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How Stable Is Horse Trailer On The Road Since Axles Are So Far Back?  

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I just purchased a brand new 1 horse trailer. The axles are placed at the back of the trailer creating a heavy tongue at 19 of the total weight. Dry trailer weighs 3586lbs, tongue weight is 704lbs. I just drove it across the country to bring it home with a weight distribution hitch. It pulled like a dream, tracked excellent without any sway or control issues even with huge semi trucks passing at high speeds and gusts of wind. My max tongue weight on my tow vehicle receiver hitch with weight distribution is only 1100 pounds. My question for you is how much control will I have with that high tongue to trailer weight ratio when I am fully loaded with a horse, small living quarters built in the front, water, etc bringing that tongue closer to 1100 lbs? Thank you for your help!

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As long as the weight distribution hitch you have is rated for up to 1100lbs you won't have any undesired handling issues with the trailer having a higher than normal tongue weight percentage.

Horse trailers typically have the axles further back to help keep the trailer stable while the horse is loaded, by limiting the rear overhang. Since horses move around, you would not want them to be back behind the axles as that would change the handling and stability of the trailer without notice.

Since your truck only has a 1100lb tongue weight rating I recommend that you invest in a tongue weight scale like the # e99044 so you can make sure you are not overloading the hitch when the trailer is loaded.

Lastly before you set off for the first time with the horse loaded, make sure to readjusted the weight distribution hitch so that it works correctly with the new tongue weight amount.

I included a video of the # e99044 for you to take a look at.

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