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Old 02-08-2015, 01:45 PM   #1
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Question Tongue Weight without hitting the CAT scale?

Ok so I know I want that sweet spot tongue weight and how I load stuff effects that. I know at my camper size I want to be around a nice 13%. Is there a way to figure this out at home without having to hit the CAT scale before every trip? Do you just get a feel for it after a while? When your a N00B like me how do you figure out your packing and loading to get that sweet spot tongue weight?
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Old 02-08-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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If you carry the same stuff and it is stored in the same place, a benchmark measurement may be the only way to go. Then you will know what it is every time if nothing changes.
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If you load the same then 50-100lbs shouldn't matter.
Try using this method. I've done it in the past and it was spot on with the scales we have here in Oregon.
http://hildstrom.com/projects/tonguescale/index.html
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Old 02-08-2015, 04:46 PM   #4
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You can also buy a Sherline scale.


http://www.sherline.com/lm.htm
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:10 PM   #5
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Oh that trick with the bathroom scale looks pretty easy to replicate. Awesome thanks. I'd like a little peace of mind knowing I have the range right. Its a long drive to the CAT scale so I'd like to know I'm at least close before setting out with our new camper.
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:34 PM   #6
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Knowing your TT's actual loaded tongue weight is great information, but in order to confirm a loaded tongue weight "%" you need to know the TT's loaded weight (gross)...., so at least one visit to a scale will be required.

Once a complete CAT scale visit is completed, you shouldn't have to return unless your loading habits change notably. The Sherline tongue weight scale is a great tool for spot checking your tongue weight after the initial CAT visit...., use mine often.

CAT Scale 'how-to': https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/how-to-weigh-your-tv-tt-3871.html

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Old 02-08-2015, 05:39 PM   #7
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I plan to go once at least. I figure I can estimate based on the weight upon delivery and a ball park of what I load in it. Same stuff will basically live in the camper. I just like the idea of being able to check regularly before we leave so I know I loaded everything correctly.
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Good plan..., the initial loaded TV/TT CAT visit will give you a lot of good reference data to compare your 'home' pre-trip tongue weight readings with.

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After looking at the picture of the F150 with the nose of the camper almost dragging the ground posted over in the campfire section I'm more confident its better to check the weight regularly lol
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I like to go by the CAT Scale every once in a while to confirm my weights. There is one on the way to our favorite campground, so no big deal to stop in.
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