This Is Why You Should Always Load A Trailer With The Weight In The Front

Submitted by: monkwarrior 4 months ago in Funny


A visual demonstration on the proper way to load a trailer. Good to know if your pulling a camper this summer.
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Male 4,376
I always heard you're supposed to put the weight over the wheels
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Male 8,779
Actually used this video in training about why the loaders needed to follow our loading diagrams to the letter. Our ship points load semi-trailers almost to maximum capacity, so weight distribution is very important.
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Male 1,024
Nice post, but don't go to extremes!  keep most of the mass over the axle 60/40 split forward
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Male 1,891
monkwarrior some person on the internet has accused you of not believing in science because you have religious beliefs.  What do you think you're doing by posting something like this?  Is it possible that you can have both God and science?  Oh, the horrors!
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Male 10,306
insaneai LOL. If the bible addressed trailer weight distribution and said the weight should be in the back, Monk would have posted this video as a conspiracy created by the devil.
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Male 1,891
holygod Even God has a sense of humor.  I stated this before referencing the platypus and orgasm faces.  I am going to add trailer weight distribution ratios calculated by monks to the mix.
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Male 10,306
Interesting video, but you definitely do NOT want all the weight in the front, that is a fallacy. 

You want the weight balanced approximately 60% in front and 40% in back with a majority of it over the trailer axels. All the weight in the front puts too much pressure on the rear axel of your vehicle and can demolish your suspension and cause your front wheels to not have proper contact with the road.
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Male 354
holygod you are right, as shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyagKzvJwYw
With a rough 50/50 distribution, two scenarii of "everything on the axel" vs "everything on the extremes"
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Male 3,762
holygod BTW, I use to drive a mid-engine car...it was 55-45 ratio.  The best handling car I have ever driven...
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Male 10,306
kalron27 I read something once that said mid engine or rear engine cars are vastly superior to front engine cars in every way. It said the reason engines were put in the front was because people were used to having a horse pull the buggy so the engine pulling the carriage was an easier transition. Now we just do it because that is what people are used to.
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Male 3,762
holygod The horse and buggy portion is totally true.  However rear engine and mid engine are almost exclusively rear wheel drive.  In snow or slick rain...you're fucked.  But in normal weather conditions...ho lee sheet...so fun!

Front engine\wheel drive is technically the safest in all weather, but modern all wheel drive is where it's at.  Mazda is getting really good with it, better than Subaru IMHO.

FYI, if you ever see one of these on the side of the road for cheap, buy it and drive it like you stole it!!!



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Male 1,975
kalron27 "However rear engine and mid engine are almost exclusively rear wheel drive.  In snow or slick rain...you're fucked."

Come again? Perhaps this is true if you don't know how to drive. Go find a road that you have trouble driving on with a front wheel drive, and I'll go play on it with my front engine rear drive while you are having trouble even driving your any engine front wheel drive. It won't be the first time I've been in such a situation (driving rings around the FWDs with my RWD, that is).
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Male 3,762
whosaidwhat "Perhaps this is true if you don't know how to drive."

I drove the car pictured above and a 1978 Audi 5000 up the same hill for over a decade, guess which car slid backwards down that hill in the snow more than once?

In addition, recently I was traveling in heavy snow conditions up another incline on a highway in my Honda Civic.  I had to pass a new Camaro in the un-plowed portion because he had come to a stand still and was starting to slide backwards.

So no, your RWD would not drive circles around a FWD car in the conditions I mentioned, regardless of how good of a driver you are.
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Male 1,975
kalron27 And, yet, I've done it before. Just saying.
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Male 8,779
kalron27 Always wanted a Fiero when I was in college.

Was getting a new set of tires on my car back in the day, and the technician drove in a Fiero for a tune-up.  He popped the hood and stared and asked 'Where's the engine?'.  I stated 'That's a mid-engine car' thinking that would explain it.  He asks, 'So, where's the engine?'.

Yes, all wheel drive is nice. But I prefer my Hemi in front with on demand 4WD. 
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Male 3,762
megrendel Funny thing is, you could store the removable sunroof in the "trunk" in the front on the Fiero. 

And I'm serious, if you see one in decent condition for cheap, BUY IT!  You won't regret it, especially if it is a GT model with the 140 HP V6.  So much fun to drive and can hang with a Mustang 5.0 GT of the same era in a straight run and blow them away in corners.

In fact, you can do this to it and drive it around legally!

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Male 1,289
kalron27 The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a beautiful car to drive.  Rear engine and 4 wheel drive.  And IMHO one of the best looking cars ever made.
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Male 3,762
lockner01 While I never drove an AWD Porsche, I did get a chance to drive a Porsche 911 when I was a kid valet parking.  I was fortunate enough that the parking lot was 1/4 mile up the road...I totally opened it up and actually scared my 17 year old self.  Mostly because the owner tipped me a $50 up front to park it safely ;)
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Male 3,762
holygod GODDAMMIT...FALLACY...shots...
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