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First time camper trailer owner
Posted: August 31st, 2018, 9:12 am
One thing I’ve found a bit confusing is ball weight for trailer vs vehicle. If you can help me out that would be great.
So if it’s a new trailer n nothing is in it and ball weight is 150kg does that mean if I pack anything the ball weight will immediately get heavier? What are the things I need to remember when it comes to ball weight? My Suzi ball weight is rated to 150kg so trailer to car is equal.
Re: First time camper trailer owner
Posted: September 2nd, 2018, 12:58 pm
The stated Ball Weight of the tow vehicle is the maximum you should be putting on the tow bar, its usually around 10% of the vehicles maximum trailer weight as that's usually a good balance for towing as it ensures the trailer doesn't pop off the hitch, but doesn't over load the back of the tow vehicle.
Will the trailer Ball Weight change when loading?
Well, it depends...
The trailer weight will increase, but depending on where you load the stuff in the trailer it might not change the ball weight.
Think of the trailer as a see saw with the pivot (wheels) slightly off center. Sitting 3 or 4 people above the pivot won't change the balance of the ends much at all, but start moving them out to the ends and it will have a bigger effect.
Stacking gear on the drawbar will increase the ball weight, but not kg for kg as you aren't going to be loading it right at the hitch end, so 50kg might only equate to 10kg increase in Ball Weight depending on where you load it. The longer the draw bar the better.
A good rule of thumb is to load the heavy stuff over the axle, or slightly forward and light bulky stuff at the back. Avoid loading heavy stuff at the back or at both ends to try and balance it out as it can lead to undesirable handling as the trailer will want to swing like a pendulum.