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Old 10-10-2002, 04:40 PM
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I don't know a whole lot about tongue weight, but I believe Mick Jagger's weighs about 27 pounds...

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That is funny!

I would error on the heavy side if you are not exceeding the hitch rating. When the tongue weight is too light it gets ugly.

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Old 10-10-2002, 06:41 PM
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Every boat trailering guide I have read says 5-8%. Travel trailers and such are 8-10%. Don't remember the reason why, but it made sense. I think it has to do with the odd distribution of weight a boat has over the axles.

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Old 10-10-2002, 06:56 PM
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Ithink it may be those serge couplers with that much weight is scary !! Most are under sized anyway .

Hey strike , YOu say 5-7 I say 8-10 ......... How about 7.5 ?? Good enough ?? You may be right for boat trailers and if so it will be due to the serge coupler being the week point . I am a trailer dealer but not boat trailers . We do horse trailers , flat beds , dump trailers ,car trailers etc . They say 8-10 . But 7.5 will work !!
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OK, I will split the difference. 7.75, just for sh*ts a giggles. I agree with 8-10 without the trailer weight.
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My trailer right now is at 10% (800lbs). Buddy if mine has a bigger boat (about 1500-2000 lbs more) but his tongue weight is less. When you put my boat on his suburban it drags the ground compared to when his connected up. I have towed both trailers & both tow good. Going to trailer place in austin this weekend to see if they can fix this _____ trailer.
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OK then .... I'll put my boxing gloves away then ..
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To little tongue wieght will cause her tail to wag back and forth and too much tongue weight will cause her tail to bounce up and down. I think you need to measure the angle of attack and see how she'll react.
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To little tongue wieght will cause her tail to wag back and forth and too much tongue weight will cause her tail to bounce up and down
We are talking boat trailers right?
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Turbo, Your killing me!!

I actually did LOL.

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Took boat & trailer to trailer place in Austin yesterdayl. One of the service techs & I started going over my trailer to see about fixing a few problems I was having with it. The service guy said he need to call the owner out to look at trailer & see best way to fix it. After the owner came out before we had a change to tell him my problems He nailed all of my problems & found a few that I did not ever know existed yet.

As we started talking about my tongue weight issue he was saying I need to have 10%. I told him I had 10% & thought it was too much. He then said if I wanted less he wanted a letter from me stating so since he did not want to deal with liability if I had an accident with trailer. He did not believe I was right on my 10% of togue weight & thought is was may more. He brought out his scale & boy was I wrong. Weight was 970. Only 170lbs more than what I thought. I left boat/trailer with them & they were going to figure out best way to fix it.
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