Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity

Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity

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Sherline Tools - 5780


Features:

  • Easy to read gauge shows both pounds and kilograms
  • Sturdy, metal construction with a non-slip, hard rubber base
  • A trailer tongue weight scale is a great tool used to make sure:
    • Your trailer hitch is not being overloaded
    • Your trailer is loaded properly - typically 10-15 percent of the total trailer weight should be the tongue weight
    • You have the right weight distribution system for your vehicle and trailer
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Capacity: 2,000 lbs
  • Tics on gauge at 50-lb increments
  • Dimensions: 3-1/4" diameter x 4-1/2" tall
    • Extension adapter increases height to 6-3/4"
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Note: Do not handle scale by the top black portion. This can affect scale accuracy.



5780 - Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale; 0-2000 lb/900 kg Range






Video of Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at Sherline's Trailer Tongue Weight Scale. With a 2,000 pound capacity. Part number 5780. This tongue weight scale is gonna give you the weight, at the tongue, on your trailer to help you decide how to properly load it and whether or not you have too much trailer for your tow vehicle.It measures in both kilograms and pounds for the maximum of 2,000 pounds. Giving you an accurate reading of how much tongue weight you have. It's important to know your tongue weight to verify you're not overloading both your tow vehicle or your hitch.

Overloading your hitch can be dangerous because you can cause a disconnect with the receiver. Overloading your tow vehicle can be dangerous because the suspension is gonna cause your vehicle to lift in the front and drop in the back which can drastically hinder steering and braking performance.this is gonna help you distribute the weight in your trailer. You can move it from front to back to see how much tongue weight you still have to make sure you're not exceeding it but you also wanna keep in mind that you don't want too much weight in the rear or that can cause oscillation. This'll also help you determine if your tow vehicle and the hitch installed on it is gonna be sufficient for your trailer.Here you can see it in action. I'll lower down my trailer by lifting up my jack until all the weight of the trailer is resting on the scale and how jack is no longer touching the ground.

This'll give you an accurate measurement of how much weight is on your tongue. So as you can see here, we're at about 400 pounds tongue weight with an empty trailer. With that unloaded trailer measurement in mind, we're now more prepared to load up our trailer.So now we've got a couple of guys here to help us out so we can distribute that weight in the front and the back and show you how it affects our tongue weight. I've got my guys now standing at the front of the trailer and we can see our tongue weight has gone up drastically. Now I've got my guys slowly walking to the back and we'll see that the tongue weight starts to drop off.

By positioning all of weight at the rear of our trailer, it has actually lowered our tongue weight down drastically by having the weight at the back will cause instability on your trailer.Loading your trailer is all about finding that sweet spot with the load you have on it. I've now got my guys evenly distributed amongst our trailer and you can see our tongue weight is back to where it was when we started unloaded. Now that's not always gonna be the case. The more weight you add to the trailer, the more it can have an impact on your tongue weight, even when properly distributed. But we've added several hundred pounds to our trailer and had very minimal impact on our tongue weight.It's important to keep in mind both the weight of your trailer and the weight of the load that's gonna be on your trailer.

