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Old 08-31-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Tongue waggin'

After it was mentioned in another thread, I went online and ordered one of these:

Amazon.com: Sherline LM-5000 - Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 5000LB: Home Improvement

I thought it would be a cool gizmo to have. I suppose I could take it to a dealer and actually measure pin weight on a 5ver. How would you do that? I suppose you need some kind of jig/rig to do that, right?

Measuring a TT would probably be easier, you wouldn't need any other hardware.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #2
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I dont think I would use one of those (Tri-Pods) to place the gauge on. Most of them are only to Help take the (Bounce.shimmy,movement) out of the 5/W neck! Youroo!!
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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Yeah, I'm thinking something heavy guage would have to be fabricated.

I did notice that my dealer moves things around with a forklift, so maybe that would be an easy way. You may still need some way to hold things in place....
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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Could you place the scale on a steel plate or block of wood on top the the hitch and then set the pin on the scale?
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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At best, you'll be able to determine the dry pin weight...you'll still need to make an educated guess what it'll be when the camper's loaded. You can look where the storage areas are in the floorplan to help estimate. The main area is the basement of course...the question is if there's much storage areas on the opposite side of the axles. FWIW, our rear kitchen floorplan was 15% pinweight when unloaded and still 15% when fully loaded.

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Old 08-31-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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"At best, you'll be able to determine the dry pin weight"
Why couldn't the pin be set on the scale when the scale is on the hitch b4 hitting the road for a trip?
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:35 PM   #7
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I was only following the OP's comment of taking it to the dealers and measuring pin weight of what's on the lot.

After you own the camper, it just as easy to stop and get numbers at a CAT scale.

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This might work.

Back the truck under the pin slightly off set so the pin will drop on the plate pivot instead of the pin slot. Lower the pin with the landing gear until the scale will just fit under the pin while sitting on the plate pivot line.

Use double sided foam tape to temporarily secure the scale to the plate and carefully continue to lower the pin onto the scale.

As the pin/scale/plate takes up the weight of the camper's pin, the gear feet will "just" leave the ground. Leave the gear so that a piece of paper can fit under both feet (just in case the pin moves and pops out. (yes, this would be bad so make sure it is stable as weight is SLOWLY added to the pin).

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Old 08-31-2012, 03:45 PM   #9
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Here is the same item just rated for 2000 pounds which might be a better fit for smaller campers.

Sherline LM 2000 - Trailer Tongue Weight Scale 2000lb - Amazon.com
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If I bought a scale and had it in my hand I would weigh my own tongue/pin b4 I hitched up to travel.
It didn't even occur to me to get the dry weights of rigs on lots... but then why would anyone do that anyway? Dry weight is meaningless...
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