Hitch Weights! Why so high?
Why are hitch weights so high on ramp trailers? Good question. Hitch weight should be between 10- 15% of your loaded weight when you're ready to hit the road. To make sure that happens the vehicle has to be on the upper end of that percentage when keystone builds them at the factory. Why? Well, as you load your ATV's or motorcycles in the cargo area something interesting happens. The hitch weight actually goes down! Weight is transferred from the hitch to the axles. This lever effect is similar to how a teeter totter works. Keystone engineers have carefully considered this and other factors and determined that the weights specified here allow you the greatest flexibility in loading your trailer safely while maintaining a proper percentage of weight (not too much or too little) on the hitch. Happy trailering!