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Distributing the load on a tandem axle

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vencops, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,038

    ok it makes more since to me to load the least used item first and put the weight over the axle or slightly behind the rear axle and this will also help lift the truck ride to a proper lever possibly saving on the need for springs . we run 14' trailers and with the axle on it where it is we load a 60'' ztr in the rear and a walker in the front with the walker facing forward to place the weight toward the axle and it gets pulled by a ford ranger and it dont sag like your refering to . one simple way to think about it also is you need a minimum of 150 lbs of tongue weight on a trailer so load it and move the load back and forth untill you can just barely pick it up with 1 hand ....
  2. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    The tongue weight should also be about 10% of the load's weight. If not, there is an increased possibility for trailer sway.

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