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Check your tongue weight

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Exracer2, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. Feb 24, 2018 at 9:05 PM
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    Exracer2

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    The other day I bought a device for checking the tongue weight at the ball. I know I have my enclosed race trailer setup light so I have never really worried about tongue weight due to keeping a rearward weight bias. Since its winter I have a few things stored in there and know things aren’t weighted as I would when I tow. So I go to test my new scale and surprise I am right at the max tongue weight. I was still surprised to find a much heavier tongue than I would have guessed. I strongly suggest everyone get a REAL weight on their tongue. You too may be surprised at what your tongue weight really is.

    I will be verifying in the spring when I have it loaded and setup in as towed condition. My intention to buy a weight distribution hitch is now much more important to actually buy and install.
     
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  2. Feb 25, 2018 at 4:53 AM
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    Do you have a link to the device you bought?
     
  3. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:52 AM
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  4. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:04 PM
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    Exracer2

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  5. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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    Wow, that is a simple setup at a good price. Will have to look here or have my mother in law pick on up around Toronto. Thanks
     
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  6. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:11 PM
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  7. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:21 PM
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    I saw that one when I started looking, but big cost difference. :eek:
     
  8. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:24 PM
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    Mine is a very simple long die spring so I can’t verify the accuracy at the moment. I assume yours will be much more accurate. At the price if I can verify the accuracy to a rough ballpark the tool is useful.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:33 PM
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    Yeah, I just wanted a good one that would be accurate, and have a range that would work for multiple trucks and trailers. That one fit the bill so I pulled the trigger.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2018 at 5:42 PM
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    Did someone say tongue weight?

     
  11. Feb 26, 2018 at 11:53 AM
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    Remember, a WD hitch adds another 80lbs or so to the tongue.
     
  12. Feb 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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    It does and needs to be considered. The Anderson weighs just under 60#. Pretty light for a WDH.
     
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    I just go and pay $3 to get weighed at the truck scales down the road. Actually it's $6 to calculate your tongue weight, and another $3 if you want to know what your loaded trailer weight is. But you really only need to do it once.
     
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  14. Jun 9, 2020 at 8:56 PM
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    Anyone know any good scales in San Diego to check axle weights?
     
  15. Jun 11, 2020 at 8:16 PM
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    A couple days ago I used my bathroom digital scale. I cranked up tongue with jack, stood a 4x4 on scale under tongue ball mount, cranked jack to lift jack wheel off the ground. Three times, 177.8 lbs. took all of maybe 7 minutes in the garage.
     
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    I took my boat to the local weigh scales and dropped the tongue on the scales, worked great and free too!
     
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    That's great for a lighter trailer but I don't think a bathroom scale will work with a +600lb tongue weight.
     
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  18. Jun 12, 2020 at 2:27 PM
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    Where does one find a truck scale? What would I do a search for locally?
     
  19. Jun 13, 2020 at 3:54 PM
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    Do you have any junk or scrap yards ? They would have truck scales. Maybe a farm that deals with bulk grain. Large trucking companies, I know that they weigh trucks coming into the yard and going out.
     
  20. Jun 13, 2020 at 5:08 PM
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    Search for CAT scales in your city
     
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