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post #69 of Old 07-20-2012
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Re: Largest Semi-Trailerable Sailboat ???

Sounds like you are using good judgment! I adjust tongue weight by moving the load forward or back. I weigh the tongue weight on a cheap bathroom scale, by using a 5 ft. beam and two blocks. One block is one foot away from the tongue and carries most of the weight. The other block is four feet away and has the scale on it and the beam on the scale. I weigh the (1/2) beam, then let the tongue down on the 4ft. away point. Whatever I get on the scale, I subtract the empty weight and multiply by four. This gives half the tongue weight if I'm remembering correctly, I usually know for sure by the time I do it. I'm using leverage to reduce the weight on the scale. I can have up to 1500 lbs. tongue weight on my truck. The blocks make the tongue on the beam the height of my hitch, I do it on level ground.
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