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Old 02-28-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Anyone ever use one of these, if so did you find worth the money at 138.00Click image for larger version

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Old 02-28-2016, 06:32 PM   #2
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I have one. I used it a couple of times. Gave me enough confidence in my hitch setup and weight distribution. Worth $138? Maybe, but I should sell mine and recoup part of my money....

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Old 02-29-2016, 07:02 AM   #3
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I purchased on last year to verify tongue weight before ordering new WDH. It worked very well, but u need a fairly level area to use it. If u have access to a CAT scale it would be cheaper.
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Anyone ever use one of these, if so did you find worth the money at 138.00
Sherline tongue weight scale. I keep one in my toolbox and use it every time I load up the TT or cargo trailer for a long trip. Good investment if you tow often.

Without a tongue weight scale, then it requires at least two trips across the CAT scale to determine tongue weight:

1] tow vehicle and trailer but without the spring bars of the WD hitch attached,

2] Tow vehicle with the head from the WD hitch but without the trailer.

Combined weight on the front and rear axles with the trailer minus the combined weight on the front and rear axles without the trailer = tongue weight.

But a cat scale is not very accurate for weights of only a few hundred pounds. For example, while setting up my WD hitch I have one CAT scale ticket that shows
steer axle 3280
drive axle 3520
trailer axles 3620
gross weight of 10,420 pounds

and another a few minutes later that shows
steer axle 3040
drive axle 3880
trailer axles 3480
gross weight 10,400 pounds

The gross weight should have been the same, but one ticket was without the spring bars tightened and the other ticket was with the spring bars snugged down. That 20 pounds difference in gross weight is scale difference due to the scale rounding of the weights on the three different scale pads.

You don't have that scale pad rounding problem if you use a tongue weight scale.
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I have a toy hauler and use mine whenever I load different configurations of toys/water/etc. for different trips. Just $138.00 for piece of mind.
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Unless you're changing the loading configuration of your trailer often, I'd just use the CAT scales. I could see needing one if you had a toy hauler and loaded it with different stuff. You might need to readjust your WD hitch to account for significantly different weights. For me, a $10 trip to the CAT scales and $2.50 for the 2nd weigh is a lot cheaper.
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I've had one for 3 years when I had a TT and use it all the time. When I got my 5th wheel last year I got the 5000lb gauge for it and still use regularly. Very handy for when you don't have time to run through a CAT scale.
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Ford guy, when you switch gauges do you have any pointers or any issues. I bought the 2000 pound and also order the 5000 pound gauge. It's my intent to put it between a floor jack and the Punkin to get a estimate of truck weights
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It's a very simple design and swapping the gauge should be easy. You need to make sure no air is in the scale. There are good instructions covering this in the manual.

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