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Hitch Weight or Tongue Weight (TW) is the amount of weight pressing down on the vehicle’s hitch or 5th wheel connection when the trailer is fully loaded for travel. Tongue weight for a travel trailer can be 10-15 percent of overall weight; fifth-wheel hitch weight is usually 18-20 percent of the overall weight.

UVW

The Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW) or Dry Weight is the actual weight of the trailer or truck as built at the factory. The UVW does not include passengers, cargo, fresh water, LP gas, or after market accessories.

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