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

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

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Lowest Prices for the best tools from Sherline. Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity part number 5780 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Sherline Tools - 5780

  • Hitch Tools
  • Measuring Devices
  • Tongue Weight Scale
  • Sherline


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






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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   (495 Customer Reviews)


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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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Works great. Reading reviews I think I will try weighing the trailer axles also.

William - 09/22/2019

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



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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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Extremely Well! Most of my neighbors have asked me to weigh their trailers too.

Philip - 06/21/2019

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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a MUST HAVE product if you are towing anything; especially a travel trailer. It's very easy & fun to use. I highly recommend it to everyone. It is well worth the cost for the knowledge & peace of mind & safety. It is small & easy to pack & carry. Tongue Weight is VERY IMPORTANT to Safe Towing. Don't leave home without one!!! Get this & keep it with you!! You need to verify first that you have the right Hitch Receiver & Ball. They have weight ratings & you need to know that they are adequately rated for towing your trailer. Then you need to weigh your trailer before & after you load it every time ! to make sure the Tongue Weight is still at a safe weight. It changes depending on many things & you can teach yourself about this using this scale. That is the first thing we did & it was fun & informative. Make sure your wheels are chocked ! but your jack stands are not being used!! The owner's manual is a wealth of information about safe towing. READ it First!! Safe Towing. 136682



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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This product works as advertised, is useful, and makes life run smoother. No more guessing at tongue weights or going to the scales, later to do a bunch of math, albeit simple. The machining and finish seems to be near perfect. Beats the heck out of levers and bathroom scales. I'm happy with etrailer.com and the purchase. A couple of picks... ...Price -- the price makes purchase not an easy decision. If I wasn't changing and shifting loads a lot for running down the road for significant miles, I might not have made the purchase. ...and comes without a case; for the price, I might expect one. I carry this scale on the truck (for use both on our usual trailers, used for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief, and several that we may be asked to pull.) Without a case, it would roll around and probably get damaged. I built a wood case outta scrap for it, blocked it in with sponges, and it sits in the toolbox with the 10 ton bottle jack, the lug nut torque wrench, and a few other useful items. 4-3/4 stars outta five from me; I recommend it. 66972


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Still using the product. Still like it for what it does. Still using it in the same way. For one trailer, I run close to the OEM limits and the contents generally get loaded in a different order each time. Sometimes after using the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale, that load gets reloaded.I wouldnt use the scale as shown in the video because my landing gear is about 3 feet closer to the axles than is the coupler I use it as in your written directions at the coupler with wood blocking that I carry with the trailer for other purposes.

Bob S - 08/25/2014

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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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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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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 use it ever every time I hook up just to verify any change in weight distribution. My tow vehicle is sensitive to hitch weight, as I am near max.

John F - 01/18/2019

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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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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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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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Good product, works as advertised 139728


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fine, no complaints

R F - 07/07/2015

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



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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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I needed to know my tongue weight on my travel trailer so I could get the right weight distribution hitch. I ordered this Sherline tongue weight scales. I used it to weigh the tongue weight of my trailer and it was so easy. Well pleased with this product. 730146



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Works great. If you load your trailer with various items in various positions this is a must! You would be amazed how much tongue weight varies by loading a car just a few inches farther forward or back. 728078



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Only used for home use on 3 of my trailers, Travel Trailer, Cargo Trailer and boat trailer. Used only for my information as to actual hitch weights when loaded. Very easy to use. 722981



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It's a Sherline, need I say more? What, you say I DO need to say more? [Dang] Well, this Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale is very well made and easy to use, and it absolutely mystifies me why everyone who owns a trailer doesn't own one of these scales or its equivalent. (Perhaps it's just plain old ignorance? Lack of intelligence? Perhaps it's a devil-may-care attitude? I know not.) 717167



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The scale performs well. It's a quick way to know the amount of toungue weight I'm placing on my truck & weight distributing system. When using it, make sure the trailer is relatively level for more accurate measurements. 710537



