Trailer nose weight and rear axle loading

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  1. errpaul

    errpaul Funster

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    Not to start another a frame/trailer debate (sorry people ) but we are considering both at the moment. We have a C1.
    My concern with a trailer is the nose weight as the wheel on these small trailers seems to be quite far back. We have a fair overhang on our motorhome with a garage under the bunks and a bike rack all loading up the rear axle (and from well behind it too), this is a concern.

    We currently have a BMW Z3 with A frame and the towing of that (with our previous MH) was fine. So not concerned about that.

    I will be taking the rvi system and A frame off of the BMW (if it doesn't sell as a package) and so this reduces the cost of the A frame option, making the trailer a far more expensive choice.
    We will be using it a lot in France though.

    Ive gone off on a bit of a tangent here and so really my concern is the down force on the tow bar with a trailer. An A frame puts very little weight down onto the rear axle.
     
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    As an ex tugger nose weight is important to the stable towing of a caravan so I always had about 90kg measured at the tow hitch. With a car on a trailer you can sort out your nose weight by moving the car backwards or forwards or even driving it on or reversing it on.(y)
     
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    most car trailers i have used over the years are 100kg noseweight and above. the load on the back axle will vary dependant on the overhang behind the rear wheels

    years ago a friend of mine with a laundry was getting rid of some old heavy machinery. a local down the pub told him he would take it away and split the value of the scrap metal. anyway, this was all set to happen over a Saturday and Sunday to avoid disrupting the business. a team of us worked hard all day Saturday dismantling and hauling the machines into the back alley, then late Sunday morning this idiot rolls up with a small van towing a crappy old car trailer. we told him no way was it going to work as one old boiler weighed over 4tonnes, but he insisted. 1/2 hour later the boiler was on the trailer using a winch and rollers. problem was, the front tyres of his van were 6 inches off the floor. Monday morning a deal was struck with the local scrap merchant to come and crane out the scrap. from what I heard later the van soon followed as the rear axle and suspension was knackered. I wonder why that was
     
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    I tow a C1 on a Brian James C2 Blue trailer and the nose weight was 80kg which is about right for me as I have a PVC. Before any comments start about towing a car behind a PVC it is only down to Spain where we park up for 5 months.
     
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