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Old 01-09-2016, 06:06 PM   #151
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I'd be less concerned about having a little too much tongue weight than having too little tongue weight. Too little would induce sway.
You want the tongue weight to be 12-15 per cent of the trailer weight.
You want a scale with 1,000 lb. gauge because it is most accurate at the middle of the gauge and easier to read.
If that's not what you are asking, I got lost in this thread.
Glenn your recommendation is get the 1000 lb scale to check the tongue weight ? Pat
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:20 PM   #152
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Scale is the same. The gauge on the scale can be 1,000 or 2,000. Your tongue weight is likely to be 450 lbs? so that is in the middle of the gauge ( where it is most accurate ) and is easier to read.
Tongue weight on my 17B was about 320 lbs and the gauge read to 2,000 so it was really hard to read. I replaced 2,000 lb gauge with a 1,000 lb gauge. And, that cost me more money than if I had ordered it with a 1,000 lb gauge.
BTW, the scale is not supposed to be stored on its side ( like shown ) and is not supposed to be picked up by the top.
If you blow up this pic you can see where 320 lbs. would be and can imagine where it would be on a 2,000 lb gauge ( which is what's in that white box and useless to me ).
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:40 PM   #153
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I went the cheap route to check my tongue weight. Since I already had a trailer dolly, I bought a cheap bathroom scale at Walmart, put it under 1 tire of the dolly, put a board under the other tire, and lowered the trailer onto the dolly. Take the weight on the scale, double it and subtract the weight of the dolly. Might have to put some extra boards under the dolly tires to bring the tongue up to normal towing height.
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:19 PM   #154
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I went the cheap route to check my tongue weight. Since I already had a trailer dolly, I bought a cheap bathroom scale at Walmart, put it under 1 tire of the dolly, put a board under the other tire, and lowered the trailer onto the dolly. Take the weight on the scale, double it and subtract the weight of the dolly. Might have to put some extra boards under the dolly tires to bring the tongue up to normal towing height.
Actually, you would subtract half the weight of the dolly, as the other half is carried on the board on the other side. Probably not that great of an am
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Actually, you would subtract half the weight of the dolly, as the other half is carried on the board on the other side. Probably not that great of an am
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When you double the weight on the scale, you account for the full dolly weight, so you would subtract the full dolly weight from that.
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When you double the weight on the scale, you account for the full dolly weight, so you would subtract the full dolly weight from that.
Ah, I shouldn't try thinking after 10 hours of work.

You are doubling half the weight of the dolly, thus having to reduce by the full weight of the dolly. My brain was on the thinking that you reduce the readout by half the weight of the dolly, then double the resultant to get the tongue weight, though that would work too.
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Old 01-09-2016, 11:07 PM   #157
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Since I already had a trailer dolly, I bought a cheap bathroom scale at Walmart, put it under 1 tire of the dolly, put a board under the other tire, and lowered the trailer onto the dolly. Take the weight on the scale, double it and subtract the weight of the dolly. Might have to put some extra boards under the dolly tires to bring the tongue up to normal towing height.
Clever!
Just keep the dolly level side-to-side when you block it up, so that the ball stays midway between the tires (horizontally) and the 2:1 ratio stays correct.
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While using a bathroom scale can get you close, if you want high accuracy, go with the shurline. The industrial scale will be much more accurate.
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While using a bathroom scale can get you close, if you want high accuracy, go with the shurline. The industrial scale will be much more accurate.
That is what we are getting . Pat
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Old 01-10-2016, 04:24 PM   #160
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While using a bathroom scale can get you close, if you want high accuracy, go with the shurline. The industrial scale will be much more accurate.
Yes, the Sherline is likely better, but it is not a commercial scale approved for trade - it has no accuracy guarantee, or even an accuracy or repeatability spec on its web page. It is convenient, an excellent way to go for this specific purpose of checking tongue weight, and reasonably priced compared to alternatives.

It is possible to get a better electronic platform scale as well. I have a Kitchener digital scale (from Princess Auto) with 200 kg (440 lb) capacity, with a precision and repeatability of a small fraction of one kilogram (or pound). I didn't get it specfiically for tongue weight. The scale also reads continuously (rather than locking in annoyingly like a typical bathroom scale), and can be manually zeroed (to account for tare weight such as a stand sitting on it). Although it has much higher capacity than a typical bathroom scale, it can still only handle 17 Foot and smaller plus the lighter 19 Foot Escapes.
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