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


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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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (455 Customer Reviews)


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



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



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



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



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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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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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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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Good product, works as advertised 139728


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fine, no complaints

R F - 07/07/2015

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


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

Jack - 05/19/2015

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


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

John P - 04/22/2014

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


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

Rick M - 09/24/2017

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


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

Ron B - 01/15/2016

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



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



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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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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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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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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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Worked great. Appreciate the information in the booklet! 214188


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Fine

George W - 07/23/2016

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


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

Ralph - 07/10/2015

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



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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


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

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  • Towing Capacity of 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 with Trailer Tow Group Package
  • Jeep rates the towing capacity of the 2015 Grand Cherokee with Pentastar V6 and Trailer Tow Group Package as 6200-lbs. The GC with the V8 hemi carries a 7200-lb rating as do the versions equipped with the EcoDiesel V6. So long as your vehicle is rated for at least 6200-lbs you should be fine to tow the Vette and trailer with a combined weight of 5500-lbs. A vehicle's towing capacity is set by the auto maker and takes into account drivetrain components like the engine, transmission and...
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  • Can Weight Distribution System Be Used on Aluminum Trailer Frame
  • Not all aluminum trailer frames are strong enough for use with a steel weight distribution (WD) system. It is possible that the stronger steel WD components could put too much stress on the frame. If your trailer has an aluminum frame you'll first want to check with the manufacturer. Locate your trailer's VIN, model number and manufacturer information and contact the maker. They will ask you about your typical weight loads and other details about your towing application. They will be...
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  • How to Determine the Length of a Trailer
  • Typically the 6th and 7th numbers of the VIN indicate the length of the trailer. You can verify that by measuring from the rearmost point on your trailer to the point of the trailer closest to your vehicle. This will include the coupler or any overhang. I have attached a sample VIN that you can use as a reference as well as a demonstration of where to measure your trailer which is found on the linked trailer lighting article.
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  • Selecting Weight Distribution Hitch for 25-ft Airstream with 7300-lb GVWR
  • The ideal circumstance for a weight distribution system is to have the fully-loaded trailer tongue weight (including the weight of any cargo behind the tow vehicle's rear axle) be in the middle of the system's operating range. We offer a handy scale to make tongue weight (TW) measurement easy, part # 5780. For instance the Reese Steadi-Flex # RP66560 has an operating range from 600- to 1200-lbs. This would make it perfect for total TW of 800- to 1000-lbs. Similar system # RP66559 works...
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  • Tongue Weight Percent of Total Weight of Trailer that is Bumper Pull and Fifth Wheel
  • For bumper pull trailers the tongue weight is going to be between 10 and 15 percent but for a fifth wheel trailer or gooseneck trailer the pin weight is going to be right at 20 percent.
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  • Difference Between Equal-i-zer and Curt TruTrack Weight Distribution Systems
  • The Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System # EQ37100ET and the Curt TruTrack # C17500 referenced in your question are very similar systems that will do a very nice job of controlling sway and evenly distributing weight between the axles on your trailer and tow vehicle. The primary difference between the two, which is important for your application, is their specific sway control design. The Curt model uses a standard 2-point system, which will have sway control at just the ends of the...
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  • What is Included in Tow Package on a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Determine Trailer Tongue Weight for Selecting a Powered Tongue Jack
  • The easiest way to measure your trailer tongue weight (TW) is to use a scale like the Sherline # 5780. There are other methods outlined in the linked article or you can simply take the truck and trailer to a truck weigh station. In general a properly loaded trailer's TW will be about 15-percent of its gross weight. You'll want to select a jack based on the trailer's heaviest weight condition, in other words when it is fully loaded. This will let you select a powered tongue jack with...
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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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  • 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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  • Determining Compatibility of Trailer Weight and Vehicle Towing Capacity
  • A trailer with a dry hitch weight (also called empty tongue weight) of 660-lbs will have a substantially higher TW once you load it. The Winnie Minnie 2455BHS has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 7000-lbs which means that when loaded to capacity the actual TW of the trailer could range from 850-lbs to 1000-lbs. The trailer has a 43-gallon fresh water tank; just that 43 gallons of water weighs a hefty 358-lbs! If your Tacoma hitch is rated for use with a weight distribution (WD)...
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  • Can a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder Safely Tow a 4,850 Pound Trailer
  • When properly equipped your 2009 Nissan Pathfinder can tow the trailer just fine. I do recommend the use of weight distribution if both the hitch and owners manual for the vehicle say that you can. If we can look at the numbers for a second, you mentioned the gross combined weight rating is 11,133 pounds. If we subtract the weight of the trailer and the vehicle from that you are left with 1,833 pounds you can still carry on the trailer and in the vehicle. So as long as the fuel, cargo,...
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  • Maximum Towing Capacity 2006 Dodge Dakota 3.7L V6
  • To determine the maximum trailer weight you can tow with your 2006 Dodge Dakota you will need take your Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) on your truck. This is the maximum allowable tow rating of the vehicle weight and the trailer weight combined. If you subtract the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your truck from the (GCWR) that will give you the maximum Gross Trailer Weight (GTW). This can all be found on the information tag located inside the driver door jamb. If your trailer is...
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  • Choosing SuperSprings Spring Kit or Weight Distribution for 2013 Ford F-150 Towing 30-ft Camper
  • Leaf spring kits like the SuperSprings Custom Suspension Stabilizer and Sway-Control Leaf Spring Kit # SSA5MTKT are best suited to supporting cargo loads in the truck bed. The best solution for the issue of rear-end squat is a weight distribution (WD) system. WD systems don't just stiffen the rear suspension; they actually shift trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the truck's front axle. This simultaneously reduces rear-end squat and improves braking and steering performance by keeping...
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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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  • Will Weight Distribution Be Needed on a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • With the trailer weight that you provided, I recommend using a weight distribution system with sway control on your towing setup. Any time the trailer weighs more than half of the weight of the two vehicle we recommend using a weight distribution system. Even using a hitch with a 2-1/2 receiver opening will not negate the use of weight distribution with a trailer weighing as much as yours. I have attached a FAQ article on weight distribution that will have more information on when weight...
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  • How Much Weight Can A 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel Tow
  • To determine the maximum trailer weight you can tow with your Jeep, you will need to find both the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). These figures can all be found on the information tag located inside the driver door jamb. If you subtract the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the vehicle from the (GCWR) that will give you the maximum Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) you can safely tow. As long as this figure exceeds the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for a Jayco Hummingbird 17 RK
  • In order to choose the correct weight distribution system, you will need to find the total tongue weight (TTW) of your towing setup by adding the tongue weight (TW) of both your loaded ready to tow trailer and any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. An easy way to find this would involve using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want your total tongue weight to fall in...
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