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Old 03-12-2013, 05:21 PM   #71
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What is a 105 PAC HOW?
Is that what was in what I call an ammo box? Came from an army surplus store about 30 years ago. Is waterproof.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:35 PM   #72
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Glenn, I can't really see the situation with the photo well enough so I am going by what you are saying. You need to be on level ground to get a good tongue reading and you are saying that you are not. Next time out, you could find a level place and get the tongue weight and see how that compares to your present reading.

If you are in fact on a slope, your reading would be off with your trailer level, as you show it here. So I would expect at least some little difference if you take a weight elsewhere on level ground. In other words, level trailer on a slope equals an incorrect tongue weight. How incorrect would be the question. Maybe it's not too much. Good box! Now I need one.



Brian, I realized right after I posted that the truck scale could make a difference for tongue weight on smaller trailers. We have enough weight that it is not an issue with ours.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:39 PM   #73
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As others have stated, for a single axle trailer it does not matter whether the ground is level as not as long as you measure the hitch weight with the trailer level. Chocks or blocks on the wheels will have no impact on the hitch weight.

Sloping ground may impact hitch weights for multi-axle trailers.

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:34 PM   #74
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Gbaglo. When I left the uk territorial army (weekend warriors) the 105mm pack howitzer was just starting to be issued to replace the older 25 pounders in their artillery batteries. I seem to remember the cartridge carriers looked like yours. I think this whole tongue weight thing depends on whether you own a 19 or a 15/17 foot. I notice over 30 posts are from 19s and I lost count of your replies but I think they are about 90% of the remainder. Personally I think you're right and will use that method on our sloping street. Anyone want to sell me a Sherline 1000#? Cheers, Richard
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Well, those with 19s could simply remove one of the wheels on each side, preferably the ones furthest from the centre, prior to weighing.

As for the box; it weighs a ton. I bought it for whitewater, but, never took it anywhere.
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There you go sounds perfectly reasonable to me. The box - yes very well made - the preference was that the contents only expanded intentionally. Cheers Richard
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Very entertaining thread.
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Jubal the quote that I used to excuse my transgressions and to infuriate my Father was "You're only young once, you're one a helluva Of a long time dead". At 72 in May I still live by it!! Cheers, Richard
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We have double axles. Glenn, since yours is a single, it can act differently so you are probably fine. To me, the difference between a double and single is that when the tongue is parallel to the ground and then is lowered, I expect the weight to be greater. I understand that it is greater for a single axle. But it is less for double axles, at least that is the way I remember the weight going with our double axles. So apparently single and double axles do not act the same. If we put the tongue up, it becomes heavier, not lighter as expected. So I shouldn't say anything on single axles. Done! The box is nice.
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