore weight on the front than you did prior to connecting. Need to loosen up the WDH hitch a bit.
What numbers you looking at? He has 300 lbs less, which is less than 10%, everything is fine like it is.





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