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Unread 09-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Ever Checked your Tongue Weight on Jeep Hauler?

I wonder how many have ever taken the time to determine their car haulers tongue weight?
I say this because it seems to me I see too many longish car haulers with the Jeep too far forward.

I never paid much attention with my Goose Neck or my light trailers but after buying a 2100 lb, 18" utility trailer, I started to get concerned about too much weight on the hitch...... exceeding the weakest link in my towing setup.

I found a cool website that shows how to get tongue weight on a bathroom scale.
Sure enough I was over loading my drop hitch. Towed great but not what I wanted to be doing.

Any one else weighed their trailer tongue..... Or even concerned about tongue weight??

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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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The best way to check tongue weight requires only four friends or three really big friends and a yardstick.

Attach trailer and measure height of bottom of hitch receiver from ground. Remove trailer and get friends to stand on rear bumper until same distance from ground. Add weight of friends for tongue weight. Reposition load for correct tongue weight which for most trailer/Jeep loads is 450-600 pounds to start with.

And, any sensible person is concerned about tongue weight.
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Unread 09-18-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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The best way to check tongue weight requires only four friends or three really big friends and a yardstick.
Tried that first!
Suspect it works on a 1500 Pick up.
But my 2500 diesel long bed, with a towing suspension only settles so far, onto the overload spring....
until you get WAY over gross!

Agree, Any sensible person SHOULD be concerned about tongue weight. But after asking several of my club members how they determine where to place the jeep on their 18' or 20' trailers, I'm not so sure!
Most common response I get..... 1/2 to 3/4 of Wrangler in front of axles and judge by feel from there.

I used this system; See method 2........HERE

This position, with 150 lb tool box on front, gives me 12% of trailers 6100 lbs. on tongue........
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I suggest to the careless that when they find a proper location of their rig on the trailer they slide a 2x4 in behindor in front of the front tire and nail or bolt it in place so they can end up there dependably each time.
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i always have just gone by feel. on my 0ld 1500 truck i would pull on to the trailer till i got a 2-3" drop in the truck, usually rear tires at the rear of the trailer fenders and continue to load this way even with my f350, though it does not squat at all when loading like this.

on the goose neck, no choice on it as i usually have two rigs when towing it so one is all the way forward in order to fit the second.
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Unread 09-19-2013, 07:53 AM   #6
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...... slide a 2x4 in behindor in front of the front tire and nail or bolt it in place so they can end up there dependably each time.
Love this idea. Drive up to, or over it, back up to it (like a chock) and you are there!!
Like most, I've been using a mark on the decking. Not after Saturday!
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