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Old 13 March 2012, 17:12   #1
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How much nose weight do you tow with?!

Do correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I'm aware, generally, the ideal nose weight is ballpark 50kg ish?? But I always wonder how many wary drivers towing trailers actually pay attention to nose weight. I often see cars with their rear wheels so far up into their arches you can barely see the top half of the wheel!!

How much nose weight do you like to tow with? And apart from the loading on the car's rear axle, what effects how much nose weight you should have?
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Old 13 March 2012, 17:22   #2
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About 150 kg for me.
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About 150 kg for me.
Towing vehicle??
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depends what your towing and what your towing with, but always better with nose weight, once saw a trailer unhooked on a beech that needed both crew to keep the jockey wheel on the sand
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Towing vehicle??
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I adjusted my axles to get about 75kg. My Jeep manual says up to 100kg and the Bradley hitch has something like 120kg stamped on it IIRC. I bought the boat without an engine and my first trip was 200+ miles down the motorway with probably 200kg or so which nearly made the back of my A3 scrape the ground
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I tow quite a few largish trailers for work and from what I have learnt over the years, the weight on the tow bar should be 5%-10%. 5% is what we use on the bigger trailers say 3500kg and closer to 10% on the very light trailers.

I am pretty sure these figures come from the Australian registration authorities but can't find a link right now. Either way, In my opinion they tow much better in this range.
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I have never checked it with either the tintent or the rib but they sit well and tow well so must be something like.
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the weight on the tow bar should be 5%-10%. 5% is what we use on the bigger trailers say 3500kg and closer to 10% on the very light trailers.

I am pretty sure these figures come from the Australian registration authorities but can't find a link right now.
Pretty standard rule of thumb worldwide I think.

Too little tongue weight may cause trailer sway (fishtailing of the trailer - disconcerting at best, dangerous at worst.)

Too much tongue weight causes excessive squat on the tow vehicle, and may lighten up the front wheels enough to affect steering.

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