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Old 05-15-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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I have posted before that I must keep almost a full fresh water tank to keep tongue weight close to 350.
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Our experience is the same as Tim's.
Hi,
Are other 15b owners finding their tongue weight up around 350? The tongue weight supposed to be around 10% of the gross trailer weight, right?

We're considering dual propane, storage box, and dual batteries. Maybe we should open a discussion with ETI about moving the batteries back (inside maybe) to keep the tongue weight lower.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:59 PM   #2
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Yes, tongue weight and trailer weight adds up quickly. I have dual batteries and dual propane, no storage box, and have to watch weight distribution. With the front kitchen storage capacity it is easy to overload the front of the trailer. I have a bike on the back, and I have to make a point of using the dinette bench storage.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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With any single axle set up, packing becomes a "balancing" act. One does not just throw heavy items in the first storage space without considering the impact on trailer,tongue, and towing.
A Sherline tongue scale is critical to properly loading your trailer.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:16 AM   #4
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With any single axle set up, packing becomes a "balancing" act. One does not just throw heavy items in the first storage space without considering the impact on trailer,tongue, and towing.
It is a balancing act with a tandem axle as well. Moving an item may make less change in tongue weight with a tandem (compared to a single axle) because the two trailer suspensions fight each other, but that causes uneven load distribution between the axles which can cause problems.

In FiberglassRV there was a topic discussing some posted video of trailers out of control... and most of them were tandem-axle. Please don't be complacent because you have more wheels on the trailer!
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:56 PM   #5
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Our tongue weight at 350 lbs was measured at Osoyoos last year. I'm not overly concerned about it--we've moved things around, our WDH should adjust some of it, and our TV has suspension modifications added. We haven't noticed any sway or handling problems at all.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:38 PM   #6
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balancing act

I suspect the 15 was designed with a single propane tank and a single battery - maybe even without the bathroom initially. But with the bathroom and kitchen in front and the addition of a second propane tank, a second battery, and now the storage box, it might be worth reevaluating the balancing act of the dry weight trailer.

(maybe I'm just excited about getting a trailer and spending way too much time thinking about it )

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Old 05-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #7
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In our case our front end includes one propane tank, two batteries, and no storage box.
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Tom, remember we had a single propane, box and dual batteries. Jim and Robin have dual propane, dual batteries and no box. We still need to keep full water to keep weight down. Ask Jim and Robin if they have ever needed two tanks on a single trip. With the gauge on our tank we have plenty of warning if we need a fill.
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We have one tank and have never needed more than that on a single trip. We don't do that much boondocking and don't use much fuel. Saving the weight of another full tank is one benefit.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:11 PM   #10
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We have one tank and have never needed more than that on a single trip. We don't do that much boondocking and don't use much fuel. Saving the weight of another full tank is one benefit.
So sorry Jim. I should have looked at my own pictures! A lot of weight is up front on the 15's.
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