I’m planning to move to smaller, lighter SUV in the near future. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I’m seriously looking around.
What I see happening is that the weight factor of the trailer is going to be a lot more important than before. If the gross of the trailer must be less than the Tare of the car then I need to know the actual of both. I want to weigh the car and I want to weigh the trailer. Not just once, but every time.
Several posts back there’s some info about a home-based weighing device. I need something that will tell me the actual weight of my car, the actual weight of the trailer in toto, and the weight on the towball.
Please supply more info.
As with yourself an increasing number of fastidious motorists are concerned with the actual weight of their towing combinations.
Since there’s no easy way to get this information, particularly when you are ready to hook on and hit the road, we did some thinking and came up with a viable (but not particularly cheap) solution.
To save me the effort of typing it all again I’ll give the link to the complete webpage here:
Briefly, you have one device that you can use to weigh both your vehicle and trailer axles individually. You attach the load cell to your trolley jack and lift the axles clear of the ground one at a time. This process takes about 10 minutes.
You then have your complete car and trailer weights before you.
The same load cell will accurately determine your towball weight, either directly under the towball, or via the jockey wheel stem with a correction applied to derive the towball weight. This takes just a little mental arithmetic.
You can now figure out whether you are within legal (and, more importantly, prudent) weight limits. Especially whether the trailer actually weighs less than the car, and by how much.
I won’t do any marketing here but the cost is going to be around R2.5K, depending. Availability varies but is often disappointing, I’m sorry to say.