thanx i was lazy and going out the door so i posted to get answers when i got back..i read all links and all the info any one ever needed was there..it was good reading i did not even think about the tongue weight, i will have to load the toy and check the weight, now that was 10 to 15% of the total weight of the trailer with rig on it?? the trailer i got has surge breaks most say electric is better but the trailer i got has surge any advice??randii said:This has been well-discussed before:
Most folks have their own particular way of doing it... I set mine up like this:
1.) chain back axle down to opposite rear corners (transit-rated chain)
2.) pull truck forward, tensioning chain
3.) ratchet strap front axle to each front corner
4.) put truck in neutral, tighten front axle straps
5.) ratchet straps on back axle, as well (safeties, not crossed)
6.) back in gear and parking brakes engaged
Check that straps are tight after 10 minutes, and at each fuel stop.
If it is a wildly flexy rig, secure the axles as above, then use the winch to pre-tension the front end and the safety ratchet straps to pre-tension the back end. Not to the bumpstops, just mid-travel... I've seen some folks pre-tension with a strap across the floorboards of the tub, as well.
There are simpler ways to do this -- but the gear is cheap enough, and it only takes maybe five minutes extra. Belt and suspenders, man!