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Old 05-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #11
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Do you weigh it immediately after a shower?
No silly, in the morning after he drains the tanks.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:17 AM   #12
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Well, I'm ready to be called the "Red Green" of upstate NY (the link is for those that have never seen the show), but I saved spending the $ for a Sherline scale. Total cost - $24.99 for the 0 - 450 lb scale at Walmart plus some scrap lumber. It does have the limit that is custon sized for the Escape 17 hitch height but it works!
LOL I have to admit that that is the identical way I have done it.... and I love Red Green.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:09 AM   #13
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For you guys who have used the sherline scale, what steps do you go through to use it? I bought one and am about to try it out.
How do you get it up and off the trailer jack so that you can lower it on the scale pin?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #14
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You have to position it under your coupler (make sure your stabilizers are all retracted first) and place the scale on a strong flat support, like a cinder block or another item that all support the front of the trailer and the scale will sit flat on top of it. Ypu position the scale under the coupler and you then slowly lower the tongue jack and coupler over the scale until it starts to register and the front is totally supported by the tongue jack. raise and lower it several times to insure the same reading, and record the amount.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #15
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Hi Jim,
Not 100% clear...do you mean you jack the trailer up, put down the legs( the ones when you have it set up ( 4) - position the scale, then lower the jack and release the legs. The trailer is sitting on the front jack leg ( the jack that you lower and raise the trailer with) , so I think I need a way to hold the trailer so I can raise the front jack, and lower it back on the scale.?
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No, you raise all 4 stabilizers to the "Travel" position and you raise the front of the trailer with the tongue jack high enough to slide your scale, supported by a cinder block set upright. You then slowly lower the tongue jack over the scale until the scale registers the weight and the tongue jack is no longer touching the ground, thus the entire weight is now on the scale.
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And you use chocks at the wheels ( both sides ) to keep the trailer from shifting at all.
As you an see from the pic, I used a bottle jack to lift the scale. It's better to raise the tongue of the trailer to get the scale under and then lower the tongue on to the scale. My set up above is less stable.
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Thanks for the time and effort, appreciate it. It's clearer now.
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There's this take off on Jon's bathroom scale method.

Might have to get creative for 5th wheels.
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