What Is Tongue Weight, and How Does It Affect Your Towing Vehicle?
The amount of static force the trailer tongue exerts on the hitch ball or max coupler is called Tongue Weight. In simple words, the tongue weight is the trailer’s weight transferred to the towing vehicle through the trailer’s tongue. A proper trailer tongue weight not only helps you pack the trailer properly but also prevents your towing vehicle from stressing out. The tongue weight should be according to the parameters of the trailers; otherwise, it will negatively affect your towing experience.
The trailer’s tongue weight should be optimum, neither too much lower nor too high. If the weight on your trailer’s tongue isn’t enough, the trailer may be vulnerable to side-to-side wobbling, which can make it difficult for you to keep things under control. On the other hand, if your trailer’s tongue has too much weight, it can overload and stress out the rear tires of the tow vehicle and could lead to pushing the rear end of the vehicle around.
Too much higher or too much lower tongue weight can have a negative impact on handling and make it difficult for you to go around corners and curves properly. Improper tongue weight can also reduce a tow vehicle’s response, due to which you may find it difficult to stop the vehicle quickly enough by pressing the brake pedal.