Originally Posted by jon_l
Nice rig kendall-smith.
Re: the load deck in front of the camper - how does this set-up pull empty vs. with 2 bikes, with the bikes' weight so close to the tongue? How do you compensate, with ballast? Seems like it would be either too heavy or too light.
Thanks for the comment!
As for your question, the camper seems to pull just fine regardless of whether the deck is loaded or unloaded. The first picture in my previous post is about as loaded down as this particular rig will ever get. I would estimate that there is somewhere in the neighborhood of 800-900 lbs on the deck and probably 500-600 lbs in the bed/cab of the truck in that photo.
When the deck is loaded I like to use my weight distribution hitch, which helps "eliminate" some of the tongue weight. I live in Shawnee, KS and pulled that setup to Custer, SD and back and never had any problems that were related to weight or anything like that. Except for the fact that my mileage went down to about 13 mpg for the whole trip. I can't complain though, since we were loaded heavy and moving pretty fast most of the time.