Together they equal your gross trailer weight. Your tongue weight should be 10-15% of what your gross trailer weight is, while these numbers vary slightly depending on your trailer. For single axle trailers, you want a minimum of 10% on your tongue weight to a maximum of 15%. For tandem axle's, you want 9% to 15% and for travel trailers, you want 11-12%.A similar product we sell is Weigh Safe's line of Ball Mounts with Built In Scales. These are always gonna be accurate and they're always gonna be installed in your hitch ready to go. However, there are gonna be significantly more expensive than our Sherline scale.One of our customers, Trailer Guy, wrote in and said, "this is a must have product if you're towing anything. Especially a travel trailer. It's very easy and fun to use. I highly recommend it to everyone. It is well worth the cost for the knowledge and peace of mind and safety. It is small and easy to pack and carry. Tongue weight is very important to safe towing. Don't leave home without one".Now that we've gone over some of the features, we'll show you how to set it up properly. We're gonna begin by using the block method. Now when checking your tongue weight, it's important that add the height of your trailer, roughly what it would be as if it was hooked up to your towed vehicle. And ideally, both your towed vehicle and trailer would be about level when they're hooked up. So that's why we've got our level here. To get the most accurate measurement using your scale, you wanna do this on level ground. Now you notice here we have a large flat area on top of our scale, this will not work so well up inside of our cavity of our tongue here, doesn't even actually fit up in there. But there's a stem included with it that you'll screw inside of it and this'll give you a good point of contact up inside your ball cavity.So here we've got our trailer lifted by its own jack. We'll move some blocks into position underneath of it to help get the correct height that we need. We're using two 4X4's but that may vary depending on your trailer. We're gonna set our scale right on top of these blocks. Now it's important when handling your scale that you hold it by its base. Holding it by the upper portion can cause it to become inaccurate. The lower portion of our base here has a rubber non-skid pad to ensure that it stays in place when taking your measurements. Now with everything in place, we'll raise up our jack, lowering our trailer down onto our scale. We wanna make sure that we have the trailer completely suspended by the scale so all the weight is transferred onto it. With our jack no longer touching the ground, we can get an accurate read out on our scale. You can see our read out of about 400 pounds just like we checked it before.Now if you have access to a floor jack you can use that as well. This is my preferred method because you can lift your trailer up to the same height that it would be as if it was hooked to your towed vehicle, giving you the most accurate measurement. Unlike the wood block method we used that has set distances that it can work at, we have infinite variability in the height we can work with here using our floor jack. Now if you don't have access to a floor jack or wood blocks, you can remove the stem on top, it just unthreads, now you can use your trailers jack on the scale. You may need to use your vehicle to hold your trailer up while you position the scale underneath your jack's leg. Now of the 3 methods for measuring your tongue weight, this one is gonna be the least accurate because we're moving it back, away from our actual ball cavity. Now as you can see here, we're measuring only 300 pounds verses the 400 we had using the other 2 methods. So you can use this to get a rough estimate of your tongue weight for you trip but if you have the option to do the other methods, I would recommend those.That completes our look at Sherline's Trailer Tongue Weight Scale with a 2,000 pound capacity. Part number 5780.


Customer Reviews

Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity - 5780

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (431 Customer Reviews)


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Great product. I wish I’d known about these scales early on. Thanks! 576318



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Works fine. Makes towing a lot safer knowing I have the correct tongue weight of my enclosed car hauler. Thank you 574210



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I Have usd this scale to Determine where to put my Rhino on my Aluma trailer. Then when I added a trail bike I did it again. I keep it in the equipment box in case anything changes. 563293



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eTrailer got this tongue scale out to me in 3 business days. I needed it and they responded quickly for me. I would like to call out "George" at eTrailer because this the second time he got my order out fast and followed up to make sure I got it. Second their price was good considering I needed the scale fast. 571547



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Great product. Used it right away to confirm tongue weight was in range or not. It was. Only concern is storage conditions recommend keeping upright, not bumping the gauge, etc. and yet no storage case.. 566505



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Product as pictured. Packaged well and delivered promptly. Works well and will be part of trailer inventory not garage inventory. Peace of mind knowing exact weight on tongue. I find a small motorcycle lift helps in getting scale jacked up to correct height. 564145



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Received the scale a day early. Checked weight on tongue by placing scale on top of a floor jack as suggested in the booklet. Right at 1000 pounds on 6200 pound trailer. This will help balance the load. Nice product and easy to use. 567714



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I am looking forward to many years of use with this tongue scale . It will take the worry out of my needs to pull my trailers.. At first I could not get this tongue scale to read properly but after checking it under my boat hitch and tapping the scale guage lightly with my finger it started to read correctly , It may have been stuck, I will keep checking it and I am sure if there is a problem E trailer will make it right . I have for years purchased many items from E trailer and they are top notch in customer service.. I am pleased with this purchase ...and the shipping was fast and the price was unbeatable.. Thanks, Bob Ramos 566894



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Great tool, worked as advertised. No more guessing if the weight is distributed correctly in my trailer. It is a quick and easy measurement of the tongue weight with my floor jack supporting the scale directly under the trailer tongue. I was surprised at how heavy my tongue weight was compared to my travel trailer's specs. And can now see how much weight change there is by adding fresh water to the tank. Plus the manual with the scale gives some great tips and advice on towing. 383491


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After a year I dont need to use it very often, but I will still occasionally check the tongue weight just to be sure I know where Im at. Just another good tool to have in the tool box.

