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How Tongue Weight Can Affect Your Used Truck

Trucks are for loading and carrying goods that are huge in weight. But not every truck has the equal capacity to carry out this task especially if it is a used truck and had a pretty long history of carrying loads. Moreover, if a trailer is hitched up to it, it needs some special attention for maintaining a proper tongue weight which directly effects the handling. Situations might run out of control if one tries to tow a trailer is not checked with proper tongue weight.

Why Tongue Weight Is Important

As defined by the used truck dealer Concord, the tongue weight can be stated as the static force that the trailer tongue would exert on its hitch ball. The weight of the trailer tongue can make a huge difference in a trailer towing experience that can be safe with a proper tongue weight and invite danger if it is not as it would create more probability for the trailer to sway from one side to another and would make it difficult to control.

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Defining Proper Tongue Weight

To talk about conventional trailers that consist of ball-mounted hitches, defining a proper tongue weight should be something between 10 to 15 percent of the total load of the weight of the trailer. To know what amount of tongue weight is right for your used truck, check out its manual or consult the dealership.

Placement of Load

A correctly placed load is key to ensuring both a proper tongue weight and a safe trailering experience. An improper load condition can make for a dangerous trailering situation. According to the GMC Trailering Guide, to get the proper trailer tongue weight, you should put about 60 percent of the load centered evenly over the front half of the trailer. For instance, if that 2000-pound trailer is still carrying 1000 pounds, roughly 600 pounds should be in the front half of the trailer.

Balancing the Tongue Weight

To arrive at the perfect tongue weight, follow these steps:

·         Start with loading your vehicle and trailer as you need them.

·         Now hitch the trailer with the tow vehicle

·         Start driving the tow vehicle to the scale platform to place the wheels properly on the scale, without pulling the trailer tires on the scale as that would “combine” both the weights.

·         Once pulled off the scale, now it is time to disconnect the trailer and weigh only the tow vehicle on the scale to get the “solo weight”.

·         Now subtract the solo weight from the combined weight to determine the current tongue weight.

·         If it comes out as it is prescribed tongue weight, then you are done. If it shows lower than it, then move the load towards the front a bit. If it reduction of the tongue weight, then you need to move the weight towards the back end of the trailer.

To get a professional consultation, contact the Concord used truck dealer.

Summing Up

Once you arrive at the proper balance figure, make sure to evenly distribute the load on the left and right sides of the trailer, to prevent the load from sliding haphazardly while the vehicle is running.

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