Tongue weight math
Hope this is the right forum to gather info about how to figure the correct hitch weight for my toy box tow trailer. Living near the beach means I would have to haul my trailer into Jax.Fl. each time I wanted to balance things out. I thought about buying one of those hydo tongue scales at the cost of about $180 but I thought I would first try the bathroom scale trick. I took a 4x4 cider post 6' long, built a 12' riser to put under the hitch about 1'.5' from one end of the post. From the center of that riser I measure 1' to the right I marked and place a 1" pipe under the 4x4 beam. then marked a line on the side every 1' to the left of the riser. I placed the scale under the 5' mark with another 1" pipe between the beam and the scale. with the trailer level and the beam level I lowered the tongue and got a scale weight of 63 lbs. so I added the 5'+1'x63=378lbs. I then moved the scale to the 4' mark and got 113lbs. did the math to = 565lbs. ?? I though they should of come out about the same.
I also though it should of been higher because the owners manual stated a dry camper weight of 8575 lbs with a tongue weight of 1,150 lbs. I am sorry for the length of typing but the math is killing brain cells...help. K&G
Ken & Georgia
1995 5.9 Reg.cab CTD Dodge. TDR member.
2016 Prime Time 34.5' Spartan 3010 toy box TT.