No tongue weight

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No tongue weight

Postby Phoneguy422 » Sun May 15, 2016 8:59 am

Im the new owner of a beautiful 99 2100 lsr but I've noticed the trailer has almost no toungue weight. I thought about moving everything forward about 4" but the stern straps line up perfect as it is. Any advice?
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Re: No tongue weight

Postby cbsmith » Sun May 15, 2016 10:14 am

some trailers have adjustable axles that you can move forward and back to adjust the tongue weight. You need to look at the axle shackles and see if they are welded or bolted on. If you are able to move them be sure the axles is square to the trailer when you are done to prevent tire wear and ride issues.
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Re: No tongue weight

Postby steve & dot » Sun May 15, 2016 5:25 pm

I think the magic number is 7% of gross trailer weight on your tongue
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Re: No tongue weight

Postby Chris_in_Texas » Sun May 15, 2016 6:53 pm

Either move the boat forward or the axle backwards if you can. You don't want to be to light, that means all the weight is hanging past the axle, which can cause fish tailing (sway back and forth) at high speed. Yes the 5-10% for boat trailers is normal range of total gross weight including the boat. For conventional trailers 10-15% is the norm. 7% is a great starting point.
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