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Old 01-09-2016, 03:07 PM   #1
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tongue weigh-in

Today I got around to determining our 17A tongue weight for the first time, and it was a surprise.

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First, I constructed a poor-man's scale by using a 4x4 and the wife's deluxe bathroom scale (properly protected with a soft piece of cedar). the 4x4 is 36" long, and the trailer tongue foot is exactly in the center. The tongue weight is equally distributed to each end of the 4x4, so, whatever the scale reads, I just double to get the tongue weight.

I have just refilled the propane tanks (that's 70 lbs. total-tanks and propane), and the fresh water tank is full (20 gal.: 160+ lbs. behind the axle). I have 42 lbs. of stuff in the front storage box, with only a small amount of personal gear in the trailer.

So, essentially how it was when I picked it up in Sumas is how it sits: 492 lbs. on the tongue. Wow. I've got some work to do to get that weight down. Maybe I'll put a 500 lb. gorilla on the rear bumper.
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Old 01-09-2016, 03:19 PM   #2
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It seems to be quite easy with a 17', given the axle location to get the tongue heavy - but I'll sure take that over an underweight tongue. Our has often weighed in at near 400#.
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Does anyone have a real world tongue weight on the 21.
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500# tongue on BlackJack, 3800# on axles
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Does anyone have a real world tongue weight on the 21.
Also see post #78 by Jon V here on the weight spreadsheet he maintains: 19 or 21???

And Jim is that pre or post diet for BlackJack?
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Don, it looks like you're weighing at the jack, not the coupler. The jack is a little further back, so it carries more load. It's only a few percent, but the reading at the coupler will be a little lower than at the jack. The trailer is still quite front-heavy, even if the real tongue weight is "only" 450 pounds.
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If you go here: Trailer Loading and Towing Guide
you will find a section on weighing the tongue at the jack and at the hitch and how to apply a calculation so that you can weigh it at the jack ever after.
It's also an excellent towing guide.
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If you go here: Trailer Loading and Towing Guide
you will find a section on weighing the tongue at the jack and at the hitch and how to apply a calculation so that you can weigh it at the jack ever after.
It's also an excellent towing guide.
Thanks Glenn I bookmarked the guide and I guess I will look for a 1000 lb scale . Pat
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Go here: Buying a Sherline scale

Start reading at post #2 for previous discussion.
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Glenn Amazon has the 1000lb scale ? Pat
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