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Hi everyone, I am in the process of installing a hitch on my 96 gl1500 GW and would like to know the maximum weight I can put on the receiver. Is there a tool for measuring hitch weight? Should I increase the pressure in myshocks in accordence with the amount of weight on the hitch?



Thanks for any advice.

Pete
 

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I would stay between 20 and 35 lbs.
You can get an instrument for measuring this in the fishing department of your nearest sporting goods store.
Just use the fish scale to measure the tongue weight while hovering the hitch over the ball or beside it at the ball height.

35 lbs won't really be noticeable on the shocks but you can adjust them to suit.
 

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I believe the general rule of thumb is 10% of the trailer weight is what you should place on the tongue.You'll need to know what your loaded trailer weighs,the tongue wt can be done with a bathroom scale.For example if the trailer weighs 250 lbs, you need 25 lbs of tongue wt so it tows correctly and doesn't feel like it wants to tip backwards off the hitch while towing.,,,
 

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Rule of thumb: 10% of trailer weight not to exceed 40lbs.
 
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