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How to place the load on my trailer

I have a 20' car hauler (not a 5er) and I am going to make a 500 mile round trip to pick up 600 gallons of veg. oil (approx. 4880lbs incl. tanks) and three rockwell axles out of a duece and a half (approx. 700lbs ea. for 2100lbs or so). This is an odd load that I am not sure how to arrange on my trailer for the best ride and safety. Any ideas?

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Maybe put the veg oil over the trailer axles and then the axles in front of that?
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Maybe put the veg oil over the trailer axles and then the axles in front of that?
That is what i was thinking but 2100 pounds out in front of the axles seems like a lot. Never had to put that much weight anywhere but over the axles and I am wondering if that much weight in front of the axles will make the rear of my truck sag too much.

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So put one axle in back of the veg oil and two in front of it
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If you don't have enough weight forward of axle, trailer will move from side to side(whipping action), you will know right a way if you don't have enough weight forward. Make sure trailer frame/bed is level with truck & over secure your load.
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So put one axle in back of the veg oil and two in front of it
Probably about your best advice, with the veg oil over the axles. But my concern would be the weight rating on the trailer, unless is has 5200# axles under it, you'll be overloaded. Make damn sure you secure that load also.

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My first concern is over hauling liquid. 600 gallons is not a huge volume, but make sure the tanks are as full as possible. Half full tanks can be treacherous unless the tanks have internal baffles. Otherwise, you've gotten good advice already.

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Don't guess, by using the 3-to-1 advantage of a fulcrum & lever arm, you can use a 300lb bathroom scale to get it to read up to 900lbs of tongue weight. You want to see around 10% of the total trailer weight on the tongue to tow properly.

You adjust this by where you place things on the trailer and, if necessary, moving the axle(s).
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