Blog Towing by Robert Pepper 1 November 2021
Simple ways to show how trailer weight distribution matters
Don’t let anyone tell you different – trailer weights and dynamics are complex. But, unfortunately, if you tow heavy trailers you really need understand some of the basics about weight distribution, because it has a dramatic effect on trailer stability.
Some people won’t need to watch the videos below – they are the folks who know a moment isn’t just a measure of time, and the difference between a first and second class lever. But for the rest of the world, and that is the majority, I’ve made a couple of videos using experiments you can try at home to explain a bit more about why weight distribution on trailers is so very important. Or did I just want to find a way to make two cartons of beer a tax writeoff??
And don’t forget the hard work of towing weights can be done for you if you use the Towing Weights Calculator!
this obsession with 10 percent ball weight is wrong. you want the mass balanced on the axle group with a slight forward bias. if you can’t lift the drawbar at the hitch its too heavy. it should feel like your lifting a couple of 20lt drums.
by Robert Pepper
Agreed, no science behind the 10%.