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Old 03-09-2016, 06:40 PM   #15
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We regularly weigh ours with our bathroom scale. Our Scamp 16 fully loaded has a tongue weight of 200 lbs. We only have one battery and one propane tank. We keep our water tank 1/2 full when traveling. Our Scamp has more drawers and cabinets than most.
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:51 PM   #16
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There's another method.
Go to a truck scales, move across the scales until the tongue jack is new the edge of scale platform. Weight the trailer while attached, disconnect with the tongue jack holding the trailer approximately level. The difference between the two reading is tongue weight.

As with many things people fuss about, I don't fuss about trailer weights any more. My tow can more than the trailer will ever weigh and tongue weight is within the 10% to 15% ideal range.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:41 PM   #17
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I set the tongue of this 2016 layout 1, on a simple bathroom scale.

Single propane bottle. No air, no bath, no awning. Packed as light as possible, but packing is always variable X isn't it.

182 pounds without the battery. 198 with the battery.

Hope that helps the decision making.
When you put the battery in, the weight increased 16 pounds ? That seems a little on the low side.
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Old 03-09-2016, 08:54 PM   #18
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I have always weighed my trailer on a free truck scale along the highway and determined the tongue weight using the method Byron described but if you do it this way , keep in mind that truck scales (at least the ones that I have found) weigh in 50 pound increments. If you are pushing the limit on your vehicle this could be a problem. For example , say your tongue weight is exactly 200 pounds and you add 10 pounds, the truck scale will show 250 pounds. That additional 10 reads out at 50. In my case, it doesn't make any difference. I am well below my limits with what I tow. Be careful.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:06 PM   #19
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I also get the axle weight on both wheels, then back up and put just one wheel on the platform to determine if one side of the trailer is heavier than the other.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:40 PM   #20
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It seems that OCD is a more common afliction than one might imagine!
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Old 03-09-2016, 11:03 PM   #21
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I'm thinking it must be difficult to ignore all those air horns from the truckers lined up behind you waiting for the scale.
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:51 AM   #22
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Or, if you have some spare change, you can buy a Sherline scale, designed for the purpose. As my tongue weight is 320-340 lbs I got one. Be sure to order with a 1,000 lb. gauge as that is more accurate and easier to read than a 2,000 lb gauge.

I bought a new 450# scale on Ebay for $20 cuz my TW is 365# and it works great. Glenn, I used the spare change and got some beer .
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Going to share?
The beer, I mean.
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Sure Glenn, glad too but I'll have to restock, it wasn't that much spare change .
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:17 AM   #25
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I'm thinking it must be difficult to ignore all those air horns from the truckers lined up behind you waiting for the scale.
There are lots of scales here in the U.S. that are left on all of the time. It's self service with no one in the scale house. In fact one scale that I have used does not even have a scale house. I've never had to wait for anyone in front of me and never slowed anyone down who was behind me because there never has been anyone behind me. Things must be different in Canada.
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When you put the battery in, the weight increased 16 pounds ? That seems a little on the low side.
Leverage.

The battery isn't installed right over the tongue. It's back some. The farther back from the hitch, the less it effects the tongue weight.


The total weight of the trailer gets heavier by the weight of the battery but the proportion of the added weight on the tongue varies on its position. Set it behind the axle and the tongue weight goes down.
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Hmmmm...I've been thinking. Do you smell wood burning?

I have a Scamp 13 std. Battery and 20 pd propane tank on front. Used on of those shurline tongue weight scales (think that's the name) and got 185# of tongue weight. If that weight is ideally supposed to be 10 to 15% of trailer weight, then can I work backwards and assume my trailer is perhaps 10 times that weight less the battery and propane? So if batt weighed 30 and propane another 30 (I'm making this up) then subtract that and trailer might weigh around 1250 pounds and a little more?

Just wondered if the whole weighing thing could be estimated that weigh. Now don't beat me up people.


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That way. Oops.


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