I have been in the same boat as you the past few weeks. I have a stock JT Overland with tow package, and my JT CCC is just below 1100 pounds (cant remember exact number off the top of my head), i.e. JT GVWR is 5800.Ugh. So just so I'm clear the weight of all passengers and cargo, plus the hitch weight of the trailer (10% of the total trailer weight loaded), and the weight of the hitch itself gets subtracted from my max cargo capacity (1078lbs)? In my case that puts me over by around 250lbs. Based on your post earlier, am I to understand the excess weight can be distributed back to the trailer to bring me under the 1078lb limit? I read somewhere that a WDH would distribute the hitch weight across the two axles of the vehicle as well as the axles of the trailer. I just can't wrap my brain around how that affects payload (cargo capacity).
I hate asking these questions because I feel dumb. I just want to feel comfortable before I hit the road with my wife and kids in the vehicle.
Hear is the conclusion that I came to:
on my spreadsheet calculations for my JT I have:
curb weight + me and the wife + 60 pounds misc + Trailer tongue weight.
For trailer I have:
dry weight (4200) + 75 pounds for WDH + battery, propane, a little bit of water, etc. Trailer wet weight about 4800. Trailer tongue weight = trailer weight multiplied by 10% and then added 30 pounds (WDH will add some to tongue weight).
I came out to be slightly over the JT GVWR.
Then my logic was: the WDH will help JT GVWR some. I also believe that the Overland reduced CCC (GVWR) is because they put a softer suspension on it (overland is the city driver version). I just put $500 down on a Freedom Express 192RB. It is still in the factory being built, with no delivery date
Anyways, once I get the trailer delivered, WDH setup properly, I will measure (height and weight) of the truck squat, both front and rear axle. If I think there is too much squat, my back up plan is to put airbags on the rear shocks.
I am sure I will probably get a lot of advice telling me I shouldnt do this, but then again, I have heard some people say you absolutely need a 1 ton dually to tow a tent trailer safely. lol
Btw, 95% of my towing will be in (flat) Oklahoma. And I plan to tow at a safe speed of 55-60 mph. I am in no rush to get to my destination