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Old 01-14-2018, 03:01 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Nic7320 View Post
john.orourke, don't include total trailer weight into a tow vehicle's tire loads. Receiver-type tow hitches are usually limited to about 500 lbs of tongue weight.
Positively true. You should also not be calculating any kind of van loading based on any gross weight and dividing or multiplying by 4. Vehicle axles almost always have different load carrying capacity, so you have to go by them by axle and the tires then 1/2 that (although that is also not totally accurate if your side to side weight is uneven). The best way to confirm is to with individual wheel weights, like were shown in a post earlier, and then confirm from that your tire capacity and axle capacities are within their ratings.

Personally, I would also never always run tire pressures at maximum, as was recommended, unless the load being carried required it. For instance, a Roadtrek Chevy would be load range E and 80 psi rated, as they are needed for the rear capacity. Running 80 psi in the front can make you wish you had stayed home

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