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I have a 7x12 foot utility trailer. I want to haul my dirt bikes as well as my street bikes. I want to mount chocks to make it easier to load and unload by myself.

Should I mount the chocks to the front.

Or, should I mount the chocks so that the bikes are centered over the axle? Or maybe just a little forward of the axle?

Aren't trailers designed so that the it weights the hitch a little more anyway? I have 3 bikes, total weight will be about 250lbs each, 750lbs total.

Can someone educate me on some simple trailer loading tips so that I can distribute the weight correctly?

Thanks

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You need to factor the weight of the trailer plus all the gear. You want to have roughly between 10-15% of the entire load (including the trailer) on the ball.

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Honestly, there are formulas that help, but accurate scales for the vehicle, the tongue, and the axles are needed. And, then, if the load changes, the distribution points change. For example, I have a 28' Classic tandem axle trailer. The axles are positioned approximately 2/3 back from the tongue. The best pulling-(no swaying) that I have had puts more weight to the rear, over the axles. Sometimes, if I put 4 -5 gal cans back another 1 foot, the trailer pulls better. Has to do with the long tongue-(distance from the hitch point to the front axle). So, trial and error worked the best for me.

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A trailer that light will tow better with 15 -20% of it's gvw for tongue weight, as the trailers get heavier the percentage goes down a bit but never below 10%.

What are you towing it with? I'd personally put the chocks up front but then again I tow with a f350 superduty so tongue weight is inconsequential to me as long as there is enough of it.

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Go with what 10guy says, better off placing more weight on the tongue, makes the trailer less likely to wander.

Ron W.

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