>Water goes at about 8 pounds a gallon. So if you have 50 gallons of
water on the roof of your trailer and stop at 60 miles an hour the force is
about that of stopping a yearling bull!
Except that the other factor in figuring force is velocity, and I have yet
to see a yearling bull get up to 60 mph....
>If it on top a gooseneck LQ trailer that goes for 10,000 to 12,000
pounds to start with then it should not be a big deal (assuming it is tied
down). However, if it's on top of a small trailer it could cause a real
In a straight headon, it likely wouldn't be a problem on a bigger trailer,
but if there are any twisting or sideways forces (such as a swerve) it
could be the difference between rolling and not rolling. BTW,
my STEEL gooseneck only weighs 4800 lbs empty, so if you add another ton
for two endurance horses and all our gear, etc., that's still less than
7000#--light enough to be adversely affected by 400# of ballast in the wrong
place. I can easily carry 8% of my body weight, too, but if I slip and fall
while running, I'd sure rather have it close to my center of gravity, instead of
out at some extreme point.