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Old 03-14-2013, 09:53 AM   #111
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A bathroom scale can be used... many of us have done it this way. If you have a trailer with as much tongue weight as a 19', or a 17' with dual batteries on the tongue, the weight will be too high for a common bathroom scale, so a lever set up is required, such as that described by eTrailer.

An affordable scale which is designed specifically to weigh a trailer tongue is the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale, which was mentioned several times in this discussion, and shown in gbaglo's photo.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:30 PM   #112
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Photos of RAV4 and Escape 17B with and without Weight Distribution Hitch employed. I will weigh the tongue again when I have the trailer ready for the first excursion of the year.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:37 PM   #113
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If those pictures are recent you are just showing off! Were is the snow ?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #114
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Just shot the pix an hour ago. I had to hook up so I can haul Toad to my mechanic for wheel bearings and brake adjustment service / checkup.
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Interesting pictures, it appears when the w/d is attached, your trailer front is raised, maybe 2" , perhaps due to the shift of weight to rear of the trailer?
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The bubble moved from centre left to centre right when the WDH was employed. The level itself is on the trailer just aft of the door. So, the nose of the trailer rose slightly. I'll do a measurement at the hitch, tomorrow when I'm ready to unhook.
See the wheel wells on the RAV too for reference.
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Yes, I see the front drops and the rear is raised.
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Interesting pictures, it appears when the w/d is attached, your trailer front is raised, maybe 2" , perhaps due to the shift of weight to rear of the trailer?
The rise is due to the action of the WD spring bars, prying up in the tug's rear and thus transferring load off of the rear axle (so it rises) and onto the tug's front axle and the trailer's axle. There is a reduction of tongue weight due to tilting the trailer, as a side effect, but that is minor compared to the load changes forced by the prying action of the spring bars.

Of course, to tilt just the trailer you don't need WD - only an adjustment of the ball mount height.
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This doesn't really add to the topic being discussed, but I would like to say to Gbaglo that your Escape and Tow look really good together.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:03 AM   #120
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My FJ squats a little hooked up, like your first picture so I'm contemplating a used w/d hitch over on fg forums. It is a 600 lb t/w 6000# gross set up.
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