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Old 02-22-2016, 12:07 AM   #1
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Question Sturdy inexpensive support for a trailer tongue weight scale?

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The title says it all

Any clever suggestions for what I can use for a sturdy inexpensive support, for a trailer tongue weight scale?

I would be using it in our driveway.... The trailer wheels would be chocked, and it is flat, so no stability issues. I just need a really sturdy support for the Sherline LM 1000 I plan on buying.

I will crank up the tongue enough to get the support and scale into place, then lower it down.

It would need to be just a bit lower than our tug's hitch height.
To account for the height of the LM 1000
(Mid size SUV ..... Guess I had better measure this height)

Weatherproof would be great ... I could keep it outside, near the tongue.

Needs to easily support 600 lbs... Just for a safety margin.

Any suggestions ?

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Old 02-22-2016, 12:25 AM   #2
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I use my Lynx Leveler blocks. Weatherproof and useful for under stabilizers, jack, wheels.
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We just pile up blocks and boards. You have to have the right height so one item will not do it unless maybe you custom make it.
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I use my Lynx Leveler blocks. Weatherproof and useful for under stabilizers, jack, wheels.
Good idea.... I own two sets (2 x 10) of the Lynx Levelers.....

Do you just stack them straight up, in a single column?

and

maybe a "Lynx Cap" would be good, to make a flat surface?

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I just stack single, but a Lynx Cap would be a good idea. I think I'll get one, or a chunk of plywood.
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Just checked on the Lynx (Levelers) website - and they specifically say do not use a stack more than 5" high....

I'd need maybe 12" high.... guessing.... gotta measure the hitch ball height sometime

Hmmmmm...... ;-/

wondering.... about if a taller-than-5"-stack would be ok....


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Depends what you are doing, I would think.
If you are properly chocked and if the trailer and the blocks are on level ground, I don't see a problem. Or, I've not seen a problem.
I wouldn't do this again though ( pic ).
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They mean 5" under wheels probably. But we use boards too and they work at the bottom on gravel better. Often a problem with gravel to get the scale right.
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There is another method described in the Sherline Towing Guide.
You would have the hitch on the tow vehicle ball, but without the latch engaged.
You then place the Sherline scale under the jack and jack it up until the hitch comes off the ball ( I hope you chocked the trailer !! ). If you measure once with the Sherline under the hitch and then under the jack, there is a formula you can use to just measure with the jack from then on.
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I use a cinder block. Remember with the Sherline you must reset between readings, you have to allow it to return to zero before adding any weight again.
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