Matt P - 05/22/2018

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Came as promised. Tried it right away, very simple to use, worked great. Sure beats guessing! 557223



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Haven't used it yet, but it arrive in great condition and seems like it's of incredibly sturdy construction. Happy so far 525567



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Excellent product and a must for anyone who tows a trailer. Very comprehensive pamphlet included that contains valuable info on trailering basics and safety. I've learned the hard way about proper tongue weight. This product would have saved me thousand$ and a lot of angst if I had it earlier. Buy it and use it. 418787


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Working perfectly

Louis A - 08/11/2018

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Good quality product,excellent service to receive product shipped to Canada so fast.Thank you 394806


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I have very limited use with the product, however, I feel it is quality built and did what I required for boat trailer.Thank you

Doug L - 06/18/2018

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I have just received this product and have not had a chance to use it yet. However, after reading the instructions and care manual supplied with it, I recognize that it's longevity and accuracy depends upon how it is stored and handled. The manufacturer needs to offer a specialized storage case for it, as it needs to be stored upright, above 32 deg. F, and not jostled or handled roughly. The manual is a good tutorial on trailer towing and offers many cautions and suggestions for the user. The product itself is compact and simple in operation. It should prove to be most useful when loading and towing my travel trailer 468048



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I debated long and hard about buying this product but at the end of the day I had justified the purchase. Tongue weight is a component to consider along with many others but my research showed it’s not just important but extremely important. My wife and I live in our Airstream so knowing my tongue weight was I thought necessary to know and the only way to do it was with a scale. It works as advertised and I am happy with the purchase. As a bonus there is a small helpful guide about towing which was both logical and informative. Way to go! The two day shipping was perfect. Bravo to etrailer. 494671



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Very quick delivery. Appears to be a well made product. Not something I use everyday but is a valuable tool for determining tongue load on my Keystone trailer. I shifted some of the heavier stored items to aft locations so as to distribute the load more favorably due to the results. Will make it available to some friends and family if they request it. Very glad I purchased it! 559201



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So why did I order trailer tongue scale. Even though I have a equalizing hitch I was still concerned that I might have to much tongue weight since I bought a toy hauler trailer that can haul two Harley Davidson's inline. Where you decide to put the first bike and second bike is more or less a guess. The tongue scale helped in the placement of the bikes for correct tongue weight. That's a lot faster than making multiple adjustments and trips down the road to see if you have them where they need to be. To me the time I saved and knowing I have the correct tongue weight was well worth the money. 415451


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Still any important part of my strategy when loading my toy hauler. Again well worth the money when it comes to safety.

Roger B - 08/05/2018

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Good product, works as advertised 139728


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fine, no complaints

R F - 07/07/2015

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I would give this product a 5 star rating. It is strong and sturdy. Just the instructions say not to lift it by the piston, the top part. will cause it can cause it not to work properly. I'm afraid sometime in the future someone that hasn't read the instructions will come along and say "hey let's move this from here to there" and grab the top part to move it. Then me not knowing will go to use it again and it not work right. But that hasn't happened yet. I'm hoping it wont happen. But yes, I have used it and it works great and your not going to get a better deal then on etrailer.com even cheaper then Amazon. 171731



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Only used it once so far but t will definitely come in handy when I get the toy hauler. Would be nice to include a decent protective case though. 198243


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Thank you for asking. I use the scale often with my toyhauler to fine tune hitch weights. So far so good! Also I have recently recommended etrailer to a friend who was looking for parts. Customer service would be the reason! Thanks again,