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Very easy to use, Lets me see what my tongue weight is before I hitch up . easy to store when not in use. 707854



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The scale is easy to use and seems to be accurate. It is good peace of mind to have it in my kit so I can check the tongue weight whenever I need to. 702933



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Heavy construction. I especially like the ability to change pressure gauges to increase weight measuring ability. I use it for tongue weights and 2500 pound wheel weights too. 699568



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Prompt shipping. I bought this scale to check tongue weight on my new camp trailer. After telling some friends I got this, of course they wanted to borrow it to check theirs. Like me they underestimated the weight of their trailer TW. I wish I would have had this before I got my new WD hitch. No truck scale close to my area so this will be a handy tool. 698968



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The product seems to do what its suppose to, but since I don't have anything to compare it to; don't know for sure, but seems to be made well. 694368



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On a recent cross country trip with our travel trailer, we stopped at a hitch dealer to have our WD hitch checked. We were shocked to find out our tongue weight was 1100 lbs rather than the 800 lbs we anticipated. We should have weighed the rig!! Ordered the Sherline 2000lb as soon as we returned home. Received it quickly. Awesome quality. We will never load our trailer for a trip again without this invaluable tool. 692605



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The system works, but killed my first one as it slipped when using the tongue jack pin. They are delicate and don't like a hard hit. Since then I back it up to the trailer frame vs. the tongue jack. 692320



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I bought this to get a loaded tongue weight on my 2019 Jayco 224bh. The listed dry weight on the Jayco website was right around 450 lbs. Measuring the loaded RV tongue weight with the Sherline showed a loaded tongue weight of 700 lbs, measured at the ball coupler. I have three sets of spring bars for my Fastway E2 WD hitch. Thanks to this scale, now that I know my loaded tongue weight, and then adding to it the weight of cargo behind the rear wheel of my Yukon Denali XL, I have chosen to go with the 1000 lb. E2 bar set. 669991



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I got the scale a couple of days ago, arrived USPS. It was WRAPPED carefully with bubble wrap an peanuts. I was able to check out my tongue weight by just using my yellow plastic levelers set underside the trailer hitch ball . I raised then lowered the tongue onto the scale, slowly, and watched it climb to 900 pounds. This is on a 28 ft Keystone Cougar TT. Without getting into details, my tongue weight was over spec by 150 to 200 pounds. I now know I have some adjusting to do. I'm glad I got this unit. 669107



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Great tool to leave in my trailer box in the back of my truck. Works good 668363



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Pretty simple to use just read instructions. Quality product as described. 667939



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Very solid quality and a necessity for anyone with a trailer who has fluctuating tongue weights due to different loads. One of many ways to help identify potential hauling hazards before you hit the road. A must have and I should have bought mine a long time ago. Buy it, you need it! Stay safe 666958


