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

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  • Hitch Tools
  • Measuring Devices
  • Tongue Weight Scale
  • Sherline
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 or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

Sherline Tools - 5780


  • 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


  • 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

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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (350 Customer Reviews)

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by: Bob S.02/19/2013

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 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


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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by: Trailer Gal06/19/2014

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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by: Richard E09/14/2013

I purchased this to measure tongue weight of my Lance 1685 travel trailer (GTW 5000#) hauled by my 2008 F350 Super Duty 4WD with hitch rated 600# weight bearing and 1200# weight distributing hitch. I found tongue weight loaded for trip with full water tank (we sometimes go where no water easily available) was 800 pounds. This exceeds the rating of my hitch, and I believe the rating of any weight bearing OEM hitch of any vehicle available that can pull this trailer (manufacturer recommends no truck greater than 3/4 ton). I checked the readings against readings made by using a beam and bathroom method (see eTrailer for info on how to do this) with a 6 foot beam and a bathroom scale reading up to 300. The readings agree quite closely but the Sherline scale is much more portable and easy to use. I also measured tongue weight at the hitch and at the tongue jack and found weight at jack is 95% of weight at hitch. Now I measure weight at the jack and apply correction factor (multiply by 100/95) to get tongue weight. This is nicely described in info provided with the scale. I found my tongue weight varies from 575 to 800 pounds depending on gear I am hauling, and put on a Reese WD hitch with chain hangers on the tongue so I can get the chain tension right depending on the loading. Actual tongue wt with a WD hitch includes weight of all gear behind rear axle of tow vehicle. Mine is 325# which puts tongue weight for vehicle at 1125, still within the 1200# WD ratings of my trucks hitch. I will use this with almost every trip, and especially when gear and tank loads change coming and going. Can't recommend it more strongly! 99934

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by: Gary S03/03/2015

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 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 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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by: Scott B.04/06/2015

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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by: Jack05/19/2014

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


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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by: Ron B.01/15/2015

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


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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by: Bill B.07/20/2017

I've had a serious problem with trailer sway on a new toyhauler TT that I purchased in March. There are quite a few variables affecting tongue weight (e.g. exact position of the motorcycle/sidecar, quantity of fresh water, general loading arrangement) and I was playing a guessing game on all of it with poor results. I bought this scale to help me zero in on the changes due to loading, so I could get the proper tongue weight. It makes it easy to measure the changes right at my house while I experiment. Using this scale with a trip to the local CAT Scale has helped me identify most of the problems I was having. For example, I now know that I can't carry a full load of fresh water (100 gallons) and the best performance is with about 50 gallons. Also, since I know that my variables are now 'right,' I also know that the trailer was not engineered/designed as well as it should have been. That probably won't come as a big surprise to anyone. While I don't think the weight readings are as 'precise' as I would like, or always exactly repeatable, I do think they are more than adequate to trouble shoot the types of problems that I was having. 408188

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by: Gerry T06/01/2015

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


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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by: Lonnie08/07/2015

Actually, about the best service I've had from anyone in a long time!!!! I saw it was the best price on the net or in any store so I called. I told Rickie S I need this immediately and he said I would have it the next day....I was somewhat skeptical ... I ordered it on Thursday about 1 pm and had it today Friday at 10 am......and it worked perfectly and was very informative. Glad I bought it, no more guess work. AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE RICKIE! Thanks a lot and I'll be buying all my trailer stuff from them from now on.... 217613


Thanks, its AWESOME. Dont Need to find a scale anymore .

Lonnie - 08/16/2016


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by: CasG07/08/2014

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


Good as new

CasG - 07/09/2015


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by: John P04/22/2013

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


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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by: DTG17305/27/2015

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


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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by: Prairie Wolf10/14/2016

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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by: Earnie H07/21/2016

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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by: SC Buyer05/01/2015

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


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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by: Tom A.06/06/2015

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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by: Mike C10/18/2017

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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by: Ralph07/10/2014

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


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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by: Steve V08/09/2013

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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by: Tim 005/06/2015