DTG173 - 06/17/2016

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High quality and heavy instrument. I definitely recommend. 123158


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Still works great

Michael B - 04/01/2015

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I recieved my scale yesterday, tonight I set it under my tongue and weighed it, I have a trailer with 10k capacity and the maximum tongue weight is 1000 pounds, the gauge read 1800 right off, so I shifter my record albums to the rear 4 feet and read the gauge, it dropped to 1600, so tomorrow I need to lighten the front load, and shift the rear load more and try to dial it in, so this gauge has really saved the day, I was over weight on the tongue and this could of been dangerous, I think this device is going to save me and increase safety, thanks for the speedy shipping and quality product. 64827



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Nice, compact, rugged scale perfect for managing weight distribution between your TV and trailer. I run a relatively light truck and my mfg recommendations are to use sway control and insure proper loading of TV and trailer. This scale makes it a lot easier to do and safer to tow. I really appreciate all the effort etrailer puts forth. Have a question? Call their customer support line - great people, good answers to your questions. Want to know how stuff works? Check out their online videos. Great source of info to help you make informed decisions. Want your order correctly fulfilled and delivered on time and followup after the sale? Order from etrailer. Molly E is great. Kudos to her for her help. 481537



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Extremely happy I purchased this piece of equipment. After receiving it, I immediately weighed our trailer tongue and found why I was having so much trouble balancing everything properly. My trailer tongue was 400 lbs. over what the dealer and manufacturer said it was. Come to find out, my WD Hitch, from our previous trailer, was severely under rated for the newer and much bigger load it was being tasked to carry. Based on the tongue weight this scale gave me, I purchased a higher capacity WD Hitch and everything is now balanced and pulling great!! Unknowingly, when we swapped trailers, we created a major safety issue by using a severely under rated hitch. Lesson learned, don’t go by what the dealer/manufacturer tells you! Thanks to the purchase of this Tongue Scale, I corrected what could have been a major safety issue. 524804



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I wish I had known about this long ago. In just a literal minute, all the guess work is gone, and I know exactly what my trailer tongue weight is. Can't say enough about the great service from e-trailer--very prompt delivery and all items just as described. 77308


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I have been very happy with this scaleI use it every couple of months when I load a 10,000 lb. cargo trailer for a 1,000 mile trip. it has allowed me to shift my load to ensure I did not exceed critical hitch weight and maintain a safe balance. I highly recommend it.

John P - 04/22/2014

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Fantastic product. Takes all the guess work out of determining tongue weight. 189202


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I mostly carry the same loads on the same trailer. However, when a different trailer or questionable load is to be hooked up...this gauge makes it simple to know the weight and be properly safely setup.

SC B - 05/02/2016

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The scale is easy to use and was accurate when checked againt a large balance beam scale. The gauge is legible and can be tilted if necessary for easier sighting. I have a small toy hauler where the overall weight can vary a lot depending on what is loaded and placement of the load can be critical to getting the correct tongue weight. This scale takes the guesswork out of loading and makes me feel much more confident before heading down the highway. It seems to be very well built and I expect to use it for a long time. 131355


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The scale has proved to be very useful for my application, where the load varies depending on the motorcycle loaded in the toyhauler. It is easy to use and provides the information needed to feel secure about the tow.

Jack - 05/19/2015

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I was concerned about the reviews talking about lifting the unit with the black piston that sits on top of the scale. Don't be. Although lifting it from the piston will cause accuracy issues it will not make the item unusable and can be fixed in minutes. It's a hydraulic piston, no magic inside other than hydraulic oil, same as a hydrolic jack. If your readings change or you suspect it has sucked in air because someone lifted it from the top- lay it on it's side with the guage up, unscrew the guage, compress the piston till the oil is level with the hole, re-install the guage using a little teflon tape. Accuracy is in the guage and how you set it up for compression when weiging the object, it must be level. Want greater accuracy?, go to a higher quality guage not jack. According to the instructions hydraulic oil or 20w engine oil can be used. 306619



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Product as described. No surprises. 571610