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  • Recommendation for a Weight Distribution System for a 2014 Ford F150 and a 29ft Trailer
  • When trying to decide on a weight distribution system for your towing rig, you will need to know the total tongue weight of your set-up. The total tongue weight will be a fully loaded ready to tow trailer, plus any weight located behind the rear axle of your Ford F-150. Once you have found your total tongue weight, you will be able to decided on the correct system for your towing application. I have attached an article that will explain how to find the total tongue weight of your towing...
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  • How is Trailer Tongue Weight for Weight Distribution Determined
  • Since you are asking about tongue weight in the context of a weight distribution system, the answer is a flat yes, the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle does count towards your Total Tongue Weight (TTW). Overall, trailer tongue weight is the downward force that is applied to the trailer hitch, so it would be the weight applied to the hitch. In order to truly determine your tongue weight you do need a scale, and you can do so very easily with the Sherline Trailer...
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  • Recommendation For Equalizer Weight Distribution Hitch For 30 Foot Travel Trailer
  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to get one that works with your setup when it is fully loaded and ready to tow. This fully loaded weight will also include all cargo behind the rear axle of your 2016 Ford F-150. To help get an accurate reading when fully loaded, you can use a scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale, Item # 5780. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out. Ideally, you want to get a system where your...
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  • Can the Weigh Safe Hitch Ball with Tongue Weight Scale be used with Husky Weight Distribution System
  • The # WSUN-3 has not specifically been tested with a Husky system, but in general there are clearance issues when using this particular ball with weight distribution systems (WDS), as the WDS bars have been known to crush the scale during turns. I've included a photo that a customer submitted of what happened when they used a similar product with a WDS. Due to the lack of success with most other systems, I advise against using the # WSUN-3 with WDS. Instead, I recommend going with a...
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  • Replacement Arms and Shank for Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • By hitch I assume you mean the shank. I would need to know the model number of the weight distribution system to get you the correct replacement arms. If you could get back to me with that information I may be able to find a solution for you.
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  • Replacement Equalizer Weight Distribution Spring Bars to Increase Capacity
  • It is usually possible to replace the spring bars in a weight distribution hitch setup so long as the two sets of bars are the same type, both trunnion style for instance, and both are from the same generation of hitch. A 10-year-old setup may not be able to use current-model replacement spring bars. Based on your trailer dry hitch weight of 918-lbs (which I presume means the trailer's unloaded weight) bars rated for 1200-lbs may not be stiff enough. A properly-loaded 8800-lb trailer...
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  • How to Determine Loaded Trailer Tongue Weight for Selecting Properly-Rated Trunnion Spring Bars
  • A weight distribution hitch like the Fastway e2 system # FA92-00-1200 works over a range of trailer tongue weight (TW), usually a range of several hundred pounds. This particular system has an operating range of 800- to 1200-lbs of trailer tongue weight making it perfect for a total TW of about 1000-lbs. Based on the specs you mentioned if this is what you have it may well be over-rated for your trailer's actual loaded TW. Do please note that the weight of any cargo in the tow vehicle...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with Factory Tow Package
  • I have exactly what you will need for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to tow your Vintage Airstream with brakes. The first thing you will want is a 7-way trailer connector at the rear of the vehicle and for this I recommend the Hopkins Endurance Quick-Install 7-Way Trailer Connector part # HM42190 which is a direct plug and play option that will not require you to cut or splice any wires/circuits. The square plug on the end of this connector will plug into and replace the 4-way trailer...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Brake Controller and Weight Distribution for 2019 VW Atlas
  • Yes, you can use a weight distribution system with your 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and to answer your other question, the Curt Echo Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 is a fantastic option. Before that you need to start with a trailer hitch that is compatible with a weight distribution system and for that you will need the Draw-Tite # 76176. This is a 2 inch hitch with a 900 lb tongue weight capacity and 6,000 lb towing capacity; it will be a great hitch for your Atlas because not only does...
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  • How to Determine if Weight Distribution System is Needed
  • I love the fact you are taking the potential need for a weight distribution system seriously and the first thing I'd like to note is that a weight distribution system is strongly recommended if your trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50% of your vehicle's weight (GVWR). In regards to tongue weight, you do not need to find the weight of the two different axles, as you can see by the cut out I added from the help article I linked for you on how to determine tongue weight. Along with the...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 2018 Coleman 263 BH Tandem Axle Travel Trailer GVWR 7600-lbs
