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scooper77515
04-19-08, 04:24 PM
It is a single ski trailer. Ski is 400lbs. I tend to take the ski and trailer to the beach, detach the trailer, push it into the water by hand until the ski comes off, then pull the trailer out to dry land by hand, again, and go skiing, and reverse the procedure to get it out of the water.

Of course, getting it out is MUCH more difficult.

Can I pull the axle and springs forward an inch or two to better balance the ski, so I can spend more energy pulling the ski out of the water, and not so much picking the tongue UP?

I am just afraid that it might start to swim on the highway if I move the axles, but I don't know for sure.

Picture included, in case that helps anyone...The tongue weight is currently about 50 lbs. So it can be picked up, but takes a bit of effort...

http://scooper77515.fordmaverick.net/pichostpics/seadoocoveredwtrailer.jpg

kustomkarl
04-19-08, 06:08 PM
Scott yes, you can move the axle forward. Just be sure it measured even distance from the front of the tong, or the rear by the main beams of the trailer.

Karl

Riverfurm
04-20-08, 02:27 PM
Be careful, the less tongue weight you have the more the trailer will tend to wonder and sway when towing down the road.

scooper77515
04-20-08, 02:35 PM
Be careful, the less tongue weight you have the more the trailer will tend to wonder and sway when towing down the road.

That is why I asked. I knew if it moved too far forward, it would sway. Any hints on how light the tongue can be before it sways? Or do I have to do trial and error...?