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First I would like to say that the customer service is outstranding and very friendly.Unfortunately in todays world quality customer service has been forgotten. The order was delivered on time and packaged so the scale would not be damaged, not even a dent in the box. I would like to say thank you to Joe Martin, President & Owner of Sherline products for the time taken to produce the instruction booklet that came with the 5780, Sherline 2000 # Scale.I would suggest everyone take the time to read the booklet.The scale apppears to be very well made (as long as you don't lift from the piston).I haven't had a chance to properly utilize the scale on my travel trailer yet, but am looking forward to it. I did initaIly place weight on a board on top of the piston and weighed the same weight on a bathroom scale,the Sherline Scale was right on. I called the manufacturer for a tongue weight of the T.T. and got a estimated weight taken from other trailers,so I called the dealer and got a estimated weight from the previous sales manager. I know that each T.T. is different in tongue weight and some manufacturer's take the weight from one T.T. and say that all weigh that weight taken. I also know that the dry weight might or might not be the actual weight after the A.C.'s, propane tanks, battery, refrigerator or whatever else was added ! I suggest everyone purchase a scale or borrow one, maybe your dealer will have one.The bottom line is for the money spent for this scale and the possible things that could go wrong are not comparable. 183528



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Delivery was quick and packaging protected the scale very well. Construction seems very solid, so expect years of worry-free use. Used it the next morning to weigh my utility trailer with two ATVs loaded up to check weight distribution and tongue weight. I had a need to tow with my wife's Grand Cherokee rather than my Chevy HD, and didn't want there to be any drama. Very easy to use to quickly determine that I needed to adjust position of one of the ATVs to center the load a bit better, but that my tongue weight was 13% of the total trailer weight, so right in the range it should be. I also have a 30' travel trailer that I will be checking weights on as soon as I have time to ensure I am distributing the load correctly in it as well. 443798



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First the service at Etrailer is the best I have ever experienced. I placed my order on a Monday and had std shipping. With a few minutes I get a confirmation of the order then another email from the shipping dept saying it was ready to ship. Then one more from the shipping dept saying they were able to upgrade my shipping at no charge because the timing worked out with the trucks. That is super and it just felt that the people cared about my order and had pride in what they do. Back to the order. I received in three days and it works great. etrailers pricing was by far the best on the web. I will for sure do business with again!! Thanks James 126702



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I have two trailers I needed to know the tongue weight and this device worked as expected. I also appreciate the on-time shipping from etrailer. 140616


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I have since used on a couple of other trailers to help other out. It works as expected. Good product.

Ralph - 07/10/2015

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This scale is very simple to use. I put it on a block and lowered the trailer tongue, then read the scale. It fits right inside where the ball would normally go. It also comes with a handy brochure that gives good tips on proper trailer towing set ups. I was happy and relieved to know that my trailer tongue weight was within the recommended percent of the total loaded trailer weight when it is level. Thanks for making this quality product available at a reasonable price. 169024


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My trailer is loaded with my side by side vehicle so the tongue weight is consistent and I have not needed to use the scale again..... but its good to know I have a way to measure tongue weight if I ever use the trailer to haul anything else.

Ron B - 01/15/2016

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This product is excellent. I had determined my tongue weight to be exactly 1000# less than 10 minutes after opening the package. This product comes with an excellent manual that not only tells you how to operate the scale but also a wealth of tips on proper trailer loading. I have 2 suggestions to make a great product better: 1 - At this price point the unit should come with a case considering it has an awkward geometry and is somewhat vulnerable to damage given how the gage protrudes from it. 2. The manual tells us not to handle it by the black top plate which is the natural place to grab it. Give us a little protruding lip at the top of the body or a "bucket style handle" that attaches to the side but pivots away when using. 94226



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We bought a new travel trailer and I had it weighed at a scale to determine its weight (5,350 lbs dry). For safety reasons, the TW should be between 10-15% of the loaded weight of the trailer. However, I had no clue what the tongue weight was and the dealer wasn't willing to provide any useful information. It took me less than a minute to put this scale under the coupler and lower the trailer to get a reading. I discovered an empty TW of close to 800 lbs! Even with a WD hitch, I now know that I need to load a lot in the back of the trailer to get things more evenly distributed and reduce the TW to something more reasonable - considering I tow with a 2016 Tacoma. I plan to use this scale before every trip. Great product and I received it two days after I placed the order - better than my experiences Amazon Prime lately. 274507



