Definitions for "Hitch weight"
Keywords:  trailer, fifth, tow, tongue, wheel
The amount of weight imposed on the hitch when the trailer is coupled. Also referred to as "tongue weight". Hitch 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.
Amount of a trailer's weight that rests on the tow vehicle; should be 10 to 15 percent with conventional trailers, 15 to 20 percent for fifth-wheels. Please read our Weight and Loading pages for more information.
See Tongue Weight