I'd like to try out the Boat Buckles tie downs but they require a straight line of force between trailer and boat's u-bolt on the back. In order to get this straight line of sight I need to move the boat forward about 6 inches which will increase the tongue weight (I have a 19' chris craft concept 197 on a single axle trailer). Is it possible to have too much tongue weight? (i.e. can that cause trailering problems? I have a 2500HD so it can easily handle the weight. The boat seems well balanced now.Thanks,Greg
Well, hopefully someone with more expertise will pipe in. However - I've messed with tongue wt. and will give you my limited experience. Tongue wt. is fairly easy to adjust - you just move the winch post forward or rearward to get the boat to sit where you want it. In some cases, you might actually need to move the axel (I once had an inboard V8 boat setting on a trailer that, for what I could tell, was set up for an outboard rig. I had to move the axles quite a bit forward to make the tongue wt. reasonable. This is more difficult, but not technically difficult, assuming no problems loosening bolts).So the point is, give it a try and see what happens. Take care with your highway test - ease into it in case the handling is squirrly. Also, make sure your boat is "fully loaded" with fuel and gear when you do this. Also, if need be, you can adjust the location of any heavy gear to fine tune the ride sometimes.If you actually want to measure the tongue wt., there's techniques for doing at a weigh station and also ways to do it using a bathroom scale. But within reasonable limits, what you're looking for is a tongue wt. that your vehicle can handle and that tracks nice on the road, so that could be your criterion as well.
Nose weight is the key to good stability and lack of nose weight is just as bad as too much. Each Car Manufacturer fits a towing hitch that has a weight limit and this should not be exceeded. Single Axle trailers are more sensitive to nose weight and dual Axles. Bathroom scales and a piece of wood will allow you to find out what your weight is. There are calculations but they all depend on knowing your tow car and local laws.
You need about 10% of the total rig weight on the tongue, Greg, but you need you boat correctly positioned on the trailer, too.Here's what to do:1. Position the boat on the trailer so that the transom has support directly under it. That should satisfy your need for tie-downs.2. Then move the suspension carrier under the frame of the trailer to get the 10% on the tongue.Moving this to Trailers.Good luck.