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Folding tongues, reliable???

Old 05-16-2019, 11:32 AM
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Are folding trailer tongues reliable,safe???
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:33 AM
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Yes.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:41 AM
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I would say yes, if they are factory installed, or installed by a competent tradesman. I have had them on a number of 15'-16' boats, without problem. If you are considering it for a large/heavy boat, I'm sure there are specifics available from trusted vendors.
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:55 AM
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Ive never heard of one failing. Plenty of hitch / balls fail but never heard of a swing away tongue causing a wreck.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:02 PM
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I put one on the trailer of my 16' skiff a few years ago and have had no issues.

I know they do not recommend them for aluminum pipe.
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some have cracked and failed but if you do your prechecks you would find it. it obviously isnt as strong as a solid piece. same as your hubs. you need to keep an eye on them. i have two boats with them on as they came with them.. no need unless it gets you in the garage.
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I have one on my 24' Ranger Bay trailer and it's just fine.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:36 PM
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I prefer a larger garage but yes, of course they're safe.
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Old 05-16-2019, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Jkcam View Post
I would say yes, if they are factory installed, or installed by a competent tradesman. I have had them on a number of 15'-16' boats, without problem. If you are considering it for a large/heavy boat, I'm sure there are specifics available from trusted vendors.
Why do you believe it needs to be factory installed? Have you seen how the bolted on ones are installed? I have put one on and it takes some time but it is a no-brainer. Drill a bunch of holes and install the provided bolts to the proper torque specs. Not much to get wrong with that.

The one I used was rated for over 6,000 lbs based on my install specs/lengths and my gross trailer weight is 4,200 lbs so I don't have any fear of it failing.
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Originally Posted by Robalomann1 View Post
Are folding trailer tongues reliable,safe???
FYI THT has a trailer sub-forum: https://www.thehulltruth.com/trucks-trailers-60/
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:11 PM
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I installed one on my trailer for 17' Montauk. Used for 5 years now with zero problems. Great to have as the boat/trailer is much easier to fit in the garage.

If you are doing this yourself, you better have high quality steel cutting drill bits and use plenty of cutting oil.

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Have had on the trailer of my 20 Skeeter Bay since 2012 with no problems.
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26' Bay boat here and it would destroy the hinge in the first mile down the road.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:54 PM
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Mine have been rock solid. It’s an easy self installation as long as you can cut and drill metal. They even provide a center punch that locates and punches the center for drilling. Hint use oil, a slower speed and start with a small bit and work your way up to the big one.
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Used to tow 400 miles with one on a 5000lb boat. No problem.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
26' Bay boat here and it would destroy the hinge in the first mile down the road.
Why would it be more likely to destroy the hinge than the bolts on your coupler? The hinge and pin are similarly robust.
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Thanx for the input. Bought a new load rite today, dealer had the size I needed and he had one with the folding tongue installed already. 21 foot c.c. robalo, original 4500 rated trailer, so I got the 4700
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Originally Posted by blake0723 View Post
Why do you believe it needs to be factory installed? Have you seen how the bolted on ones are installed? I have put one on and it takes some time but it is a no-brainer. Drill a bunch of holes and install the provided bolts to the proper torque specs. Not much to get wrong with that.

The one I used was rated for over 6,000 lbs based on my install specs/lengths and my gross trailer weight is 4,200 lbs so I don't have any fear of it failing.
"or installed by a competent tradesman" should cover skilled do-it-yourselfers. It is not something I would want someone that has never heard of a torque wrench before doing.
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Why would it be more likely to destroy the hinge than the bolts on your coupler? The hinge and pin are similarly robust.

I am guessing the hinge is the weakest point in the system. I see what the tongue weight of my rig does to the tongue jack and it's a good jack. Can't believe how farking heavy that front of the trailer is when the boat is on it. No chance would I even consider it.
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