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One of the trailer accessories I've been thinking about buying is the swing-away trailer tongue. I could use it when trying to store the trailer in a garage but I don't know if I trust something that isn't part of a single frame to carry three thousand pounds and hold up over bumps . What is your opinion of these?
Bently Tyler, Springfield, MO
Answered on: 6/2005
MIKE: These are typical in the bass boat industry on dual-axle trailers. With the dualaxle trailer, you can reduce the tongue weight and reduce the pressure put on the junction between the trailer and the tongue. I do not have any specifications regarding weight limitations on this type of tongue. I would check with the manufacturer of this product and make sure it meets the specifications of your load. GEORGE: If it were me, I'd be worried about maintaining the integrity of the trailer tongue. As a result, I'd put a two and one-half inch by two and one-half inch insert with a pin so that it can be moved in or out to shorten when trying to store the trailer. But, as Mike has suggested, check with the trailer manufacturer about weight loads that are placed on the trailer tongue.
The Boat Trailering Guys: Mike and George