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Boat Trailering Guys:,
How can I determine the correct tongue weight for my boat/ trailer combo when fully loaded with fuel and fishing gear. As it sits now, it takes two of us to lift the tongue of the trailer.( the boat is a "06" Lund 17-6" "Mr. Pike" alum.boat,90hp. Merc. 2 stroke, on a Load Rite single axle trailer)(40 gal. fuel cap). Thanks in advance, Jim Carrick
Answered on: 4/2007
Here is total weight that I have calculated for you: Boat: 1,285 lbs (The weights for the boat/motor from NADA) Motor: 375 lbs Fuel: 240 lbs (calculated based on a full tank) Gear: 200 lbs Trailer: 600 lbs Total: 2,700 lbs Your tongue weight should be around 7-8% of the total weight or in your case 190-215 lbs. You should be able to measure this much weight directly on a bathroom scale. While a single person may be able to lift this much weight, I would still recommend the use of a screw jack to support and lift the tongue when attaching to your vehicle.
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