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  1. Jack
    August 7, 2019 @ 6:47 PM

    Thank you for all that input. That was really a big help. Jack

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  2. jackson
    August 8, 2019 @ 2:18 PM

    Wow, just the info I was looking for. I have a small 40″ x 48″ bed trailer (HF kit) I’ve “altered” to carry 4′ x 8′ sheets, et al. from the box store and taking refuse to the ‘landfill’ station. I lengthened the tongue for ease of use and stability.
    Storage issue is no problem on 3 acres.
    Thanks for this! It confirmed what I already ‘felt’ from 30+ years of pulling various trailers with various vehicles.
    Now, to build one with an Aluminum frame for the GoldWing…

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    • William Taylor
      February 12, 2020 @ 8:09 PM

      How did you extend the tongue?did you buy a new tongue for it.how long is the tongue,I want to do the same thing you have done.thanks

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      • Mechanic
        February 14, 2020 @ 7:20 PM

        The trailer was a new build, so I made the tongue to fit my needs. It’s about 6.5′ long so that when I fetch full lengths of steel (24′ sticks), then they balance just in front of the axles centerline. That’s what I needed. The long tongue folds up so the long trailer fits nicely in the garage without a bunch of extra space.

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  3. Joe
    August 30, 2019 @ 10:56 PM

    Unbelievably well explained. Almost to much information, but it was so clear and simplified I don’t care. I feel like a smarter person now.

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  4. Erling Peterson
    December 17, 2019 @ 6:22 PM

    Fantastic article. The tire tread in the photo below “Confounding Effects” is a bit confusing, perhaps the orientation of the tire to the hitch could be explained. Otherwise, great article. Thank you.

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    • Mechanic
      December 19, 2019 @ 2:09 PM

      Interesting point about the tread. That’s the spare tire on the back of the tow vehicle 🙂 Sorry that wasn’t a little more clear.

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  5. chas Nicholson
    February 24, 2020 @ 3:13 PM

    I have built bbq smokers and trailers for 30 plus years. I use 4 inch drop acculube axles. A 3 inch square tube and I raise the coupler 3 inches. I always have a tongue length 5 feet plus. I use a fold up jack because I want to open a tailgate with out having a jack to be in the way. 12 percent tongue weight is a good number. one important concern is the connection of the tongue connection to the trailer. a offset bbq smoker is different from a trailer because of the weight on the rear of fire box is heavy. you can calculate the total weight of the trailer to locate axle placement or as I do support the side members and weigh the tongue. changing a boat trailer to another use has so many problems that I would not even consider it. I am in the process of building a smoker with 2 250 gallon propane tanks back with two fire boxes with a partition between them. they will appear to look like a single fire box, wood storage, under aluminum storage boxes, ss side shelves, tandum axles maybe a vertical smoker. reverse flow with tuning plates.

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  6. chas Nicholson
    February 24, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

    I am a KCBS judge, cook team, caterer

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  7. Francisco Villalobos
    April 1, 2020 @ 11:34 PM

    What are the measurements (length and width) of the blue frame flatbed trailer shown at the top of the article? Thanks a lot!

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    • Mechanic
      April 4, 2020 @ 10:06 AM

      The blue frame trailer is 4’6″ Width, 12′ Length, 4000# Capacity.

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  8. Ivan Vuja
    May 16, 2020 @ 10:43 AM

    Another great article! I bought a used 6.5’x11′ utility trailer, however the tongue length on it is only 26″, which I feel is not safe and its hard to back it up without hitting the towing vehicle.
    If I were to extend the trailer tongue bu about 15″, would that increase the trailer tongue weight? Taking into consideration its now an a-frame, and I would be running about 60″ of new 3×3 1/4″ tubing (roughly 44lb by my calculation). I am currently at exactly 11% tongue weigh so trying to figure out if I would also need to move the axle again.
    Thanks!

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    • Mechanic
      May 16, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

      Really good questions. First, a short tongue is a sign of a wimpy trailer. Sorry. Second, if you do lengthen the tongue, I think the beam you are saying is good, so run it straight down the middle to join with a few of the cross members and use the existing A-frame to support it. I would avoid moving the axle, but load the trailer more to the front. Yes, it sounds like the ideal case is to move the axle back, but that’s a ton of work. Good luck.

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      • Ivan Vuja
        May 16, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

        Thanks for the quick response! Yes, the previous owner decided to extend the trailer onto the tongue by a foot (it used to be a 6.5’x10′), resulting in a very short tongue. The trailer is very sturdy however. I already moved the axle once as there was too much weight on the tongue due to the extension, so I may just move it again and this time also add buffer plates as you suggested in your other article.
        Thank you so much!

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