My used toy hauler came with a weight distributing hitch but it did not seem to be doing the job properly. I decided to weigh the tongue weight. Used the leverage method with a regular set of scales. With a 5 foot arm I calculated the weight at over 1500 lbs. The original hitch was rated at 1000 lbs. I next decided I need a REAL scale to measure with. 10 minutes after the Sherline scale arrived I had my answer. Just a shade over 1700 lbs of tongue weight empty! Wow am I glad I got this scale. Made well. Easy to handle. It will be traveling with me since the tow hauler weight varies dramatically between empty and loaded. Have already ordered a new hitch too, thanks to the scales. 190747

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by: John11/24/2014

Item arrived, a little later as expected, but came in time. The scale works like a champ and is a must have for all boaters who trailer their boat and where the weight can change due to weight changes (empty/full water or gas tank, ice chest, fishing gear, etc). The LM1000 would do just fine in most cases, but see no reason to spend $30 more for LM1000. Rather calculate with a 3% / 4% safety limit and use a LM2000 and you can use it also for the folks who have a tong heavy camping trailer. Would be cool if a special transport box would come with it, in order to protect it when traveling. For the price you would expect that as the gauge need to be protected. Other then that a must have. 162363

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by: James M.04/16/2014

Fast shipping to my home! Follow up emails from 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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by: Marty07/13/2015

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


Thanks for checking. Still using the product as intended.

Marty - 08/05/2016


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by: Vic04/12/2013

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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by: James H04/22/2014

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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by: Ben H09/22/2015

Product arrived as expected, on time and well packed in the box. A couple observations, product is to stored upright. The box it was shipped in had no indication of this and arrived on its side. I saw a suggestion for offering a case for the scale. This would be much appreciated. Used the scale without issue, following instructions provided. I have a hydraulic jack, so the process was much easier, as mentioned in the instruction guide. So glad to find a device to allow tongue wt. calculations. The separate scale will make sharing it with our son much easier than the all in one hitch scale. Beats the bathroom scales technique by a mile. 227029

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by: Gary S.09/19/2017

Nice little product. Lets me check my trailer's C.G. before every trip. Also used it to test how various combinations of fresh, grey and tank water contents affected hitch weight. Only down side- low accuracy. The piston does tend to stick a bit. Have to bounce the trailer tongue with my foot, and take average reading. But as long as you are happy with +/- 50lb readings, it works perfectly. HINT- Get one of those HEAVY duty plastic crates that 2 people can stand on safely, put a square of 3/4" plywood on top, and it makes a perfect stand for the scale. Remember- trailer tongue MUST be at the same height as when towing to get correct reading. 434168

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by: Bruce D.02/14/2017

Having added a few options to our travel trailer that sit close to the hitch I was not certain what my tongue weight was. Turns out I was over the hitch rating. The Sherline Scale has made it much easier to load the trailer and now I can get the weight distribution hitch that actually works best for my tongue weight range. I use it with a floor jack to and it is very easy to make multiple weight measurements as I change my load configuration. I agree with other reviews; for this amount of money a carrying case would be very useful and help you avoid picking it up by the piston. Thank you Tommy C and E Trailer for great support. 341902

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by: Rod S.04/24/2014

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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by: Charles S01/29/2015

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 even cheaper then Amazon. 171731

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by: Frank06/06/2015

This item was shipped within hours of placing the order and arrived in just two days. I love the service at etrailer. The scale itself is very well made and provided me with the information I needed within minutes. I have a large boat that I pull and I knew the tongue weight was heavy. Now I know the weight within a few pounds. This scale gives me peace of mind and a new approach to loading the boat and truck for a long pull. One note. For a delicate instrument, the scale could be packaged better by the manufacturer for shipping purpose. I guess they are sold mainly off a shelf at a store. 201052

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by: Peter G.06/09/2016

Received scale today and immediately wanted to try it since I have been concerned about tongue weight ever since I installed the Stromberg Carlson bunk hitch and plan to carry 2 adult bikes from a bike rack. Very easy to check weight. I used the method of placing the unit on a floor jack and pumped it up until the sleeve inserted into the ball socket. Keep in mind that the unit is not designed to maintain the weight for a long period. So lift, get the weight then bring the jack back down. Unit comes with a helpful manual which answers quite a few questions about tongue weight and other variables. 259611

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by: Madhu03/08/2016

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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by: Roger the Shrubber08/05/2017

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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by: Ken02/01/2013

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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by: Rick M.09/24/2016

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 and the Sherline Scale. 299461


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.