  • The specs I found for the 2018 Dutchmen Coleman Lantern 263BH tandem axle travel trailer indicate a dry weight of 5871-lbs and a payload capacity of 1729-lbs. Added together these become the GVWR for the trailer, the gross vehicle weight rating, the most it can weigh when fully loaded and ready for the road. In this case that GVWR is 7600-lbs. The rule of thumb is that a trailer must have tongue weight (TW) of 10 to 15-percent of the trailer's gross weight. I would suggest to try to...
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  • Weight Distribution/Sway Control Hitch for Camper Trailer Towed by 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • We can help you select a weight distribution/sway control (WD/SC) set-up for your camper trailer that has a dry hitch weight (or tongue weight) of 450-lbs. And we have both systems with separate friction-style sway control units like Reese # 83660 and systems with integrated anti-sway such as the Fastway Trunnion Bar system # FA92-00-0800. The integrated type of anti-sway typically performs a lot better than the separate friction units and they also allow you to back up the trailer; friction...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for Towing a Winnebago Micro Minnie Winnie 2108DS
  • When looking into purchasing a Weight Distribution (WD) system you want to find one with a Tongue Weight (TW) range that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your towing setup falls in the middle of. To find the TTW of your towing setup you will need to add the TW of your fully loaded and ready-to-go trailer, which you can use part # 5780 for, along with the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. Keep in mind that a properly loaded trailer will have a TW that is 10-15%...
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  • Best Weight Distribution With Sway Control for Trailer With 1,100 lbs Total Tongue Weight
  • The BlueOx SwayPro # BXW1506 is a good system but I recommend the Reese Strait-Line # RP66130 over it. While both systems will be less noisy than the Equal-i-zer you referred to, the Strait-Line has the advantage because of its sway control system. The SwayPro uses a 4-point sway control system like the Equal-i-zer but the Strait-Line uses a dual cam system to prevent sway. This system's spring bars are suspended by this cam system (see accompanying photo) which ensures that the Strait-Line...
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  • Correct Wiring Adapter for Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller on 2018 Toyota Tacoma
  • The wiring adapters that you asked about for the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 will function the same though # 3031-S is the newer adapter and the one I recommend for your Redarc brake controller. As for a weight distribution hitch, to choose the best system, you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2018...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 24-Foot Enclosed Trailer with Limited Frame Clearance
  • You could use a friction sway control device like # 83660 to help control the sway effects caused by passing trucks, but with a 24-foot enclosed trailer that has a lot of surface area for wind to push on, you will get much better results with a weight distribution system that has built-in sway prevention. These perform much better, and they also allow you back up the trailer without having to disconnect the sway arm. All friction arm units must be disengaged before you try to back up the...
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  • How to Determine the Correct Replacement Springs Bars for a Blue Ox Weight Distribution System
  • The Replacement Spring Bars for Blue Ox SwayPro Weight Distribution System part # BXW4008 are best suited for a towing setup with a total tongue weight (TTW) between 1,000 and 1,500 lbs. The TTW is calculated by adding the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer by an weight stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. As long as these two things do not exceed 1,500 lbs then the above spring bars will work well for you. However, if the TTW of your towing setup exceeds 1,500...
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  • Difference Between Curt Weight Distribution Systems C17500 and C17501
  • The difference between the two systems is that the Curt TruTrack # C17500 has a tongue weight capacity between 800 lbs and 1,000 lbs with a maximum gross towing weight of 10,000 lbs while the Curt TruTrack # C17501 has a tongue weight capacity between 1,000 lbs and 1,500 lbs with a maximum gross towing weight of 15,000 lbs. This is important because in order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for Towing a 28 ATC Aluminum Trailer with a 2017 Ford F-350
  • You do have a very interesting situation. When it comes to aluminum trailers we always defer to the manufacturer whether it is just a utility trailer or an RV trailer like your toy hauler. Aluminum frames can't always withstand the pressure of a weight distribution (WD) system but if the manufacturer has tested and approved a WD system then you are good to go. I was able to get a hold of someone from the warranty department at ATC and they said that using a WD system with their trailers...
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  • Things To Consider When Changing from a 3/4 Ton to 1/2 Ton Tow Vehicle
