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Old 06-13-2019, 12:33 PM
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We have a loadmaster aluminum tandem axle trailer that is under our 23 concept. It came with the boat. We tow it with a GMC Yukon 1500. The concept has a bracket and thus the engine is pretty far out the back of the rig causing aft weight. The trailer is adjusted all the way forward on the winch mast and the boat is all the way forward and we still don't have hardly any tongue weight.

One of the bright ideas, other than buying a new trailer, is was that I was going to move the axles back on the trailer giving us more tongue weight. It looks simple in theory. We would move the axles back 4-6 inches and we should be better off. We'd drill 8 new holes and if needed extend the brake lines to the front axle.

Right now if we get a good air push off a semi passing us or uneven pavement we get a sway going and its not pleasant at speed.

Only other thought was to carry a few 50 pound bags of something in the bow of the boat to try to help the issue or add lead to the tongue of the trailer but I'd rather not add that weight to the total towing rig.

Any other bright ideas? thanks!
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:07 PM
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Pictures would help but moving the axles seem like the easiest way. Something else to consider before doing that is that the typical weight for a hitch is less then 10%. Depending on who you ask the numbers are going to range between 3 and 5 percent to 7 percent to 10 percent. with that said, I'd take it to a scale and weigh the trailer as loaded and find your tongue weight first. If your in the 10% area, a weight distribution hitch with sway bars may be more or just as effective.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:11 AM
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thanks. I know we aren't even close to 10%. The tongue can be lifted by me and is probably around 100LBs, maybe 150.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:24 AM
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Why not move the boat forward to increase your tongue weight???
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by mdman352 View Post
Why not move the boat forward to increase your tongue weight???
his trailer is too small! he stated it is already as far forward as possible!
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:16 AM
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do it the correct way and find a trailer of proper size!
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:22 AM
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its sized right. the boat is stern heavy
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by herkster View Post
its sized right. the boat is stern heavy
if your adjusted all the way forward and still have that much weight on the rear, YOUR NOT SIZED RIGHT!
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all boats are stern heavy!
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:05 AM
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Post a pic of the trailer, moving the axles sounds good to me.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:17 AM
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You will be best to move the axles, very easy to do and despite what some may say it is safe to do.... Most boat trailers are made to generic specs unless you spend the bucks and get a customer built Myco or Ameritrail tpe trailer (and they will build a generic frame and put the axles where it is best balanced and build a fancy cradle to rest it on), you won't need this and can manage this problem on your own for cheap....

Pics would help, also taking the boat and trailer to a Cat scale at a truck stop would be a good thing to do also so you can get the axle weight and the tongue weight... I would actually drop the trailer and drive forward before having them get the weight, this way you can be pretty calculated with the new location for the axles... I am thinking you may need to move the axles back a tad further than 6" i it is as bad as you say...
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