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Fast shipping to my home! Follow up emails from etrailer.com kept me in the loop as to where my order was and when it would arrive. The scale itself works great. I weighed the tongue of my 34 foot travel trailer very easily. Great instructions are included as well as a pretty good towing guide. Even if you think you know everything about towing, it is an informative booklet. I am happy with this product and happy with the service I received from etrailer. I have purchased from etrailer in the past and will continue to do so. PS: DON'T pull it out of the box by the platform! Only pick it up by the body of the scale (the red part). You can damage the scale. 125606



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Ordered item with 3-day delivery, didn't get it ordered until late in the day. But, item arrived in good shape on 3rd day! Very good delivery. I read and followed documentation that came with the scale, and it shows the same weight, within a few pounds, each of 5 consecutive weightings. I'm fairly certain the scale is accurate within at most 50 pounds. I'm glad I ordered this scale because my tongue weight measures 1100 to 1150 pounds, almost 200 pounds more than I expected. And, I haven't fully loaded trailer yet. I'd highly recommend etrailer.com and the Sherline Scale. 299461


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I still own and use the same trailer as I had a year ago, so I have not had reason to recheck my tongue weight since initial use. So, it still works as advertised, I just wish I could have rented it for the one time use instead of paying for it and now its taking up space in my shop.

Rick M - 09/24/2017

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I'm not sure if I've reviewed this product, but WOW!! This is a must have for you tool box and for taking with you on your camping trips (if you're using a bumper pull type trailer). The scale was very accurate when I compared it to the CAT scales (you need to do a little math after weighing at the CAT scale). Over all, go get one. 199448


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A year of camping goes pretty fast. I still have this rugged little TW scale and its still accurate as the day I bought it. This is a must have if you own a trailer of any kind except maybe a 5th wheel. Go get one now if you havent!! Youll be glad you did. Tell em Gerry sent you hahaha

Gerry T - 05/31/2016

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Worked great. Appreciate the information in the booklet! 214188


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Fine

George W - 07/23/2016

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Used the product right out of the box. Excellent product and company. Don't need to do a 40 mile round trip to a scale. 211329


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Thanks for checking. Still using the product as intended.

Marty - 08/05/2016

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I tested the Sherline on two of our single-axle trailers used in our landscaping business. On the aluminum stake-bed on which we often carry a zero-turn mower (its' deck is in the front, and engine and most mechanicals in rear): The Sherline indicated 50 lbs. tongue weight, with 1,100 lbs aft of the axle (About 5% on the tongue. Not Good). Turning the mower around, and loading it backwards, was not as comfortable loading; but changed the numbers to: Tongue weight = 150 lbs., and aft of axle 1,000 lbs. (About 15% on the tongue. A lot better). On the box-trailer: We were at 400 lbs. tongue weight (25%), 1,650 lbs. aft. So we'll shift some of the contents aft, to lighten the tongue. The result: I'm going to go with the gauge, rather than my imagination. 201173



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This scale is well worth the cost and has numerous uses. I get tongue weight, but I also weigh each axle side using the scale setting on a floor jack, then picking up that side of axle just below the springs. I add the tongue weight and the two axle sides to get total trailer weight. I've tested it with as low as 250 pounds and it shows accurate readings. This has saved me a trip to the weigh scales 3 times now in the week I've had it, and saved the cost too. A very solid and well built unit, you will not regret this purchase. If you need more than 2000 pound ask etrailer if they can get one of the other 2 higher pound scales made by this company. 75498



