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Offline SJG10553  
#1 Posted : 08 September 2013 09:04:00(UTC)
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Have you ever wondered about what weight you can put on the car tow bar? You look in your car handbook and it gives a maximum figure, which may say 90kg. However, you wouldn`t like to put that much for safe driving conditions.

To be safe I have read that the nose weight should be around 7% of the maximum laden weight of your TT/FC.

So it can be worked out quickly I have attached an excel document that works out the 7%. Just put the maximum laden weight in the the box on the left and press enter and you will have your nose weight ThumpUp

To check what your actual nose weight is then get one of these.

Hope it helps.

Griff

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Offline Larkspeed  
#2 Posted : 08 June 2014 13:41:35(UTC)
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Actualy there are three maximum ratings:

1: the rating given by the car manufacturer.
2: the rating given by the tow bar manufacturer which is stamped onto the plate on the tow bar
3: the maximum given by the TT manufacturer this is stamped into the side of the nose coupling on the TT

For maximum stability you should pack your trailer to be as close as possible but without going over to the LOWEST of these three numbers.

For example: (taken from my own setup)

1: 90Kg
2: 78Kg
3: 75Kg

You should load your trailer to aim for a nose weight of 73-74KG

Using your 7%

the maximum laden weight of my TT is 650Kg 7% of that is 45.5KG, a nose weight that low would cause the rear of the car to lift more and cause the whole unit to float around more on bumps, not only making it unstable but dangerous.

Edited by user 08 June 2014 13:47:22(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline SJG10553  
#3 Posted : 10 June 2014 09:47:11(UTC)
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You are correct in that the max nose weight should not exceed the lower of the 3 max ratings you listed. In the UK the lower figure of the 3 is what the Police are interested in should they have the need to investigate.

I hear what you are saying insofar as the 7% nose weight is concerned, but that figure is a guide. However, if someone has a TT without a front box or anything on the "A" frame then they may find it difficult to reach the lower nose weight of the 3 max ratings you listed.

Griff
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