Before you attach a trailer to your vehicle and start hauling it around the country, you need to make sure that all the numbers add up. One of the numbers you will need to calculate is your gross trailer weight (GTW). It is pretty easy to figure out your trailer's GTW.
What Exactly Does GTW Measure?
Sure, you know that GTW stands for gross trailer weight, but what does that really mean? The gross trailer weight includes not just your trailer, but all the comprising weight inside your trailer. It is the weight after everything has been added onto your trailer and it is fully loaded down.
Weighing Your Trailer With A Public Scale
If you do not know the GTW of your trailer, there are a few different ways that you can figure it out. One of the easiest and simplest ways to figure out the GTW is to just weigh your trailer.
You can weigh your trailer when it is empty, and then keep track of everything as you add it to your trailer when you pack it up to get the GTW. Or, you can weigh your trailer when it is fully loaded up to get an accurate GTW number.
You can take your trailer to some public scales. Most states have their own lists of public scales. Just Google your state and you will find a list of public scale sites. Some public scales are free, and other sites may charge you a couple of dollars.
Once you locate your nearest public scale, hook your trailer up to your vehicle and drive it on over.
When you get to the scale, you will need to pull your vehicle up far enough so that only your trailer is resting on the scales. You may want to bring someone along with you so they can direct you and let you when only your trailer is sitting on the scales. Make sure all the wheels are on the scale. Then, disconnect the trailer from your vehicle and make sure that the tongue of the trailer is also on the scale. Disconnecting the trailer will provide you with the most accurate weight.
Contact The Manufacturer Of Your Trailer
Another way to figure out your trailers GTW is to call up the manufacturer of your trailer. They should be able to provide you with the information that you need. You should be able to find out the estimated GTW of your trailer when it is fully loaded from the manufacturer.
Before you set off on your next adventure, you will need to know the GTW of your trailer. This is an important number that you will need to add to your gross vehicle weight in order to make sure that you do not exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle. You can figure out the GTW of your trailer by taking it to a public scale and weighing it or by contacting the manufacture of your trailer. For additional information, contact professionals, such as those from Tip Top Towing Inc.