I think this thread might better discussed in a forum of experienced travel trailer owners... but I'll try here anyways.
I have a 2006 taco 4x4 sport complete with the tow pack and its automatic. I am looking at buying a 2001 travelaire Rustler that is 5811 lbs (GVWR); 4188 lbs (dry weight) and 558 lbs (dry hitch weight)
if I do the math, the total tongue weight would be: 558 lbs (dry hitch weight) + approx. 60 lbs (full two-30 pound propane tanks) + approx 60 lbs (2 batteries)= 678 lbs. I know the taco hitch is rated at only 650 lbs.
My 4 questions are:
1. Is the dry hitch weight still considered 558 lbs, if I'm only planning on loading the trailer up to... let's say 5000 lbs?
2. I plan to use a Reese weight distributing bar....will this help to decrease the tongue weight?...or will this just add more tongue weight??
3. can I load the trailer heavier in the back to decrease the weight in the front??
4. should I forget this trailer and buy something that is 4000lbs (GVWR)?