Originally Posted by timboli
Yes,I thought traction could be problem but the nose weight should surely be what is right for the car,ie if your car manual suggests 75kg for instance,then that would be for a boat or caravan.
Nose weight has no real effect on traction and in fact has a detrimental effect on a front wheel drive car. If your boat weighs a ton and you have a nose weigh of 75Kgs it means you have 925 kgs on the rear axle, this will give you traction problems.
Having said that there is a dynamic effect which means that if you are pushing the trailer up a hill you get weight transfer so increasing jockey wheel traction, but if you are letting a trailer down a slip this effect is reversed and as gingercostie says the tow hitch points at the sky. Powering the axle is the best solution but very expensive.