MGS supplies trailers with both finishes. 8
Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to use paint or hot dipped galvanizing:
In the end...to paint or to galvanize? Only you can answer which best suits your needs.
Before discussing tongue load, it is important that you understand some commonly used terms.
The current industry standard for tongue load is 10-15% of the GAWR. If your trailer has a GAWR of 10,000 lbs., then your GVWR would be rated between 11,000 lbs. and 11,500 lbs. In this case, this means that up to 1,500 lbs. load from your trailer will be transferred to the hitch of the tow vehicle. Remember that tongue load is proportional to the trailer and its load. On a cargo or equipment trailer it is important to distribute or position the load on the trailer so that the tongue load weighed at the towing eye is 10% to 15% of the loaded weight of the trailer.
Exceeding the tongue load can cause substandard trailer handling characteristics such as swaying or wheel lock up under braking. Either of these conditions can cause the operator to lose control. It can also cause the rear axle of the tow vehicle to be overloaded which could result in failure of any of the rear axle components or improper tow height which will cause the aforementioned instabilities.
Generally, a trailer with low tongue weight will exhibit more pronounced poor handling characteristics such as swinging and wheel lockup during breaking. It is also possible to overload the trailer axles while still staying within the GVWR of the trailer. This could result in damage to the trailer's running gear.
Another factor that influences tow-ability is hitch height. The standard acceptable hitch height based on whether or not the trailer is level. The acceptable range is level to +2" hitch height. If the hitch is too high or too low it affects the weight distribution of the trailer causing the trailer to behave as if it is either tongue light (hitch more than 2" above level) or tongue heavy (hitch below level).
Every new trailer carries a tire and loading label (on MGS trailers near the V.I.N. plate) that gives information on the maximum load that your trailer can carry. You must determine the proper placement of the cargo or equipment in order to achieve the correct tongue load.