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Old 03-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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One more tongue weight question, then I'll be quiet

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ID:	6730This is the floorplan of my Eagle 320RLDS. I may have to re-arrange some things to offset a heavy tongue as a lot of you suggested. I may already know the answer to this but need confirmation. Question is; How far back do I need to re-arrange to lessen tongue weight? 1/2 back, 3/4 back or behind the axles? If you've noticed, all exterior storage is up front, inside closet, dresser, etc. I'd rather not wear the same pants & undies all week. For some reason, I'm not grasping this and hope this is not the dumbest question in JOF history. Terry
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Terry,
Please don't be quiet......!
Here's a guideline example for you. Say you had 100 lbs sitting on the tongue, then you move that to be halfway toward the axle. You now have 50 lbs on the tongue and 50 lbs on the axle. This is a simplistic example, but the idea is to think of it in terms of a ratio. If it were 40% back from the tongue, it will be a 40% reduction of what's on the tongue. It gets a little interesting when you move the 100 lbs behind the axle. In this case, consider how far behind the axle it's located. Say 100 lbs is 5 feet behind the axle. This will have the effect as if there is 100 negative lbs at 5 feet in front of the axle. Again, think of ratios of the distance between the axle and the tongue to consider the effect this negative 100 lbs will have on the tongue. In these examples, when I say tongue, I mean right at the coupler. Just like a playground teeter totter.
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Thanks David, had exactly the same train of thought. I just needed someone to reaffirm it. Don't worry, I'll only be quiet about tongue weight questions since I've asked a million of them-but as usual on this Forum, answers, explanations and examples are priceless! Best Forum in the world. Terry
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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I found that investing in a Sherline Trailer Tongue Scale saves trips/cost to the CAT scale, doesn't take long for the Sherline to pay for itself. Usually around $125 for the 2,000lb capacity LM-2000 unit. Handy at the Campgrounds when someone is wondering about their tongue weight.



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I've been mulling over getting one. Best price I could find is at Discountcampus.com for $116.95. I really need to get to the CAT scale though but even that will have to wait until my Timbrens/Airbags come in. Still haven't made up my mind as I spoke to my father in Florida who strongly recommended the Airbags. Whew! BTW Bob, I bought that lockable fresh water cover and going to install next week, if winter permits. Thanks again, Terry
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snip...... I bought that lockable fresh water cover and going to install next week, if winter permits. Thanks again, Terry
I'm surprised they aren't standard on all TT's.

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