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Do I Need to Relieve Tongue Weight Of Parked Rig

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jpeil
Posted 2018-05-16 7:09 PM (#171610)
Subject: Do I Need to Relieve Tongue Weight Of Parked Rig


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Some people have told me that I should use the tongue jack to reduce the tongue weight of my bumper pull when it's hooked to the truck and the rig is parked--to reduce the wear on the truck rear suspension. Is this true or is it a wives tale? My truck is a 3/4 ton with heavy-duty suspension and towing package. It's rated to pull a trailer up to 12500 lbs. My trailer is a 17-ft, 2-horse bumper-pull that weighs about 2800 lbs empty.

Do you think I should take some of the tongue weight off of the truck when it's parked, or is that overkill?
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hornet
Posted 2018-05-17 6:35 AM (#171613 - in reply to #171610)
Subject: RE: Do I Need to Relieve Tongue Weight Of Parked Rig


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Parked, connected for months, ya I would.  Parked for the weekend or week camping, I wouldn't bother.  I lower the jacks on my trailer on camping trips only to stablize the trailer.  I'll unhook only if leveling requires it.
 
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Jeepplr
Posted 2018-05-23 7:13 PM (#171627 - in reply to #171610)
Subject: RE: Do I Need to Relieve Tongue Weight Of Parked Rig


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Your trailer weight is insignificant for your trucks capabilities, lowering the jack is not needed to protect your suspension. Lowering your jack will slow or stop a truck/trailer thief.
I do unload my trucks suspension when I have my gooseneck connected and am stopped for the night or camping.
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