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

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


  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…


    • 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


      • 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.


  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.


  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.


    • 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.


  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.


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

    I am a KCBS judge, cook team, caterer


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