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by: Scott L08/03/2016

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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by: Pete S12/22/2016

I have only used this product once so far. I didn't realize that the tongue weight on my bumper pull RV was so heavy! 700lbs dry weight. Good to know. I have never purchased from etrailer but will again as a need arises. I have also never written an online review, and am doing so because of the excellent customer service I experienced. My order was verified by phone by a very pleasant individual before shipment and I was kept informed by email as to the status of my shipment. This was all done in a manner( it felt personal) which made me feel appreciated as a customer. 327226

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by: Rich06/09/2015

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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by: AD09/26/2011

This handy little scale really does the job. I came across this scale from the Sherline site, when googling for "trailer loading tips". For the relatively cheap $120, I found out that I had not only exceeded the max tongue weight on my trailer, but went investigating and found out that my trailer itself was overloaded. Instead of loading up and taking a guess with my safety, I am happy to have spent the money for this well built, American made tool that looks and feels like it is built to last. This tool, or one like it, is a must for every person who owns a trailer. 24653

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by: Michael B04/01/2014

High quality and heavy instrument. I definitely recommend. 123158


Still works great

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by: Howard Rymes10/07/2017

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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by: George Waybright07/24/2015

Worked great. Appreciate the information in the booklet! 214188



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by: Sandra M.06/21/2013

First, let me state this is the first time I have towed or loaded a trailer. I am planning a cross country move and am a little paranoid at the thought of not doing everything by the book. I purchased this product in order to make sure I was not going over the appropriate tongue weight for my vehicle and hitch. This is exactly what I needed and is an excellent way to determine the capacity to make sure I am going to have a safe towing experience. The product works just as it should and I am very happy that I don't have to guess the tongue weight. 85511

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by: R Force07/07/2014

Good product, works as advertised 139728


fine, no complaints

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by: John T04/13/2016

Shipping was excellent and the product is as described. The ONLY reason I would not give 5 stars is that in spite of the warnings not to lift or put negative pressure on the top, the unit came with no box or other protective enclosure. I will fashion one myself and put some padding in the enclosure so as to protect the operating components of this hydraulic device. It should take a lot of the guesswork out of loading my trailers for safety and is far more convenient than using a commercial scale or (god forbid) the bathroom scale and a lever. 244104

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by: tk08/14/2014

just what we shipping. 146711


as expected

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by: Raymond L.06/15/2016

I've had the Sherline 2000 tongue weight scale for a year now and it has been a real blessing when loading our travel trailer for trips. The owner's manual has great tips on distributing the weight for the proper loading on the tongue to help prevent trailer sway and keeping the tow vehicle level. I did not know anything about tongue weight loading before I purchased the scale but with it, I've learned how to keep the loads within the ranges listed for the weight distributing hitch and the receiver on my 2008 Ford F-150. 261671

