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Old 11-14-2020, 12:25 PM
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Default Boat trailer tongue height and weight saga!

I WIN! After much fine tuning, I final got so damn close I could cry. Just a quick update to share my achievement.
  • Measured hitch height by switching the hitch back to the 2.5" drop with no load at 26 3/4"
  • Added air bags
  • loaded the boat to the truck and it squatted to 24"
  • added 60 psi to the bags, leveled the truck which raised the hitch to 25 5/8's. and drove to the scales to see how she rode. I was amazed at the ride.
  • discounted the trailer on the scales at the exact 25 and 5/8 height on the tongue and weighed the axles/tongue/truck, added the axle weight and the tongue weight to get my gross trailer weight which came out to 11840. the tongue weight was 1140 which is 40 pounds shy of being exactly 10% tongue weight. I can live with that!!!
  • the trailer is 1 inch difference (17" in the front and 16" in the rear) from front to back over the entire 36' of the trailer so the pitch is damn near perfect. I put the level on it at the middle axle and the whole bubble is in the middle.
I'm very pleased with the ride, the stance, and the fact my tongue weight is spot on!

Thanks for all the suggestions THTer's

Scott

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All sounds good, except isn't your receiver only rated for 1000lbs?
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Mine is a 2.5" Class 5 and it's rated 1200
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Mine is a 2.5" Class 5 and it's rated 1200
Then yes, you won!
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Are we missing a zero in that rating number for the Class V?
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Are we missing a zero in that rating number for the Class V?
He's discussing tongue weight.
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Airbags make this so much easier. Nice work.
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