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Old 02-02-2016, 02:17 PM   #161
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Thanks Jim,
You can be assured I will have it along at Osoyoos, The Wine Escape and the Mississippi River Function. Someone is bound to have a methodology for weighing the fifth wheel weight. It would seem to me to be a front and back axle situation like they use on semi trailer rigs. Probably take a tolerant scale person at the local quarry, landfill or grain elevator on a slow day. I'm not sure a scrapple bribe would be enough. I'm thinking cookies at the least. I noticed a scale at a local logging and lumber mill west of us the other day. Without anyone around and nobody on the scale, the digital readout showed 60 pounds? No sure about the accuracy, might have been that much mud on the plate. Thanks again,
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:43 PM   #162
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Since I will no longer be using that Sherline, you can have it. Just be sure and offer others at various rallies the chance to use it, it can become a "group" scale passed around. Not sure how to measure pin weight?
Could you not just block up under the hitch, and lower the kingpin onto the scale. A few wood blocks in the back of a pickup would get you to the right height.
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:46 PM   #163
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I do not think you can weight something that is on a suspension, as your truck bed, maybe inaccurate. Also not sure if the kingpin will fit onto the Sherline.
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:50 PM   #164
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There are instructions for using the Sherline to measure fifth wheel at Sherline site.

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Old 02-02-2016, 02:54 PM   #165
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I do not think you can weight something that is on a suspension, as your truck bed, maybe inaccurate. Also not sure if the kingpin will fit onto the Sherline.
Weight is mass acting downwards, and being on a suspension would not matter at all. Never thought about the scale actually fitting.

edit: Or just follow the guidelines baglo posted.
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Jim if it turns out that you need a piece of plate steel to span or fit over the scale pin for stability, let me know, I have some here and can get more.
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Old 02-02-2016, 05:51 PM   #167
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Thanks Dave, perhaps you can make a piece that fits in the middle hole, the black thing in the middle unscrews. That way others can use it for both tongue and pin weights, thanx
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:38 PM   #168
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I do not think you can weight something that is on a suspension, as your truck bed, maybe inaccurate.
The only problem is if the pin height is not the same as when towing, since the height affects how the load distributes between the axles and the pin. As long as it settles at about the right height, weighing the pin in the truck bed (as Sherline suggests) makes perfect sense to me.

Also, if your hitch positions the pin directly over the axle, or very close, you can just take the difference of drive-over scale readings for the truck's rear axle with and without the trailer... or regardless of the hitch position take the difference of drive-over scale readings for the entire truck with and without the trailer.
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Those of us in the US awaiting being able to order and wanting to take advantage of the low CAD/USD exchange rate can consider this ETF (exchange traded fund) CurrencyShares Canadian Dollar ETF (FXC) If you buy shares of it, you are essentially just buying CADs. If the CAD goes up in relation to the USD from your purchase price of the shares you win , (if the CAD goes down further you lose ), but it gives you another option.
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Do they teach personal fiscal responsibility in school? Seems like a good use of student and teacher time. I haven't been in public school for a half a century but did manage some pretty good sized budgets when I was working. Sometimes you have to say no.
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that's funny..if they did that in the USA, then the USA consumer based economy would collapse...the young consumers motto is " have to have that "I thingy" now and will go into more debt today to get it".... even if its obsolete the minute its purchased if not before!
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