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  • According to the online owner's manual for the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, there were three different V8 engines offered, 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.2L. These different powertrains, truck bed lengths, the presence of the heavy-duty cooling package and rear axle gear ratio all affect towing capacity. Maximum trailer weight ranges from 4700-lbs for the 4.8L with 3.23 axle up to 10,600-lbs for the 6.2L V8 NHT with trailering package and 3.73 axle. You will want to confirm in your owner's manual...
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  • Can Weigh Safe 2-Ball Mount Be Used With Weight Distribution System
  • There are no weight distribution systems designed to be able to use the Weigh Safe 2-Ball Mount, part # WS6-2. All weight distribution system require a shank and do not attach directly to a ball mount like the # WS6-2. Based on the numbers you mentioned I recommend a weight distribution system like part # C17322. This system has a maximum tongue weight capacity of 1,000 lbs and a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. The system includes sway control that helps when facing high winds...
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  • The features and equipment that constitute an auto maker's OEM "tow package" can vary by vehicle manufacturer, vehicle model and model year. Auto makers may change the elements of a "tow package" for any number of reasons. The best way to determine exactly what your particular Highlander's equipment and capacities are is to contact your local dealership with the VIN number. They can then determine exactly how it is equipped. If you have need for a weight distribution system for your...
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  • Brake Controller and Weight Distribution Recommendations for 2013 Ford Escape Towing Lance 1575
  • Thank you for providing specifics about your tow vehicle and trailer. Specs for your Lance 1575 trailer indicate a gross dry weight of 2575-lbs and a dry tongue weight of 230-lbs. Weight distribution systems should be selected based on actual fully-loaded as-towed trailer tongue weight. Also, the hitch on your vehicle must be specifically rated for use with weight distribution; this will be indicated on the safety/warning label on the hitch. The best way to accurately determine your...
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  • Getting Accurate Tongue Weight Reading Using the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale # 5780
  • The tongue weight indicated on the scale will fluctuate according to the angle plus or minus over level of the trailer, which is normal. To get an accurate measurement, the trailer jack should be placed on the scale and the jack adjusted so that the trailer is level to the ground, THEN read the TW.
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  • How to Determine Tongue Weight on 3400 lbs Pontoon Boat and Trailer
  • Tongue weight is typically 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. To find the tongue weight, there are a couple of methods you can use. The first requires the use of a bathroom scale. First, make sure the boat trailer is on a level surface. Take a cinder block or something similar and place the scale on top. Next, place the trailer coupler on the scale (the trailer should be parallel with the ground). The scale reading will be the tongue weight. You may also be interested in a...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed to Tow 16-Foot Homesteader V-Nose Trailer with 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4
  • A weight distribution system is called for under a number of conditions. If your trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50 percent of the tow vehicle weight (GVWR) then often a weight distribution/sway control system will improve handling. Other symptoms of the need for such a system are if the rear of the tow vehicle sags when hitched to the trailer, if the tow vehicle headlights point upward, if steering and stopping are impaired, or if you just want to get the maximum towing capacity from...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution For 2007 Weekend Warrior Toy Hauler
  • The best way to determine what system will work for you is to know what your total tongue weight is. The total tongue weight is the tongue weight of your fully-loaded-ready-to-tow trailer added to the weight of any cargo you place behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. You will then want to find a system where your total tongue weight falls near the middle of the tongue weight range for the system. Getting a system that is too small will be useless, but getting a system that is too big...
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  • How to Determine the Tongue Weight of a Trailer to Choose Weight Distribution
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I have included a link to a help article that shows how to determine tongue weight. A tongue weight scale, # 5780, is a pretty easy way to determine a trailer's tongue weight. Trailer tongue weight is typically...
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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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  • Accuracy of Measuring Trailer Tongue Weight Using Bathroom Scale Method
  • The most accurate method to determine your tongue weight is to use a commercial scale at either a truck stop or quarry for example. The linked article details how to do this. You may have to pay a small fee for this service but it will provide a more accurate tongue weight measurement than the bathroom scale method. (Sag in the 2 x 4 used with the bathroom scale method will not have much effect on the tongue weight reading, nor will there be much difference between measurements taken at...
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  • Can 750-lb TW Hitch on Dodge B1500 Conversion Handle TW of R-Wagon Toy Hauler
  • I was able to find some information about an R-Vision R-Wagon model RW-291 toy hauler trailer, but not for the model RW-251 that you referenced. A 2008 model year RW-291 toy hauler has a dry hitch weight (tongue weight) of 597-lbs and a total dry weight of 5227-lbs. TW can be measured in several ways as noted in the linked article, and one method is the Sherline scale # 5780. Since I do not know the model year of your trailer nor of your Dodge B1500 conversion van you should consult...
