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What Weight Capacity of Tongue Jack is Needed for a 4,600 Pound Dry Weight Trailer

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I have a 26 Summit bumper pull trailer that I need a new jack for. It is 4600 lbs dry. What weight of tongue jack do I need? thanks

Expert Reply:

The rule of thumb for estimating a tongue weight is 10-15 percent of trailer weight. A 4,600 pound trailer would have a tongue weight between 460 and 690 pounds. Somewhere between a 1,000 to 2,000 pound capacity jack would be fine. Having a jack that is rated for more than the tongue weight is not a problem. The jack you were looking at Pro Series A-Frame Topwind Jack, part # PSEA20000103, would work fine.

You could also use Dutton-Lainson jack, part # DL22530 or Bulldog Heavy Duty Jack with Steel Wheel, part # BD165412.

Just make sure you allow for the weight of the trailer when loaded and again use the 10-15 percent figures. Also make sure the jack has enough lift to get the coupler above your hitch ball on the tow vehicle so you can safely and easily disconnect the trailer.

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