View Poll Results: Guess the tongue weight
under 250 lbs 3 9.68%
250 to 275 lbs 1 3.23%
275 to 300 lbs 5 16.13%
300 to 325 lbs 9 29.03%
325 to 350lbs 2 6.45%
Over 350 lbs 11 35.48%
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #519
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It's 37 degrees here and windy, but, Hey, the sun is shining so I won't complain! We got half an inch on Friday nite, making this the 4th snowiest winter on record here. I could have lived without the designation!
Daniel B.: here in tropical Minnesota, the frost line is 3 feet down. That's why we have to pour footers at minimum 42 inches down to meet code. When it thaws, the frost line actually goes DEEPER initially before thawing out. Some people up north actually have septic system freezes some winters and springs.
Hang in there WC. Spring HAS to come soon! (doesn't it?).

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Old 04-17-2011, 11:44 AM   #520
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Hello Kay at the rate the weather is going I think when we have our Xmas in July we'll still have snow on the ground and Santa can use a sleigh to get around the park.
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Old 04-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #521
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Supposed to be 76 down here today, in another month or 2 it will be in the mid 90's every day. I will be envying you guy then.
Good call on the PT plywood Chris, didn't think about the preservitive causing problems with the aluminum.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:01 PM   #522
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Unless there were stabilizing jacks or support pilings used aft of the normal axle locations that tongue should've been lifted at least some - the trusty counter-balance weight of the trailers rear keeps the tongue weight manageable at 8-15%.

I'd really be interested to know what the weight is on your dry & stripped trailer at the hitch socket...

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Old 04-19-2011, 10:56 AM   #523
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Someday?

The door company was here yesterday and disassembled the damaged parts to the door. It's not too bad. A new track for the door trolley, a new wind brace for the door, anew blet for the motor and reattach everything torn loose.
They are coming back today and after the took out the damaged parts I could open the door. They requested the trailer out of the way for the reinstall so this morning I hitched up and pulled the trailer. It also gave me room to pull out my van to make room for the guts of the trailer. The weather is supposed to be dry for most of the day so that's the plan. Move everything and then get the trailer back inside before the rain.
I took a few "someday" shots of the truck and trailer. Someday being once I get it all finished and get on down the road and get camping.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:24 PM   #524
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Wow does that look nice, Chris! But, you'd better get it back inside if our weather is moving your way. Snow, freezing rain, slush, windy, crappiest day of the year so far here today. And now we're getting thunderstorms!! Hopefully it won't make it over your way.
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I'd really be interested to know what the weight is on your dry & stripped trailer at the hitch socket...
Len any idea how I could weigh it and get the tongue weight. Obviously I can't tow it to a scale to weigh it and I think it would be too heavy for a bathroom scale.
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Lew it's back inside now and all the contents are now moved back into the shop so the camper's acn have their rec center back.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #527
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Tongue weight

(TW) The downward force that is exerted on the hitch ball by the coupler. The tongue weight will vary depending on where the load is positioned in relationship to the trailer axle(s). To measure the tongue weight, use either a commercial scale or a bathroom scale with the coupler at towing height. When using a bathroom scale, use the method shown and multiply the scale reading by 3.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:47 PM   #528
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Len any idea how I could weigh it and get the tongue weight. Obviously I can't tow it to a scale to weigh it and I think it would be too heavy for a bathroom scale.
WC, Actually, you can use a bathroom scale, assuming you have one of those old time analog dial scales, and not a new digital one. Get a 3 or 4 foot long piece of a 4x4, and about a 1 foot long piece of 2x4, and a couple of bricks or cement patio pavers. The 2x4 will straddle the scale side to side, putting pressure on both feet places. Place one end of the 4x4 on top of the 2x4 (which is on the scale), centering it on the scale so it will push down on both feet places equally. Then place the other end of the 4x4 on bricks or cement blocks that are same height as the 2x4 and scale combined height. The goal is to have the 4x4 level. Measure and find the center of the 4x4 between the 2x4 and the bricks (the two pivot points). Position this center point under the jack of your trailer, and raise the jack so the tongue weight of the trailer is carried on the 4x4. The reading on the scale will 1/2 the tongue weight. So, if it reads 250 pounds, then the tongue weight is 500 pounds. Just be sure the bathroom scale is large enough to handle 1/2 the tongue weight.

May not be 100% accurate, but it'll be close.

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:48 PM   #529
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Funny! What Daniel said and drew!!! I was too lazy to try and draw it out...
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I didn't draw it. Google, copy, paste.
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Thanks peoples, curiosity is up there on this one...
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Thanks a lot guys, now I have to go ahead and weigh it to see what it is.
I'm just guessing but I think all the contents including, fridge, stove, furnace, water heater plus all the awnings must weigh close to a ton so the empty shell and frame/ axle assembly should be around 3500 lbs. That would make the tongue weight around 280 to 350 lbs.
Anybody else want to make a guess?
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