A Honda Civic can carry 850 lbs. of cargo and passengers. So, for example, if you have four 150-lb. passengers, you can still comfortably carry 250 lbs. of cargo (4 times 150 equals 600, plus 250 equals 850). On a Civic Sedan, a portion of that cargo weight can be used to tow a trailer.
The weight that a trailer actually applies to the trailer hitch is called the "tongue weight." The "tongue" is the bar that extends forward from the box of the trailer to the hitch on the car. It includes the "coupler" -- the portion of the tongue that slips over the ball of the hitch. When a trailer is loaded properly -- with 60 percent of the load in the front half of the trailer and 40 in the back half -- the tongue weight will be approximately 10 percent of the total weight. A loaded trailer weighing 1,000 lbs., therefore, has a tongue weight of roughly 100 lbs. Use the tongue weight when you are calculating the total load you are carrying. To use the earlier example, a Civic Sedan carrying four 150-lb. passengers and towing a properly loaded 1,000-lb. trailer will still be able to carry 150 lbs. of luggage in the car (4 times 150 equals 600, plus 100 lbs. of tongue weight, plus 150 lbs. of luggage equals 850 lbs.).
Hmmmmmmmmmmm just discovered this article from the website itstillruns…. that's completely different then..
which means passengers 400lbs + 153lbs tongue weight (roughly 1530lbs total of SXS+trailer) = 603lbs which is absolutely perfect
But how good is that thing tho .. if I use that logic .. I could tow a 4000lbs trailer... (400lbs + 450lbs of passengers= 850lbs) .. which doesn't make sense.
But.. if its kinda how it works.. that 1530lbs is suddenly way less scary now.. is simply 153lbs of pressure on the hitch and which makes it not overkill my GWAR.
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