Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
tomsmith, Jamie Dubroc, TX1984, horns1984, gcman
106782 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 87550
hopalong 78853
Pilothawk 75988
JDavis7873® 67386
John175 � 66183
FattyMcButterpants 60834
Derek 🐝 59302
Tritonman 57847
LoneStarSon® 54009
SkeeterRonnie 53181
facebook
Forum Stats
106782 Members
61 Forums
867392 Topics
12325865 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Topic Options
#12551423 - 12/25/17 07:19 PM Towing Question...
Mike Keenan Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/31/04
Posts: 10267
Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
When it comes to towing the boat, do you want it riding as flat as possible, tongue down or tongue up? My tow vehicle is a 2001 F150 4x4. Should I get an adjustable ball mount or something with just a drop?
_________________________
R.I.P. Mike "pappy" "broken rod" Green born 07-16-62 on to better fishing 06-10-08.


817-673-2102

Top
#12551509 - 12/25/17 08:54 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Chris B Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 7367
Loc: Prosper, TX
Just take a tape measure and measure the level of the trailer with it hooked to the truck. If anything you want it slightly downhill but preferably level.
_________________________

I hate photobucket.

Top
#12551539 - 12/25/17 09:39 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Samsonsworld Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/12/08
Posts: 3313
Loc: Oeste Del Tejas
I prefer the tongue down a little with single axle. Most bass boats are light up front. Problem with too much weight in back, the trailer tends to walk side-to-side on you.

Tandem axle...level it.

Top
#12551591 - 12/25/17 11:07 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Samsonsworld]
Mike Keenan Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/31/04
Posts: 10267
Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
Yes it's a tandem axle
_________________________
R.I.P. Mike "pappy" "broken rod" Green born 07-16-62 on to better fishing 06-10-08.


817-673-2102

Top
#12551634 - 12/26/17 01:14 AM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
spankyttx Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 1109
Loc: Denton Tx.
yes, a tandem axle anything needs to be set level, i even set my single axle to as level as possible
_________________________
LI-SI-WI-NWI

Top
#12578181 - 01/14/18 01:19 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
dk2429 Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 306
Loc: Pearland, TX
Tandem axle level
_________________________
Majek 22 Extreme/225 Optimax Pro XS
2006 Chevy 2500HD Silverado/6.6 Duramax LBZ



Top
#12581254 - 01/16/18 12:42 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: dk2429]
Mike Keenan Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/31/04
Posts: 10267
Loc: San Diego, Ca/ Sanger, Tx
Well I bought a adjustable trailer hitch for my truck, makes all the difference in the world....
_________________________
R.I.P. Mike "pappy" "broken rod" Green born 07-16-62 on to better fishing 06-10-08.


817-673-2102

Top
#12581317 - 01/16/18 01:15 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
markson Online   content
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 36
Loc: ATX
I found that I had to flip the insert to get the correct level (tandem trailer) and I judged the correct level by the ride of my truck. When it was too low my truck would bounce quite a bit going down the road so I flipped the insert to raise the level. After having many different boat and truck combos I think the ride of the truck and the control of the trailer is the best way to judge each unique combo.
_________________________
My fishing partner Abby (she likes to lick the fish)

Top
#12581413 - 01/16/18 02:15 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
patriot07 Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 04/20/10
Posts: 18783
Loc: chateau d'if
Level. Get an insert with different drop or you can flip it over if it's real bad. I had to buy a new insert when I went from my 2004 Silverado to my 2016 Ram. Old Silverado used a 2" drop, but the new Ram needed 3 1/2".
_________________________
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Top
#12581480 - 01/16/18 02:59 PM Re: Towing Question... [Re: Mike Keenan]
Flippin-Out Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/25/15
Posts: 2133
Loc: Magnolia, TX
Originally Posted By: Mike Keenan
Well I bought a adjustable trailer hitch for my truck, makes all the difference in the world....


While adjustable can be convenient, it's not necessary. All that is required is to get the right height setting. With any ball mount you have, hook up, park the rig on a flat surface (like concrete slab), then measure trailer frame height from ground near the tongue, and again as close to the front trailer axle as feasible. The difference in those two measurements is the "error" with the current ball mount. You'll want a new ball mount that will provide the additional rise/drop as determined by the measurement.

Example: If the tongue is 2 inches lower than the front axle area of the trailer frame, you need a ball mount that provides 2 inches more rise than the one installed. Measuring this way accounts for the suspension settling of the tow vehicle when the load is on the hitch. When choosing a drop/rise for a tandem trailer, it's better to err to slightly high at the tongue than low if the needed rise/drop needed doesn't quite match what's offered in ball mounts.


Edited by Flippin-Out (01/16/18 03:00 PM)

Top



© 1998-2017 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide