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  • Etrailer Tongue Weight Scale VS. Sherline Tongue Weight Scale
  • Accuracy is the most important thing when it comes to tongue weight scales in my opinion and convenience is a plus. The Sherline Scale # 5780 is accurate but not convenient, at all. One downside to the Sherline is that you will need blocks or a jack to get the scale up and into position. If you were to just lay it on the ground you would not get an accurate measurement. The superior scale is the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale # e99044. I have gotten my hands on this product and used it....
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  • Using A Tongue Weight Scale To Haul Safely
  • You always need to be hauling under the tongue weight limit of your components. As long as the downward force on the hitch doesn't exceed 940lbs you will be okay to haul but you need to check your tongue weight of your trailer. Since you already checked your tongue weight and it's over the 940lb limit you will need to either shift the load around, remove some items off the trailer or use another trailer. Keep in mind you should have about 60% of your load evenly centered over the front...
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  • What Capacity Jack is Needed at Minimum to Support 3,100 lb Boat and Trailer
  • A trailer jack only needs to support the tongue weight, which for a boat trailer is something like 5 to maybe 10 percent of the weight of your loaded trailer, because so much of the weight is at the rear of the trailer. To be absolutely sure you will need to know your tongue weight by using a scale like the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701 but we can make a good guesstimate. With a 3,100 lb boat, since the trailers themselves are usually fairly light you can...
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  • Recommended Tongue Weight Scale For Trailer With Weight Distribution Hitch Installed
  • Both the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale # 5780, and the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale # e99044 will accurately measure the tongue weight on your trailer as long as the tongue weight is less than 2000lbs. With that said I prefer the etrailer # e99044 due to the fact that it is taller and wont require you to add wood or cinderblocks to raise scale to the coupler of the trailer like the Sherline # 5780, but also since the etrailer can be attached to the jack of your trailer which is...
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  • Correct Blue Ox TrackPro Weight Distribution For 800 lb Tongue Weight
  • The correct Blue Ox TrackPro weight distribution for your camper that has a GVWR of 7,815 lbs is going to be the option for the tongue weight between 800 lbs to 1,000 lbs. The reason for that is the weight distribution hitch you want is one that is rated for the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer, and since loaded tongue weight is generally in the 12 percent or so range, I'm guessing the trailer was not fully loaded. In regards to the correct shank, that will...
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  • How to Properly Weigh my Trialer to not Exceed my Vehicles Towing Weight Rating
  • When looking up your 2016 GMC Savannah 3500 it has as you said a max tow rating of 10,000 lbs. and 1,000 lbs. tongue weight. This is the limit of the vehicle unfortunately and not that of the hitch. With that said even if we were to add a heavier hitch the capacity of the vehicle still has to be abided by. I would take care to not load the camper too heavy in the front end in a way that would exceed the tongue weight limits. We have the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and...
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  • How to Eliminate Sag When Towing With 2015 Ford Expedition With 2-Wheel Drive
  • We have a way for you to eliminate the sag when towing with your 2015 Ford Expedition (though I should note it is impossible to increase capacity), but I checked with every manufacturer for suspension upgrades and there is nothing that fits a 2-wheel drive '15 Expedition. So that means what you will need is a weight distribution hitch, which will eliminate sag and give you the added benefit of controlling any sway. In order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first...
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  • Can I Use Weight Distribution with My 2018 Chevy Traverse Factory Tow Package
  • We always refer back to the owner's manual for these types of questions and when I looked up the online version of the owner's manual for your 2018 Chevy Traverse I didn't see anything in there about "do not use a weight distribution hitch" so I think you're good to go, but you should also double check your copy of the owner's manual just to be sure. If you already have a hitch installed on your Traverse it could also be that the specific hitch can't handle a weight distribution system...
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  • What Are The Shipping Dimensions And Weight Of The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale e99044?
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale # e99044 ships right at 5-1/2 pounds and the box will measure 8" x 7" x 5". There can be some slight variations depending on how it is packed by our shippers, but this will be the typical size and weight when shipped
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  • Recommended Tongue Weight Scale for 2021 Ram 2500
  • A tongue weight scale is a good tool that can help you make sure your trailer is properly loaded. It is also good to have when determining the best weight distribution hitch for your trailer. Although you don't absolutely have to have one, it certainly can't hurt. Since you would like to check it each time before towing, the best tongue weight scale to use would be the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II - Bluetooth # C51701. This plugs into the OBD-II port...
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  • Can etrailer Tongue Weight Scale be Used On Gravel
  • Yes, the etrailer tongue weight scale part # e99044 will work just fine on gravel.
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  • How Do I Measure My Tongue Weight?
  • The best way to accurately measure the tongue weight of your trailer is by using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline # 5780, which has a 2000-lb capacity. This scale will be sufficient to help you determine how shifting the weight around in your Rockwood 2506 Mini-Lite will effect the tongue weight on your Ford F-150. Generally speaking your tongue weight should be between 10-15% of the total loaded trailer weight. Just as a side note, the weight of cargo that you have behind your...
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  • Does Curt BetterWeigh Mobile Fit 2003 Ford F-250
  • The BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II # C51701 does fit your 2003 Ford F-250 since it has an OBD II port. I apologize for any confusion.
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  • Shank Diameter of Trailer Ball Included With etrailer e99044 Tongue Weight Scale
  • The etrailer # e99044 tongue weight scale includes a 1-7/8 inch diameter trailer ball, which will work perfectly with couplers for 2 or 2-5/16 inch diameter trailer balls for weighing purposes. If you click the provided link, you can see a video showing the scale being demonstrated.
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  • How Stable Is Horse Trailer On The Road Since Axles Are So Far Back?
  • As long as the weight distribution hitch you have is rated for up to 1100lbs you won't have any undesired handling issues with the trailer having a higher than normal tongue weight percentage. Horse trailers typically have the axles further back to help keep the trailer stable while the horse is loaded, by limiting the rear overhang. Since horses move around, you would not want them to be back behind the axles as that would change the handling and stability of the trailer without notice. Since...
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  • Will BetterWeigh Tongue Weight Scale Work on Vehicle With Suspension Enhancement
  • Yes, the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701 will work on your 2018 Ford F-350 with SumoSprings such as the # SSR-127-54 that fit your truck. They say: "The main Weigh feature, which weighs the vehicle and anything attached to it, will function just fine with bump stop suspension enhancements. The other functions (payload, tongue weight, pin weight, and weight distribution) use vehicle pitch, so a short calibration will be required." This is just a...
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  • How to Store etrailer Tongue Weight Scale e99044
  • I attached a link to the install instructions for the etrailer scale part # e99044 which the last line covers storage, "Store the etrailer tongue weight scale in a secure place when not in use." There is no additional storage steps needed for this.
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  • Does etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers # e99044 Need Calibration
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers # e99044 does not have the ability to be calibrated but would not need it.
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  • Would Tongue Weight Scale e99044 Work on Sloped Driveway
  • Yes you could get an accurate reading from the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale part # e99044 if the trailer was on a slope as long as the trailer was level.
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  • Can BetterWeigh C51701 be Used on Vehicle with Transmission and Engine Modifications
  • The BetterWeigh part # C51701 can be used on vehicles like yours that have been modified but you will have to run a manual calibration since the default settings of your truck won't be accurate due to the changes you made. The manual calibration is very easy to do as the unit will walk you through the entire process.
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  • Can Curt BetterWeigh Scale App And Echo Brake Controller App Be Installed On The Same Phone?
  • The apps for the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701 and Curt Echo Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 can be loaded on the same smart phone. You will not be able to use both apps on your phone at the same time as when you open each app it will have to Bluetooth to its particular device to send and receive data. As you are typically not going to be using both apps at the same time this shouldn't be an issue for you.
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  • Is 560 lbs a Good Tongue Weight on a 2,820 lb Boat Trailer
  • Ultimately the tongue weight of a trailer could be anything regardless of what the weight or GVWR of the trailer is. You want to shoot for a tongue weight that is 10-15% of the weight of the trailer though so if your loaded trailer is 2,820 lbs and the scale showed 560 lbs just for the tongue weight then you might need to play around with how the boat is loaded. If you have cargo on board then I'd try moving it back some to get to at least 15% which is 423 lbs. To avoid a trip to the...
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  • Is it Ok to Use an etrailer.com e99044 if There is an Air Bubble in the Gauge?
  • The etrailer.com # e99044 did receive an upgrade and should have fluid in the gauge. With that being said, they will all have an air bubble like this and it is perfectly good to use.
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  • What is the Warranty on the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers - 2,000-lb Capacity # e99044 has a lifetime limited warranty that protects against any defects in workmanship and manufacturing. It's been very highly reviewed since we brought it to the market and has worked out well for a lot of customers. I've also linked our returns policy for you.
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  • Margin of Error for the etrailer Trailer Tongue Weight Scale
  • This is a really good question. I sent it to our engineer and he told me that the gauge has a 3%,2%,3% margin of error. This means that in the first third of its range, it is +/- 3% of the actual tongue weight, the middle of its range it is +/- 2%, and in the top third of the range +/- 3%.
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  • What Does etrailer Tongue Weight Scale # e99044 Weigh
  • The etrailer tongue weight scale part # e99044 that you referenced weighs 5 lbs.
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  • How to Determine Tongue Weight for Trailer
  • Your total tongue weight (TW) 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 2016 Toyota Tundra. 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. As for your question about pulling the trailer as a gooseneck, the answer is no; a fifth wheel trailer is much better off being pulled by a fifth wheel...
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  • Safest Ratios for Distributing Weight Across a Trailer
  • If all of the components at the tongue are rated for at least 1,800 lb, they would be able to handle that weight, however this is not the safest way to distribute weight on your trailer. For the best and safest tracking and handling of a trailer, you want to load the trailer so that the tongue weight is 10-15% of the trailer's total weight. Approximately 60% of the trailer's weight should be in front of the axle with the other 40% behind the axle. So if you are carrying a total...
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  • Does 5th Wheel Trailer Need to be Connected to Install BetterWeigh on Pickup
  • You can definitely set up the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II # C51701 for your pickup and then later connect your 5th wheel trailer to determine your trailer weights. If you notice in the attached picture there is an option for figuring out your payload so you don't always have to have a trailer connected to utilize this product.
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  • Best Tongue Weight Scale That's EASIEST To Use
  • Absolutely our Tongue Weight Scale # e99044 will work perfectly with your travel trailer! Our scale has a 2,000 lb capacity which you may think that a 5,000 lb trailer would be too much for our scale, but it's actually an ideal size trailer. What a tongue weight scale does is measure the tongue weight of the trailer. Tongue weight is the down force weight your loaded trailer on the hitch ball of your tow vehicle. What we want is 10-15% of the overall weight of your trailer. Which with...
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  • Will BetterWeigh Mobile Scale Work if You Get New Vehicle
  • Good question, and yes, if you get a new vehicle you will absolutely still be able to use the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701. When you get a new vehicle, just go to Settings -> Change Vehicle and you'll be able to use it on your new vehicle and that's it! I have added a link below to a video review for you to check out as well of the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701.
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  • Is There a Difference Between Using etrailer Tongue Weight Scale at Coupler and Trailer Jack
  • There might be a slight difference between the tongue weight reading if you measured it at the hitch ball with the etrailer tongue weight scale # e99044 and the trailer jack leg but the difference would be small enough that it wouldn't affect anything. The most accurate reading would be at the coupler whereas if you use the jack leg instead the reading might be a little bit higher. I attached a review video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • How Does HaulGauge Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale Work?
  • The Better Weight Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II - Bluetooth # C51701 simply reads your vehicle information and lets you know the parameters outlined by the manufacturer for safe towing of your specific vehicle. It then calculates weights based on force divided by acceleration. I've attached a photo to help with the manufacturer's explanation. BetterWeigh measures weight by monitoring powertrain effort and vehicle acceleration. Powertrain effort is calculated from...
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  • Is Air Bubble in Gauge of etrailer Tongue weight scale part # e99044 Normal
  • Having an air bubble in the gauge of the etrailer Tongue weight scale part # e99044 is normal and not a cause for concern.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 300 Lbs Total Tongue Weight
  • 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 TTW to fall in the middle of the...
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  • Oil Used in the Sherline Scale part # 5780
  • For the Sherline scale part # 5780 you'd want to use hydraulic oil or 20W engine oil.
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  • How To Determine Tongue Weight of Toy Hauler Travel Trailer With Toys Loaded
  • I have an option that will give you the exact tongue weight of your trailer loaded or unloaded, but there is not a formula to determine the tongue weight of your toy hauler travel trailer with something loaded. You will want to use a tongue weight scale like the # e99044 to measure your tongue weight, and this will give you an exact measurement that you can use to make sure the hitch you select is properly rated, and that you are not overloading your vehicle. Once you have the tongue...
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  • How to Determine Tongue Weight with Weight Distribution System Connected
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale part # e99044 will not be able to tell you the tongue weight of the setup when your weight distribution system is connected. There's only one way to tell how much tongue weight your weight distribution system is distributing to the front axle of your tow vehicle and that by taking your trailer setup to a weigh station and put the front axle of the tow vehicle on the scales with the spring bars connected and then get the weight figure when they are disconnected....
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  • Can I Use etrailer.com Trailer Tongue Weight Scale To Measure TW For Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, the etrailer.com Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # e99044 will work well to determine the tongue weight of your setup so that you can get a properly rated weight distribution system for your trailer. When choosing a weight distribution system you do want to chose spring bars that have a tongue weight rating that your tongue weight falls in the middle of. For example, Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control part # EQ37100ET is rated for trailer tongue weights...
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  • Tongue Weight Scale Recommendation for a Trailer with 400-500 lbs of Tongue Weight
  • The only tongue weight scale we carry is the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale - 2,000-lb Capacity # 5780. This scale will do well to measure between 400 and 500 lbs of tongue weight. A scale with a lower range wouldn't be any more accurate. I attached a review video and a help article for you to check out as well.
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  • Selecting Weight Distribution/Sway Control for 2018 Jayco Hummingbird 16FD Travel Trailer
  • The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the 2018 Jayco Hummingbird 16FD travel trailer is 3500-lbs; this is the most it can weigh when fully loaded. Since properly loaded trailers have tongue weight (TW) in the range of 12- to 14-percent of the GVWR, your trailer will likely have TW of 425 to 500-lbs when loaded. Actual measured TW is what you'll need to determine the correct weight distribution/sway control hitch to use. You can easily check your loaded trailer TW using the scale...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for I-Beam Trailers with GTW up to 20,000 Lbs
  • 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. The average TW rating of a trailer is typically 10-15% of the gross trailer weight (GTW). An easy way to find this would involve using a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780. When...
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  • Does Weight of Weight Distribution System Count as Tongue Weight When Picking Out System
  • This is a really good question! So we've posed this to the manufacturers of the weight distribution systems we carry and they have told us that the weight of the weight distribution system does not get factored into the tongue weight figure you use to determine the correct system. This is due to fact it basically becomes a part of the hitch so it does not add to anything. So with just the trailer tongue weight when loaded and the weight of cargo behind the vehicle rear axle you'd be able...
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  • Weight Distribution With a Forest River Trailer
  • In order to choose the best weight distribution hitch, you will first need to know your total tongue weight. That weight is going to be the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go Forest River plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. To determine this you can use a scale such as the Sherline # 5780 or by using one of the methods outlined in the help article on determining tongue weight I've linked for you. The right weight distribution system...
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  • Tongue Weight Scale for Scamp 16' Camper
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers - 2,000-lb Capacity, # e99044 is compatible with your Scamp as it fits 1-7/8", 2", or 2-5/16" ball couplers. If your Scamp was ordered with a jack that has a 2" inner tube then yes, it will work with alternate method too. The etrailer, # e99044 is very durable item that can be used across multiple trailers and has solid analog gauge. I highly recommend this product for ease of use and dependability. Please note the link...
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  • Using Sherline Tongue Weight Scale for Picking Out Weight Distribution Hitch
  • The tongue weight scale part # 5780 should be used to measure the tongue weight of your trailer so that you can pick out the correct rated weight distribution system. A WD system would not be installed at the same time as you trying to use the scale. You would want to put the scale underneath the jack foot and then jack the trailer up until the scale has all of the tongue weight of the trailer on it. If you check out the review video I attached you will how it gets used. I also...
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  • Can BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight Scale part # C51701 Be Used with Suspension Enhancement
  • Suspension enhancement like the Timbren kit you have installed on your 2019 Ford F-250 will affect the numbers of the BetterWeigh # C51701. According to them a manual calibration would be required with this setup and that the Timbren would need to touch axle plus a set weight to calibrate. Here are the instructions they gave us for how to do this: BetterWeigh measures pin weight using the pitch of the vehicle. Because your suspension is not stock, a short calibration will be required....
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  • Will Older Curt Haul Gauge Work With New BetterWeigh Tongue Weight Scale App?
  • I reached out to my contact at Curt and the reason you were encouraged to download the BetterWeigh app is due to the Haul Gauge being replaced quite a few years back, and the app being changed over to the BetterWeigh. You will have no issues using the BetterWeigh App with your Haul Gauge regarding accuracy, and will have all of the measurements included in the app which are tongue weight, pin weight, payload, gross combined weight, and a weight distribution setting to tell you if your...
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  • Can BetterWeigh C51701 be Used on Vehicle with Suspension Enhancement Air Bags
  • Yes, the BetterWeigh part # C51701 can be used on vehicles with suspension enhancement like yours but you do need to run it through a manual calibration and you'd be set. It's a very short and easy process that the # C51701 will guide you through.
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  • Is There a Tongue Weight Scale For Trailers Under 1000-lbs
  • I may have a solution for you, but there isn't a smaller tongue weight scale available with a lower capacity. However, you could use the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II - Bluetooth # C51701 to keep an accurate reading on your trailer's tongue weight. The BetterWeigh provides you with a reading directly to your smart phone that will help you make sure your trailer is loaded correctly for the safest towing conditions. It's not a bulky scale you've got to carry...
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  • Does BetterWeigh Scale Save Calibrations for Use Between Two Vehicles
  • The BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale # C51701 does save the calibrations. When I reached out to HaulGauge, this is what they told me: "The BetterWeigh app stores the vehicle’s VIN and any calibrations. If you move the BetterWeigh to another vehicle, you will have to go into Settings (gear symbol) - Change Vehicle. This will erase any custom calibrations and find the new vehicle’s information.  If your vehicle is in our calibration database, changing vehicles will...
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  • Is the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale 5780 the Same as LM2000
  • Yes, the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale part # 5780 is the same as the LM2000. We just have a different part number than the manufacturer but they are the same scale. Please note that this is the new updated version of the LM2000. The previous version had a red base and showed figures at every 400 lbs whereas the new version has a black base and shows figures at every 200 lbs.
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  • Does the Plug on the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale Need to be Perforated
  • The sticker you are looking at on the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers - 2,000-lb Capacity # e99044 can be ignored. This is for the installation of the gauge, but the gauge already comes installed. The only thing you need to do is follow the assembly instructions included with the scale.
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  • Is a Weight Distribution System Based off of Max Trailer Weight
  • 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 TTW to fall in the middle of the...
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  • How To Calculate Total Tongue Weight
  • If 380 pounds is the tongue weight of your trailer, then you are correct. You add the tongue weight of the trailer to bike rack and bikes, and that total is your total tongue weight. Make sure you are within the tongue weight capacities of both your hitch and your 2005 Dodge Dakota. If 380 pounds is your hitch or vehicle capacity, you would subtract the bike and bike rack weight. 380-(75+45)=260 pounds of capacity left. Trailer Tongue Weight + Bike Rack Weight + Total Weight of...
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  • Can I Haul My Bass Boat Without Buying A Class V Hitch?
  • You will need to check the tongue weight of your boat trailer to make sure it doesn't exceed the rating on your current hitch. Here at the shop we use our Trailer Tongue Weight Scale # e99044. This is convenient to use because you don't have to disconnect the trailer to check the tongue weight if you don't want to. We don't want the tongue weight to be over 1,000 lbs and we want to have about 10-15% of your overall boat and trailer weight on the ball. Get an idea of what your boat and trailer...
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  • How is Trailer Tongue Weight for Weight Distribution Determined
  • Since you are asking about tongue weight in the context of a weight distribution system, the answer is a flat yes, the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle does count towards your Total Tongue Weight (TTW). Overall, trailer tongue weight is the downward force that is applied to the trailer hitch, so it would be the weight applied to the hitch. In order to truly determine your tongue weight you do need a scale, and you can do so very easily with the Sherline Trailer...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 5000-lb Travel Trailer Towed by 2017 Toyota 4Runner
  • For a 5000-lb travel trailer with tongue weight (TW) of 450-lbs you can use a weight distribution/sway control system such as the Equal-i-zer 4-Point Weight Distribution System # EQ37060ET which works effectively over a range of trailer TW from 200- to 600-lbs. This will both prevent trailer sway from starting and shift some of the trailer TW forward back onto the vehicle's front axle. This will restore steering and braking performance and reduce rear-end squat. Keep in mind that any...
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  • Scale For Determining Travel Trailer Tongue Weight
  • We have an option for you so you can know exactly what the tongue weight on your RV is, but because they come in so many shapes and sizes, and because how a trailer is loaded can make the tongue weight vary significantly, a guesstimate is not something you'll want to rely on by any means. That said, generally it's somewhere in the range of 10 percent to 15 percent, but I very strongly recommend verifying any tongue weight with a simple tongue weight scale: - Tongue Weight Scale for...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 24-Foot Enclosed Trailer with Limited Frame Clearance
  • You could use a friction sway control device like # 83660 to help control the sway effects caused by passing trucks, but with a 24-foot enclosed trailer that has a lot of surface area for wind to push on, you will get much better results with a weight distribution system that has built-in sway prevention. These perform much better, and they also allow you back up the trailer without having to disconnect the sway arm. All friction arm units must be disengaged before you try to back up the...
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  • Correct Weight Distribution Hitch for Trailer With 7,000 lb GVWR
  • The Husky Center Line Weight Distribution with Sway Control 32217 is for 600 lb to 800 lb total tongue weight capacities (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), and instead of it being too heavy, it may actually not be rated quite high enough. The reason for that is tongue weight is generally 10% to 15% of a trailer's GVWR, so a trailer with a 7,000 lb GVWR, even if the tongue weight was just...
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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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  • How to Determine Correct Trailer Axle Placement
  • A trailer that was built with three axles will have a gross weight rating (GVWR) based on the combined weight capacities of the three axles. Removing any of them will substantially reduce the trailer's weight carrying capacity. If you had reason to remove one of the three axles on a trailer it would be best to remove either the front or rear axle, but not the middle one. If you removed the middle axle there would be a large gap between the two remaining axles and this would cause more...
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  • How to Adjust Weight Distribution Hitch to Reduce Truck/Trailer Porpoising
  • Weight distribution spring bar tension can be increased by tilting the head toward the trailer so that the ends of the spring bars are closer to the ground. Once connected to the lift brackets this increased angle translates into more tension, which shifts more trailer tongue weight (TW) forward onto the tow vehicle's front axle. This is usually the best fix for a porpoising travel trailer. I also recommend checking your trailer's actual fully-loaded TW, with all gear and supplies in...
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  • What Size Coupler Does etrailer Tongue Weight Scale Work With
  • The hitch ball size is 1-7/8" for the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers # e99044. The # e99044 will work with 1-7/8", 2", or 2-5/16" hitch ball couplers.
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  • What Brand of Vehicles Will the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale Work On
  • The BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale part # C51701 will work on any vehicle made on or after 1996 sold in the USA. The brand such as Ford, Toyota, BMW etc. does not matter since all vehicles made on or after 1996 sold in the USA would have been required by law to come with an OBD-II port which is essentially a way to read the vehicle's computers.
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  • Understanding Trailer Tongue Weight With Coleman 1855RB Travel Trailer and 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • When checking the weight rating on a trailer hitch receiver there may be one or 2 weight ratings. If there is only one weight rating on the receiver it may not be suitable for use with a weight distribution hitch and should be verified with the receiver and vehicle manufacturer before doing so. If there are 2 ratings one will be for trailer and tongue weight with a traditional Ball Mount # C45041. The second set of numbers will be for using a Weight Distribution Hitch # EQ37100ET. They...
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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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  • Could Hanging Scale be Used to Measure Tongue Weight
  • It would be technically possible to measure trailer tongue weight with a hanging scale assuming you had a way to put it at the exact height to attach it to your trailer as it sits level and the weight capacity was high enough. We have floor scales that I think would be easier to use like the Sherline part # 5780 as well.
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  • Best Method to Combat Vehicle Sag on a 2011 GMC Yukon XL
  • According to the GMC Trailer Towing Chart your 2011 GMC Yukon XL has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 lbs. Generally speaking if your gross trailer weight (GTW) is more than 50% of the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) than a weight distribution system is highly recommended. If you already have a weight distribution system I recommend weighing your current setup to ensure you have the properly rated spring bars. If you do not have a weight distribution system you will need to use...
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  • Best Weight Distribution System for a 2017 Jayco Octane SL 222
  • Thank you for the detailed information on your 2017 Jayco Octane SL 222. In order to make sure you are choosing the best weight distribution system, you will still need to calculate the total tongue weight which is composed of both the loaded ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer by any cargo stored behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. The easiest way to do this would be with a tongue weight scale like part # 5780. The Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System that the dealer recommended...
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  • How to Determine Trailer Tongue Weight
  • Determining Trailer Tongue Weight In order to select the correct components to safely tow your trailer, you need to know its tongue weight. This is the weight that the fully loaded trailer exerts downward on the hitch ball of the tow vehicle. If you don't know the tongue weight of your trailer, there are several different ways you can determine it. 1.Tongue weight scale 2.Weigh Safe ballmount 3.Bathroom scale 4.Commercial scale Remember, if you intend to use a weight distribution...
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  • Can 2017 Honda CR-V Transport a Vespa Scooter that Weighs 250 lbs
  • I did some checking and while you have a trailer hitch with more than enough capacity for the weight of your cargo carrier your 2017 Honda CR-V only has a tongue weight rating of 150 lbs. So this means you'd be limited to only carrying up to 150 lbs at the trailer hitch since you are limited by the lowest rated component in a towing setup. So your best option will be a small utility trailer for the Vespa you plan to tow such as the Detail K2 part # K2MMT4X6. You'll need trailer wiring...
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  • Tongue Weight Scale That Can be Used for Higher Capacity
  • The etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers # e99044 has a 2,000 lb capacity, and that is the largest capacity available for a manual scale. The only other option we carry for a tongue weight scale is digital, so it doesn't have a maximum, and that's the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II # C51701. The BetterWeigh plugs into the OBD II port on vehicles that are 1996 or newer, and has the benefit of also being able to give Payload and Gross...
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  • How to Reduce Porpoising Effects When Towing Travel Trailer with 2020 Ford F-150
  • Great question! Proposing, or the back and forth movement, typically occurs when the trailer isn't loaded properly so you have either too much or too little tongue weight, or your trailer simply isn't level. This doesn't allow the trailer to tow naturally so you get some weird movement. We do have some things that can help in addition to this but the first thing you need to do is make sure that your loaded trailer tongue weight (TW) is within the 10-15% range of the weight of your trailer....
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  • Will BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight Scale Work on Vehicle with Aftermarket Modifications
  • I reached out to my contact at Curt regarding the Mobile Tongue Wight and Payload Scale # C51701 and he said the aftermarket suspension and larger-than-stock tires on your FJ Cruiser will not present any issues. The BetterWeigh does plug into the OBD-II port to read vehicle data but it can be manually calibrated to account for aftermarket components like what you have. This will allow it to give you accurate readings based on your specific vehicle configuration. I have attached a short...
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  • Using Tongue Weight Scale To Determine Weight of Cargo on Trailer
  • The scales we offer won't directly measure the overall weight of just the trailer, but we do offer something that can help determine the weight of your cargo. The Curt # C51701 Better Weigh tongue weight/payload scale plugs into the OBDII connector on the dash below the steering wheel. The scale communicates wirelessly with your smart phone once the free app is installed, and will tell you the trailer's tongue weight, pin weight, the tow vehicle payload, and gross combined weight of...
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  • Trailer Bouncing When Towing it Dry with a Weight Distribution System
  • I think the bounce you are experiencing is a combination of 2 things: lack of weight in the trailer and the use of a weight distribution (WD) system. Since you were towing your trailer dry that means that the suspension was more rigid and then you throw on a WD system and that just adds to the rigidity. Once you add weight to your trailer I'm pretty sure you'll see a decrease in the bounce, if you see much bounce at all. Your trailer is sitting a little nose-high but nothing too terrible....
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  • Easiest Way to Determine Total Weight of a Trailer
  • If all you are looking for is the weight of your trailer the easiest way to do that is go to your nearest weight station, get the weight of your trailer and truck together, and then disconnect the trailer and get the weight of just the truck. If you subtract the truck's weight from the total weight you will get just the trailer weight. That would be much easier than trying to use a tongue weight scale to determine overall capacity. Also, I can't safely condone you towing a trailer that...
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  • I need Some Accessories for my Airliner Scout Lite and a Tongue Weight Scale
  • For the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale for Campers and Utility Trailers part # e99044 you will have no issues with an inaccurate reading with that little bit of difference in heights. The jack wheel may be a permanent wheel or it could be removable they do design them both ways. The only way to be sure is to hook it up to your jeep or support the weight of the tongue and lower the trailer until it comes off of the ground so you can check. If it does come off I would recommend removing...
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  • Weight Distribution Hitch for 2018 Toyota 4Runner
  • There is going to be a weight distribution system that works for your 2018 Toyota 4Runner, but those systems are not vehicle-specific. In order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 4RUnner. The tongue weight is typically between 10% and 15% of your trailer's GVWR but you'll want to verify...
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  • Is Suspension Enhancement Available for 2016 Toyota Highlander Sagging While Towing
  • Adjusting the tongue weight of your trailer is definitely the first step to take in leveling out your towing rig and promoting a safe towing experience. You'll want to shoot for 10-15% of the loaded weight of your trailer to be tongue weight. If you don't already have one I recommend using a tongue weight scale like part # e99044 to know what your tongue weight is any time you need to load the trailer up. If you still have sag after getting the correct tongue weight then adding a suspension...
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  • Can BetterWeigh be Used on Truck with Suspension Enhancement
  • Yes, the BetterWeigh part # C51701 can be used on vehicles with suspension enhancement like yours but you do need to run it through a manual calibration and you'd be set. It's a very short and easy process that the # C51701 will guide you through. To calibrate, go to Settings (gear symbol) -> Calibration -> Suspension Weighing. The app will guide you through a 2 minute process where you open the tailgate and sit on the back of the truck. From other users we have learned (to be accurate)...
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  • Can Curt Better Weigh Tongue Weight Scale # C51701 be Used with Weight Distribution
  • Yes, the Better Weigh # C51701 does work with weight distribution and even offers a way to see how much tongue weight is being offset with the WD system so it would be a great choice for your towing setup. I attached a review video for more info as well.
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  • Will BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight Scale Work on 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee With Auto Leveling
  • The main weight feature of the Curt BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II # C51701 will work on your 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee with auto leveling. However, according to Curt you do need to turn off the auto-leveling feature of your Grand Cherokee: "The other functions (Payload, Tongue Weight, Pin Weight, and Weight Distribution) use vehicle pitch, so they will not function properly unless auto-leveling is turned off. This is usually done in the vehicle’s console...
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  • Recommendation of How To Use a Sherline Scale with a Hensley Weight Distribution Hitch and Stinger
  • I can help you determine the tongue weight of your trailer with the Hensley Hitch and Stinger attached. I would recommend you place the Sherline # 5780 scale under the jack foot to measure your tongue weight. You will want to make sure the trailer is disconnected from the truck when taking this measurement. I have linked a Help Article on how to determine tongue weight for your convenience.
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  • Determining Correct Weight Distribution System For 1-Horse Trailer With Short Tongue
  • I would be happy to help you find the correct weight distribution hitch for your short tongue horse trailer, but you will need to verify your total tongue weight to confirm the correct system. Total tongue weight is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to trailer, plus the weight of any cargo added behind the rear axle of your tow vehicle. The easiest way to determine your trailers tongue weight is by using a tongue weight scale like the etrailer Tongue Weight Scale #...
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  • Does a Weight Distribution System Reduce Tongue Weight of Trailer
  • Sounds like you are trying to determine if your trailer's tongue weight is more than what your vehicle is rated for and are curious to see if a weight distribution system reduces the effective tongue weight on the vehicle. The short answer is yes the tongue weight at the rear of the vehicle is reduced, but due to how the system is installed there's no effective way to determine exactly how the tongue weight is changed. What you need to do is check the towing capacities of the vehicle/hitch...
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  • Can Weight Distribution be Used With a 2006 Honda Pilot
  • As long as the trailer hitch on your 2006 Honda Pilot is rated for weight distribution (WD), like the etrailer.com # e98851, then you can use it. We just have to make sure that you choose one that is best rated for your towing application. When looking into purchasing a WD system you want to find one with a Tongue Weight (TW) range that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your towing setup falls in the middle of. To find the TTW of your towing setup you will need to add the TW of your fully...
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  • Will BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight Scale Work With TorkLift StableLoad on 2018 Ford F-150
  • Yes, the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II # C51701 is absolutely compatible with the TorkLift StableLoad Suspension Upgrade that fits your 2018 Ford F-150. The StableLoad that fits your truck is: - TorkLift StableLoad Rear Suspension Upgrade with Quick-Disconnects - Stainless Steel # TLA7310S - TorkLift StableLoad Rear Suspension Upgrade with Quick-Disconnects # TLA7310 The only difference between these two parts is the stainless steel construction...
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  • Does BetterWeigh Scale Have to be Recalibrated Each Use
  • You do not have to recalibrate for your 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 for each use of the BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale for OBD II - Bluetooth # C51701. I have reached out to the manufacturer about this previously, and they told me the BetterWeigh app stores the vehicle’s VIN and any calibrations. In regards to Bluetooth, when the BetterWeigh is plugged in, a phone should not be connected to the vehicle, but that is only during the calibration process so you can unplug it...
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  • Is Weight Distribution Needed for a 2018 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 16BHS
  • The general rule of thumb is that if the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the trailer is more than 50% of the GVWR of the vehicle, a weight distribution system is recommended. Since the 3877 GVWR of your trailer will in fact be more than 50% of the GVWR for both your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado and 2005 GMC Yukon, I would recommend you use a weight distribution system. In order to choose the correct weight distribution system, you will need to find the total tongue weight (TTW) of...
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  • Can BetterWeigh Moblile Towing Scale Display GCWR So I Stay Under 26,000 Pounds?
  • As I follow your description, your truck has a GCWR of 30,300# so it is possible (when properly set up) to exceed the desired 26,000# when combining the truck weight + cargo, and trailer weight + cargo. This is also called the Gross Combined Weight Rating, GCWR. After you install and calibrate the BetterWeigh # C51701 mobile towing scale, you can check the “tow weight” (which is the GCWR) at any time. Keep in mind that this towing scale's margin of error is +/-5% and it is difficult...
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  • Availability of Trailer Tongue Weight Scale with 1000 lb Capacity
  • The # 5780 with its 2000 lb capacity is the only tongue weight scale we offer, however we do carry the Weigh Safe adjustable ball mounts that feature an integrated tongue weight scale. They're available in various different rises and drops, starting with the # WS4-25 which offers a 14.5K capacity and a maximum 4 inch drop to a 5 inch rise. The ball mount provides a 2 and a 2-5/16 inch trailer ball. There are also available ball mounts that offer a larger rise/drop as you can see by clicking...
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  • Location of Trailer VIN on 1976 Concord Travel Trailer
  • A trailer's vehicle identification number or VIN will usually be located close to the tongue of the trailer. As of 1981 this was a 17-character series of numbers and letters as shown in the example image. On older trailers the number of characters in the VIN and its placement varied by manufacturer. Often this will appear on a sticker or plate that also lists the axle ratings, gross weight rating (GVWR) and other details like the trailer's model number. Check near the coupler and on...
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  • Acceleration Calibration of BetterWeigh C51701 that Uses Several Accelerations
  • The majority of customers don't need to manually calibrate the BetterWeigh part # C51701 (especially if the vehicle is newer than 2008). If you do need to manually calibrate, this would be done with the truck alone. When you use the Weigh feature to measure the combined weight, it can be for either the truck alone or the truck and trailer. This requires accelerating a short distance at 1/2 throttle.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution Hitch for 2017 Santa Fe Towing Lance 1575 Camper Trailer
  • A trailer weight distribution/sway prevention (WD/SC) system is definitely called for in several circumstances. These include cases when the loaded trailer weighs more than half of your vehicle's weight; other instances that point to the need for WD/SC are noted in the linked article. The Lance 1575 has a GVWR of 3700-lbs. This is the most the fully-loaded trailer is allowed to weigh. Since the various versions of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe have curb weights of 4000 to 4200-lbs you will...
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  • How To Determine Tongue Weight Of A Trailer
  • I did some research and found that the dry tongue weight of your 2017 Keystone Springdale is 810-lbs. Your total tongue weight is determined by weighing your fully loaded trailer with a tongue weight scale like the Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scale, Item # 5780, plus any load in your tow vehicle from the rear axle back. The total tongue weight is also important in determining the best weight distribution system for your needs. I have attached articles that give more information on...
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  • Can Sherline Tongue Weight Scale Be Used By Placing Under Trailer Axle
  • The tongue weight scale, part # 5780 is designed to be used for measuring the tongue weight of your trailer, ideally to help you determine what needs to be done to make sure you tow your trailer level and reduce stress on the tow vehicle. Placing this scale under the axle may tell you what the weight is at that point but will not give you the tongue weight for your trailer. it would not give you an accurate tongue weight reading.
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  • Tongue Weight of 2018 Heartland North Trail Travel Trailer
  • I pulled up the specs on your 2018 Heartland North trail travel trailer and it appears to have a dry tongue weight of 550 lbs. Loaded you'd be looking right at 700 lbs most likely when loaded.
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