If you’ve considered using a trailer, you’re probably aware of the benefits it can provide for you. Generally, a trailer refers to additional support for vehicles which are designed to transport heavy items.
A car trailer can be an excellent way to do all of these things, whether you want to remove unwanted items from your home, move heavy parts for your business, or deliver goods to your home. Also, it can provide you with more storage space for your heavy items. If you’re driving a small car, a trailer can cause less strain on your vehicle and, in turn, avoid the likelihood of some suspension problems.
With all these things being said, a good quality car trailer from reliable providers can be a significant investment for your delivery or transportation needs. However, overloading your trailer with a lot of stuff may also cause some weight distribution issues.
In most cases, uneven load distribution in your car trailer may result in some serious consequences, including axle, tire, wheel, and structural failure. Because of this, a road accident is more likely to happen to you and anyone on the road.
To avoid this unfortunate incident, you need to know and understand the importance of weight distribution in using car trailers.
Typically, We were taught about the importance of weight distribution in our high school classrooms, but if this small experiment had been used, we would have learned it much better.
Anyone who has driven a trailer has experienced those few heart-pounding moments when the towed trailers start to sway uncontrollably and, with it, shakes up the vehicle itself. This is where your weight distribution system kicks in, which helps in retaining control over the vehicle, especially if you are pulling very heavy loads.
You can also do some tricks to distribute your trailer’s weight properly. For instance, you should avoid overloading the end of the trailer by keeping more than half of the load in front of it. Also, inspect the trailer’s right and left load to ensure it’s reasonably balanced and stable on the road.
But to better understand how proper weight distribution works, you should familiarize yourself with some basic concepts. For example, The gross trailer weight (or GTW), is the total weight of the trailer, which includes cargo, fuel, etc. Against it is tongue weight, which is a portion of the load far enough forward in the trailer to press down on the connection or the hitch. It is generally between about 10 and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, and also includes the weight located behind the rear axle of the towing vehicle.
This is what happens when we mess with the ratio between GTW and tongue weight.
What did I learn? Don’t use a Mustang to tow a trailer.