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Very nice weigh scale for measuring the tongue weight of our Jayco Jayflight 19RD RV Trailer. Easy to place and too read the scale. I used it to measure my little motorcycle trailer on one of the trailer's axle by the leaf spring u-bolts and then times the reading weight by 2. The motorcycle trailer only weights 400 pounds. It gave me a pretty accurate measurement of the little trailer weight. On the RV trailer you can see how much tongue weight you have and then adjust your cargo to either increase or decrease the tongue weight. Easy to store inside your trailer. 440429



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Very convenient fine product - should have purchased years ago I use it with a customized 3 Ton Jack Stand to support this unit. This allows me to quickly use the unit in each on my trailers & carry it with me on a loading mission Custom details are: The top of stand I drilled and tapped 5/16" hole in its center. Then I drilled a clearance counter sunk hole in a center of a 3/8" aluminum plate that fits into top of stand and used a 5/16 counter sink bolt to stabilize the plate. The jack I had handy was Harbor Freight 61196 (can be any) 139903


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Good as new

CasG - 07/09/2015

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The instructions to use this are some of the most thorough I've ever seen. It's clear from the documentation that comes with this that the manufacturer is passionate about safe trailer towing. The scale does exactly what it says it does. One interesting not though is the instructions recommend matching the scale to the expected use such that the weight ends up about mid scale. So if 10-15% of your anticipated tongue weight is 500 pounds, you'll want the 1000 lb scale. Also of note is if you need to weight heavier items, the instructions state you can install a gauge that reads higher. You do not need to buy a new scale. 127252



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Arrived faster than thought. Already worth it's weight in Gold. I bought a travel trailer in June 2016. Lots more trailer than I originally had (first was a popup) this is hard sides, 25 feet long, 6600 lbs. Tongue weight was listed as 550lbs. So bought the BlueOx Sway Pro. It came with 750 lb bars. Did okay. Family traveled to Michigan, no real white knuckle events, but had some sway. Bought this, just weighted camper, now it has stuff in it, bedding, some other water weight, etc. Tongue is about 710 lbs! Needless to say, I'm getting the 1000 lb bars for my WDH. 279122



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I was hesitant to spend $130 on a trailer tongue weight scale, figuring I'd probably only use it once or twice. But, I couldn't find any in PHX to rent and was surprised that even the big RV stores in town didn't have any. I found one on the internet at etrailer.com. It's a Sherline 5780, 2,000 lb scale. It arrived in a few days. It's light weight, not cumbersome. The quality of construction and finish is nice. The President and Owner of Sherline even included an informative booklet he wrote on "Trailer Loading and Towing Guide". I plan to use the tongue scale with my 27' Wolf Pack Toy Hauler which I will tow behind my 2011 F-150 Ecoboost. Like most toy haulers, the trailer axles are set back more towards the rear of the trailer.This leaves a lot of trailer forward of the trailer axles, thus weight on the tongue. I've weighed my truck and trailer on truck stop CAT scales and gotten important weights. But, I can't sit on the scales while I experiment shifting load around to see how it affects the tongue weight without upsetting 18 wheeler truckers who need the scales so they can get on down the road. So glad now that I bought the $130 Sherline tongue weight scale. Now I can experiment shifting the trailer load around at home without inconveniencing anyone. I would recomment the product to anyone that is concerned about safely towing their TT within design limits. PS. Melissa Y at etrailer.com was great. There was a glitch with my initial order. The shipping address did not mathch the credit card address on file. She called. we got that resolved and the scale was shipped the same day. 176770



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Works perfectly as designed and convenient to use .Peace of mind that the tongue weight is within the tow vehicles pulling limits. I use a wooden log cut to the right height so that when this scale is placed on it the tongue is level and horizontal . I have used it probably 5 times in a year as my loaded trailer weight does not change frequently and I dont move things too often within the trailer 240243



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I bought this because my receiver developed a crack and couldn't figure out why. All receivers list their max towing and tongue weights. Not being certain of the weight made me curious when I found this handy tool. Sure enough, my tongue weight was definitely on the high side. It's simple,compact to keep in your truck and gives you information that is really important for safety and function. When towing, too much or too little tongue weight can make all the difference. Seems well constructed, can't comment on accuracy as I have nothing to verify it with. Glad I got it. 201854


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