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  • Swing Tongue and Weight Distributing Hitch

    Are there any limitations in using a weight distributing hitch with a swing tongue in respect to the capacity of the swing joint? Should the chains be mount fore of aft of the joint?

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    I have a Ramlin tandem and when I called Ramlin early this year, they recommenced not using a WDH with a swing away tongue. They stated it puts too much stress on the hinge area. I currently don't have one, but believe that one can be used, but it should be the type with slide bars so that the surge brakes can still operate. I believe it was 'equalizer' that makes one like that.

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    • #3
      A traditional wdh can work fine with surge brakes if set up with the chains aligned correctly to allow movement of the surge coupler. Pretty much all trailer manufacturers will tell you not to use a wdh with a swing tongue though.

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      • #4
        Or go with a triple axle trailer and never have to use a WDH again! Triple axle trailers have center of mass between the axles and have significant lower tongue weight of 150-300 lbs.

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        • #5
          Tom_H you are correct. My only other comment is that I talked to a Boatmate engineer who confirmed swing away tongue is no longer a weak point and does not impact WDH. My torsion bars will slide in the pole tongue adapter and allow brake actuator to engage fine. I have done a ton of research on this. Take it or leave it. I have a 2018 G23 with triple axle boatmate and 18 rims. Tongue weight varies between 600-800# with trailer exactly level to 2 higher. Lowest weight I could get was pretty much exactly level. I have a 2019 Ford Expedition Platinum with tow package and 3.73 gear ratio. Can pull 9200#. I am pushing the GCVW with the boat, 5 kids and me and wife. For longer trips I will use my new WDH. That should keep me safe but its close. Will tow with gas tank near empty on longer trips.


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          • #6
            greggmck how is your tongue weight so low? Your boat must be positioned further back on trailer than mine. I agree that 3 axles is an awesome feeling of relief. Do you have a boatmate?


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            • #7
              Originally posted by sixcampbells View Post
              greggmck how is your tongue weight so low? Your boat must be positioned further back on trailer than mine. I agree that 3 axles is an awesome feeling of relief. Do you have a boatmate?


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              I use to have a triple axle Boatmate. This year I opted for no trailer because I just don't need it anymore. I keep my boat on a covered lift all year and do my own oil/filter changes. Dealer helps me out when it does need to move for service.

              I have the weight safe hitch and used to always check my tongue weight. It varies between 150 to 500lbs depending upon my fuel and lead I would place in the bow. Weight in the rear would not effect tongue weight because it was over the axles. Here is a pic of my max tongue weight with full fuel and 250lbs of lead in the bow.

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              • #8
                Pretty amazing. Thanks for the reply.


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