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Old 01-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

Does anybody have one of these scales and if so have an opinion?

http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm

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Old 01-20-2011, 10:32 PM   #2
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

Glenn:

I don't have one of these -- just used a bathroom scale which worked quite well. Our scale is an electronic scale. You need to apply the load fairly quickly but gently. I did this by using some blocks and a bottle jack rather than using the hitch jack. The tongue weight on our little trailer is only 200 pounds which is within the range of a bathroom scale.

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Old 01-21-2011, 09:10 AM   #3
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

I have one and I think it's great. It is most valuable when you get a new trailer or when you change the way you load your trailer. Once you get a feel for how your trailer reacts to different weights in different locations, it is less useful. I will be using mine quite a bit when I pick up my new Escape 19 this spring but I suspect that I won't use it much after the first year.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:43 AM   #4
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

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I have one and I think it's great. It is most valuable when you get a new trailer or when you change the way you load your trailer. Once you get a feel for how your trailer reacts to different weights in different locations, it is less useful. I will be using mine quite a bit when I pick up my new Escape 19 this spring but I suspect that I won't use it much after the first year.
That was my experience. I used it quite a bit the first summer. After that; not so much.

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Old 01-29-2011, 04:29 PM   #5
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

Well, I bought the Sherline scale and even read the manual.

Today, I measured the tongue weight and got 300 lbs. Dry weight of the 17B is 2,100 lbs and I'm guessing what it weighs loaded. I figure, I'm probably in the ballpark of 10 - 15 per cent of total weight at 300 lbs.

Of course I'll have to do it all again once we load up for a trip. Have to add generator, BBQ, chairs, food, and beer of course.

Last time I weighed the trailer ( hitched to the RAV ) I got 2,816 lbs. on the trailer axle. According to the Sherline manual, you add the tongue weight from the scale reading to that to get the total weight - 3,116 llbs.

Might have to move a couple cast-iron pans forward.

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Old 01-29-2011, 06:02 PM   #6
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

Hey Glenn you could always pack some extra beer.....
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

Remember to weigh that tongue on a level area and make sure the trailer is level. With the torsion axles that Escape uses you can skew your results.
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

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Hey Glenn you could always pack some extra beer.....
That weight shifts after loading too much to count on.

I have been seriously considering getting that scale, where did you pick it up Glenn?
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:10 PM   #9
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

I ordered from etrailer.com
Actually, I got two, one for me and one for Keath for his 19'.
I asked if they were available from their Ontario warehouse and they were so were shipped from there. I figured it would be OK to go by UPS since package wasn't crossing the border. Ended up on FedEx ( they must have some arrangement with UPS ).
Cost was $123.50 each and $44.39 shipping for the pair. Ordered Sunday and got them on Friday.

If they were going to ship from U.S. I would have specified USPS.

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Old 01-29-2011, 07:21 PM   #10
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Re: Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale

BTW: You can get the Sherline Trailer Towing Guide as a PDF at http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm

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