Towball weight

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Re: Towball weight

Postby Chicky Babe » Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:03 pm

chippy 76 wrote:I cant see why cutting a lump of timber to the right height when the trailer is level and standing the drawbar on it on a set of bathroom scales wont give you the towball weight ... am I missing something in the name of physics ??

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I was never good at physics.. :( ..That sounds a lot easier...seriously is it that easy??? I'm gunna try that...let u know how it goes..if the scales break it's too heavy then :armsup and Ihave a problem!!!
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Re: Towball weight

Postby chippy 76 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:23 pm

I accept no liability if your scales break!!!!! lol
But as far as I can see it would work ... how heavy is your trailer ?

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Re: Towball weight

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:22 pm

You'd need the Tare weight of the trailer to get some idea.
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Re: Towball weight

Postby chippy 76 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:41 pm

Your local weighbridge would be happy to weigh your CT for you ... I know ours will do mine for a small fee ..

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Re: Towball weight

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Oct 03, 2010 7:52 pm

The Tare weight should be recorded on the compliance plate on the drawbar of the CT.
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Re: Towball weight

Postby chippy 76 » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:02 pm

"should be" .... lol

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Re: Towball weight

Postby Chicky Babe » Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:49 pm

Tare weight..680...ATM 740...hey..I reckon if I level it...cut a bit of timber to the right height...take it to the public weigh bridge (as suggested by Chippy) and then...just drive it so the jockey wheel is on the scales...unhitch it...drive off the weighbridge...set to the right height (as per Chippy's suggestion with the timber) and get them to weigh it...I won't break my scales... :+ :?# oh yeah...good blonde thinkin huh??? cept I'm a redhead... ::) booyah!!
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Re: Towball weight

Postby CanineL » Wed Oct 06, 2010 2:52 pm

On the assumption that you expect the weight to be less than the scales (which for most CT would most likely be the case), the method I used, gleaned form some other trailer or van source was:-
- place car and connected trailer on level ground
- measure distance from ground to ball
- Get a flat piece of wood to put over that part of your bathroom scales that you would normally stand on, and does not cover the dial. The wood must be able to with-stand the pressure of the weight of the trailer ball.
- get a strong stick (old broom handle or garden stake) and cut to a lenght such that when it stands end-on on the above piece of board on the scales, and fits up inside the ball coupling, the trailer draw bar is at the same height as when on the car.
- weigh the wood and stick on the scales
- take the scales, board and stick to your trailer
- Chock trailer wheels
- Raise trailer off ball with jockey wheel
- drive car away from ball
- place scales on ground below ball, wood on scales and stick vertical on wood
- lower ball on stick until the full weight is taken by the scales.
- read scales and subtract wood & stick weight.
This is your ball weight on the car
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Re: Towball weight

Postby Chicky Babe » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:22 am

[quote="CanineL"]On the assumption that you expect the weight to be less than the scales (which for most CT would most likely be the case), the method I used, gleaned form some other trailer or van source was:-
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Hi CanineL....can u just come do this for me?? WOW...awesome detail....my mind is just boggling now...thanks so much for all responses....maybe I can just take the blonde way out and suggest I'm a useless female and some knight in shining armour can come work it out for me :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:
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Re: Towball weight

Postby CanineL » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:31 pm

Chicky Babe
As you are in Qld, and I am in SA, we are a bit far apart to offer my services.
Just use your "Dumb Blond" approach and call on a male friend!!!
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Re: Towball weight

Postby Titch » Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:56 pm

CanineL wrote:Chicky Babe
As you are in Qld, and I am in SA, we are a bit far apart to offer my services.
Just use your "Dumb Blond" approach and call on a male friend!!!



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Re: Towball weight

Postby chippy 76 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:32 pm

Had any luck weighing it CB ???

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Re: Towball weight

Postby Chicky Babe » Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:56 pm

Thanks for asking Chippy...not yet...work, kid, dog and weather have kept me busy...somehow my weekends seem to have dissappeared so can't concentrate on this little project. Our dog had decided she could dig her way out of the backyard so had to add to the fences and put some heavy duty pavers down to stop her.

Love the pic of "bubba Rosco" Titch...shame CanineL was in SA, sure we could've knocked down a few coldies :beer :beer :?# while testing your theory out!!.

Will let you know as soon as I get this done...hopefully this weekend :)
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Re: Towball weight

Postby Rosco1 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:37 am

Caninel,,,Not ever having done what you are suggesting (I just guess).....Every CT has a jocky wheel....WHY can't you just measure the height of the trailer attached to your tug.....then disconnect the trailer and put the bathroom scales under the jocky wheel and start winding till you get the same height as it would have been on the car.....This should give you the same answer and is very simple .....??????
And yes Chicky Babe.....if you lived in the area I would be very pleased to be able to help you.

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Re: Towball weight

Postby stevo. » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:49 am

If your bathroom scales don't measure that high, use two bathroom scales on top of each other and add the measurments together.




















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