Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
Think of this kind of like building and then loading cargo in an airplane. Too high for a total Center Of Gravity (COG) is unstable. A plane with this high of a COG would only be stable flying upside down. Not good.
This sounds counterintuitive, but the lighter the trailer, with the same bike at the same height on top, raises the COG and it is LESS stable. Choices are, 1. Lower the cargo. 2. Add cargo weight very low on the trailer. Or 3. A combination of both.
My Kwik Kamp weighs in at 350 when empty. When I bought it the previous owner threw 20 pounds of ice in the cooler and told me it would handle better with MORE cargo inside. After getting home, I tested using zero or up to 4 tool boxes loaded at 50 pounds each. He was right. It pulls better at 500 pounds than empty at 350 pounds!
The Kwik Kamp's axle, frame and cargo box don't weigh a lot. But too much of that 350 pounds is the camper bed and tent mounted up on top. Adding weight in the bottom of the cargo box, down low, helps counter balance it and lower the entire trailers COG.
Just my random, rambling thoughts. Carry on.
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