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How much weight?

Postby hap2 » Sat May 04, 2013 12:07 pm



About how many pounds can I pull with my 1992 1500SE? My little trailer's 2'5 ' high, 3' wide, & 4' long. Not sure what the tongue weight is, but each one of the tires on the trailer say 750 lbs maximum each.

Also, I'm 5'8, 180 lbs. If I ride solo (with or without the trailer), what should the rear air shock pressure be?

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Re: How much weight?

Postby dingdong » Sun May 05, 2013 7:23 am

I know guys who regularly pull up to 500 lbs. Those who pull a loaded camper can get to near 500lbs easily. I pull around 300lbs trailer and gear. I also try to keep the tongue weight to about 10% of trailer weight. 300lbs pulls easily with no apparent handling problems.
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Re: How much weight?

Postby RoadRogue » Sun May 05, 2013 10:48 pm

when my tent trailer is fully loaded for a week or longer it tips the scales around 500 lbs with about 50lbs tongue weight. No problems even in the mountains. 8-)
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Re: How much weight?

Postby seabeechief » Fri May 10, 2013 7:45 pm

How do y'all get the trailer weight? Do you take it to a truck weigh station? Can you weigh each wheel with a bathroom scale and add the results? Same with the tongue weight; bathroom scale OK? We are about to embark on our first long trailer trip.

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Re: How much weight?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 10, 2013 7:50 pm

seabeechief wrote:How do y'all get the trailer weight? Do you take it to a truck weigh station? Can you weigh each wheel with a bathroom scale and add the results? Same with the tongue weight; bathroom scale OK? We are about to embark on our first long trailer trip.

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Trailer weight: Take the weight on the VIN label, add the weight of whatever you put in it. I suppose you could also do the trick with putting the bathroom scale under each wheel.

For my rig, it's fairly critical to get the tongue weight right about 30 lbs. Much lighter, and I get bounced all over on the bumps. Much heavier, and I get pushed around. 30 lbs is just about right. So I carry a small digital luggage scale with me, and hook it on the end of the trailer hitch, then make adjustments in the cargo area of the trailer to get it to 30 lbs. Once I've got it there, I hook it up to the bike.

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Re: How much weight?

Postby redial » Sun May 19, 2013 1:28 am

Any towed weight should not exceed the weight of the tug. And remember the stopping distance is a lot longer and slower once you put the weight behind.
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Re: How much weight?

Postby seabeechief » Sun May 19, 2013 5:58 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
seabeechief wrote:How do y'all get the trailer weight? Do you take it to a truck weigh station? Can you weigh each wheel with a bathroom scale and add the results? Same with the tongue weight; bathroom scale OK? We are about to embark on our first long trailer trip.

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Trailer weight: Take the weight on the VIN label, add the weight of whatever you put in it. I suppose you could also do the trick with putting the bathroom scale under each wheel.

For my rig, it's fairly critical to get the tongue weight right about 30 lbs. Much lighter, and I get bounced all over on the bumps. Much heavier, and I get pushed around. 30 lbs is just about right. So I carry a small digital luggage scale with me, and hook it on the end of the trailer hitch, then make adjustments in the cargo area of the trailer to get it to 30 lbs. Once I've got it there, I hook it up to the bike.


Do you use the 30 lbs regardless of the gross weight of the trailer?

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Re: How much weight?

Postby redial » Mon May 20, 2013 6:23 am

With regard to the tongue weight, the rule of thumb should be no more than 10 percent of the total weight. Usually the maker of the tow bar (which is the thing attached to the strong points on the tug (just to get the terminology aligned)), or the vehicle manufacturer (but not usually motorcycle manufacturers), will advise you of the maximum towed gross weight and the weight on the towball.

Hope this clears the picture for you.
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Re: How much weight?

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 23, 2013 6:48 am

seabeechief wrote:Do you use the 30 lbs regardless of the gross weight of the trailer?

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That's with what I normally carry in the trailer - which isn't a whole lot, weight-wise. I haven't carried enough heavy stuff in the trailer (nor would I, I suspect) to make a substantial change in that. That said, I know the feelings it gives well enough when it is too heavy or too light on the tongue that I could probably identify if I did need to make an adjustment.

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Re: How much weight?

Postby seabeechief » Mon May 27, 2013 8:15 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
seabeechief wrote:Do you use the 30 lbs regardless of the gross weight of the trailer?

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That's with what I normally carry in the trailer - which isn't a whole lot, weight-wise. I haven't carried enough heavy stuff in the trailer (nor would I, I suspect) to make a substantial change in that. That said, I know the feelings it gives well enough when it is too heavy or too light on the tongue that I could probably identify if I did need to make an adjustment.


I bought a "luggage scale" at Wal Mart ($20) to check the tongue weight. It is a small, digital hand held scale that will fit easily in the trailer when it's not in use. The first try I got 36 lbs on the tongue weight. So, we will shuffle things around until I get 30 lbs or a little less. Then, we will give it the old test drive. I'm sure we will have to continually move things around, but that's OK. We are touring America on a motorcycle. It just don't get much better than that. Ride Safe!

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Re: How much weight?

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 28, 2013 12:06 pm

seabeechief wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
seabeechief wrote:I bought a "luggage scale" at Wal Mart ($20) to check the tongue weight. It is a small, digital hand held scale that will fit easily in the trailer when it's not in use. The first try I got 36 lbs on the tongue weight. So, we will shuffle things around until I get 30 lbs or a little less. Then, we will give it the old test drive. I'm sure we will have to continually move things around, but that's OK. We are touring America on a motorcycle. It just don't get much better than that. Ride Safe!

Chief


I wouldn't go with "30 lbs will be perfect" - your bike/trailer combination may like a different weight. I would start at maybe 28 lbs tongue weight and go upward bit by bit to see what gives you the best ride and handling (try at highway speeds, over bumps, and around corners - and around corners over bumps!).




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