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  • Recommended Methods to Reduce Trailer Tongue Weight
  • You may be able to adjust the loaded trailer's tongue weight (TW) enough by changing the position of the riding mower and other items on the trailer. If the trailer is long enough for you to keep the mower further back, further away from the trailer tongue, this will reduce the TW to some degree. Ideally TW will be 12-15-percent of the trailer GVW. You can measure TW using a scale like # 5780 or by one of the other methods outlined in the article I included for you. I do understand...
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  • How to Reduce Sway with 31-Foot 6600-lb Trailer Towed with WD System on Dodge Pickup
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control Recommendation for 8500-lb 23-ft Komfort Trailer
  • We are happy to help you with your selection of a new weight distribution/sway control system for your 23-foot 8500-lb travel trailer. The key starting point to choose a new system is a measurement of your trailer's fully-loaded and ready-to-tow tongue weight. Dry trailer weight, in your case 8500-lbs, is important too, but the actual measured tongue weight when the trailer is loaded and road-ready is the key factor when to selecting a new system. A system rated too low will not deliver...
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  • Using A Weight Distribution System With Rear Suspension Enhancements
  • The best way to reduce vehicle sag and trailer sway would entail the use of a weight distribution system. A weight distribution system works by distributing the weight on the rear axle of the tow vehicle across the entire platform. This will allow for a level towing surface, in turn providing a safe haul. Using a friction bar design, the downward force applied to the trailer's tongue will minimizes trailer sway in one of two ways. The first being to reduce sway as it is happening and the...
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  • Recommended Equal-I-Zer Weight Distribution System For Loaded Trailer Weighing About 9,000 Lbs
  • I recommend going with the Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control, part # EQ37120ET. The # EQ37141ET system has a tongue weight rating capacity of 1,000 lbs and you may exceed that with the weight of your loaded trailer weight of 9,000 lbs. You want to make sure you do not exceed the towing capacity of your truck. The most important thing to consider is the tongue weight of your trailer. When calculating tongue weight you need to add the tongue weight of your...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 23 Foot Travel Trailer w/ 5400lb GVWR
  • In addition to all the items on the trailer that will increase its dry tongue weight, you'll also need to add the weight of anything you carry in the bed of the truck behind the rear axle. The right way to do this is to load up the trailer as you would typically have it, and take it to a truck scale or use the # 5780 Sherline Tongue Weight Scale. Ideally, the TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight distribution system...
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  • Weight Distribution System For Hauling a Dump Trailer
  • In order to choose the best weight distribution hitch, you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TW), 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 tow vehicle. To determine TW you can use a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining TW I've linked for you. The ideal system would be one in which your TW would fall somewhere...
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  • The key for a weight distribution system to properly move trailer tongue weight forward to the tow vehicle's front axle is to match the system to the trailer's fully-loaded tongue weight. Systems rated too low will not have enough tension to redistribute the trailer weight forward and systems rated too high for the actual tongue weight can result in jumpy or erratic handling. In addition to your trailer's measured tongue weight you need to include in the equation the weight of anything...
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  • Can a Weigh Safe Ball Mount be Used with a Weight Distribution System
  • You will need to verify the tongue weight but if you are using weight distribution then its head, shank, and ball would be what is used so you wouldn't be able to use Weigh Safe ball mount # WS6-2. There are different ways to calculate tongue weight. A tongue weight scale, # 5780, is going to be the best. I have included a link to our help article on determining tongue weight and another on weight distribution for you.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for Heartland M27 Mallard Travel Trailer
  • Your Heartland M27 Mallard travel trailer has a dry hitch weight of 475-lbs, but you really need to know the actual fully-loaded tongue weight (TW) of the trailer with all of your supplies and gear loaded in order to select a weight distribution/sway control system (WD/SC). You also have to account for the weight of anything in the Tundra that sits behind the rear axle, say a generator for example, since this weight will also act like trailer TW. We offer a handy scale # 5780 but other...
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  • Selection of a weight distribution and sway control system should be made based on the fully-loaded trailer tongue weight. It is important that the trailer be loaded and equipped just as it will be when towed, with full water and propane tanks, and all usual equipment and supplies, etc. Manufacturer specs can provide dry weight and unloaded tongue weight, but a properly-tuned weight distribution system depends on knowing the actual as-towed trailer tongue weight. Tongue weight can be...
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution/Sway Control System for Tent Trailer Towed by 2009 Honda Pilot
  • We can help you with an anti-sway solution that will work far better than the simple friction-style unit you're currently using on your tent trailer. What I recommend is a weight distribution/sway control (WD/SC) hitch that has an integrated anti-sway mechanism. Such systems BOTH shift trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the Pilot's front axle for better steering and braking performance AND they prevent sway by keeping the trailer's motion tightly controlled. Your towing experience...
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