  • There are a few things you need to consider when switching from a 3/4 ton like your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 to a 1/2 ton like a 2018 Ford F-150. For starters, the 3/4 ton is going to have a stiffer suspension than the 1/2 ton. This means that although the 3/4 ton did not squat while towing your trailer, that's not to say that the 1/2 won't even though it may still have a higher towing capacity. Also, the 3/4 ton will be more geared towards towing while means it likely has upgraded...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution/Sway Control System for 3500-lb Camper Trailer
  • Apart from the white-knuckle sway effects from sudden wind gusts and air blasts from passing semi trucks, there are some other basic considerations to help you decide if and when you need a sway control system for your trailer set-up. The linked article on weight distribution/sway control (WD/SC) systems may help you on this point. Although we do offer basic friction style sway control devices like # 83660 and # 17200 that can help counteract trailer sway these are not going to be able...
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  • How to Select Weight Distribution/Sway Control System for 36-Foot 9000-lb Travel Trailer
  • Friction bar anti-sway systems work better on smaller and lighter trailers although doubling up with two units can work satisfactorily with some longer trailers. Still, the performance of an integrated weight distribution/sway control (WD/SC) system will beat simple friction units any day of the week. I suggest you first install a properly-rated WD/SC system, before making mods to your truck's suspension, since you may find that you do not need the Superspring kit at all. The key to...
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  • Winch Recommendation for Car Trailer
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  • How to Adjust Weight Rating of Weight Distribution Hitch to Match Loaded Trailer Tongue Weight
  • As long as your camper's frame is made of steel and the manufacturer approves use of a weight distribution hitch such as the Blue Ox Sway Pro # BXW0750 you won't hurt the trailer by installing it but you also won't get the best performance from it if the spring bars are rated so much higher than your actual loaded trailer tongue weight. The actual fully-loaded trailer's tongue weight (TW) should fall in the middle of the system's operating range. If the tow vehicle has any cargo behind...
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  • Weight Distribution Installation for Pole Tongue Boat Trailer Towed by 2005 Ford F-150
  • Thank you for the photo of your truck and hitched boat trailer. There are a couple of things to keep in mind concerning tongue weights (TW) in your setup. First, typically a boat trailer can have low-ish TW due to the rear-positioned motor's weight lifting the trailer tongue. When placing tanks, toys and other items in the boat for transport you want to do so such that you can maintain a suitable amount of TW, 10 to 15-percent of the boat/trailer combined gross weight. Scale # 5780 makes...
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  • How to Select Trailer Weight Distribution System Based on Trailer Loaded Tongue Weight
  • Weight distribution systems are sensitive to the actual tongue weight (TW) load on them. We offer a handy scale # 5780 that takes the guesswork out of determining your loaded trailer TW. The TW figure you need to be concerned with consists of the actual measured trailer TW when it is fully-loaded with all your supplies plus the weight of any cargo in the tow vehicle that sits behind the rear axle, such as a generator or loaded cooler. The ideal situation is that this combined total TW...
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  • Recommended Replacement Spring Bars To Accommodate Lighter Trailer
  • Your weight distribution system, # EQ37120ET, is rated for a total tongue weight of 800-1200 lbs. That total tongue weight is the loaded tongue weight of your trailer as well as any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. I've attached an article on trailer tongue weight to help. If you are at 15% of tongue weight you'll be in that range, but lighter would be a rough ride. I recommend using a scale like # 5780 to determine your actual loaded weight. I've attached an article...
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  • Weight Distribution for 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty Towing 26 Foot Trailer
  • In order to choose the best weight distribution system, you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2017 Ford F-350. To determine your trailer's tongue weight you can use a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by use one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining tongue weight I've linked for you. From there, simply add on...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution for Towing a Variety of Trailers with a 2015 Lexus GX 460
  • When choosing a weight distribution (WD) system you will first need to determine your total tongue weight (TTW) and then make sure that this number falls in the middle of the tongue weight (TW) range of your WD system. You can find your TTW by adding the loaded TW of your trailer along with the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2015 Lexus GX 460. A properly loaded trailer will have a TW that is 10-15% of the weight of the loaded trailer. Since you will be using a variety...
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  • Recommended Suspension Enhancement for 2016 Ford F-150
  • The air springs I recommend for your 2016 Ford F-150 are the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2582. These are a confirmed fit for your truck so long as you do not have an in-bed hitch. The Ride-Rite springs are going to enhance your F-150's factory suspension and give you a smoother, more cushioned ride. I've attached a link to a video review of these air springs, as well as a link to a video showing them being installed on a '16 Ford F-150.
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