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  1. jorge alonso
    May 27, 2018 @ 9:36 PM

    sir I read all your articles and understood most of it , I have a 5×10 utility trailer with wood on the floor I’m driving to texas, so my question is , if I place 80lb bags of cement in the center of the trailer in front of the tires but not to far to the front will this give me more stability, or should I place one bag all the way to the front and follow it to the center of the tires and stop there for better stability , also I’m going faster 65 to 70

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    • The Mechanic
      May 29, 2018 @ 8:22 PM

      Good questions. If the tongue weight — the force from the trailer tongue on the hitch ball — is in the area of 10-15% of the total trailer weight, it should be good. There is more than just weight balance in the stability equation, but that’s a big part of it. If you have a choice, like with bags of cement, then low and in one tight group is a little better for bounce (as opposed to spread out all over the trailer), assuming the weight balance is exactly the same. That said, it’s not really a factor so much with stability. Enjoy your trip.

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